"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Baby Aran Cardigan in Aquarium Blue

Aran Baby Cardigan in Aquarium Blue

Pattern: Aran Baby Carigan from McCalls Knitting Book 5 (1972)
 Link to pattern PDF  -->:  Aran Baby Cardigan
Link to matching bonnet --> Aran Baby Bonnet

Please NOTE, I asked for and have been given the copyrights to these cardigan and bonnet patterns. If I catch anyone selling these patterns on Ebay, Etsy, or anywhere else, they are in BIG trouble!

Size: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Eco-Way, color Aquarium
Content: 70% acrylic/30% Polyester

Cast on: April 24, 2012
Bound off: August 4, 2012

Comments: I used a size 9 needle this time and I really like the results. It came out just a little bit larger. I didn't have to stretch it to size when I blocked it. I love the yarn. It's very nice to work with.

I made this for Knit Wits.

Back of cardigan.

Detail of front. The buttons are from my antique button collection. They matched the yarn color perfectly.

Detail of back. Don't know why I've never showed the back of this pattern before. It's beautiful.

The collar.

Detail of sleeve. The baby that gets this will be well dressed.

I'm entering this in the North Idaho Fair next week.


I finished one of my Ravellenic Games projects last night. It's for the Frogging Trampoline event.

I frogged the kimono jacket I started in 2008. I really didn't like the way it was knitting up. The colors were all wrong. It looks like this now.

I am feeling happier about it. For now, the yarn goes in the stash until I can think of a project for it. Tonight I will tackle the second project for the Frogging Trampoline.

It is hot this week. Hot enough that the air conditioner didn't keep up with it today. The humidity is high too. 85% is unusual for around here. It made today's tasks difficult.

Ruth and I are scouring the house for yard sale items. I dug through a few more boxes brought home from the shop when I closed it and emptied 2 of them. It feels so good. I don't have much left. I keep whittling away at it and eventually it'll be done. I'm also getting rid of the bunk bed set in my daughters room and getting her a regular bed. 25 is a little old for a kids bunk bed. Also getting rid of a chest of drawers, a PS2 PlayStation, a stereo set, a color laser printer that I no longer use, DVD player, and an assortment of smaller things. I've decided it's time to find a new home for Morgan and Tommy's things too. I've got 2 small dog beds, 2 doggy car seats, and a pile of home made sweaters hanging around the house that Cable can't use.

Our yard sale will be held Saturday and Sunday at my brother-in-laws house. The whole family is getting involved. I'm looking forward to it. Should be fun.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. Love that baby sweater. Some lucky child is going to look so cute in it, and then hopefully it will be passed on and on. It looks like a fun knit, too.

  2. I am looking for the pattern of the aran sweater as it said free on Ravelry .
    But i cant seem to find it.

  3. The link to the PDF is above. Please read the words written.

  4. I have made this sweater numerous times.I keep one ready for the next baby to arrive among my friends or relatives.

  5. I understand the idea of not selling the pattern but what about the finished item? I see lots of knitted stuff on ebay but should I buy of pass?

    1. Hi Anonymous,
      First, copyright of a pattern does not cover the knitted item, so it's perfectly legal to sell items you make from a pattern. From publication F103 “Similarly, copyright protection for a pattern for making a useful article may extend to any instructional text, descriptive photos, or instructional diagrams included in the pattern. But it would not extend to the design and manufacture of the article itself.”

      Copyright specifically applies to works of authorship. (http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html)

      Second, you can not copyright clothing in the United States of America because it is classified as useful items. (see above link)

  6. This is just what I'm looking for! Very excited. I have a question, and I feel stupid asking (I've been a knitter for over 25 years). I see you've put slash marks in the pattern and I wondered why. I also am not sure what the # symbol represents in this pattern. Any help would be great. Thanks again!

  7. Beautiful pattern - any chance of providing bigger sizes - 18months for example? It would take so much effort to knit and then only be used a short time on a 6 month baby.Thank you.

    1. Sorry, no. It was published in just the one size. I didn't write the pattern and am unwilling to figure out more sizes.


  8. Thank you for sharing this wonderful patter, I am going to attempt making it and it will be my first Aran pattern. So I am hoping it turns out as wonderful as it looks. I am so happy you are willing to share.