Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TOP DOWN BABY SWEATER - Plymouth Yarn Company - FREE PATTERN

Have you ever felt that you don't have enough time to do everything you want to accomplish?  I have so many things I would like to create but I'm not starting any new projects until I finish the blanket I'm currently crocheting. I had purchased the yarn in the spring when I was in Istanbul.  I like the pattern but the colors I am using are rather drab and plain.  I guess I'm hooked on the bright colors I've recently been using.

But, here is a project I finished awhile ago.  It's my favorite kind of baby sweater to knit - it's a top down sweater knit in one piece from the neckline down.....

As you can see, this sweater still needs to have some type of neck fastening - maybe a cute button.

I purchased this pattern and yarn together.  (yes, I bought the pattern because I thought it was so cute).

But today when I was going through my patterns, I found that I also had found this pattern online.  It's almost identical except the pattern I purchased has more rows of the pattern on the bottom of the sweater.  The link to the free pattern can be found here.

I am linking up on January 20 over at Yarn Along.  That's why I'm going to share an interesting book that I've been reading.....

It's entitled The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook.  It's a nonfiction book first published in 1888 that gives practical tips about keeping house in British India during the Raj.  I find this time period fascinating reading.  When I was a young mother (so many years ago....) I think I read every book on India at my local library.  We lived in a small eastern Washington town that had a population of about 12,000.  I grew up in a small town so it was the norm for me.

(do you see the glass vases with the bulbs?  I am forcing narcissus bulbs in water - it's fascinating to see the way the roots are twisting about the rocks and how they are springing up with blooms now taking shape)

I'll leave you with this week's photo of Lilly.  We sat outside earlier this week since we had glorious weather.  Lilly of course, had to join us...

Her body fills this little patio table!  I think she looks like a regal big cat the way she's posing.

There's a new link up party that has recently started.  I suggest you stop by Planet Penny's Happy Friday where I also will be joining the party.  You will meet some wonderful crafters there.

I hope wherever you are this winter that you are keeping warm and safe.  Every night on the news I see wintry weather that's causing havoc on the roads.  We are expected to have a mini heat wave later this week although it's cool at night.  How I wish we could get some much needed rain.....

Until next time, I wish you the best.  Please feel free to comment to if you wish, you can follow along with the adventure of this blog via Bloglovin or signing up.

My best to each of you,

Pat









53 comments:

  1. Lily's beautiful photo jumped right off the linky list and captured my heart! Thanks for joining our Wordless Wednesday party at Create With JoyPat - I can't wait to follow the ongoing adventures of Lily The Cat! :-)

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    1. Thank you Joy for hosting such a great link up party. Lilly sends her best wishes to you and your kitty family :)

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  2. That's a beautiful baby sweater, while I may be crafty on many things this is not something that I ever learned how to do.

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    1. Many thanks. I'm sure you are more creative than me. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

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  3. Lily is a beautiful kitty, she is luky to have a nice sunny spot!!! We love out kitties!

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    1. Yes, I agree. Our kitties are really members of our family. Have a great day :)

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  4. Hi Pat,
    First let me say thank you for your visit and the lovely comment you left for me :)
    I think you chose a great pattern because the baby sweater is just gorgeous!!!

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    1. It was so nice to discover your wonderful blog. Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. Hi and thanks for dropping by my site. Love your beautiful Lilly. She certainly does look regal on that table.
    You have a beautiful site and of course a great name!!LOL Look fwd to more posts.

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    1. Many thanks Patricia. Lilly is the queen of our home and I think she knows it too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I'm happy you stopped by for a visit.

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  7. Awww Lilly is the fluffiest and cutest =)

    Dropping by from http://pixiedusk.livejournal.com/337309.html

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    1. Hello and welcome. I just visited your wonderful blog and posted my comment but it shows as anonymous.....thanks so much for stopping by today.

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  8. Another stop for more kitty photos should be BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. That little sweater is so precious, but you know we came to see Lilly who is even more precious. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo <3

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    1. Lilly sends her meows to your precious kitties! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us today.

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  9. What a pretty baby sweater, love the color. Lily is a gorgeous cat.
    Thanks for coming by my blog today.

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    1. Hi Darcel, Lilly thanks you for your kind comments. Have a great day.

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  10. Wow, your cat is very pretty! I always feel like there is never enough time.

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    1. Thank you. I agree, there's always so many things I want to do and where is the time....

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  11. What a pretty cat you have! I love that sweater, the color is gorgeous! Thanks so much for your visit!!!

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    1. Hello and thank you for your kind comments.

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  12. Aw what a sweet little sweater design

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  13. Thanks for the link to the baby sweater pattern!

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    1. You are welcome Lisa. It's a fun pattern to knit.

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  14. What a beautiful blue you have used for your baby cardigan. Lily looks so gorgeously fluffy, she must get very hot in the warm weather. Perhaps that is why she chose to sit on the patio table with holes in it!! Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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    1. It's so nice to hear from you. Yes, Lilly is a big, fluffy kitty and when it's really warm, she loves to lounge on the cold floor tiles. She is the Queen of our home :)

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  15. Lily looks as adorable as ever! Thanks for joining in with Happy Friday x

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    1. Hi Penny. Lilly sends her greetings to your adorable Higgins. Many thanks for hosting Happy Friday!

