Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Ni-to Day

Apparently February 10th (NI-gatsu TO-ka) is National Knit (NItTO) Day in Japan. It seemed to me that there was no better way of celebrating the day by sharing my very first sweater. Sure its only baby-sized, but its a sweater, its my first one, and I happen to think its adorable!

The yarn, Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino is delicious. It is lovely to knit with and the resulting knitting is soft and thick with a really nice give to it.

The pattern from Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino 2 was minimal at times which made it a little tricky to figure out. Once figured out, however, it was super easy. The resulting sweater, while simple, is still adorable.

Given my inability to tie a nice bow, the hardest part of the whole project was tying the perfect bow on the front!

I finished the sweater a few days ago, the very same day that the little one it was intended for made her entrance into the world. I hope it keeps her warm and safe, and I wish her, her parents and her elder brother love, health, and much happiness. Happy Birthday Baby R!


  1. Wow - that is absolutely beautiful! The red is dazzling, I love the shape or style of the sweater too somehow very Japanese-looking. And it even looks soft in the photos! I trust you will make more! love, C

  2. Great ribbon choice. You did a wonderful job. Have a great trip.

  3. Cath - I love that the sweater is such a simple design, but at the same time very adorable. It was such an easy pattern that turned out well, and I do look forward to making it again sometime for another friend's baby!

    Rhonda - I spent a LONG time at Okadaya picking out the ribbon, but in the end went with the first one I saw, which was pretty much exactly what I had been imagining from the start. I toyed with getting someting cutesy with flowers, but the velvet just seemed right.

  4. Hi Sarah,
    I'm currently making this jacket, but I'm stuck at the making up bit. I can't seem to make sense of the instructions for the shoulders. Do you have any tips?


  5. Amanda - I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I was travelling and thus offline and then sick and thus not really thinking straight for a couple of weeks...

    I remember having trouble understanding the vague directions for sewing up the jacket, and being worried that it wouldn't look right after all the effort I had put into it, but I found it really very forgiving of the seaming. It helped me to lay out the pieces as they would be in the jacket and figure out where the seams should be on the inside (the main body of the jacket and the maini part of the arms) and where they should be on the "outside" (the end of the arms that you turn over in a cuff). It sounds confusing to describe, but once you lay it out it should become more clear.

    I hope that helps?