Aah the sleep sack!

Client’s Brief to Knitter: should last baby till 18 months at least; should have his name on it; should be adorable; shouldn’t allow baby to wriggle out; should keep his arms warm; shouldn’t allow baby to crawl inside; no hood.

Knitter’s Brief to Client: should be fun to knit; need freedom to throw in bunch of fun, crazy stuff; should be adorable.

Happy Result:

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Here’s the best thing about baby knits that don’t need to fit — you can do anything! I started with a magic CO, worked in the round till the sheep were done, then changed to back and forth (to allow for deep slits along the side so the squiggly creature could be inserted easily), decreased to shoulder width, stranded back and forth (not difficult, simple ‘lice’ pattern), threw in a bit of intarsia, shaped a neck and shoulders, and trimmed the front with a couple of rows in a contrast colour!

Wait, did I tell you that the trim also incorporates buttonholes, so that the sack can hold the baby’s arms inside or outside? And they’re sparkly!

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After all that was going on in the front, I didn’t have much energy left for the back, so it’s much simpler — the stranded pattern occurs less frequently and there is no neck shaping, only sloped shoulders to match with the front. To tell the truth, I got super bored doing the back, ignored it for a couple of weeks, then finished it in a day and a half, spurred by fears that the baby would grow too large to fit (totally unfounded).

Then it struck me that the baby’s fat little toes could get caught in the floats, so I also lined it with a cut up t-shirt. It sounds like a lot of work, but was really, really fun!

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If you would like to replicate it, my Ravelry notes are quite detailed, and you’ll have to use the free Baa-ble Hat pattern, making sure that your total stitch count where you want the sheep is a multiple of 60.

Details
Pattern: my own, with Baa-ble Hat
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, Filatura di Crosa Principessa, Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, Sirdar Snuggly DK (2 colours)
Needles: 5.5mm square (=5.0mm round)
Ravelled: here

Counting Sheep

7 thoughts on “Counting Sheep

  • 6 August 2016 at 3:21
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    Ooh, so beautiful, and fits all the criteria!! I love the sparkly buttons, too. And the lining looks very comfy for baby. What a wonderful baby gift!!

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  • 23 August 2016 at 7:54
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    Lovely, as is all your knitting. My mama baby-danger nerves want to make sure those buttons are really, really secure. Everything they can reach goes in their mouth and you’d be surprised what they can remove and swallow/choke on. And now I want to make one for my great niece, due in September!

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    • 23 August 2016 at 13:19
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      Thanks! I found a lot of infant/baby patterns with buttons, handmade as well as commercial, so I think we’re good because the buttons are sewn on securely!

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  • 23 August 2016 at 7:55
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    And I meant to say, good catch on thinking about a lining, that makes it extra wonderful

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