It is a universally accepted truth that the smaller an object is, the cuter it must be*.
*This truth does not hold for microscopic organisms, which are just mostly bizzaro looking. Very few people in the world would ever describe a bacteria as cute (I may just happen to be married to one of them). The biologist in me just had to acknowledge this caveat for scientific purposes.
Baby sweaters are not an exception to this rule. They are tiny sweaters made for tiny people, and that makes them freakin’ adorable. There is just no escaping this fact.
My Ph.D. advisor is having his first child this fall. And because it’s also a relatively well accepted fact that fall/winter can be a wee bit chilly here in Toronto, I was left with no choice but to knit adorable, tiny baby sweaters. So I went in search of some patterns on Ravelry, and just could not pass up the Hoot cardigan: 1) It was a free pattern (that is so cute I think I probably aww-ed out loudehen I first saw it), 2) there’s something about owls that is perfect for fall, and 3) it recommends the squishy, cloud-like softness that is Malabrigo worsted, which I just happened to have an extra skein of lying around. Look at that. It was fate.
Once I had finished the sweater, I kept holding it up and saying to Andy, “Look at it! It’s so tiny! Why is it so tiny?! Isn’t it cute?” His response was to nod politely and pretend not to notice me chasing poor Rufus around the apartment trying to get him to hold still long enough for me to put the baby sweater on him. (It is also a universally accepted fact that dogs in human clothing are mostly ridiculous, but pretty cute, too.) But, shh! Don’t tell my advisor I tried to put his child’s sweater on my wiener dog (who was having none of it). We’ll just keep that between you, and me, and the whole internet.
What are your favorite baby knits? I would like to finish a few more things before the baby arrives in September (like I need an excuse to browse knit baby items).