I have had many discussions about the "take home outfit". I didn't really think about it in this way but I have had this "take home outfit" pattern stored away for over five years. I started knitting this precious wrap while I was pregnant and as per most projects, loved to think about the little person who would one day be wearing it. And now as I sit here typing one handed, feeding my baby boy, my heart melts as I upload the photo of him on his first day home.
Pattern: A lamb in possum clothing
Designer: Melissa Deutsch Scott
Yarn: TBA when I find the label!
Needles: 3.00mm, 3.25mm
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern: The pattern found in YARN magazine (Issue 15, September 2009) is one that is well written and straightforward. Basic use of knit and purl for the 4 row repeat garter pattern is easy enough even for beginners. Also, this creates a nice variation on the basic garter stitch pattern. You will need some knowledge of picking up stitches, joining or knitting in the round for sleeves (depending on if you choose option A or B).
Extra bits you should know before casting on: This wrap was made in possum wool, which is delightfully soft. However, coming by possum yarn in Australia is a bit of a task, I have found. If you are keen, It's readily available throughout New Zealand and online. In saying this, I was very happy to swap for the ever so soft alpaca yarn available at my LYS, which meant no waiting for the post!
I didn't feel the need to change anything while making this up, however if I were to make it again I would modify some bits for my personal taste. On the second front flap, the pattern uses a stockinette stitch, perhaps to contrast the top flap. I didn't feel this was necessary, if anything would prefer the whole jacket made in the 4 row garter stitch pattern. Secondly, I used a crochet hook to join the hood seams as it is a much tidier finish. Basically, you use a double crochet stitch on the two wrong sides for a lovely plaited finish. This means when the hood is down, you can see a nice clean seam. Third modification I would make, should baby's size permit is to close the bottom seam so as to create more of a sack. With the raw edges of the stockinette, it tends to curl anyways. As I am very quickly learning, baby's feet get cold fast, so any help is welcome!
For those of you keen to cast on, this pattern is available as a PDF via Ravelry. You have to see the photos of the original, they are enough to get you to cast on even if you don't have a baby to give it to!