A Sweater for Baby

During both of my pregnancies, I was convinced I was going to make all kind of stuff for my babies.  I was going to knit, sew, and craft until my fingers were raw.  Then the reality of life set in and I didn’t do nearly as much as I dreamed I would.

When I got pregnant with Moxie, Gene was at an age where he would happily play on the floor while I would knit things for the baby.  I managed to make a pair of booties and an afghan with a week to go before my due date.  There was no sign that my baby would ever vacate my womb, so I decided to start another project.

I’m not sure if it was the crazy pregnancy hormones or the sleep deprivation I was already experiencing, but I decided I wanted to knit a sweater for the baby.  I hopped on Ravelry to check out my options.  Considering I had never made anything more complicated than a scarf, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into.  I finally settled on the In Threes Baby Cardigan pattern from Kelly Without a Net.

Knitting the cardigan was like a race against the clock.  Would I finish it before the arrival of my new baby girl?  Would it sit in my knitting basket, forever unfinished?

The answer to both was ‘no.’



Moxie arrived on August 16th, a whopping 5 days after her due date.  I almost managed to finish her sweater before her birth.  As for the sweater, I was a mere 10 rows from being finished when I went to the hospital.

Ten. Rows.

After I was discharged from the hospital, working on her sweater was the last thing I wanted to do.  I was adjusting to life with a newborn and a toddler who wasn’t quite two years old.  Add in a dash of sleep deprivation and I was saying, “What’s knitting?”



I finally finished the sweater at the end of September when Moxie was 6 weeks old.  It was way too big for my new munchkin, so it would be another 6 months before I finally added the buttons.

I am so glad I chose this pattern.  I added several new skills to my bag of knitting tricks and completed a project that, at times, managed to overwhelm me.  I plan to make it again in a variety of colors and sizes for her.  I love knowing she is wearing something that I poured love into!


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4 thoughts on “A Sweater for Baby

  1. Your story is quite funny and having two sons I can relate to it. The sweater you finally finished is beautiful and it would have been a shame to let the baby grow without having the opportunity to wear it. She looks quite adorable in it. And happy too!
    I really loved reading your post.

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