Month: March 2013

My baby grandson needs a hat to wear home from the hospital

DSC_0041

My little grandson is due to be born in three weeks. His mum doesn’t have a hat. So guess what I did? Of course I went straight home and knitted him one.

I had made him a cute wee man’s cardigan but the pattern I had used didn’t have a hat to go with it. So I used the Jessica pattern that I had made before for the number of stitches and the basic pattern to follow.  Then I had to decide which stitches to use for the hat.

DSC_0005

The idea was to use two of the stitch patterns from the cardigan above but once I had started the hat, it was so tiny that I think if I had used two different stitches, it would have spoilt the simplicity of the hat. A very sweet but manly little hat and I am sure his Mum will love it too once I give it to her this weekend, along with the cardigan and the shawl I made for her.

Image 1

UPDATED April 2013
This little baby was born 4.06 grams (9lb) and the hat fitted him from birth. He is 2 days old in this photo.

Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Jessica (for size but I made the pattern up to match the cardigan)
Yarn – Shepherds Baby Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry here

Advertisements

My first pair of baby leggings

I have never knitted baby leggings before. I had some spare baby wool and thought I would try them.

DSC_0032

I found a pattern in the Sirdar Early Arrivals Knitting Book that used one ball of wool so I cast on and started to knit. I had one ball of Cleckheaton Merino Bambino in a creamy white colour that I had found in an oddments bin in the local wool store. These cute little leggings are knitted from the bottom up and were fun to watch grow on the needles. Until I got halfway up the tummy / bottom area.
I ran out of wool!
How could that be? I checked and rechecked the pattern. It said one ball, even for the next size up!

Luckily I had been searching on Trademe (New Zealand’s equivalent of Ebay) for yarn a few days ago and had bought four balls of Cleckheaton Merino Bambino in the same creamy white colour. I had loved the wool so much that I had decided to buy it for another baby project. So I waited for that to arrive in the post. I just had to hope the batch wasn’t too different to the one I have.

The baby wool arrived in the post and I was so happy. The batch numbers were the same! What are the chances of that! So I continued my way through the rest of the leggings. They took a total of one and a half skeins. When I went into the local wool store to  buy the shirring elastic for the waist, I mentioned that the pattern had given the  wrong amount of wool and told her my story. She nicely pointed out that the pattern I had used was for Sirdar Snuggly which is an acrylic yarn and therefore weighs lighter than wool. There are 226 metres of yarn in the Sirday Snuggly skein and there was only 177 metres in my skein. I learnt a very valuable lesson with these leggings. If you are not using the same yarn as suggested by the pattern, always check the meterage.

DSC_0030

I loved making these little leggings. The little gusset is so cute and I enjoyed putting them together. I still have three and a half balls of wool left, enough for another little baby project. I am not sure what yet. Maybe a little cardigan to go with these leggings.

UPDATED April 26 2013
I have since made a cardigan to go with these cute little leggings.

UPDATED September 2013
Updated to add a photo of the baby wearing these leggings. She is 3 months old and an average size baby. The pattern was made 0 to 3 months so just be aware if you are making these that they are on the larger size.

Image 1

Pattern book – Sirdar Early Arrivals Knitting Book
Pattern – Design B (Leggings)
Yarn – Cleckheaton Merino Bambino
Link to Ravelry project here

A pink Patons Jessica hat made from leftover wool

DSC_0026

I made this cute little hat with some wool I had left over from the Debbie Bliss baby sandals. The colour is peachy pink that has since been discontinued but at least I had enough to make the sandals and the hat. This Jessica hat pattern is very easy and I can see myself making many more of them. The sizing in the pattern starts at tiny premature sizes through to six months so will be perfect for when I start knitting for the hospital neonatal ward. (That is after I have finished knitting for my two babies due in the next few months.)

DSC_0029

I love the little picot edge of this pattern. It makes the hat so dainty.

Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Jessica
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here

Today was the first day of knitting in public!

I haven’t been brave enough to knit in public before. I don’t really know why. Why do we feel like that? Is it because we think we might be classed as being an old granny? Isn’t it only old grannies that knit? Of course it isn’t. I am not old and I am not a granny. But I will be a granny (actually a nana) in three weeks time.

DSC_0068

This is what I was knitting when I visited my local cafe for a coffee. A lady at a nearby table called out to me and said how wonderful it was to see someone knitting. I actually felt proud. This is a little 0 – 3 months hoody for my grandson. It should fit him perfectly in the middle of our New Zealand winter.

Indiecita Luxurious Baby Alpaca cardigan, hat and booties

DSC_0017

There were two boys due to be born this year in our family, or so we thought. But then my daughter had her 20 week scan and her baby is a girl.  We hadn’t even thought about knitting for girls so we weren’t very prepared with pretty newborn girl’s patterns. So we started searching.

