I snapped this picture while I was blocking the new samples of Baby Sophisticate to show my technique for getting a nicely rounded shawl collar. While wet blocking the sweaters, I simply rolled up a paper towel and folded the collar over it so that it dried in the shape I would want when the sweater is being worn. This helps to avoid the really stretched out and flat collar that can sometimes happen with wet blocking.
It’s finally ready! Here is the updated, improved and expanded version of Baby Sophisticate I’ve had in the works for a while. I’m so excited to have this pattern finally available in expanded sizes!
The new pattern includes an updated construction, corrected sizing (since the original pattern ran small) and many more sizes. Baby & Child Sophisticate includes baby sizes of 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months with finished chest measurements of 20 1⁄4 (21, 22, 22 3⁄4, 24 1⁄4)”/ 51.5 (53.5, 56, 58, 61.5) cm and child sizes 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) with finished chest measurements of 25 (26 3⁄4, 29, 30 1⁄2, 32 1⁄4)”/ 63.5 (68, 73.5, 77.5, 82) cm.
I’ve knit this new version of the pattern in Knit Picks Swish Worsted (the samples are Squirrel Heather) which is 100% Merino wool and superwash (so, perfect for babies and kiddos). The gauge for the updated pattern is 4.5 sts/ 6 rows per inch in stockinette stitch.
The free version of Baby Sophisticate will always remain available so that everyone will have access to the extensive notes of those who have knitted the pattern before and the wonderful translations made by fellow Ravelers. This pattern is simply an extension of the original for those interested in more sizes, improved sizing for the 3 and 6 month sizes and construction updates.
Both the baby and child sizes are included in the new pattern. The new pattern follows the same general logic as the original, with a few improvements such as more accurate sizing, as I said, a better fitting underarm, more detailed instructions on the construction of the collar and improved instructions for the buttonholes.
Baby & Child Sophisticate is available for 6.50 (USD) as a download in my Ravelry Store or through Paypal. Just click below!
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Also known as Mr. Sophisticate or Daddy Sophisticate to those who have been requesting it! It’s been a long time coming (like, 2 and a half years), but I’ve finally been able to write, knit, have test knitted, have tech edited, take pictures of and create the patten layout for the adult version of my baby pattern, Baby Sophisticate. I’m not sure if people are still waiting for it after all this time, but I hope some of you are still excited to see this pattern hit the market!
I’ve designed this pattern so that it can be made for a man or a woman, with optional waist shaping for the women’s pattern and different lengths for certain parts of the sweater depending on whether it’s being knit for a guy or a girl.
The pattern includes sizing for chest measurements of 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, and 62 inches and calls for Knit Picks City Tweed Heavy Weight (mine in Brocade and the men’s sweater in Tabby). You will need 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 11 skeins for the above sizes.
The gauge for the sweater is 15 sts/20 rows to 4 inches in Stockinette on size 8 US needles. Just like Baby Sophisticate, the sweater is knit from the top down, with a raglan yoke, and the button band and collar are picked up and knit after the body is finished.
The pattern is available for 6.50 (USD) as a download in my Ravelry Store or through Paypal. Just click below! If you do decide to knit Sophisticate, I always welcome feedback and questions, so please let me know how you like it!
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After knitting Nimbus with Berroco Peruvia Quick, I had almost an entire ball of yarn left over. I decided to make a Big Boy Sophisticate for little cousin Cole, since he is too big now for the original (and besides, it is summer so by the time it is cold enough for a sweater he will be waaay too big). Peruvia Quick is super bulky, so I decided to stick with the larger size, knowing that in this yarn it would come out to be a 24 month (or bigger) size. My gauge was 12 sts/ 4″, and I ended up with a 24″ chest.
This isn’t going to be the most practical of toddler sweaters because it will be hand wash only, but babies need nice things to wear sometimes, right? I decided to make it even more sophisticated and manly by adding woven leather buttons (also, this adds to the impracticality of the project, of course). Ooooh, he will look like a little librarian!
This is the second Baby Sophisticate I’ve made and I’m happy to say that it didn’t make me miserable to re-knit my own pattern :-). Maybe it was the novelty of the bulkier yarn, but I’m sure it helped that it was super fast. I was also glad to get a chance to test the pattern again – I followed the writen instructions and it produced a real-life baby sweater, so that made me feel good. There are 38 projects on Ravelry now, and those people have been able to produce real-life baby sweaters as well. It’s kind of like magic! :-)
It IS magic. I love knitting.
I’ve only been knitting secret things lately. The downfall of secret knitting projects is that I can’t discuss them or post pictures of them for fear of discovery (and it’s a very real fear in these cases). So, I’ll just say that my secret knitting is going well, I’ve got secret gauge, I love my secret patterns, and I love my secret yarns and will use them again in the future. The good, not secret, news is that I am actually utilizing what some might call “foresight” and documenting my secret knitting escapades so that I can share them once they are no longer secret. I love pictures of knitting (secret or otherwise) in progress.
Since I can’t share my current knitting, I wanted to give an update on Baby Sophisticate. I’ve had feedback that the pattern is running small (my mistake – confused by standard sizing – it could happen to anyone, right?). I’ve adjusted the age ranges for the pattern to 0-3 months and 6-12 months. Michelle unfortunately knitted almost an entire sweater before having to frog it and resize (really sorry!). I’m very thankful that it didn’t deter her from reknitting the sweater, and she has offered to share her size modifications to fit an 18-24 month old if there is enough interest on her blog. You should definitely check out her post even if you are not interested in the size modifications – she has posted an adorable picture of her little guy wearing “Chocolate” and running through a field. :-) Her photography is amazing! (I have to admit that it is quite surreal for me to see my design on a child I don’t know – you can tell I’m a newbie to all of this).
Ok, back to being secretive . . .
I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of the baby sweater social elite – Baby Sophisticate. This sweater is ideal for the baby who enjoys the finer things in life – silver spoons, gourmet mush, and Baby Einstein as a personal tutor. No silly pockets for this baby; only a sophisticated and luxurious shawl collar. :-)
Of course I’m kidding – your baby doesn’t have to be an Upper East-Sider to look adorable in this sweater! Using Mission Falls 1824 Wool and with a gauge of 15 sts/ 4″, Baby Sophisticate is an extremely quick knit (perfect for last minute baby shower invitations).
The design is a top down cardigan, with a picked up all-in-one button band and collar. This means no seaming – minimal finishing is the only way to go!
I want to give a HUGE thank you to Emmadoodle (aka Emily) for test knitting this design! She did a wonderful job of helping me find mistakes and just making things all around more clear! We hope that all the bugs got worked out in this process!
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