A finished sweater, and lots of pictures of my kids!

First, baby Sonya is TWO months old today! Unbelievable. The time is just flying by. Anyone know how I can capture her like this, forever?


A long time ago – when it was still warm enough for my son to be wearing shorts – I finished a textured sweater for him to match his little sister’s.

At the time this picture was taken, his little sister was still incubating inside of me. Little did we all know, she was less than one week away from meeting us.

Pattern:  Top-down raglan with a stitch pattern at the yoke of my own creation.

Yarn:  One of my all-time favorites for baby knitting:  Berroco Vintage, in mochi (off-white), dark denim (navy), sunny (yellow), and fennel (heather green).  I used US 5 and US 7 needles.  I used less than 2 skeins of the navy, and just a little bit of the other three colors.

Finished dimensions:  25.5″ chest circumference, 9.75″ sleeve length to underarm, 15.25″ shoulder to hem.  This will fit a typical 3 year old (mine is on the smaller side, and is 3 years 4 months old in these photos).

Unlike Sonya’s sweater, I inserted a zipper into Gregory’s.  It is faced with grosgrain ribbon on the inside.

I’ve been meaning to record/post an updated tutorial about the way I insert zippers into knits, but… Well, the adorable newborn is keeping me away from this task at the moment :).

A few folks have asked about writing up and sharing the sweater pattern with my readers. In my opinion, the stitch pattern is best for knitting in the round rather than back-and-forth, because it’s a 3-row (or 3-round) repeat.  It would be better on a sweater with a yoke knit in the round, or on a hat or mittens. So, there is some additional work and thinking to be done, and I have my hands entirely too full right now to give it adequate attention.

I really need to get a picture of Gregory and Sonya together, wearing their matching sweaters. Three-year-olds are notorious for their high degree of cooperation, right?  I did manage to get a few good pictures of the two of them the other day, of which I’m exceptionally proud.

I love them both so much.


23 thoughts on “A finished sweater, and lots of pictures of my kids!

  1. Caroline aka FiberTribe

    Oh, Kathy, they are beautiful individually and together! I’ve been following you via the blog long before you were married. I recall when you ‘surprised’ the blog with your wedding photos. It’s so lovely to see your dreams come true. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  2. dynnamae

    I have been following your blog for years. Your children are adorable and I love their sweaters. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  3. sue

    Your children are adorable. I love their sweaters too. I think most 3 year olds are a constant blur in photos from running around so much.

  4. June

    Nope, no way to preserve them. They get older, mouthy, etc. LOL. I’m trying to decide if your kids look more like you or like your husband, but I actually think the two of you kind of look like each other already, so I give up! 🙂

    Watch for our Christmas card in the next week or two!

  5. linda gaylord

    Your children are so beautiful…their sweaters are so cute! I would love to see you write up a pattern some day,but I certainly understand why you don’t have the time for pattern writing right now.we can all wait for it,I’m sure…

  6. Ingrid

    The cardigans are gorgeous (love the grosgrain facing on the zipper). The kids are beyond gorgeous and your post is filled with love.

  7. Amy

    The kids look fabulous! I can’t believe how much hair Sonya has – my new granddaughter had a bit when born but then lost it, and it hasn’t quite grown back yet (at 5 months). Love the sweaters.

  8. Ingrid K.

    Hi Kathy,

    first of all, congratulations on such beautiful kids, you must be thrilled. Baby Sonya looks like a sweet darling! Hope you get the chance to use all your fantastic knitting skills to make them clothes!
    Gregory’s cardigan looks very cool! <3

    Take as many photos as you can, they grow up so quickly! And take time to enjoy being with them!

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Ingrid xx

  9. Kathode Ray Tube

    My kids are teens now and are so different than those sweet soft babies I remember! Your kids are beautiful Kathy. Congratulations on the arrival of Sonya. I love the sweaters.

  10. LoriAngela

    I have missed the delight of reading blogs in the last while and am so thankful that you are on my original roll. Thanks for the exquisite pictures, the thorough knitting and notes and the general charm that you share. And babies! Too lovely.

  11. Nic

    Ah Geez. What a heart-stopping baby girl and a beautiful charming wee boy. Your comment about capturing S might sound like a throwaway remark but it’s a real dilemma I know.

    I would like to pass on some advice I got on the very same issue when my daughter was 3 months old. I was bemoaning to a friend that at 3 months old she had changed too quickly from being a lying-in-my-arms infant to a wriggling and curious baby. I wanted to slow it all down, in fact I didn’t want her to change at all.

    He wisely said (after 3 kids of his own) that if she didn’t grow and change then I wouldn’t have that moment when she slips her arms around my neck asking for a kiss or to be lifted up to look at the moon out of the window. I wouldn’t have the joy of her brushing my hair and decorating it with bobbins and clips while she breathes noisily into my ear with concentration.

    I know that you know this already from G but I understand completely what you mean.

  12. Michelle

    Love the photos! I’ve been following your blog for almost 10 years…..and I love to see the evolution.

    Yes, babies are wonderful and intoxicating, and preschoolers are fun and amazing…but don’t be sad to see the time slip away….there’s always the next phase and the next, and each gets better and better in its own way.

  13. Amy S.

    Your kids are wonderful, and I love the way Gregory holds his little sister!

    As the mother of three teens I have to say it just gets better and better.

  14. scottygrrl

    Fabulous sweaters for precious children! Enjoy every minute – they will continue to amaze (& occasionally exasperate) you, but every step of the way is uniquely great.

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