18 March 2013

Project planning: Gramps

My lovely friends Carl and Laura are awaiting a new baby. Now, I'm not normally one to make things for babies; I usually go straight to the registry or pop a gift card into an envelope, but for friends, I like to take the time to knit something in addition to whatever store-bought items Andrew and I pick out for the baby.

This time, I've chosen Gramps, a teeny little Old Man Cardigan by Tin Can Knits.
The photography was just too cute to pass up, so I had to check it out. The pattern calls for Madeline Tosh worsted weight yarn (vintage) and includes two little pockets and some hilarious elbow patches:

I've chosen Rowan's Baby Merino Silk DK for the project, which is a washable baby yarn, in "Teal" and "Straw" colorways:

I'm choosing a DK for the project because I want to reduce the bulk of the sweater and thin down the fabric to make it easier for babies to wear. My friends live in a moderate climate, so a huge sweater isn't necessary. Since he's due to arrive in late spring, I'll opt for a larger size that will fit in the fall. 

I definitely need to cast on and get moving on it, because I have something like two months to get it done...and who knows what else might pop up in the meantime?

- YX


  1. I've seen the Gramps cardigan here and there and absolutely adore it. What a very lucky baby to get a hand-knit cardi! Enjoy knitting it.

  2. I just finished knitting one of these! I used gray as the main color and accented it with yellow. I didn't have the patience for the pockets or the patches, but it still looks adorable! Can't wait to see your version.

  3. That will be the cutest. thing. ever. Good luck, and I can't wait to see the FO!