Button panel sweater, springtime style

AKA the replacement.

Pullover w button front because spring

Tried the pattern in Cottonish yarn. Worked really nicely.

Added about 2-3 inches to each sleeve for Mr. Baby’s long monkey arms.

Pullover w button front because spring

Two booboos. One – too much garter stitch along sleeve edge. And two – skipped a garter row in the green.

Pullover w button front because spring
Pullover w button front because spring

Can’t believe I had to go out and buy some given the overflowing status of the button box, but it needed 10 and I wanted them to match.

This is the right size, but the neckhole is sort of giant for reasons I cannot explain. Maybe he’s just too big for this square neck style?

All details here via Ravelry.

An act of great restraint, button-style

Amazingly, Mr. Baby and I walked out with *just* the buttons we needed to finish his sweater.


Sticking to using what we have, and buying only what we immediately need to finish something.

Buttons are so tempting though.

Note to self, copy these

So simple and happy. Colorblocking = cheery + uses up scraps.

raglan ts

Bet those pockets are fake. Must remember to topstitch more of his clothes to make them look more professional. That little tie’s probably sewn on, too. Not spending $8/pair on everyday baby shorts, not when I have patterns and stashes.




Can you tell which are handmade and which are from the store?


Shorts! Lots.

Stash khaki fabric used to mock up a Christmas outfit. Liked them so much, I yanked the turquoise basting and restitched for real.

Camouflage cotton cut from an old skirt of mine that’s now too short.

Denim skulls also cut from a skirt from the same wonderful pattern, so also too short. The denim was tricky – I ran out of fabric so had to craft a waistband from denim scraps lined with light black cotton. But it worked.

Not pictured: Navy terry scraps from a nephew’s baby romper. These have a slightly wider waistband  — I didn’t fold the hem under inside but instead zig zagged it down to reduce some of the bulk of the fabric. The knit won’t unravel.

All have grosgrain tags stitched into the back of the waistband so it’s easy to tell back from front.

Rainbow sweater because it is spring

Happy yarn + chilly springs =


Really easy knit. I’ve made this pattern before and would make it again. Details here.

The yarn came from a clearance sale bought on purpose for babies.

I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it at the time but picked it up anyway – its cousin made this cardigan for a friend.

The buttons were fished out of the button box. Tried white, black, dark blue. Preferred the rainbow effect.


Just in time, too. Mr. Baby learned last weekend to say “rainbow”.

Also just in time because today it snowed for the second time in a week.

UFO: little pink sweater

I started this baby ballet sweater more than a year ago to give to a little girl born right before Mr. O.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

Got 90 percent done – it was all knitted and partly sewn together – and hit a roadblock. I didn’t like the seams, I didn’t know how to neatly attach the wrap binding to the edge. I put it down.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

It sat. She grew. It sat some more. I swore off seamed sweaters and moved on to one-piecers. She’s way too big now and has been for many months.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

But 2015 is the year of finishing, of using up, of enjoying. So I picked it back up, decided it wasn’t bad and finished sewing her together. She will find a home with a sweet little girl who just popped out last month.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely


ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

Details here c/o Ravelry.

How to… upcycle and save yourself some hemming

Save a step when upcycling shirts into a new shirt!

Line up the hems if you can before cutting.

Like on this raglan t-shirt with a straight hem. Its sleeves also have straight edges at the cuffs.


I lined the body up against the hem of a white t-shirt, and the sleeves on a black one.



One less step now at the end. It’s all hemmed!


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