Ah, shrugs. They come and go in fashion for adults but are timeless and classic on wee ones. I cast several other knitting projects aside to whip up this Baby Shrug from the Debbie Bliss Simply Baby book. I've mentioned this book many, many times - it's my all-time favorite.
Using Amy Butler's Belle Organic aran-weight yarn from Rowan, I knit the whole sweater using US Size 8 needles. Even while the pattern said to decrease to Size 7 for the ribbing on the cuffs and edges, I chose to keep it nice and loose so there was no chance of the sweater pulling in as has happened to me many times before!
Knitting monogamously, this sweater took about 2 weeks from start to finish. Obviously someone with a little more free time and dedication could complete it much, much quicker.
I made the smallest size available in the pattern. While it's been a while since I've head a newborn, this sweater will be a tad big at first if memory serves. This is just fine with me as it will be far more useful in September and October as the weather begins to cool.
Since I don't have a baby to model the sweater (yet), I thought I'd show you an action shot from the book. I'm looking forward to seeing my own little one wearing this soft, cozy shrug!