I’ve discovered two sure-fire ways to relieve any stress from working on a new project (or several new projects at the same time).
Clean out your purse. Take ten minutes to do this long-overdue chore, and feel the tension melt away. Nothing clears the mind like tossing receipts for $0.79, medical massage flyers that people have thrust at you on the street, and unopened Larabars that have turned to Play-doh crumbs in their packets. I still had centimes clinking around in the bottom of my bag from a trip I returned from a month ago. A freshened-up pocketboook is as good as a hot-stone pedicure. Try it, Ann. (Send any salvageable Larabars north.)
Look at baby-sized granddad cardigans on Ravelry. When I was putting together my roundup of grandpa-style cardigans last week, I inevitably came upon pint-sized versions. They are so cute that I was tempted to include them in the big people list. Then dear Ina Braun sent me a picture of one on Instagram, with the suggestion that someone embarking on a full-sized granddad cardi might want to test out their techniques on a small version first. Brilliant, as ever, that Ina. Whether you are in this for the cuteness endorphins or the practical cardigan-building skills, it’s calming.
Here we go:
(Photo by nevernotknitting.)
Gramps by Tin Can Knits. I mean, COME ON YOU ARE KILLING ME MISTER BOW TIE. Gramps may be the granddaddy of baby granddads, with over 2000 projects on Ravelry, each one cuter than the next. It’s got the the granddad trifecta: shawl collar, pockets and elbow patches. Written for sizes newborn to adult 4XL, this might be the only cardigan pattern you will ever need. Tin Can Knits excels at cradle-to-rocker knits. Playdate, a more understated baby granddad that is also sized up to 4XL, looks to be on the road to glory. Oh! And don’t forget Antler, a classic cabled cardi that may or may not be a granddad in your book, but it is in mine. I feel like such a loser for not having knit a single one of these deservedly popular patterns. GET WITH THE PROGRAM KAY.
Baby Sophisticate, a free pattern by Linden Down, is a simple, Aran-weight raglan cardi with shawl collar that looks like it would knit up very quickly. Over 8000 projects on Ravelry; that’s a lot of babies. There is a paid version of the pattern that has a broader range of sizes and updated construction.
(Photo by thao713.)
Storytime Scholar by Lisa Chemery. Even quicker to knit, in bulky weight yarn. To the shawl collar and pockets, this one adds worked-in garter stitch elbow patches and a double-breasted front. For a hooded jacket that’s very grandpa-in-a-duffle, check out Lisa’s Latte Baby Coat.
Oscar by Julie Partie. No pockets, but this one makes the list for the waffle texture stitch–classic grandpa! I used a similar stitch to make a raglan cardi for my dad, who was a legit granddad at the time. From the pattern notes for Oscar, I learned how to say “mini granddad cardi” in French: petit gilet de papy. I needed to know this, really and truly.
Elwood by Jenny Wiebe, from her Little Old Man collection. The rugby stripes cinch the look, and knitters have played with the stripes to fun effect. Jenny has designed a bunch of happy cardis for babies and kids.
OK, people, my screenshotter is busted. Dig up a couple skeins of something woolly and get busy making wee cardis.