11.04.2011

I'm Sorry


My sincerest apologies to all of the baby sweaters that may be reading this post. Because what I am about to show you may incite feelings of insecurity, jealousy, perhaps even self-loathing.

It's to be expected. Those feelings are normal when you are dealing with a handknit this perfect. 
And this handsome.




 It's my finished Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates, knit from Madelinetosh Tosh dk in Vintage Frame.

This is my favorite baby knit to date, and maybe my favorite knit EVER.


Because I am all about dressing our new little one like a preppy Grandpa. 

I imagine our baby wearing this sweater and studiously reading a baby book by the fire... because that's what a baby would do if he owned a sweater like this... and he would have very smart looking baby glasses and perhaps even carry something... like a baby handkerchief.. or something.. as well. Yes. Definitely.


I don't know what I like more..
Is it the cables.. the shawl collar.. the color??

Frankly, the entire combination is just crazy adorable. 

Especially with these shoes.. 



Who said it wasn't fun dressing a boy?!

I want to knit one in every size the pattern comes in, so he will always have one to wear.
I'm a bit obsessed.. can you tell?

In case this post makes you think I've gone off the deep end.. just keep in mind...
I'm having a baby in 3 days.
Emotions and hormones and irrational thoughts are running high.

:)



68 comments:

Maryse said...

3 days? How exciting! Knit and Tonic just mentionned that it was soon, but I wasn't aware it was that soon! Beautiful knit indeed! Love the buttons, they are so perfect! Wow!

Glana Ricci said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!
Congratulations on the arrival of new baby!

Erin said...

LOVE!!!!!

caknitter said...

Aw, precious sweater! Your baby is going to be known as the best dressed baby in the neighborhood.

skinner studio said...

It is so amazingly adorable! And lets face it - babies do sort of look like little old men :)

Can't wait to see him sporting his sweet outfits!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...
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Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Three days! You are definitely feathering your nest with all of those little knits.
All the best for the upcoming birth!

Suzanne said...

It's exquisite made only more beautiful by your photos. Put your feet up.

Jenn said...

It's wonderful! Is it odd that I don't think you sound crazy at all? Probably. :)

ctexas said...

He will be the best dressed little man in the neighborhood. So very nice can't to make it myself.

Cassandra

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

I need a Granny Cardigan pattern! I love this. I have had my eye on this pattern for quite some time . . . I do have a new nephew I could knit this for . . . But first, I MUST get my little girl set for her arrival into the world!

Good luck this weekend-- I hope a new family member joins you!

doulanana said...

What a sharp little man he's going to be! All the best to you with your birth.

joyceetta said...

Alana
Absolutely adorable sweater....all it needs is some suede patches at the elbows!
Wishing you well at the birth....I know all will go well.

meppybn said...

I just got this pattern and have some merino/silk planned for it - just divine. all the best for the next few days :)

myfatbigfoodie said...

Good luck to you!!!!!! Hope you are taking some time off after you have the baby to enjoy him!!!!

Kristen said...

I agree, best baby sweater ever! 3 days? All the best!

magrit said...

aaaaa..... so nice sweater ! Color, cables, buttons....

3 days... now is 2 ? :)
Best, best wishes !

Deb said...

What a gorgeous yet manly sweater for your little boy! I am so excited for you! May all go smoothly and please share photos as soon as you are ready showing your wonderful knitwear being worn!

O~ said...

That is just beautiful! And is in my que for my grandson and son... Too precious!
Congratulations on your new baby boy!

Sarah said...

Ha ha, studiously reading a baby book by the fire. I love it!

CelticCastOn said...

That IS perfection! The buttons totally set it off.

Karen said...

Oh, God bless you Alana! I will be praying for you that all goes well and your delivery be a time of great joy!!! And yes, the sweater is absolutely adorable. I loved having babies :)

hawknitr13 said...

great looking sweater!! best wishes on the new baby's birth!!

CarlyAnne said...

Alana this is absolutely gorgeous! He will definitely be the best dressed baby around!

emmy said...

As Beautiful as this sweater is it will be even more beautiful and special when your little one is in it!! I hope you will post some pictures when that happens. Congratulations and Best wishes!

From a Mom of 3 Boys who wishes she had been knitting when they were little.
emmy

jcoombs said...

Alana, I have to agree. The cutest boy thing I've seen! Best wishes!

Marta said...

Alana, I LOVE this sweater! You did such a beautiful job -- and those buttons are to die for!

I am sending you good labor vibes! I can't wait to see the handsome boy you've been cooking in there....

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

So, now, 2 days - I am catching up on my blog reading after being out of town on business. An absolutely lovely (& oh so cute) baby sweater. You new small one will love it - well all of us do, so that is just reasonable, right?.

Annie said...

I've knitted a few little baby sweaters of late, and though the pattern is my own design and so I'm bound to be proud of it, I have to say that were one of those little knits to be reading this post it would no doubt be highly unsettled by such unattainable perfection ;D

Good luck with the birth x

grandmastatus said...

omgosh squee. this is sooo cute! i love love LOVE those buttons; they are too perfect. can't wait to see your little one!

