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A Trio of Vertebrae

Posted by Andi on November 19, 2017

Around the same time a few months ago I found out that three people I knew were expecting children. I’ve had to be a busy knitter to get three baby gifts done while Christmas knitting. In order to make it easy on myself I decided I was going to knit the same pattern for all three babies – something cute but fairly easy to that I wouldn’t have to worry about messing up and having to start over.

I chose the Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk. It’s so cute, but what I really like about it is that it’s kind of open in front, almost like a full length shrug. That way, if the baby is wearing a cute onesie or t-shirt, the sweater can keep the baby warm while keeping what is underneath visible.

This pattern takes 50 grams of fingering weight yarn. I chose Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock, and ordered skeins in several colors. It seemed like it would be sturdy yarn, and it’s machine washable, which is great when the baby spits up on it.

Here is first: Newborn Vertebrae
Newborn Vertebrae
Pattern: Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn:
Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight Solids in Hot Lime (.96 skein, 220.8 yards)
Needles: US 2, US 3
Date started: September 9, 2017
Date completed: September 17, 2017

This was sent to a former coworker who was expecting her second child. I thought this bright greenish yellow color would be a happy gender neutral color. The pattern knit up like a charm. I was a little nervous about running out of yarn, so even though the pattern has you knit the sleeves last, I knit the sleeves before the band. I figured I could always knit the band a bit narrower, which I didn’t have to do. The best part is that after baby Sophie was born, Mom sent me a picture of her wearing it. Yay!

The second one was a bit more challenging: Red Sox Vertebrae
Newborn Vertebrae
Pattern: Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: Dale Garn Baby Ull in Red (.64 skein, 115.5 yard)
Regia 4-fädig Trend & Color in unknown navy blue color (.24 skein, 110.2 yards)
Needles: US 2, US 3
Date started: September 19, 2017
Date completed: October 1, 2017

This one was for a coworker and his wife who live in Boston. They are Red Sox fans, so I thought I would knit this one up in Red Sox colors. When I purchased all the yarn (which I ordered online and didn’t see in person until it arrived) I ordered what was supposed to be a navy blue color and a red color. The red wasn’t very bright, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. The bigger problem was that the navy blue yarn (which had blue in the color name) looked gray. It wasn’t going to work.

I almost ordered new yarn, when I remembered that my mom made a pair of navy blue socks a while back. So I called her up to see if she still have the leftovers, and if so, if I could have them. She did, and she gave them to me. I was still going to use the red yarn I bought, but then I remembered that I had some leftover red yarn from a cowl I made that was closer to the correct color, so I went with that.

And it looks cute, right? The recipient thought it was cute (which is the most important thing). Can you spot where I had problems? Look at the sleeves. As with the first one, I knit the sleeves before the band. The first sleeve had another blue stripe closer to the cuff – so instead of it being all red on the bottom there was some blue in there. But I didn’t have enough blue to do that extra stripe on the other sleeve. I ripped back the first sleeve and colorblocked the bottom of each sleeve. It looks planned, but it wasn’t.

Because I had to use extra red on the sleeves, I was running short on the band. You can see this band is a bit narrower than the one above. I thought I was good, I started binding off, but I lost my game of yarn chicken. I ran out of red yarn when there was about an inch left to go. Thankfully I had some leftover self-striping sock yarn which had a very similar red stripe in it. I wound off the ball until I got to the red stripe to finish the bind off.

In the end, I think it looks great and I’m happy with how it turned out. Better still, after baby Louis was born, Dad sent me a picture of the baby wearing the sweater, and he looked great in it!

Vertebrae the third: Another Newborn Vertebrae
Newborn Vertebrae
Pattern: Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight Solids in Woodsy Green (.88 skein, 202.4 yards)
Needles: US 2, US 3
Date started: November 4, 2017
Date completed: November 8, 2017

Compared to the second one, this was a cakewalk. I had enough yarn, and it was very similar to the first. I chose this color because I thought it was a nice gender neutral color, and I thought the mom (who I know better than the dad) would like it. She told me she did, and promised to take a picture of the baby wearing it after he or she is born (and I didn’t even have to ask, she just offered!). He or she should be arriving any day now.

I highly recommend this pattern. It’s quick but super cute. If you stash a ton of fingering weight yarn like I do, you always have yarn to use. You can make a striped one to use up bits of leftover yarn. Give it a try!

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