Small humans are somewhat difficult to photograph, but they are among my favorite beings to knit for. little-oak-4This little sweetheart is my new niece. I made her a Little Oak by Alana Dakos. The smallest size of the pattern is 6 months, so that’s what I made for this wee three month old. I added about an inch of length to the body and arms. Her older sister is rather lanky and tall, so I thought it might last longer with extra length. little-oak-2I love this pattern. I made one for Z ages ago and Charlotte wears it still at 20 months. The current model is made from Cascade Heritage fingering weight yarn in the color Lilac. I chose a yarn that would withstand spit up, general kid dirt, and both washing and gentle drying. I err on the side of durability and washability when it comes to knits for others’ little ones. I try not to expect others to hand wash and dry wool. little-oakThis is the clearest picture I got that showed the entire sweater. I love how skeptical she looks. The buttons are made by Dill and I found them at my LYS. I’ve now used these same buttons on three projects. They’re lovely, but neutral enough. I highly recommend this sweater pattern, and if you’re into matching kid and parent knits you can make Gnarled Oak Cardigan. This project had to be kept quiet until our visit for Thanksgiving festivities. I am planning on casting on lots of fun things soon!

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