• All in a Weekend’s Work!


This weekend I broke the rules and cast on the cutest little sweater. Friday night was a super busy knit night and one of our charming knitters had the pattern for the Baby Sophisticate Sweater and she was casting on. I couldn’t resist, I went home and cast on too. I don’t know if it was the shawl collar that got me, or perhaps the promise of using toggle buttons but I was a bad little knitter who went to her box of needles and pulled some out. I used some Dream in Colour Classy I had on hand in the colour Happy Forsest.


Now, the problem came about 3 inches in when I realized it was coming out rather tiny. I know babies are small but the sweater was coming out REALLY small. So I took a gander at the pattern, recommended needle size, yarn gauge, pattern gauge. It just didn’t quite add up. The yarn is an 18, the needles are a 5mm, that makes perfect sense. Normally i would get 18 stitches per 4 inches no problem. I measured out my gauge and I sure did have 18 stitches, the problem is that the pattern gauge is 15 stitches per 4 inches. The pattern designer must be a VERY loose knitter to get that gauge.

I had a couple of options, I could go up a couple of needle sizes or I can use a bulkier yarn or both. I decided that I really loved the colour of this yarn and a slightly looser fabric would be okay so I went to some 6.5 mm needles and started over. I had everything but the last sleeve done by Monday morning, what a great quick knit. Now I just need some adorable buttons…..

To make a Baby Sophisticate of your very own:

1 Skein of Dream in Colour Classy

6.5mm needles (I used 24″ circulars)

2 stitch holders

the pattern, which can be found here.


10 Responses to “All in a Weekend’s Work!”

  1. Chantal says:

    Hi Alexa,
    Wow, you are so quick! I was so happy to hear your comment about the sizing because I thought I had done something really wrong! It’s teeny! I will go with 6.5mm… thanks!

  2. Alexa says:

    Thanks for the great pattern idea! I wasn’t even really working too hard to get it done in a weekend, how great is that?!

  3. Delores says:

    Gorgeous color!

    What other colors does the store carry?

    Loving the blog posts and all the beautiful baby projects!

  4. bike sales says:

    nice list..really helpful.

  5. Chantal says:

    Hey Alexa,
    Are you going to be at knit night tomorrow? If so, could you bring your Baby Sophisticate so I can check if my sizing is on the right path ? I just ripped my teeny one out and started on a new one with 6.5mm. (If you can’t, no worries) Chantal

  6. Alexa says:

    I’ll be there, and no problem, I’ll have my Baby Sophisticate on site!

  7. Alexa says:

    I’ll be there, and I’ll have my Baby Sophisticate on site!

  8. Alexa says:

    We’ve got a pretty full range of colours in Classy, a nice little rainbow!

  9. Delores says:

    Does your new gauge knit up to a newborn size or 0-3 month-ish? Thanks!!!!

  10. Alexa says:

    I knit the larger of the two, it still knit up a touch small but pretty close.