I am definitely a wool lover. I don’t care for knitting with plant fibres because I find them to have little to no “give.” But from time to time, the smoothness and sheen of cotton can be super satisfying. Over the weekend I knocked out two adorable cotton outfits for Maddy for spring.
The first is the Blue Sky Alpacas Cameron Hoodie pattern, which is one of those adorable tiny pocket sized patterns that we now sell.
I made the smallest size since Mads is on the skinny side. It took only two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton! The yarn is a loosely plied cotton so it is incredibly soft. It had less give than you would expect because the cotton actually sticks to itself more than a more processed cotton, but the feel is quite lovely. I love it for baby items because by the time it does its usual cotton wear, the baby grows out of it anyway!
I then wanted to work with the Debbie Bliss Eco Baby. I love this yarn for kids and haven’t felt that it is getting enough love around the shop. There are some great projects in the Eco Baby pattern booklet but I tripped across the Like Sleeves for Baby pattern on Ravelry and couldn’t resist. I worked the bottom section in garter instead of seed stitch because seed stitch in cotton sounded like an all around bad idea. Worked in the round from the bottom up, this one is simple and straightforward. The yarn is smooth and falls into place a bit more than the Blue Sky Cotton. The finished garment shows inconsistencies less (almost no rowing out) and it almost looks machine made. I LOVE this color, although it is in our sale section, so come grab it! (It is called tomato.)