Month: April 2013

Baby cardigan. Frilly but not too frilly. Lacy but not too lacy.

DSC_0004 A wee while ago, I knitted my first  pair of baby leggings. The leggings are for a baby girl and I had enough wool left over to make a cardigan. But I didn’t want a plain cardigan. I wanted something feminine and pretty but nothing too lacy or fussy. I wondered if I would ever find just the right pattern.

And then one day when I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I found this pattern. Perfect. I could make it as lacy or as frilly as I wanted. DSC_0005 I love the frills at the bottom and have never made anything like this before but don’t be daunted by them. They were very easy. DSC_0013 The frills were made by starting with lots of stitches (161 just for the back of the cardigan) and then decreasing (down to 65 stitches) to form the little  frill. The moss stitch (also known as seed stitch) added an extra little bit of detail before moving into the single lace panel.

Just right. Not too lacy. Not too frilly. Not too plain.

UPDATED Oct 2013 with a picture of the baby modelling the cardigan. She is 4 months old in this photo and it still fits her. Her leggings are made in matching wool.

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Pattern book – Sirdar Snuggly 4ply 3941
Pattern – Border pattern round neck cardigan
Yarn – Cleckheaton Merino Bambino
Link to Ravelry project here

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Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace

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How very, very lucky I am.

I wandered into my local yarn store a few days ago. The owner knows I love cute little baby patterns and she had recently got a copy of an old Plunket Society  baby singlet pattern. It was so gorgeous and lacy and when she saw me oohing and aahing over the pattern, she gave me a copy (as it does not have a copyright).

The pattern uses 2ply and there in the shop was Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace. I picked up a ball of this delicately fine wool and squeezed it and it was so soft and beautiful. (One thing about buying from your local yarn store instead of online, is that you can squeeze before you buy.)

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Look at the strands. Aren’t they just beautiful. Look how fine they are.

The owner of the shop happened to mention that she must get one of the Plunket singlets made up for the shop as a sample. I said I would be happy to make one for her. So we  made a deal. She gave me the ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, which should be enough for two singlets.  She pays her knitters in the equivalent of yarn but if the pattern is intricate, then there is some negotiation. I wasn’t expecting payment in any way when I offered but I was more than happy with outcome.

Now all I have to do it knit up these beautiful singlets. Oh dear, the singlet has a crochet edge. Can I remember how to crochet?

A warm hoody for a wee baby boy

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This is the second little hoody that I have now knitted. The first one was this little pink one which I really loved. When I was in the local yarn store looking for buttons for the pink hoody, I happened to look down and saw this beautiful coloured teal wool just sitting there waiting to come home with me.

I hadn’t planned on making a hoody for my baby grandson who is due in a few weeks but when I saw this wool, it seemed to scream out for a gorgeous little manly hoody.  But there were only four balls left in the shop. For the pink hoody, I had gone into the fifth ball to complete the banding.

So I asked the shop owner if she knew of any hoody patterns that might only use four balls and she went straight to this one. The pattern is for Twilleys freedom sincere cotton, which is also a double knit and it uses only three balls. The meterage of the cotton and the Patons Dreamtime wool was about the same, so I should be fine with the four balls.

And I was. I just went into the fourth ball, even with making the jacket slightly longer than the pattern said.

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The hood on this pattern was made quite differently to the pink hood I made previously. This one you increase and then decrease at the back of the head to get the hood shaping and then joined it with one seam  down the centre.

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The pink hood was knitted in one piece with no shaping and then you cast off on both edges of the hood and continue knitting on the centre stitches. That way you end up with two joins at the top of the hood. I’m not sure which I prefer. I enjoyed knitting them both. I guess I will see which sits on the babies head better once they are born and dressed in their hoodies on a cold winters day.

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And once again, I was worried that I might not find the perfect buttons, but I did. It took visits to two different shops before I found them. I bought these in Spotlight in Albany and the colour couldn’t have been better.

Updated to include a picture of the wee baby boy wearing it. He is six weeks old and just fits it but he is a big boy.

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Pattern book – Twilleys of Stamford freedom sincere 9066
Pattern – Knitted Hooded Jacket
Yarn – Patons Dreamtime 8ply
Link to Ravelry project here

A warm hoody for a wee baby girl

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I had never knitted a hoody before I made this one. When my children were little, I don’t think there were such things as baby knitted hoodies. At least not as cute as this.

I fell in love with this gorgeous little pattern and decided it would be just right in a soft pink for my first grand daughter who is due to be born in the middle of the southern hemisphere winter. I knitted this in soft baby merino wool since this is her first double knit item and I wanted to make sure it was going to feel soft as well as warm.

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The hood was knitted quite differently to the hood on the little boy’s hoodie I made a few weeks later. I think this one was simpler and it fits just as well.

The pattern size is 0 to 3 months but I think it will be closer to fitting at 3 months rather than 0 months but it will still be cold enough to wear this even when she is 3 months old.

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This was a simple knit. A simple slip stitch pattern that adds an extra little detail.

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I was worried we wouldn’t find the right buttons but our local yarn store had these very cute candy striped ones that were just right.

UPDATED September 2013 with photos of baby wearing the hoodie. She is an average size baby girl and fitted this from 6 weeks and is still wearing it at 4 months.

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Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Corey
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 8ply
Link to Ravelry here

Knit or knitted. What is the past tense of knit?

I have always used knitted as the past tense of knit because that is what I learnt when I was growing up in my family who loved to knit.

I have only recently started knitting again after many years and I was surprised to read the word knit being used as a past tense. When I first read it, with I thought it was just a lack of grammar knowledge by the people using it. But then I saw it being used more and more. So I thought I had better look it up. Perhaps I have been using the wrong word all these years and maybe knitted isn’t actually a word!

I was relieved to see that the Grammarist website states that both knitted and knit can both be used as the past tense of knit.

“The verb knit is traditionally uninflected in the past tense and as a past participle. Knitted is now well accepted, though; it appears about as often as the uninflected form in 21st-century texts from throughout the English-speaking world.

Knitted is safest as a participial adjective (e.g., a knitted scarf), but it also works as a verb (e.g., she knitted all morning). Knit also works in these uses (e.g., a knit scarfshe knit all morning), but it’s falling out of favor.”

Blue hat for a newborn baby boy

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What could be more perfect for a newborn baby boy than a little blue beanie.

A work colleague welcomed Will into his family last week. As my colleague often calls me his second mum, I just had to knit his new baby this wee hat. Unfortunately this photo was taken before the hat was blocked so it doesn’t look as nice.
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UPDATED April 23rd 2013
But I am so lucky to have been sent this gorgeous photo taken by Will’s mum. Isn’t he beautiful! I think he was just over 2 weeks old old in this photo and the hat fits perfectly.
 
Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Jack (for design) and Jessica (for size as this was 4 ply and Jack is DK)
Yarn – Patons dream time baby yarn 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here