Another Young Einstein Baby Cardigan

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When I knit my first Young Einstein cardigan back in August, my friend Amy saw the picture on Instagram and asked if she could commission me to make one for her friend’s baby. Not only did I immensely enjoy knitting the first one, but the pattern’s author, Julia Stanfield, had made the Young Einstein pattern license free for small scale sales, so of course, I said yes!

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I have to hand it to Amy for her yarn choice because in my experience with commissions people tend to select boring colors and schemes. I had directed Amy to the Tosh DK selections at Jimmy Beans Wool, and just look at the color she picked! The colorway is called Yoko, and the buttons are from Purl Soho.

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I hope Amy’s friend loves this cardigan as much as I do. As my husband said, “Give that baby a newspaper to read!” Because the cardigan is so intellectual-looking. ;o)

Knit Layette with Cables

If you visit the Purl Soho website eight to ten times a day as I do, then you know what I mean when I say Purl Soho is magical. I want to make all of their crafts! I want to own all of their supplies!

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For this project I wanted something special for a special friend, who shares my name. Yep, her name is Jamie, and that’s cool. More importantly, Jamie is a kind and wise expectant friend (the two best traits), so I simply had to knit something for her baby to be. You know I can’t help myself! Jamie is also super classy, so when I saw the Knit Layette pattern kit on Purl Soho, I didn’t think twice before dumping it into the cart so I could knit it for her. (You can view the kit here.)

Here are some fancy filtered images of the cardigan in its early stages, which I posted on Instagram. (Those succulents died. I don’t know why, but I am a baby succulent murderer. I do better with the big ones.)

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The cardigan took what felt like light years to complete, and it’s no wonder given that it has…let me count…eight cables! The hat took less time but still a surprisingly massive chunk of time given that it’s only a newborn hat. (The hat has four cables.) For these reasons I omitted the socks. I had had enough cabling for the year.

Here’s another Instagram pic from back when I was all excited to be finishing the sleeves.

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The Purl Soho yarn in the kit is among the softest with which I’ve ever worked and ideal for a newborn knit. It’s called Line Weight and is 100% merino wool. Just try to resist rubbing your face in it. The pattern is written for sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months, and the kit comes with two skeins of Line Weight yarn, as well as Mother of Pearl buttons for the cardigan. (Purl Soho’s buttons are magical!)

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I chose the 0-3 months size. The hat looks a bit big for that age, but it has been years since my children were newborns, so what do I know. Since I didn’t knit the socks I ended up with a fully unused skein of Line Weight, which I’m happy to have for future knitting, but if you are interested in following my route keep in mind that you can purchase the pattern, yarn and buttons separately and save money by omitting that second skein.

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Here’s a shot of the back of the cardigan, which I just had to show since three of the cables are hidden there. This baby girl will be cuddled all around with cables. So so precious!

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Young Einstein Baby Cardigan

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If you’re a knitter nerd like me, then you too must find the Young Einstein pattern by Julia Stanfield irresistible. That over-sized collar makes any baby look like a studious little adult, and what’s cuter than that? The pattern is incredibly versatile, with options for edging, sleeve, collar/hood, and the sizes range from newborn to ten years to boot!

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Needless to say, when my dear, intellectual friend Nicole informed me that she is having a baby boy, I jumped right into this project, which has been patiently resting in my queue for some time now. The yarn is Tosh DK in the woodsy-academic colorway “Plaid Blanket,” which I have been oh so eager to use.

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If I can ever get caught up on all my WIP’s I’d like to knit one of these for my son, or daughter, or anyone else I can think of. It was a true delight to make!

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