Minnow en Minni

Published on Wednesday November 9th, 2011

I’ve been waiting for the perfect setting and conditions (a non-work day during which there is no rain for a nice window between mealtimes so Ada’s clothes and hair won’t be covered in food, but not so far from a mealtime that she is hungry or tired, and shortly after a wash day so she won’t be wearing the haphazardly clashing dregs of her wardrobe) to photograph Minni, because it’s just about the cutest thing I’ve knit. Needless to say, between illnesses, November gloom, and the whims of She Who Toddles, those perfect conditions haven’t presented themselves. We made do.

Minni_Minnow (4 of 4)

Looking back at my notes, I see that I cast on for this jacket a scant twelve days before Ada was born. I did most of the knitting in the early months of her life, and if you’ve experienced the early months of someone else’s life first hand and full time, you’ll know that means I made a lot of mistakes. I can see some of them right on the front. This isn’t a simple pattern, despite being entirely garter or stockinet stitch, and it isn’t constructed like any sweater you’ve ever made. The instructions run to ten pages, and you’d better be willing to try your hand at short rows and provisional cast-ons and small needles if you want to attempt it. But if you’re a patient, thinking knitter, it’s rewarding. I mean, the cuteness!

Minni_Minnow (1 of 4)

It’s got clever shaping, too… look how the back of the coat is extra roomy to swing freely over that big cloth-diapered bum.

Minni_Minnow (3 of 4)

The back details alone were enough to suck me in. I love the way the design shows off yarns with long color changes (I chose Noro Kureyon Sock for Minni I and have already started Minni II with Crystal Palace’s Mini Mochi), although there are some darling solid versions out there, too. A word on the sizing: Ada is fifteen months old and is a medium-size baby รขโ‚ฌโ€ currently right at the 50th percentile for height. She’s wearing the 6-9-month size jacket, and as you can see she’s got plenty of room to grow into it some more. The designer, Lene Alve, does live in the Arctic Circle, and I suppose by the time I got a six-month-old into enough layers to stay cozy in that climate, she might just about fill up this jacket! But for the rest of us, I’d say multiply the suggested ages in the pattern by 2. It’s a good thing this jacket runs so large, though, even if you wind up having to tuck it away for a year. A pre-mobile baby couldn’t really do it justice, and a crawler would always be running aground on the fronts. (Ada still catches the fronts with her knees sometimes when she’s going up stairs.) You need a toddler to set that sweet hemline swaying, trust me.

Minni_Minnow (2 of 4)

35 Comments to “Minnow en Minni”

  1. Ingrid Comment Says:

    Oh my, the cuteness – she is such a doll. I love the cardigan as well – it is beautifully knitted.

  2. Siga Comment Says:

    Truly cute. I bet for a baby sized like mine one would need to divide the sizes by 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Babies do come in different sizes. Mine is just over 6 months old, but is already growing out of most 9-12 sized clothes.

  3. Siena Comment Says:

    Ohhh, this is so incredibly cute! I love Lene`s designs (especially this one), and your colours are perfect!

  4. Ivana Comment Says:

    Wow. It was well worth the effort! And Ada is adorable beyond words. The first and last photo are my favourites.

  5. riotyarn Comment Says:

    Wow! Gorgeous. Love the colours.

  6. deidre corbet Comment Says:

    That is the most adorable sweater! I want one for me (sweater not baby). Well done

  7. Monika Comment Says:

    Those pictures are wonderful! Well worth the wait for the perfect moment.

  8. meg Comment Says:

    Adorable! Lovely color choices, too!

  9. Julie Comment Says:

    what an adorable little sweater, and your daughter is unbelievably cute!! it’s a perfect pairing of knit and wearer.

  10. Betsy Comment Says:

    Fabulous design and appeal! Kudos! That goes for the amazing Minni jacket as well!
    XOX to beloved model and her Mama.

  11. Natalie B Comment Says:

    Too adorable!!

  12. cheryl Comment Says:

    Oh!! I’ve been lusting after that pattern for a long while now, trying to decide whether to take on the challenge or not! You may have pushed me over the edge! I have tons of little mini moochi’s lying around…

    Methinks it’s time to cast on for the final babe’s 1rst b-day jacket!


  13. Beth Comment Says:

    Very, very cute! Love the color.

  14. Lisa Comment Says:

    What an adorable sweater. Love the back detail. And, my, Ada is growing up fast!

  15. Barbara Comment Says:

    That is just so sweet. You did a great job on what looks to be a complicated design. Thanks for the photos that show the back view, I read her blog but I never knew the back was so cleverly knit. I’m just going to have to buy this pattern for a future grandchild.

  16. Kristyn Comment Says:

    The jacket is very cuter. And the baby is even cuter!

  17. Denise Comment Says:

    Ada is a little angel!!!! What a cutie…and that jacket. oh my gosh. Makes want to pick up the needles and have a go at it…despite the 10 pages.

  18. NastyGirl Comment Says:

    what a beautiful work… simple and sophisticated at the same time.
    (and to quote Kristyn, if the coat is cute, the baby is even cuter (most of all wearing this coat !!) ;o)

  19. Nebraska Knitter Comment Says:

    Precious toddler! Beautiful sweater! I love your comments about toddler and the first year of life. Very well written!

  20. yoel Comment Says:

    What a sweet little coat! The color/ribbing detailing is really gorgeous!

  21. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    I think I might have to add this to my list to make. My hair dresser is not very far along, and actually appreciates this kind of thing (she does crochet mostly). It is super adorable an I already have mini mochi in stock that I will not get around to using for its purchased project.

  22. Luci Comment Says:

    This is the cutest little girl, and I feel like you can almost hear her giggling in the picture. I love the sweater you made for her. I am always sad I don’t have grandchildren, when I see such wonderful things to make for these babies. Great job.

  23. Chloe Comment Says:

    My favorite view is the back. Although it is all adorable.

  24. Allison Comment Says:

    Your sweater is amazing, and little Ada looks adorable in it!

  25. Ana Comment Says:

    They are both beautiful! Lovely photos too.

  26. Alice Comment Says:

    Gorgeous! That sweater is a work of art. It looks very comfortable too. Your daughter is lovely.

  27. Mary Comment Says:

    absolutely GORGEOUS!

  28. balzac Comment Says:

    Wahh! So beautiful! The model, the coat, the photos.

  29. Tricia Comment Says:

    Oh, Well Done! I had to add that to my queue, it’s so darn adorable. As is the happy, healthy, busy, cute-as-a-button girl modeling it!

  30. Vicki Comment Says:

    That’s just fabulous. Love it!

  31. lesley ryder Comment Says:

    this is a fabulous design will you be selling the pattern xx

  32. Linda Comment Says:

    I just absolutely love this pattern!! I think it’s the nicest out there! Great job! Linda

  33. Blue Garter » Blog Archive » Too hot anyway Pingback Says:

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  34. Diane G Comment Says:

    Do you sell this pattern?

  35. Judith Burke Comment Says:

    Just love this little coat (your daughter is cute too) – where can I get the pattern.