I’ve really struggled to find a good gender neutral baby sweater pattern that I like in a lighter weight yarn. It seems most people like to knit their baby sweaters out of heavier yarns and/or they are very gender specific. I’ve had these random skeins of Louet Gems Fingering in my stash forever, and I thought that the Sea Foam Green was the perfect gender neutral color. I’m combining it with some stripes at the top in white, and I think it’ll be really cute for either a boy or a girl!
I’m using the Colette pattern by Kate Gagnon Osborn. The original sweater is super cute, and if we end up having a girl there’s a really good chance I’ll knit the original pattern with the hearts and the fair isle dots (because we all know how much I love hearts!). However, for this first sweater, I’ve decided to omit the hearts and the dots and just do the stripes on the raglan yoke. Skipping the colorwork has also made this a much faster knit! I’ve already finished the body, one sleeve, and most of the second sleeve.
I really wanted to knit a baby sweater out of Gems because it’s machine washable (you can put it in the dryer too, but I plan on hang drying to help this sweater wear a little better). The yarn is extremely soft, easy to knit with, and comes in a great range of solid colors.
Even though the pattern calls for a sport weight yarn I was able to get gauge with the fingering weight and a smaller needle. I guess because I tend to be a loose knitter!
Note: Although Louet is one of the blog sponsors for my baby review series I’ve actually had this yarn in my stash for ages! All opinions are my own. I’ve knit with Louet Gems yarns quite a bit and they continue to be one of my favorite yarns.
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