I have to admit, when I saw the Watermelon Baby Cardigan pattern by Stitchylinda on Ravelry, I might have completely lost my mind and made a high pitched noise. My husband would tell you that my "grandma genes" are taking hold, but I don't think that's it. I like cute things (I knit a lot of toys and tiny things) and the cardigan was just the CUTEST thing. Add to that the fact that I have a dear friend who is expecting a baby girl in June, and boom, I had to knit it.
I knit this over two or three evenings (sorry to be vague, but my life is kind of a blur right now). The pattern is a free download on Ravelry, and I thought that the bright colors of the Nurture cotton from EuroBaby would be perfect, especially for a summer baby. I had to order a darker, more watermelon-rind green, but Euro is quick to ship and I worked on the top of the sweater while I waited for the green to arrive -- again, just a couple of days.
Let me say, often with patterns, the old adage of "you get what you pay for" rings very true. This pattern is well written, and includes stitch counts for the increase rows. As I was knitting it, though, I was thinking about you, our happy customers. Would you want to purchase an entire skein of yarn when you only needed it for two rows? Would $39 be too much to spend on yarn for a baby cardigan (or two, actually, because you need just about half a skein of green...but I digress.)? I knew that if I thought twice about making that kind of a purchase, that you would, too. And ta-da, the thought of putting a kit together came about.
Now you, too, can knit a watermelon cardigan for a baby girl headed your way...they are sized for 0 - 3 months. The kit includes everything you need to get started except the knitting needles (I used a size 6) and a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends. Yes, even the wee buttons are included! All for $11.25. Stop by soon to get yours!