Month: May 2013

I finished my baby onesie (Peter Pan Mini Knits Playsuit)

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After not buying enough of the grey wool, I was lucky enough to find a ball online. It was a different batch but I don’t think it is noticeable now that it is finished. I am just relieved that I could finish this gorgeous little onesie with all of the stripes where they are meant to be.

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I like the leg opening of this little suit. I have seen others where the opening at the leg is either non existent or a lot smaller. This buttons all the way down and so should be easy to get the baby in and out of and provide easy nappy changing.

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I’m not quite sure what baby can keep in the wee pocket. Probably nothing now as I have sewn it closed with the button going right through so that it wouldn’t sag. Never mind, I don’t think she will want to be keeping any toys in there just yet. I don’t think I did a very good job sewing this little patch pocket on. I will try to do better next time.

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UPDATED August 2013 with photo of baby wearing onesie. This onesie was knitted in the 0 -6 months size and it fits her perfectly at 7 weeks and she is an average sized baby.

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Photo talking to uncle and wearing my lovely onesie knitted by nana. Excuse the baby spill on the front. The booties are made with Indiecita luxurious baby alpaca and they stay on, even with lots of happy kicking.

UPDATED Sept 2013 to link to another colour of this same onesie.
UPDATED Sept 2013  link to a knitted onesie in a different pattern that I have finished.

I have a few more notes regarding the knitting of this onesie if you are interested on Ravelry. Link provided below.

Pattern book – Peter Pan Mini Knits Book two 326
Pattern – Playsuit in 4ply design two
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here

When buying yarn – If you are not using the recommended yarn for a pattern, always compare the yardage.

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This is a onesie. Or at least it is trying to be a onesie. But I didn’t buy enough grey wool to finish it!

I used a pattern that was written for acrylic yarn and I  bought 100% merino wool instead. But merino wool weighs heavier than acrylic yarn and since skeins are sold by weight, there is of course less yardage in a skein of the heavier wool.

So if you are buying yarn that is not the recommended yarn for a particular pattern, make sure you compare the yardage of the two different skeins. That way you can be sure to buy enough and not end up like me with a quandary and an unfinished garment.

I have completed the back and the two fronts of the onesie so I only need enough of the grey for the stripes in the sleeves. (The button bands and the rest of the finishing is done in pink.) I have been back to the local yarn store where I purchased the wool, only to find that the grey has been discontinued. I was a bit surprised since I bought this wool only two weeks ago and had paid full price for it. Come to think of it, I did buy the last grey skein in the shop but I would have thought that the yarn stores would sell a single skein of a discontinued colour at a discounted price?

All is not lost. If I can’t find the grey wool anywhere in New Zealand, I can always make the sleeves plain pink with grey ribbed bands with the little bit of grey I have left. I will search online and make a few phone calls, as I would prefer to have the sleeves in the same stripe as the body.

Royal NZ Plunket Society baby singlet

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I was so lucky to be given this beautiful Plunket baby singlet pattern and the Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace 2ply wool.

I have  never used 2ply before and it felt like I was knitting with silk. It was beautifully soft and light and sometimes I couldn’t even feel the yarn in my hands as I was knitting. I made two of these beautiful singlets, one for the local yarn store and one for my “yet to be born” grandbaby girl.

This is such a dainty baby singlet pattern and very quick and easy to make.

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The lace was easy to knit. Just the standard K2 tog yarn over needle for one and K1 S1 PSSO for another. It just looks more difficult because the wool is so fine.

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When I first realised that the pattern had a crochet edge I was a little bit horrified. It is all very well picking up my knitting needles after twenty five years but picking up a crochet hook? I used to crochet intricate doilies but that was a long time ago. I didn’t have a clue how to do a DC or a  treble crochet. I had bravely accepted my first piece of knitting for a local yarn store sample and I had visions of  me taking it back incomplete and telling them I couldn’t finish the edge because I had forgotten how to crochet. That just wouldn’t do!

So I went out and bought a 3.25m crochet hook. I sat down read the pattern and then I googled. Oh how quickly it all come back to me. The crochet edge is made up of double and treble crochet and I loved working with the crochet hook once again to create this delicate little shell edging.

My daughter does keep reminding me that her baby only has a 90% chance of being a girl. But that is good enough for me. If she has a boy…I won’t make him wear this lace singlet, I promise.

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UPDATED July 2013. The baby was a girl and the singlet looks so cute on her. This one was made on 3mm needles and fitted Mia from about 2 weeks. She is an average size baby.
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The link to the free pattern is here. If you have any problems accessing the pattern from the link, leave me a message as I have permission from Plunket to share this pattern.
Pattern book – N/A
Pattern – Royal NZ Plunket Society Baby Singlet
Yarn – Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace
Link to Ravelry project here