Three Irish Girls baby sweater (and a sweet offer!)



My sea glass collection dates back from my childhood and I still manage to add to it whenever I can. Collecting sea glass is a manageable treasure hunt as it involves nothing more than a casual stroll on the sand. My collection must be known to others as I've had children knock on my door offering a sandy handful of sea glass after a trip to the beach. I've never done a thing with my collection except to admire it when I see it, but when I saw the color name of this yarn, Sea Glass, I knew I would have to have it, plus it's the color of my new grandson's-to-be nursery.  And now I'm seeing this color everywhere--you know how that is.

I purchased Springvale DK yarn from Three Irish Girls at Stitches West a few weeks back and took no time at all deciding to knit Silver Birch, a little cabled hoodie from Sarah Cooke.  The entire project was knitted bliss from beginning to end and I treasured making every stitch.  The pattern is easy peasy, and if you are an experienced cable knitter, you'll have the 16 row cable repeat figured out and memorized by row 8. If you are new to cables, this would be a good sweater to try for honing your cable superpowers.  The well-written pattern uses 3 different types of basic cables, and knitting them will give the cable novice some insight as to how cables work. The yarn is total bliss too: extremely well-behaved, luxuriously next-to-the-skin baby soft with a scrumptious hand, not needle fussy in the least, plus it's machine washable. Since it is hand-dyed, it has lively flecks of light and dark in each stitch creating a subtle mosaic of color. Go ahead, try the pattern, try the yarn, I promise you won't be sorry! Three Irish Girls are offering my readers a 25% discount on Springvale DK just so you can try it out! Use code DKBABY at checkout.  This offer is good through March 24.  You'll need two skeins to knit the 12 month size, and at least one more to make the larger sizes.  The yarn is 100% superwash merino wool and made in the United States.  It comes in 270 yard skeins.  Machine wash on gentle, lay flat to dry.   You can purchase the Sea Glass colorway here.  I also would love to see this sweater in Bells of Ireland, Chambray, Cherry Ginger Ale, Doge's Palace, Mediterranean, Ventus,  and Up And Away. When you are on the Three Irish Girls site, look through the colors first, then when you choose your color, use the drop down menu to choose Springvale DK and use the code DKBABY at checkout to receive 25% off!

I regret the pictures below don't capture the true color.  Darn iphone.  The color is not gray at all, but I include the pictures so you can see the sweater details.



The pictures above and below are of the back of the sweater and give you a look at the three cables used.  The first one is a basic cable, the second one is a diamond (or a) trellis cable, and the center one I call a whalebone cable. I imagine cables have many names for the same cable, similar to quilt patterns--different regions have different names for the same patterns.  But whatever the name, these cables are pretty basic, and are a great introduction to a newbie cable knitter.





Now these pictures show the REAL color!


I have finally slowed down knitting (for the time being) for wee grandbaby, and who will surely be the warmest baby in the world.  My son and DIL love all these mini sweaters but keep requesting them in larger, adult sizes.  I pretend I don't hear that!  For now I've got a darling Velvet Acorn pattern I'm making for my 16 year old granddaughter in super bulky Rowan Big Wool for Easter. At the same time I'm making a Joji Locatelli pattern for moi in the same sea glass color above from another FAB find at Stitches West.  Goodbye and happy knitting!

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10 comments:

  1. Darling, darling, and my you are FAST!

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  2. Oh what a gorgeous sweater! I don't have any little ones to knit one for. My grandson is a big 9 year old and he grows faster than I can knit anyhow!!! No little girls I know. It sure is darling.

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    1. But I'll bet you've made him a quilt! At least they can't grow out of that!

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  3. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and the discount code. I placed my order and I am looking forward to receiving my Aqua/mint Springvale DK. I so enjoy your emails. I hope you will be sharing photos of your spring/summer garden this year. My favorite: Wisteria! Last year I sent the pics to my dad (a Gardner) and he loved them and spent hours reading and learning about wisteria! Again, thank you!

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    1. Oh, good, I know you'll love the yarn! As for the garden, I spend the entire day out there yesterday. We've got a few more big days out there and then the maintenance will begin! I checked out my wisteria and it is looking good. I'm hoping it will have an Easter bloom. I'm so glad you're dad like my wisteria! Thank you.

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  4. You've done it again, Kristen. The pattern is in my cart, and I ordered the yarn. Furthermore, as I am traveling to your neck of the woods next week, I've also planned a trip to Petaluma -- thanks to your post!

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    1. Fantastic! I know you'll love knitting it as much as I did! Have a great time in Petaluma. It's a lovely old Victorian town with lots to see.

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  5. it's adorable. I would love to make it for a 4 year old, but did not see a pattern for that size.

    Carole

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    1. Hi Carole. The pattern goes up to age 4 years!

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  6. LOVE the color and the cables are lovely. Next year I will be more thorough at STITCHES West.

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