Baby's First Tattoo by Delia Lam
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Baby's First Tattoo

November 2004
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
486 - 810 yards (444 - 741 m)
Finished chest 20 (22, 24, 26)"

Pattern description from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation: “Lately there has been a spate of new babies among my friends, and that means a never-ending need for baby gifts. This little sweater was developed in response to looking for something classic but contemporary and still a bit saucy to fit modern mommy tastes. It’s a twist on a simple piece that offers an opportunity for a fine gauge and intarsia in a smaller project. Classic tattoos and vintage textiles inspired the swallows, but if you omit these motifs and knit in a solid color, the cardi is still absolutely elegant due to its fine gauge. Add the motifs and the contrasting trim and the variations are endless for customizing. The directions are written for mirrored motifs on the chest, but this cardi really invites experimentation and is a great baby shower standard.”


  • 3 (6, 12, 18) months
  • Finished chest 20 (22, 24, 26)“
  • Finished Length 8¾ (9¾, 10¾, 11¾)“


  • Rowan 4-Ply Soft (100% merino wool; 50g/162yds)
  • MC: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins #377 Wink
  • CC: 1 skein #389 Expresso
  • US 3 (3mm) straight needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 small snaps
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch holders