After realizing that I had issues following the directions for the baby surprise jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, I ripped it out. The directions have a resting row every other row. I didn't see that part and did all the action every row. Had I continued with the way I was going, I would have ended up with a very short wide sweater that would fit no one or some poor baby who had a really oddly shaped body. So into the frog pond I jumped. Rip it, Rip it, Rip it.
Over the years I have learned to not be precious about my work. It is only sticks and string or a stick and string, depending. When I create clothing or household items, I fully expect them to be destroyed over time. Well, the household items at least. I try to take care of the clothes so they last, but I don't go overboard. I still go barefoot, or sock foot in winter. This tends to wear out the soles but at my age (I'm old enough to not want to change) I can decide to wear shoes in the house or not. I can decide whether or not to let my dog and cat sleep on an afghan I created. But back to the baby conundrum.
I found a baby sweater 20 years ago called the 5 hour baby sweater on the fiber gypsy website. See 5 hour baby sweater here. This has been my go to when brain cells fail to find something else or I run short on time. I have done it very plain for boys, very lacy for girls, as written for both genders in a variety of colors both solids and variegateds and even a couple of tonals. Right now, I'm working it without the eyelets at the neckline in an acrylic (I do short stints with cotton gloves as I have a sensitivity to synthetic fibers) in the color carousel print with blue bunnies at the neck and the waist. Carousel print is a rainbow with white that is barely there colors. It's the kind of pastel that makes you wonder at times if there is actually color there. My mother would have loved it. The blue is a sky blue color. The bunnies are being done fair isle and are my own design.
The baby sweater has matching bonnet, booties, and a hood variant. Links to these are on the page for the sweater directions.
For my nephew's baby girl, I'm not really sure what I will do. Possibly she will get a bsj now that I know what I did wrong. I have highlighted the book to show that this resting row is there.
What do you do for new babies of your acquaintance? Do you have favorites or go to patterns that fit the bill most of the time? Share the name of the pattern and book or website.