Baby’s Christening Day Sweater & Cap

While reading a book this week, I stumbled upon a saying that really touched my heart, and I’d like to share it with you here:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel of the one who has crushed it.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

I had some angora-like cream-colored yarn in my cupboard and thought it would look nice crocheted into a baby sweater. I just made up the pattern as I went along and didn’t write anything down—now I wish I had so that I could share specific instructions with you.
In case you want to wing it yourself, I used 2 balls of baby yarn and a 5 mm hook.

I used a basic 3-dc shell stitch, crocheted in rows, and created two 7” wide x 10” long rectangles for the front and one 14” wide x 10” long square for the back. I seamed them together (wrong side) at the shoulders. Then I crocheted two more squares (7” x 7”) for the sleeves; folded them in half and fastened them at the shoulders, then seamed the sleeve edges and sweater sides together.

Once the basic sweater was constructed, I used more shells to create a scalloped border around the bottom, front edges, neckline, and sleeve edges.
I then attached cream colored ribbon in two places to use as simple front fasteners.
Lastly, I made a matching beanie, starting with six rounds of dc with an increase on each round, then 5 rounds of 4-dc shells, then one border round of sc.
If you have intermediate to advanced crochet skills, you’ll have no problems making a similar-looking set.

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