Nutmeg Cardi

comments: 63


PATTERN: Sweet Baby Cardigan by Nancy Pietraczek
SIZE: 0-3 months?
YARN: Cascade Yarns Eco Alpaca

I'd like to just knit all day. And all night. I have knitting fever bad these days. I've had it all this year, of course, but now that it's winter, and wintry, and woolish, all I want to do is knit. Knit knit knit. Knit and then knit some more. And when I'm not knitting, all I want to do is surf Ravelry, looking for new things to knit. Like, say, this and this and this and this and this.


The little Nutmeg Cardigan kept me happily knitting (and by knitting I mean hardly any purling, as this is almost entirely made of garter stitch and bee stitch, the cutest little sponge-y, plump-y little stitch you ever did see — love love love bee stitch) for the past couple o' weeks. You just knit, knit knit. Perfect for watching Christmas movies (this one is still our favorite), stoking the fire, giggling at squirrel antics out the window (I now know they can literally dangle upside down — and I mean, completely upside down — from one paw, which is attached to an almost-vertical surface, one paw which does not seem to be particularly sticky, or grippy, and which, in fact, looks not even in the least bit strained, and stuff their little faces until they have eaten an entire birdfeeder's worth of black-oil sunflower seed in one sitting [or one dangling, as it were] ). It's perfect for being sat on by a displaced puppers who wants her dog bed back (it's become a whole thing now: Kitters gets on the dog bed around 6 p.m., Puppers skittles around anxiously, staring at/imploring me to do something already to restore order to the universe, I pretend I have no idea what is going on [this works in all sorts of situations, actually] and continue to k1, k1b across row to last 6 st, oblivious to all animal drama. [I mostly stop caring at 5 p.m.; at 6 p.m. I declare myself oficially off the animal-drama clock, turn on Judge Judy, and make everyone wait until their father gets home for anything else they might need] ).

Yes, it's a great little cardigan for all of those wintry things. I made a bunch of mistakes on this, and still am wishing that I had used a size smaller needles for the button band (came out too long, in my opinion). But generally, if you have four adorable little painted wooden buttons and you are wondering what to do with them, I would strongly suggest making this sweater. I wish that it came in sizes bigger than three months, but it seems a bit bigger than that, actually. If I have any motivation toward doing math in the coming weeks (can't really think of anything more unlikely than having any motivation toward doing math in the next few weeks), I'll try and upsize this cute little warm little squishable little sweater. Or else I'll just sit here and think about it instead. Or else I'll just sit here.


This might be my favorite! Sweater and spice! Absolutely darling. You have the knack of putting just the right yarn with just the right pattern and then just the right buttons to top it off! And I know how lovingly you choose each detail, dear one. Stay cozy!

Just use bigger yarn and needles! That's what EZ says to do and I trust her implicitly in all knitting matters.

Darling little thing!

I know what you mean about Ravelry, that site is so VERY addictive!

I too am in awe of all the lovely things that you've made your sweet girl. I'd love to hear an update about when she might be coming home. I often think about you, and Andy, and the pups, and the joyful moment that will be!! (been reading your blog for about years now!) Much love to you.

this is so cute Alicia !
i just want to put my knitting away for few days and cast on for this one, maybe in red ;)

I just wanted to wish you a merry christmas and have a look around what you have been up to. I haven't visit for a while.

All the best


wow, so pretty! I love the combination with the yarn and thoose cute buttons!

Oh, so pretty! I haven't seen that movie, but it seems exactly like the sort of Christmas movie I love. Must order it online.

i'd love to scale this pattern up to adult size. It's so lovely!!
I also have the knitting fever. Ravelry can be very distracting!

Such a cute little sweater and such a lovely name!

So sweet!

Promise me that you will share if you find an English translation of that adorable little wrap around shawl?!?

Very sweet...esp. the wee buttons. I would definitely wear an adult size version of this!

A Knitting Book. That's in your future. Decorating, Knitting,... look out Martha Stewart, there's a new girl in town. We love this sweater here. OMG you could start your own clothing line too. That's something MS never did!

your baby girl is going to be the best dressed, loved to pieces little girl ever. glad you have some fun things to make while you anticipate her arrival.

Just knit it with bigger needles and yarn! Instant upsize!

Marlene@ says: December 17, 2010 at 09:12 AM

I didn't know about Ravelry, so thank you. I just spent 2 hours on it.

Susie Sears Taylor says: December 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I went to the button website "Apples and".....WOW it is a fantastic site! With all the great buttons I don't know how you made up your mind. Oh, what am I saying! I'll bet you ordered them all...and how could you not? Remember my advice of putting a zipper down the back of the sweater. You will not be sorry. Why don't you try it in one and see what I mean. You can easily put a squirmy child in a sweater with a quick zipper when you can't get the darn buttons buttoned because she will want to bite them and won't lift her chin anyway. The front will be the same charming sweater look.

All the little knitted sweaters you've made are so adorable. And I feel the same way about knitting and Ravelry, in case you need some sort of validation to do nothing else :)

Troy Louise says: December 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Wow, another great little sweater - I just love it - so warm and yummy looking. Sounds so warm and snuggly at your place. Happy Friday!

Alicia, I would have sent you an email rather than posting a comment, but I can't seem to find your address on here, so a comment it will have to be.

I just want to say that I appreciate your blog not being covered with advertising. You manage to have a blog which generates income due to your own hard work. I find that really admirable.

Thank you.

It's perfect! I hope you take a picture of everything you have made for this little one's wardrobe and share it here...I bet it looks amazing!

Merry Christmas,

I love brioche and never thought of it on a sweater like that. And, since the secret is out, all bets are off when Judy Judy is on at my house, too.

That is an adorable sweater. I am hoping for a few hours of relaxation to get some knitting done myself. Of course, I don't think it will happen until Christmas morning. So far away!

That is precious! I would love to learn to knit...maybe 2011 will be my year to learn.
I just sent off my packages of ornaments to the cousins. I am so happy with the heartfelt gifts this year. Everything turned out great (although I did have to enlist the help of a college student from the local yarn shop to knit my tiny polar bear scarves). Thanks again for the wonderful kits! I hope there will be another next year.

*sigh* you crank out the most beautiful things...

speaking of, my daughters and I are LOVING your new embroidery book! We have a question...

Where oh where can we find ourselves a pair of those gorgeous boots on p. 72??

Thank you for sharing your lovely things with us, and helping us to make our own little corners more "cozy" :)


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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at