The wee Envelope by Ysolda Teague is rapidly becoming my go-to baby gift. I knit one last fall for an October baby in the smallest size in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, the weight called for in the pattern. One of the things I love about knitting is how new techniques and unusual constructions can challenge my brain. The wee Envelope’s construction is nothing short of brilliant, once I managed to quit making colossal mistakes. You can read about all of them here.
This time I was knitting for a May baby, and I wanted to use up some slightly larger Knit Picks Swish DK yarn in my stash (left over from the Sweet Faux Hawk Baby Blanket I designed), so I went for the 3-6 month size in the hopes it will work for next winter. Even though I was using fatter yarn, I still used U.S. size 6 (4.0 mm) needles. It just made a bit of a squishier, denser fabric.
Because I’d struggled with and triumphed over the yoke last time, I was confident that I wouldn’t have any problems this time. Well, you know what the Yarn Harlot says… “Experienced knitters don’t make fewer mistakes than new knitters. They make bigger ones faster.”
Without giving away too much of the pattern, I’ll tell you that at one point, I had to knit off a stitch holder. I merrily zoomed along, got to the end, held up my work… and realized I’d trapped the stitch holder into the sweater. Maybe I could pass it off as extra flair? But then I would be without my stitch holder, soooo… riiip it went. Stitch holder rescued. At least this mistake made me laugh. A lot.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this baby and I have the same initials, MH, so I worked a little half-monogram/half-autograph into the bottom bit of the sweater. Rather than knit the stitches using traditional colorwork, I did inlay with the blue using the roositud technique, which looks embroidered but is actually worked in as you knit. I’m a teensy bit worried about the length of the float forming the middle of the H. It crosses 6 stitches, which is honestly a little too long. But the good news is that if the monogram gets totally destroyed, or if the sweater gets passed on to another baby with different initials one day, the roositud inlay can be snipped out and removed without hurting the sweater underneath.
The other modification I made was to skip the buttons. I just didn’t feel like I needed them.
As I’ve said before, I love this little pattern. It’s a quick knit, it’s functional for a new baby, it’s adorable, and it’s a fun knitting challenge. It also got me a little over 250 meters for Stash Dash.
I’m currently working on another pattern by Ysolda from the same “wee Ones” collection, the wee Cria. Once again, there’s a weird shoulder construction that kept me thoroughly entertained. It’s going a little bit slower, since the yarn is fingering weight. In a lovely display of kismet, this latest wee Envelope was for my friend Dana’s baby… and the fingering weight yarn in the sweater for this other baby was dyed by Dana. Full details on the wee Cria and Dana’s gorgeous yarn once this project is done. 🙂