Detail #1
Baby blankets, booties, and cardigans all take longer than you think they will. Knitted items are smaller, t’is true, but they still require fiddly bits prone to making ones fingers feel ogre-sized and ogre-clumsy.

Detail #2
Babies grow. No matter how impossibly small they start out, they get bigger very quickly.

Detail #2b
Knitting rarely ‘grows’ once completed. Shrinking is more likely.

Detail #3
Saving patterns for future use may require ‘adjustments’ because said infant did indeed, get bigger faster than the knitted apparel could be started completed. If the child on the cover of the totally cute pattern booklet looks to be about 12-ish months, it is reasonable to expect their patterns inside to be similarly sized. The front cover model surely wasn’t 3-6 months! (But the inside patterns maxed out at 6 months.)

The devil is in these details!

Fortunately, I was able to recognize the difficulty early on and make the needle sizes larger. Then I had to rip back 10 rows when I realized that the sleeves and bodice needed more depth to cover the child without pinning her arms back like a woman’s figurehead at the front of pirate ships of the 1800s in order to get it on.

Children I have known hated being dressed even when things went on easily. (They all do seem to enjoy stripping, however.) Better to adjust and go online to see if additional skeins (King Tut cotton in yellow #424) are available. They were (three times what I paid for the original skeins, but needs must when the devil drives, yes?).

Her body double is blue and doesn’t mind contortions:

She loves to preen but not so much into the photo flash in her face:

With a little help from her mom and tapping into her new-found standing skills, I got the front as well.