Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review + Giveaway: Knit for Baby Sweater from Kraemer Yarns

Baby knits are such a great instant-gratification project, and having a stash of cute baby things comes in handy when someone announces that they're expecting. I was excited to try out this project kit from Kraemer Yarns when they were looking for reviews of their new project kit offerings at patternsbykraemer.com.


The Knit For Baby Sweater is a t-shaped simple garter stitch garment that is knit flat all in once piece and then seamed. The kit includes a printed pattern on high-quality glossy paper with full color photos, and two skeins of Tatamy DK yarn, a blend of 45% Cotton and 55% Acrylic. I chose a nice gender-neutral color, Rubber Duckie, and they sent me two project kits so that I can give one away to my blog readers - keep reading to find out how you can win this project kit!


The pattern instructions are easy to follow and keep track of as you work - just count the purl bumps to know how many rows you've worked - and the seaming is quite easy once you're done since there are only two seams to work (each side and sleeve). When I seam garter stitch, I just connect the bumps (or smiles and umbrellas, if you'd rather) - here is a good tutorial to show you how it's done.

I did make one small modification to this sweater to fix a problem I always have when it comes to buttonholes: I single crocheted around each buttonhole with the yarn and a size C crochet hook to fix the loose stitches on each side which would otherwise catch on the button.

Before: wonky button holes

After: Reinforced buttonholes!
As luck would have it, I had the perfect buttons in my stash for the closure - check out these cute handmade buttons from Wildflower Button Studio. I used a little bit of white embroidery floss to sew them on before washing the sweater in some wool wash and laying flat to dry.


This was my first time knitting with this particular yarn, and I'm pleased to report that it was easy on my hands as I knit - cotton and cotton blend yarns can sometimes be a problem for me. I really like the tweedy effect to add a bit of visual interest to the finished project. Each skein has plenty of yardage, and I have enough left over from the second skein to knit a matching hat (I knit the 3 month size of the sweater).

Kraemer Yarns is a family owned textile mill Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Many of their yarns and spun from wool raised in the US, and they use a range of natural fibers to create their unique blends of yarn (read more about their interesting story here). There is a nice range of knitting and crochet pattern kits available at patternsbykraemer.com, so you're sure to find something to inspire your next project!


As promised, one lucky blog reader will win a Knit for Baby Sweater Kit of their very own! This contest is open to readers worldwide, you just have to sign up for my newsletter via the link below (or enter your email address so that I can confirm your subscription) to be entered in the drawing, and you will also unlock bonus entries. I'll randomly choose 1 lucky winner to announce next Wednesday, May 2 right here on this blog. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I find I like smaller buttonholes on baby things - I use an eyelet buttonhole ... yo k2tog. Most buttonholes are too big.

    Looks like and will make a great gift!