When I was dashing about my favourite yarn stores online at the beginning of this year checking out the sales, I noticed some Debbie Bliss Aran Cashmerino and was immediately reminded of the very first piece of clothing I knit, which used this yarn. It was this cute little boat or slash neck baby sweater:
It was a super easy and straightforward pattern, which was perfect for me at the time as I'd only made flat non-seamed things to this point and was keen to develop my skills and expand my knowledge. As there was a baby in the family at the time, this looked like just the ticket! I ended up making quite a few of the pieces in the book, so it was a brilliant investment and I'd definitely recommend it, not only for the patterns, but also for the technique notes, which are very clear and easy to follow:
I originally made this little sweater in a deep red purple colour for my niece and was thrilled with the yarn, which seemed incredibly soft. Since then, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of much softer yarns, but this one is still very nice and very practical for babies as it's soft and machine washable too. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of this original sweater but am delighted to say that when it was outgrown, it was handed down to a teddy bear that another aunt made for my niece, which is lovely.
So I thought it would be fun to make this little boat neck sweater again now, so many years later, and see how it felt. The Cashmerino Aran I selected this time was a lovely Silver shade and I like how it looks against the pink of this hanger:
And against this minty green one:
In fact, it'll go with lots of colours I think – truly unisex!
It took me a while to knit the original sweater but I expected it to be really quick this time – I've had a lot of practise since, after all… Sadly, it wasn't that quick, despite being basic stocking stitch and an aran weight yarn… But, I could now bring more technique of my own to the pattern and add little details like fashioned shaping on the sleeve increases:
I also found it much easier to stitch everything together perfectly, which always makes the little OCD fairy who lives inside me very happy 🙂
All in all, it was an interesting experiment to make this pattern again, but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much – it was a little bit dull – poor little sweater. I definitely did not enjoy all the seaming and put it off for ages – something that I always used to do when I first started knitting, so some things definitely don't change!
The question now is, what to do with the little sweater? I don't know anyone with a baby this size (9 to 12 months) to gift it to, so I'm wondering if I should have a little giveaway on my Facebook page. Any suggestions anyone has would be welcome!