March Mayhem is SO EXCITING. All this adrenalin brings to mind my favorite, reliable laugh-out-loud scene from The Big Short, starring Ryan Gosling in a less-cuddly-than-usual role (vulgarity warning) (but it’s Ryan Gosling):
I can’t wait to see which 32 patterns emerge from the first round of voting (which ends at 3:00 am EST, Friday, March 17). Check out the bracket and cast your vote here. SUCH FUN.
Spending last weekend building the brackets was a total blast. (Note: I know, we have our own definition of “total blast.” It can involve long stretches sitting in an office chair staring at a screen. Par-tay! )
I tried to limit my search to the 2016-era patterns, but invariably came across older gems I’d somehow missed in the tidal wave of patterns being published on Ravelry.
Deep in the weeds on my hunt for the Home, Baby and Toy Bracket, I discovered this beauty of a baby girl sweater: In Threes by Kelly Herdrich, from 2009.
Nearly 7000 of these babies have been knit since then. And those are just the ones people cared enough to record in their Ravelry notebooks.
In Threes spoke to me. I don’t have a baby on my list to knit for, but I do have my cache of vintage Rowan Handknit Cotton, and I am easily blown off course. I had to cast on a wee In Threes immediately.
Three evenings of easy knitting later, it’s a sweater!
The simplicity of this pattern belies its elegance. The yoke, with its three sets of three garter ridges and its gentle, smockish increases, and then the cap sleeves that are formed by knitting more sets of three ridges, centered on both sides of the yoke, and then binding them off. So neat! Such a logical way to construct a small sculpture to hold a baby’s arms.
I particularly love the detail of the three garter stitches at the side “seams:”
(picking up a theme here: threes.)
Since it doesn’t have long sleeves that will quickly become too short on a growing tot, this sweater can go from a full-length cardi for a 6-month-old to a cropped jacket or even a bolero for an older baby, even up to age 3 or so. (Three!)
I made the 12-month size, and used two and one-third balls of Rowan Handknit Cotton.
Three nights to knit, so three months to get buttons on it? I make no promises. Buttons may need to wait until there is a baby who needs a present. I generally wait to sew on buttons until the baby is in a cab on her way over.