Alex said...

It is absolutely gorgeous. Your beautiful hand-knits for the baby are very inspiring. Good luck in three days or when the baby choose to arrive.

Amy Olsen said...

Love, love, love. I'm a mom of three boys so we find "cute" clothes when we can. Unfortunately at ages 10, 8 and 5 they won't wear handknits anymore (other than hats and fingerless gloves) because "none of their friends wear these types of clothes". Make them while you can. Counting, counting...Good luck to you!

morewithles said...

LOVE!

Robin V said...

That sweater is too cute and adorable for words...

QuiltsterMEG said...

Guess we won't be hearing much from you for a few days at least! Happy new litle best dressed boy! Congratulations

barbara said...

adorable knitting, thank you for sharing!
take good care at this special time ...

Amy said...

What an adorable sweater :) I love when baby boys are dressed like little old men, especially with a cute pair of cords and a cute sweater. and maybe a baby golfer hat.

Good luck with your birth :)

Donna said...

Adorable!!

Jessica said...

Good Luck!!!!
jpeled on ravelry

Paddy said...

Beautiful sweater. Best wishes for your delivery.

Grandmatutu said...

A November 7 baby--how fantastic. My daughter was born November 7, and it's a perfect time of year to hole up with a new baby! Enjoy every minute of your beautiful, sweet family. And the sweater is totally divine!! Good luck with the delivery--you all are in my prayers!

Auntea said...

I love the set, I think that is the cutest baby boy sweater I have ever seen! He is going to be so adorable. I am not even near enough to kiss those precious baby toes, but seeing all things make me feel like a proud "Auntea".

Nicky said...

3 days !! WOW.
Thats fantastic. I look forward to a pile of beautiful pics.

Allegra said...

gorgeous!!
i am officially inspired to knit this for my DAUGHTER! I love the buttons too. What a lucky little boy.

Best wishes on his upcoming birth!

Chris said...

Congratulations on the imminent arrival of the new addition to your family! :)

Tina said...

I LOVE it! I keep checking your post to see how you are doing and it seems like you are doing just fine!

Penny said...

Beautiful and I love the buttons. From an old mom of boys, I think it is so cool that there are better boy clothes out there now. 27 years ago when I couldn't find anything cool for them, I whined all the time and what I should have been doing is designing something boyish.

Sons are the greatest! Best wishes.

Paula Cummings said...

This is AMAZING!!!! I absolutely adore it. You've designed such cute girl clothes - I can't wait to see what you design for boys!

Valéria said...

This is such a beautiful knit for a baby boy! Congratulations!

RegencyKnitter said...

I LOVE it. The pattern is great, and your version is just stunning. I have a little boy due in February, and will definitely have to make one of these for him, as well.

Lori said...

OMG, I now have to say it AGAIN: You are going to have the best-dressed baby boy EVER! That sweater is gorgeous. The buttons are PERFECT. Very nice! (Three days? Wow!) -Lori

kjt said...

XOXOXOXOXO
Love to you and your family!

Jenny said...

Beautiful little sweater, Alana! Best wishes to you at this wonderful time in your life! We all look forward to the terrific boy patterns you'll be designing in the coming months!

Moondancer5 said...

Soo amazing! I can't wait to see that outfit, modeled!

Please make sure he wears a bowtie with that like my Grandpa did!

Best of luck!

penelope10 said...

Too funny! But it is so adorable! and he is almost here!!!

ferby said...

Super gorgeous cardi! I love cables. This cardigan features perfect combination of cables, yarn, color and buttons.

Kim said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! Wow, I don't even have, or am expecting a little one and you've made me want to knit one in every size and color I can too! I'm officially inspired, thanks!

Poethead said...

Oh! Congratulations and good luck to you!

The baby sweater is gorgeous! The yan is as well.

persnickity said...

Wow! The buttons are the perfect finish! I'm old enough to remember an actual grandpa wearing a sweater with those buttons - flashback!

Judy said...

adorable! Baby Boy must be here now! Hope all went smoothly and you and your family are enjoying the new arrival!

xo

Jenlyn said...

Speaking of Grandpa Babies: http://pinterest.com/pin/487112732/

This is a super cute baby costume.

Kiki Vee said...

Beautiful sweater! You must have had your baby by now so a big congratulations!! Hope we'll see pictures of him modeling some of the gorgeous knits you made!

Amanda said...

Alana this is so cute! I just bought some Mad Tosh to make this for a friend. I had heard the pattern was a little tough, though. Any thoughts?

Can't wait to see the baby pics!!!

Lauren Dahl said...

It's stunning! I might just have to cast on myself!

Heather said...

I love it, I always got a little frenzied right before my babies were born, he's going to look adorable(and smart) wearing this sweater!

Cakewalk Yarns said...

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

knittingpatterns said...

This is very very beautiful sweater! I like it so much! I like every details on it. The design is awesome. IT'S PERFECT! :D

V.D said...

I LOVE !!!!......