Tuesday, July 8, 2008

best dressed baby

knitting friends and fans, this chickadee has not forgotten about you! there has been plenty of k1 p2 k1 sl1 psso k2tog going on behind the scenes at chickadee central. the cutest thing to come off the needles lately is this coordinated set of baby sets. it was a special order from two very special people for their not-quite newly born niece (she's due to make her appearance this week!). with several skeins of bernat cottontots and a eighties knitting book, this chickadee cast-on on a mission to make baby girl (blank) the best dressed neonatal in all of the nursery.

let's roll out the burp cloth carpet and welcome the cuddly soft sensations to center stage (aka: the changing table). crawling forward first is a newborn noggin topper and matching kimono/wrap sweater, both accented with yellow ribbon. the kimono sweater has a bit of added flair thanks to a couple rows of contrasting crochet. the design of the kimono sweater was inspired by the ladies of mason-dixon knitting, you can find their version in their sassy book.

newborn cap baby kimono

here's a closer look at the closure:

baby kimono (detail)

toddling toward you next is the saque (a fancy way to say "cardigan"). it comes complete with matching bonnet and booties. and for the baby who just can't make up her mind, there is an optional contrasting bonnet and bootie set in yellow. she can mix and match or be mindful of tradition. and she's free to do what babies do, since all of these pieces are cotton and machine washer/dryer friendly!

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