Friday, 16 October 2015

Ballinakill Layette

Way back in June when I was 6 months pregnant with Mr C my mother came across a pattern for a baby cardigan in a notebook of hand written knitting patterns that belonged to her mother, my grandmother. My mother remembers my grandmother knitting this cardigan for some of my cousins and siblings however she had long passed before I made my arrival into this world so I was never a lucky recipient. So armed with the notebook, a needle size and yarn weight but no gauge and the skeleton of a pattern I set off to revive the pattern.

It took a bit of trial and error but I worked it out and finished it in time for Mr C's arrival. To top off the ensemble I’ve added a matching hat to keep tiny heads warm (the extended version of this pattern will be coming soon!).

While working on this pattern I often wondered what my grandmother would’ve thought if she knew that one day that pattern outline that she wrote in her notebook would be one day be knit by her granddaughter and worn by her great grandson. In tribute the pattern is named after the house and farm where my mother grew up.

It's written for fingering weight yarn and will work best in solid or semi solid yarns. The sample shown (and modelled by Mr C) was knit in Malabrigo  Sock in the Ravelry Red colourway.

The pattern can be found in my Ravelry store here.

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