When I saw the Leaflet pattern in the latest edition of Knitty, I thought it was a nifty adult cardi that could be turned into a really nifty baby sweater. So I set out to make a new sweater for Tadpole and I started by making a swatch, er, sweater for me.
Why? Well, I wanted to try out the Quince & Co. Osprey yarn and (more importantly) I wanted to see how the sweater was constructed before I started making any modifications. Sure, I could have just studied the pattern but that would have required more sleep than I was getting at the time.
Mama Leaflet Specs -
Pattern: Leaflet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Yarn: Quince & Co. Osprey, Cypress colorway, 4 skeins
Needles: size 9 addi lace circulars
Mods: I made the bottom ribbing 13 rows long to match the length of the neck/front ribbing
What you should know: knit a swatch and wash it! My swatch grew by 1/4 stitch per inch after washing.
Baby Leaflet Specs -
Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee, Parsley colorway, 2 skeins
Needles: size 4 addi lace circulars
Actual Size: 21.25"
Mods: I only changed two things (other than gauge) for the baby version. First, I worked the body without any waist shaping. Second, I only worked 10 rows of neck/front ribbing but that was because I was worried about running out of yarn. I might have made it but I couldn't be sure and I didn't want to have to rip back in order to be able to finish the sleeves.
It also makes a great chew toy. She was munching on the shoulder the entire time we were taking pictures.
As for my Leaflet, it's comfy and cozy. And it holds up tolerably well to baby drool. She spent plenty of time gnawing on my shoulder, too. Now we'll just have to see if I'll wear it.