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This little cutie was knit using one skein of self-striping Opal Sock yarn, with fabulous buttons by Dill!  The pattern is well written and a cinch to follow — the top-down construction is fast and fun, and designer Chris Reivik cleverly planned buttonholes along both bands.  This allows you to knit now and decide later whether it’s for a little boy or girl (traditionally, girls button right over left; boys left over right).  The best part?  The buttons can be sewn on right over the holes you’re not using — perfect placement, and sealing up the extra holes at the same time.  Genius!  Oh, and did I mention. . . no seaming?  NONE.

Baby items are fabulous in sock (fingering) weight yarns because they are lightweight but warm, and quite often machine washable.  Superwash wools and nylon blended wools intended for socks are very strong, and the smooth texture we love to knit with is easy on the skin, too.  Check out more than 3,000 awesome baby knits listed for fingering weight yarns on ravelry by clicking here!  And crocheters, check here for 600+ options!

Project Details:
Pattern: Wynkyn by Chris Reivik, Saratoga Knits (print version only)
Yarn: Fingering (Sock) weight: I used less than one 100 gram skein of Opal.  Check out Sage’s online sock yarn offering here, or even better, in person!
Needles: Sizes 2 & 3; circulars and dpns suggested, or try one long circular for magic loop!
Size: 6 months (pattern includes 4 sizes for birth-12 months)
Special Notes: I let the yarn “do what it wanted” and stripe willy-nilly on the sleeves.  If you prefer, you can pull through the skein to match the sleeves perfectly!  Or, think about using up some of your sock yarn leftovers to add contrasting cuffs and ribbing!  So cute!