Month: February 2013

A treasured baby shawl for my first granddaughter

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I haven’t knitted since my children were little and now my daughter is expecting her first baby. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to knit her a beautiful shawl for her baby. But can I still do it? Can I remember how to cast on? What a huge project for my very first knitting foray after twenty years. But it can’t be that hard can it?

So one lunchtime I went to the local wool store and spent an hour or so looking through all of the patterns. I couldn’t believe that some of the same patterns I had knitted all those years ago were still available today. Perhaps I shouldn’t have thrown all my patterns and needles out. I am the opposite of a hoarder and sometimes to my detriment.

I finally chose a pattern from the Sirdar Early Arrivals book. I guess I was quite surprised at the limited number of baby shawl patterns t0 choose from but that may have been a reflection on the store and not on shawl patterns in general.

This pattern was quite a nightmare to make. For a start I had forgotten how to cast on! But a quick search online reminded me and  I was on my way knitting the first panel.

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Oh boy, this pattern is made up of five panels, each consisting of five blocks, some lace and some stocking stitch. Once you have completed the five panels, they are stitched together and a separate lace band is knitted and sewn on to form the lace border. (The picture in the pattern showed five panels of four blocks but the actual pattern was five panels of five blocks. So that was a bit confusing to this “newby”.)

The pattern is done in 4 ply and I chose Shepherds baby merino wool. This yarn is very soft and will drape beautifully around this newborn baby girl when she is taken out in the New Zealand winter months.

The lace panels were not easy to follow and it took me most of the first three panels to be able to “read the pattern”. It is quite complicated and you certainly can’t watch your favourite television program while you are knitting the lace. There are two particular rows that seemed to be my nemesis. Rows 27 and 29. I had to smile when I read a comment on the Ravelry knitting site by someone else who had knitted this shawl and had the same problems with the same row. I think there are ten lace panels and with the amount of unravelling I had to do, I think I must have knitted about fourteen of those panels!

I thought the lace edging was going to take forever but it didn’t actually take too long. Getting the lace edging the right length was not the easiest. Even though I calculated the length I needed and then casted off when I thought it was long enough, it wasn’t long enough. I had to undo the casting off, stitch what I had so far onto the shawl and then finish knitting the last little bit until I got it just the right size.

Even though this was complicated, I love the finished object and I am very happy that I chose this pattern. I don’t think I would do it again. But then again, never say never. My husband asked me if I would make another one the same for his daughter who is also pregnant but I chose her baby a different pattern and I love it just the same but it was a lot easier to knit.

UPDATED July 2103 with photos of baby and shawl.

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Baby was wrapped in the shawl soon after birth.

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Nice and snuggly wrapped for a winter walk.

UPDATED September 2016
Oops, fell asleep on the changing table when she was 2. Just the perfect little blanket to tuck her into to keep her safe and warm

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This little girl is now 3 and her shawl has now become a blanket for her bed.

Details below of the baby shawl in this post.
Pattern book – Sirdar Early Arrivals Knitting Book
Pattern – Design E
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here

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Debbie Bliss baby sandals

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These cute little baby sandals are quite fiddly to make but they are so cute. The fiddly part is the edging of the little bar that the strap goes through. These booties are so cute that I will definitely be making them again Never mind the fiddliness. They are still very quick to make.

Pattern book  used – Debbie Bliss – baby cashmerino
Pattern used – Sandals
Yarn used – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Size – newborn
Link to Ravelry project here

Sirdar baby cardigan for a wee man

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I love this manly little baby’s cardigan. It is a simple and quick little pattern to knit but very effective.

UPDATED July 2013

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Memphis is 3 months old and this fits him perfectly. The size I made said it was for 0 to 3 months so this little cardigan pattern is quite generous, especially since this baby is a big baby. He was born 9lb.

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Unfortunately his Dad thinks this cardigan is a bit too feminine. Perhaps it is but it was a boy’s pattern!

Pattern book – Sirdar Early Arrivals Knitting Book
Pattern – Design H (boy)
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool merino
Link to Ravelry project here

A treasured baby shawl for my first grandson

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This shawl was made for my husband’s daughter’s first baby. The pattern was adapted from a blanket pattern which used aran wool. I wanted a soft baby shawl so the new baby can be wrapped up and cuddled on his first outings.

I am very happy with the way this shawl came out. I would definitely make this again as the pattern was quite quick to “read” which meant less focus was required.

UPDATED May 2013
Someone came across my blog by searching on a question “do people still use baby shawls these days?”
I just wanted to say that my step daughter wasn’t really sure when I made her this shawl, what she would do with it (first baby).
Now that her baby is 3 weeks old, this shawl is never far from baby. It is used as a blanket on the bassinet, a car seat blanket, a breast feeding cover and a warm cover when he is being cuddled or winded when it is cold.
The shawl is soft enough and light enough to be used for any purpose and is able to “scrunch up” quite small.

UPDATED June 2013 to show photos of baby and shawl.

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A blanket in his bassinet.

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Something nice and soft to play on.

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It even goes in the car.

Pattern – Free online pattern which is now unavailable.
Yarn – Shepherd baby Wool Merino 4 ply
Link to Ravelry project here