Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Babies, babies, babies!! My sister-in-law had one last week. (a girl after two boys. yay!!) Which, of course, I saw as an opportunity to knit yet another Little Coffee Bean cardigan. I shouldn't have to say it again, but I will anyways: this is a fabulous pattern. It's very well-written, quick, easy, and comes out cute every time. And did I mention that it's versatile?

'Cause it is.

The original pattern calls for  wide stripes (like this), but it's also cute in wide and skinny stripes (like this), or in a solid color with a little bit of embroidery (like a little bird or a dino) I needed a bit of a change from the stripes and embroidery though, so we rallied the troops and brought in the floral applique

I love it so much that I want to go stick some flowers on all of my sweaters. Isn't it sweet?

And here's an up-close of the flowers. They're made out of some wool felt I found on Etsy a couple of years ago. The stuff is wonderful: great colors, fabulous texture and no funky stretching or shine. I'll never be able to go back to craft store felt again. (they're stitched on with embroidery floss in the closest matching colors I had on hand)

I used this tutorial as inspiration for my flowers. The tip about using a glue stick to position the flower pieces was genius. Stitching them on would have been much harder without that little trick.

I couldn't resist trying the sweater on Stella to see how it fit and looked. Hmmmm... maybe she needs one too.

The Details:
Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan
Size: 12 months (hopefully little Hannah will get some use out of it this Spring and into next Fall)
Yarn: Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn", off-white (I can't say that I quite love it, but it's pretty good for an acrylic and the price is right)
Buttons: from my vintage stash

Verdict: Love it!



The Prudent Homemaker said...

I'm so glad I read that about the glue stick trick! I have some felt to sew on like this soon and that is going to be a huge help! Thanks!

I just saw a hat like this (with flowers) the other day and I was loving it; I love how you made yours. I may do that on a hat!

Anonymous said...

This post give me an idea to knit one for my kid which is going to step into this world soon.