Babies can sneak up on you in unexpected ways!
My coworker recently announced she was due in 4 weeks. This woman cannot possibly weight any more than I do, so let’s say she’s 140lbs … she certainly didn’t look eight and a half months pregnant. Turns out she and her husband are adopting! They’d only just found out they were getting a baby soon and were in that excited and scared phase.
I was wondering where I’d find time to knit a baby gift as I have a pretty tight design schedule right now. I know it’s not expected, but I like to knit something for new babies when I have the time. And since this little girl’s first 9 months sound kinda rocky I thought a hand knit to say “welcome to vermont!” seemed necessary.
So I wandered through ravelry looking at baby hats. This was the week of 70-80 degree temps and a hat just didn’t sit well with me. Eventually I found the Whirlygig shrug!
I knew this would be perfect, and so I borrowed the magazine from a friend. The yarn came out of deep stash. I wanted something washable and this is a 100% merino superwash sock yarn. The patten calls for a DK weight so I held the yarn double throughout. The fabric might be a little bit thicker than the original, but it’s not uncomfortably stiff.
I made the newborn size, on the needles called for. I didn’t swatch, or measure my gauge when finished. I didn’t even measure the shrug. Babies start out small and then grow, right? So I figure if it doesn’t fit her right away she’ll grow into it. And a frilly short-sleeved shrug will be perfect for summer.
Welcome to Vermont little baby! I hope things go smoothly for you from here on out.