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Handmade Holidays: Tiny Sweaters

My mother started a Christmas ornament collection for me when I was less than a year old. Every year she would add to it, and my grandparents also contributed. When I married and had my own Christmas tree, I had a large set of ornaments ready to go. My mother was smart.

I’ve given my children a Christmas ornament every year since they were born, too. This year, I made a knitted sweater ornament for everyone, including my husband. I also made little hangers. I used size 1 needles and sock yarn.
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tiny sweaters 2015 v neck
Read on for the story on this sweater.

I made this v-neck sweater and thought it looked too short. I read the pattern multiple times to check and re-check. The pattern photo has one more cable than my sweater. Because I didn’t feel confident about its look, I replaced it with the sweater with three ribs, shown in the bottom row below. Everyone chose from this collection:

tiny sweaters, christmas

FO: Knitting again

I had some time all to myself one recent weekend while the men took a winter campout. I took charge of the remote control and watched a fascinating Marie Curie documentary and knitted. I decided that it was time to make dishcloths. Almost an annual ordeal, my dishcloths literally get worn out. I like to use a new cloth every day, so having at least seven is a requirement in my house.

knitted dishcloth
The only time I can knit is during TV time

It was fun to see the ball band for this kitchen cotton — a huge off-brand skein for $4 in a patriotic colorway. The coloration makes the patterns hard to see in photos but choosing a nubby, not smooth, texture is important for my cleaning.