I so enjoyed knitting this little sweater! I’ll start with the yarn. I picked up this skein of Ranch 01 by Brooklyn Tweed, when we were booth neighbors with Lani’s Lana at a fiber festival. It was one of those times… you know when you pick up a skein of yarn and find yourself cradling it, and don’t want to put it back. (That happens to everybody, right?) The yarn is naturally dyed, and I love the variations of color throughout the skein. I didn’t feel like I could do the color justice in any of my pictures. (It’s funny, I was never much of a “pink” fan throughout my life, but I’ve noticed the past few years how much I’ve gravitated towards pink yarn. I’m so drawn to the earthy and subtle pinks, and also the deep burgundy hues.)
This adorable pattern is one I had been wanting to knit since Laura Spargo Anderson (Foothill Stitches), first published it four years ago. The Bitty Caps Tee pattern features one of our carved heart buttons, and we were so grateful to her for choosing our buttons for her design. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, (and she also has an expanded version available with more size options.) I love that the newborn size only uses a single skein of worsted weight yarn, which is the most abundant thing in my yarn stash.
This pattern is a new favorite of mine, it’s such a great go-to baby knit, and I know I’ll be knitting it again. (Pretty much all my knitting projects are gifts (I love knitting gifts), but I knit this little sweater to be a sample knit in our booth. I’ve had a goal to knit more sample knits to show our buttons on projects.) If you decide to knit a Bitty Caps Tee, our carved heart buttons in red cedar are always available as a made-to-order item in the shop so you can choose exactly how many you’d like. …And if you already have one of our heart buttons and have been wondering what to make it with- now you have the perfect project!