FO Spotlight: Thundercloud Baby

I just finished up this test knit for cashmerejunkie of Taiga Hilliard Designs. It’s the second test I’ve done for her and I may or may not have six more in the next couple of months.

The rundown

Pattern: Thundercloud Baby (not yet published)

Yarn: Three different colors of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. It’s a wool/cotton blend that is nice and soft but has some structure. My only complaints about it are that the ends are a pain to weave in* (thanks, cotton) and that it’s not machine washable. Of note, the colors tend to run when it’s washed. I used white vinegar in the final rinse. The yardage used was 376 total.

Size made: 4T

Needles: US7

Techniques used: Russian join

Modifications: None

Ravelled: Here.

The pretty


I’m really happy with the finished product. It’ll be good for spring and will probably fit her for a few years. Ultimately it will be less like a tunic and more like a cardigan. I could see it looking really nice over a lightweight dress, leggings and a t shirt, or how she’s modelling it!

It was a quick and easy knit. It took me two months to finish, but only because I didn’t weave in the ends and block it for a while after finishing (I know, that’s so out of character for me, ha ha). The bulk of the knitting was done over about three days. The color work and eyelet details look much more complicated than they are. The whole thing was very easy and would be a great first cardigan project for a newer knitter. The color possibilities are practically endless. I think it would look really nice with the contrast color rows done in a gradient, or using only one contrast color instead of two. Given that the pattern adds texture, you could actually do the whole piece in one color and I think it would still look nice.

You may recognize the yarn I used from another recent test knit, Lillehammer.

Stay tuned over the next couple of months for three hats and three baby/toddler tops and dresses, all test knits for the same designer!

*Many thanks to my new friend for weaving in the ends for me!



  1. Stefanie · January 25, 2016

    I like the girly colors. This last photo cracked me up as your little one’s standing there and lookin’ like doo, doo, dooooo, no need to look behind this door. I didn’t do anything.

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  2. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · January 25, 2016

    Super cute! I have two rows left on my test knit plus the bind off and carpal tunnel is rearing its ugly head 😦 I wish I could show pics of mine; however its a secret test. Hopefully soon!

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  3. FogKnits · January 25, 2016

    Perfect! It’s everything you want from a kids sweater!

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  4. izabolinha · January 25, 2016

    Beautiful ! both your work and your little model 🙂
    Lucky you to have found a friend to do the “hellish” weaving for you 😉

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  5. Jordan Walsh · January 26, 2016

    So adorable!

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  6. Ariel · January 26, 2016

    Love it! I love putting little kids in adult style sweaters (babies in old man sweaters, anyone?). Which is why I love this as a duster jacket, plus it’s fun enough color and design wise that it just looks awesome on her.

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  7. 1marylou · January 27, 2016

    Cutie pie! Very attractive sweater.

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