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  16. Lilly is beautiful! I love cats, but being a Leo, I think its instictual....although I don't have one now, as I have birds...thanks for hooking up with us...a Friday hookup is happening too over at A Hard knit Life.....

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for telling me about the Friday hookup. Have a great day!

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  17. What a lovely baby cardigan; so cute! Your book looks fascinating - I would love to go to India, but it may have to wait a few years. At the moment we have to go on holiday in July/August and I feel it may be a little hot there at that time ....... I can wait! Hugs for Lilly. x

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    1. Thank you so much. I agree, India's weather can be too hot at times. My daughter has visited there due to her work and found it fascinating. Lilly is so happy that you visited our blog!

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  18. What a cute little cardigan. I like babies in bright colours too.

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    1. Thank you. It's an easy pattern that knits up quickly.

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  19. I am intrigued by those glasses with the bulbs growing in them. They have stirred a memory - I think I used to have some similar. I will have to try and dig them out - thanks for a lovely post and for visiting over at my blog xxx

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. I was surprised how quickly my narcissus bulbs took off. They are all blooming now.

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  20. What a lovely cardigan! It's great to have a favourite pattern that is easy to follow and looks so great when it's finished. Yes, Lily is definitely a regal cat. I heard someone say recently that cats once used to be worshipped as gods and they've never forgotten :-) xx

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, I think the cats of Egypt were highly sought after.....Lilly's father is Egyptian (my husband).....maybe that's why Lilly is so regal. Just kidding....have a great day!

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  21. The cardigan is really sweet. Oh your book has really caught my interest. So much so I had to popover to amazon and see if it is still in print and hooray it is. I think this is something my Mum and I will really enjoy. Lily looks at home on the patio table. Have a lovely weekend.
    Ali xx

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    1. Hi Ali, I am so happy that you found the book. I'm sure you Mum will find this read fascinating. I love reading anything about the Raj. Our weekend will soon start and it's going to be a warm one here with temps in the high 70's. Take care and I look forward to chat with you again soon.

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  22. I love the baby sweater. I've got to check it out since it can be found for free!
    I also love the Raj period. Have you ever watched the PBS mini series "The Jewel in the Crown." It is fabulous!

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    1. I'm happy you like the sweater - many thanks. Yes, I saw the beginning of the PBS series you mentioned. I agree that it's fabulous and such an interesting part of history. Have a wonderful day.

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  23. Aww your little sweater is so cute, the colour reminds of bluebells :)

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a fast project to knit.

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  24. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog today. I have enjoyed having a little nosey at yours. I usually like to plant narcissi for Christmas but I was too late for this last one. Ho Hum. Will have to wait for the ones outside to defrost.
    Is that Paris and Notre Dame on your header?
    Hugs
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    1. You are most welcome. I was late too in planting my narcissus bulbs. Yes, that is Paris and Notre Dame. My daughter took that picture when we were there in November 2013.

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  25. Hi Pat. It is nice to meet you - via Annie´s Friday Smiles. I have signed up to follow you as we have so much in common, starting with Christianity, but also knitting and crochet, cats, flowers, and your scenery is really very like mine in S.Spain. In fact the one difference is that I also do a lot of papercraft.
    I have made a lot of all-in-one baby jackets but I don´t think I´ve ever done one starting at the neck. It is a lovely blue.
    Lilly is absolutely beautiful. I have heard that Maine coons make very good pets, (family members). I have four cats and three dogs who are all rescue animals and we love them all. Kate x

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    1. Hi Kate. It's SO nice to meet you. I signed up for your blog. Spain is a lovely country. The sweater is a fun and easy pattern to knit. Lilly thanks you for your kind comments. I look forward to chatting with you via our blogs :)

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  26. How lovely to see you joining in and linking up your smiles. Welcome. I'm also an empty nester but have just had a smiley moment when my son pulled up on the drive [at 8.15 am] and stayed to share breakfast with us....I didn't know he was coming so it was a very special surprise.
    What a beautiful cat Lilly is :-)
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    Annie x

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  27. I was sure I had left a comment, but when going through Annie's Friday Smiles, I don't see the comment I was sure I left. Your Lilly is truly gorgeous. I just hope Squiggles grows up to be half as regal as she is.

    Although I don't make sweaters, I know lots of my art friends who do. So, I was very glad to meet you and welcome you to our little smiling group. Thanks also for visiting me.

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  28. Hi Pat, and the adorable Lilly, sorry to have missed your link on Annie's Friday Smile post last week, hope this makes up for it today. The little matinee jacket is gorgeous and I'm sure I knitted the same pattern, or one very similar, many times and in many colours for my own babies ... that was 40+ years ago. It's a design that stands the test of time.

    As a keen family historian, I enjoyed reading about your mother and her family in your more recent post.

    Elizabeth xx

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