Baby Hudson Sweater

This is for a friend's baby (about 6 months old now) named Hudson. They live in Austin. I used Paton's Classic Wool and size 7s. The pattern is the "Child's Placket Neck Sweater" from "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson. Apparently there's a mistake in the book so the corrected pattern is actually available online at You can definitely see the tan under the chocolate where I'm working with two colors and I'm just not sure there's any way around it. I knit quite loosely now (didn't when I first started working with two colors) so it might just be the reality.

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BuduR's picture

I like it, and though I can't see just how much of the lighter color comes through I still hold to the "do it once rip it out, do it twice it's hand made, do it 3 times and it's a "design element"'
although I would probably hate having it show through myself, I don't think it's a problem, at least the colors go well together. and I don't see any secret messages. so I think it's all good, subliminal advertising should be kept out of children clothing.
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purlyman's picture

I suppose I could go from behind and tug on all the tan stitches which might bring them even further back behind the chocolate. Maybe I'll give that a try.


BuduR's picture

I wouldn't stress it too much, I think it looks great, and if the tan is fairly evenly distributed behind the chocolate, it really just becomes a design element :)

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If you do that you will probably get the chocolate stitches puckering, and that would look bad. Bet when it's on the child you won't notice it. Stop stressing, it's an excellent piece of work.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

A great looking garment. I didn't notice the peek-a-boo effect of the tan yarn until you mentioned it. I agree, though, you shouldn't worry too much about it: When the baby is wearing it all onlookers will be too wrapped up in how cute he'll look. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Buck Strong's picture

I love it! Such a cute sweater. They're going to love it!

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Nashrunner's picture

This is really cute! I like the colors. I am glad we're getting away from blue and pink some much for kids and getting them some real colors now! Really nice!

kylewilliam's picture

this is aweome -- what a perfect sweater... and fun - he'll love and appreciate the work you put into this for his entire life...



ronhuber's picture

The sweaters are beautiful and the pattern so classic. I think raglans fit better than any other stye and of course the placket opening allows the sweater to fit over the baby's large head. Wonderful work.

mrossnyc's picture

I think it looks great and also wouldn't stress about the 2 colors. I started a sweater with 2 colors a few years ago and had the same thing happen, but my colors didn't look good showing through. I have read something somewhere about carrying a second yarn behind a lot of stitches (more than 5) can cause it to show through or something, but I think still think it looks great.

I think QueerJoe recently finished a sweater where he had to carry a second color of yarn behind a lot of stitches while working the sleeve. Maybe he'd have some advice for future projects?

purlyman's picture

Thanks for your kind words... I think I'm over stressing about it. I got a private message that said washing would help, so I did that. I'm actually only carrying the color across 2 or 3 stitches (3 max) in the back. I read to you could do up to 5 or so but I don't like that at all. I like doing about 2.


RickeScott's picture

That is sooo cute. You've put a huge smile on my face.