7.01.2012

sweet fiber + milk infant top = happiness

Let me just tell you that there are grays and there are g-r-a-y-s! I'm a fanatic gray hoarder - from light subtle grays to deep saturated dimensional grays. I love all of them! When Melissa of Sweet Fiber yarns sent me a skein of her Avery Sport in the colorway Smoke, I just about shouted outloud with glee! I knew right away that it was going to become one of the cutest baby knits ever - the Milk Infant Top by Brandy Fortune.

I'd been eyeing this infant top for a long time and when I found out one of my BFF's was going to have a baby girl, it was at the top of my list to knit for her November arrival.

This pattern has a simple elegance and a vintage touch with it's sweet little crochet edging. It comes in 4 sizes (newborn - 9 months), and makes the perfect baby shower gift using only 400 yds of fingering weight yarn plus 20 yds of contrast yarn at its largest size. Who doesn't have a yummy sock skein just laying around waiting to become a heavenly little cardi?! And, if you're anything like me... you also have hundreds of odd end scraps in the 20 yd range to use up for the edging.

The pattern was very easy to follow and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of knitting this infant top. The crochet portion was simple enough for even me, a crochet newbie. So, don't let it scare you away! And, the yarn, well, it was a dream to work with! It's 50% silk and 50% merino fiber content felt like buttah running through my fingers. At 360 yds, I had just enough to knit up the 6 month size. I did end up making some small changes in the crochet edging, I added a button loop, and I choose to do a garter hem on the bottom to combat the rolling of the stockinette (pattern notes here). Check out my beautiful "grellow" knitted and crocheted (!) cardigan:


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(I just love these little fold-over sleeves!)


Pattern: Milk Infant Top
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Yarn: Sweet Fiber Yarns Avery Sport
Colorway: Smoke
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: My favorite antique chair - a gift from the parents.



Brandy, the designer of this cute top, has been kind enough to throw in a gift pattern for one lucky follower to win. So, let's do this… leave a comment below by mid day tomorrow (7/2/12) and I'll pick one follower to win a PDF copy of this pattern when I announce the other giveaway winners and post the new 2 week giveaway. Happy rest of your Sunday!


Sincerely,

Ve



49 comments:

magda said...

Oh, lovely piece of work:) My friend is just waiting for baby .. I am in queue - first! That would be nice to win! :)

Elizabeth Ahlers said...

So beautiful! Simple elegance for a baby.

Tanis said...

So sweet! I had pinned a photo of that sweet sweater a few weeks ago but didn't know where to find it until right now. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous version.

Whitney said...

Oh how cute!!! Love that little sweater

katherinelynn_04 said...

I have several friends having babies in the near future. That looks like the perfect little cardigan for gifting!

amchart said...

Beautiful, Ve. I have the perfect baby to knit that sweater for. Rav amchart theharts at windstream dot net

Kamigaeru said...

Oh, how adorable! I'd love to knit this for my friend Judi, she's having a little girl in a few months!!!

dclulu said...

*Such* a cute sweater.

grandmastatus said...

Ah that crochet edge is the perfect touch. So beautiful ♥

collegeknitting said...

Adorable! Thanks for the give-away, it would be an awesome pattern to win.

Amanda Vondrasek said...

I LOVE this pattern!! And I happen to have a friend who's due date was today... This would be a perfect baby gift :)

Amanda Vondrasek said...

I LOVE this pattern!! And I happen to have a friend who's due date was today... This would be a perfect baby gift :)

Zenitude (formerly Wooly Knits n Bits) said...

And I have the perfect little 7 wks old grandson to knit it for!! Thanks for the fun giveaway!
Rav: zenitude

Anonymous said...

I would never think of grey, it is so sweet, love the changes you made, I have a niece currently expecting, and a skein of sock yarn

Fracksmom on ravelry

Cecilia said...

Beautiful pattern! I'm expecting my second in a few months and I just can't stop gathering amazing patterns to knit before he/she is born!
Rav wenlita

October Rose said...

I just discovered this pattern recently on ravelry ... it is adorable. Wouldn't mind making it for my own baby ... :)

Sylvie said...

Pretty! Babies seem to be going around my social circle recently, so more cute patterns are always helpful.

sacha said...

oooooo that's beautiful!

Jack said...

Oh my goodness -- so sweet!

Kayla said...

So lovely!

Melissa @ Miso Crafty Knits said...

Gorgeous sweater! What a lucky baby to be able to wear that!

I agree, I LOVE greys and used to chide myself for buying a lot of grey yarn. Oh well!

Nuttygal said...

I was just thinking about what to knit my BFF who is expecting her first in a few months. I love that sweet little sweater.

Charlotte said...

I'm off to add this to my favourites on Ravelry now. Thanks for sharing.

Jade said...

Love the top, so sweet!

Rasa said...

How very sweet! I just finished a sweater for a little boy...baby shower is the end of this month.

Anonymous said...

Such a precious baby sweater! Great work!
I am 2/3 done reading Life of Pi. Enjoying the book and was nicely surprised when I saw it recommended on your blog just now. :)

StaceyKnitsIt

Jennifer in Ohio said...

What a wonderful little sweater! Your friend is lucky to have you. :)

Kristen said...

Such a sweet little sweater. Absolutely darling!

Anonymous said...

So cute!:)
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Maryse said...

It's really cute! I love the little details! And the color of course ;-)

Rae Lynne said...

This little top is so cute. I love the gray you chose. :)

Catherine said...

Darn cute - never considered gray for a baby thing. Love the crochet edging too.

L. P. said...

What a lovelt, sweet top!

Laura said...

That's just lovely! I like the fold-over cuff detail especially.

butnostephanie said...

I am probably too late, but that sweater is super cute, i love grays!

Rachel D. said...

Adorable! I would love to try it!

Andrea said...

Oh! That is really so sweet!

florapie said...

I've been admiring this one for a while but the crochet intimidates me. Yours turned out so nicely!

Evelyn said...

Your cardigan is stunning. I love grays, too, and love that you knit this baby knit in it.

Hind DP said...

Love the colors you chose, very cute top! Great go to pattern for baby showers

Amy J said...

That is adorable! The color looks like a perfect match for the pattern.

Rav id - txtaurus

Julie said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I now know what to knit next for my first niece, arriving in Oct. Thank-you so much for sharing!

thewalshfam said...

I have a new baby girl who would look super cute in this sweater! I'd love to win the pattern!
Katie
Rnmama on ravelry

Franchement (on ravelry) said...

It's lovely!

Jaime P said...

Great sweater- love the edging.

Karen said...

I know it isn't mid-day anymore, but just sayin' anyway, that baby sweater is the cutest thing ever. Love it. And the gray with white trim is lovely!

Kristen said...

That is SO cute. I have a dear friend expecting her first baby in October. I would love to win this pattern!

Kristina said...

That is absolutely adorable.

karen alho said...

I love it! Quick please, would someone in my family give me another grandchild?