When I started knitting again after many years, I noticed my daughter watching how it was done. She asked me one day if I thought she could do it. Of course she could. So for Christmas I bought her a pattern book for a simple  little baby singlet with a heart motif and some alpaca baby yarn.

And in that same book, there was the pattern for this gorgeous little cardigan, booties and hat. So I went out and bought enough of the pretty pink in the baby alpaca yarn to make the set. I must say that this is some of the nicest yarn I have ever knitted with. I will definitely be buying more of it. The pattern book is a Filatura di Crosa using  Super Cashmere(100% cashmere) but I bought 100% alpaca based on advise from the owner of the Crafty Knitwit store and the price of the yarn, which was about half the price of the cashmere.

DSC_0011

The cardigan turned out a little bigger than some of the other newborn cardigans I have made but only by a couple of centimetres so it should fit her from birth through to the end of winter. I love the simple moss stitch detail of this pattern and the little buttonhole band adds to the overall design.

DSC_0015

The little hat and booties were so quick to make. The hat is a lovely size for a tiny newborn head, so hope the baby is born a “normal” size baby. But it is so quick to make that I could do another one in an evening if this doesn’t fit. The booties were the simplest booties I have ever made. No turning for the traditional instep. Just lots of decreasing of stitches. I am going to get my daughter to make these booties to match her little singlet once it is finished, as they are so quick and easy. Her little singlet is in a gorgeous fawn / brown colour.

DSC_0008

UPDATED July 2013. Fits baby perfectly at four weeks old. She was 7 1/2 lb born.

DSC_0032

UPDATED August 2013 with photo of booties being worn at 8 weeks. They are a great “stay on” booties, even with lots of happy kicks while talking to uncle.

DSC_0020

UPDATED Sept 2013 to show the cardigan still fits at 3 months.

DSC_0014

Pattern book – Filatura do Crosa Supercashmere BKSC1
Pattern – 10 Jacket & Hat and 12 Booties
Yarn – Indiecita Luxurious Baby Alpaca 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here

White Patons Jessica Picot Edge baby cardigan, hat and booties.

DSC_0015

This is a little 4 ply cardigan, hat and booties with a picot edge made in 4ply merino baby wool.

It was very quick and easy to knit. Even the sewing was quick, despite the picot edges needing to be folded and slip stitched but I didn’t mind. I actually like sewing up knitted garments. Most people seem to despise the sewing up. So much so that I know people who have a knitted bits and pieces that have been sitting for a number of years waiting to be sewn. What a waste of all that beautiful knitting. To me the sewing up is a bit like the final tribute to all that hard work you have put in, seeing it slowly turn into the finished object.

DSC_0014

The cardigan is newborn size and took two 50g balls of Shepherds baby merino 4ply wool. The wool is very soft and beautiful to knit with. Although I was a bit disappointed when I used the same wool to sew my baby shawl as there were knots in the balls of wool and that annoys me. This shouldn’t happen at over $10 NZ per ball (over 5 British pounds).

The picot edge is knitted and then folding during the making up by slip stitching the little hem. Very easy and effective.

DSC_0013

The hat is a little cutie. The newborn size looks a perfect size for a newborn. The baby this is made for is due in June (the middle of the New Zealand winter) so I hope she is a “normal” newborn size if there is such a thing. It should fit her for a couple of months, (maybe). Never mind if it doesn’t, I can quickly make another one. It only used about half of a 50g ball.

The picot edge on this hat was made the same way as the cardigan.

DSC_0005

These very, very cute booties almost did not get made. In fact the whole set almost didn’t get made. I had attempted another pair of picot edge booties a month or so earlier and they were so difficult to make, I gave up. The picot edge was done (the same as these booties) by picking up a stitch of a previous row (about 4 rows prior to the one you are knitting) and in the first pair of booties I attempted, there was no differentiation between the rows so it was impossible to pick up hte right stitch. I ended up pulling those booties off the needles after many attempts and sore fingers.

I didn’t want to make this little picot edge set as I had horror thoughts of those previous booties but my daughter had fallen in love with this little Patons “Jessica” pattern so I had no choice but to try.

These little picot booties were easy. (Well not easy but definitely doable.) The row that you had to pick up from was easy to see as it was the first of the stocking stitch rows after garter stitch, so easy to differentiate. I’m glad my daughter insisted on this picot edge set, as I love the way it has turned out.

DSC_0018

UPDATED June 2013 with a link to the little pants I made to match this set.

DSC_0015

UPDATED June 2013 with a picture of the little newborn feet inside these booties. (The bump inside the booties is the hospital identity tag)

Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Jessica
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry here