|How cute is this?|
What appealed to me about it was the simplicity of the pattern, and the fact that it was designed with sizing for 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, and 4 years. That's a real plus.
It's a Red Heart pattern, and calls for 5 balls of Baby TLC yarn in Strawberry Orange for my 24-month size. However, I substituted 1 big ol' ball of LionBrand Pound of Love yarn in Lavender, and it is working just fine. I will post pictures later.
I'm using a size 9 bamboo circular needle to get the correct gauge. I have to say, I LOVE bamboo needles. They make things go much more smoothly, and are easier on my hands (Carpal Tunnel can make knitting an adventure).
I also want to mention another really neat find. I use stitch counters almost constantly, since I've been working with some bulky yarn lately, and sometimes it's easy to drop a stitch, and not so easy to pick it up again. I tend to put the counters every ten stitches or so (or five, depending on what I'm working on). After getting very frustrated using the split-ring style (which kept breaking after a multiple rows), I went to the store to find something else. Since it was shortly before Christmas, I found nothing. Looking around for something I could substitute, I came upon an option that has become my absolute favorite. They were little rings used for making jewelry, and some of them were the perfect size to slip on - you guessed it - a number 9 needle. Of course, after a little research at home, I found out that there are actually metal stitch markers, which look almost exactly like what I ended up grabbing. They only fit up to a size 10 needle, though, so I'm certainly open to suggestions if you have recommendations for durable stitch markers!