It wouldn’t be entirely true to say that this Mason Dixon Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono is finished. I’ve woven in the ends I’m done with, but (in spite of what the pictures suggest) the piece is still unseamed – on purpose. I’m scheming some variations on the kimono, and want to be able to fiddle around with it while it’s still a piece of fabric.
Various kimono-commenters on the Mason Dixon KAL have been wishing to see more kimonos on actual babies. We’re a bit short on those around here at the moment (and the baby this kimono is destined for isn’t due until December). So I went hunting in the kids’ rooms for a likely substitute, and came up with this:
Even though Jennifer Rabbit isn’t exactly newborn size in all her dimensions, she does fit the one baby handknit we have, a sweater that the wife of one of D’s colleagues made for baby Eleven. (Didn’t know a lot of knitters back then ….)
So I pinned the kimono sleeves and sides together, and gave it a try. Good to see the kimono wrapping around a big, fat bunny belly – it made me want to choose a method of closing it that will adjust as baby grows.
But back to that baby sweater: does anyone recognize the pattern? (It would have to be at least twelve years old.) Or was it the product of an old favorite, learned it from a friend baby sweater recipe? Please comment if you can supply any clues.
I’ve been looking at it closely, trying to figure out how it’s put together – and have surprised myself by just how much sense I’ve been able to make of the knitting. Maybe it’s time to venture a little farther into sweater making… (And yes, the Addi Turbo is heading back to the Not a Rug Vest right away.)