I set a goal to knit four sweaters this fall. One for each of us. (Thank goodness my family is small!) I started with the smallest and quickest knit to ease myself in to this process with a fast one. Also, Lupine is the only person in the family without a sweater that fits for these first cool days.
She chose the yarn (sparkles!) from our local yarn shop and we picked the pattern together off of Ravelry. It was quick and satisfying to knit up, and was technically my first sweater (with sleeves anyway). I enjoyed every stitch.
The buttons are antique mother of pearl from my stash. They belonged to my great-grandmother. There was something magical about sewing on the buttons that belonged my grandma's mom. (My grandma was the one who taught me to knit and kept me – and eventually my kids – warm with her prolific knitting.)
Lupine's mother's mother's mother's mother's buttons. On my first little sweater.
It warms my heart.
As for Lupine, she loves it. She's worn it everyday since I cast it off. It doesn't get better than that.
Project details can be found here.
I'll be away tomorrow, so have a wonderful weekend, friends! xo Rachel
20 thoughts on “A Tiny Tea Leaves for My Girl.”
How wonderful to be able to knit clothes for your family, I have tried knitting a few times (to make soakers for cloth nappying) but have never got the hang of it. How I would love to be able to do the same as this, its beautiful.
Beautiful work Mama!!! xoxo
well done, i love the sparkles!
I love that you used your Great Grandma’s buttons. My own Grandmother, who would almost be 100 if she were alive today, cut off every button from discarded clothing to use for another purpose. I still have some of her buttons to this day.
I love the history in those buttons, and the sweater is beautiful. Someday, I’ll learn to do things with yarn.
Gorgeous! Nice work, Rachel!
And just in time for these chilly days! It is a really great sweater, nice work 🙂
Beautiful! It’s a great first sweater. I still have a blanket that my great-grandmother made before I was born. Family heirlooms are the best. I imagine this sweater will be saved for your grandchildren!
*sigh* I haven’t picked up my knitting needles in ages. I think I may have forgotten how to knit. The sweater is beautiful!
Love your sweater! Kind of hilarious that I just cast-off the grown-up version (for me) this week! 🙂
Love it!, I want to do one for myself.
Id love to knit the mama sized one as well!
If only the other three were ready! Last years still fits so well keep warm without them. 🙂
What a treasure, Bianca! Yes, I hope this one is kept for some future babe…
I marvel at the old buttons with decaying bits of cloth still held to the back. We have forgotten how to conserve. They knew no other way. ~ Rachel
For some folks crochet is more intuitive. Maybe if you are inspired again try that instead!
oh gorgeous….! I hav4e never finished a sweater. I am soooo slow that everyone outgrows them before I finish and I find this way to disheatening! I am inspired, this pattern looks inviting!
It’s gorgeous; you did a wonderful job! Tea leaves has been on my to-knit wish-list for a while; looking forward to that!
LOOOOVE!!! I am planning to make this for my future little girl. I hope I don’t jinx myself by knitting for kids I hope to have. I even found a cedar lined hope chest at an antique shop for $150! A pretty good deal for the size and impeccable condition.