get crafting: Beth’s beaded cardie

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I began knitting a few years before my daughter was born and my favorite projects are children’s knits. They’re small, so there’s (relatively) instant gratification, and I find the cute-factor irresistible. Recently my little one outgrew all the creations I made for her, so I needed a new handmade item for her wardrobe. The solution? This beautiful heirloom quality beaded cardigan pattern from Debbie Bliss, made with her soft and color-rich Baby Cashmerino wool. I love Bliss’s designs: they’re beautiful and contemporary — without any of the “knit kitsch” that is so prevalent in children’s designs. The patterns are easy to follow and she suggests which of her wools to buy, so it’s easy to get clicking. This sweater comes from her book Special Knits, and while I found the yarn in a great wool store outside of Taos, N.M., it can be easily bought from lots of outlets online (from $6-$10/skein). I purchased the beads and buttons at M&J Trimming in N.Y.C.’s garment district. This was fun to make, and while I must confess that the beadwork at the end was incredibly labor-intensive, it was worth it in the end. Now, onto the next project! –Beth J.

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