Month: August 2013

Peter Pan merino baby playsuit (or onesie)

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Excuse the fact that this little playsuit doesn’t have buttons. My LYS (local yarn store) asked me to make this for their store to advertise their new Peter Pan baby merino wool and baby knitting pattern book (number 355) and I have given it back to them without buttons.

Apparently this is Peter Pan’s first pure wool. I found it quite a different wool to knit with. It has a very soft feel but is also a very dense wool. It is quite different to the Shepherds baby merino that I am used to using. If you are going to knit with this wool, check your tension before you start, otherwise you might end up with a larger garment that you expect.

I knitted a sleeping bag from the same wool (for the same LYS) and it turned out bigger than the actual measurement stated in the book. So before  I started the onesie, I knitted a tension square and found I had to go down two needle sizes. This is very unusual for me. I never usually do a tension square as my tension is usually always as stated on the ball band, but not this time.

I also found the onesie a bit of an odd size. The neck opening and sleeves look quite small compared to the size of the legs but the onesie measurements are as per the actual measurements in the book.

One other little thing about this onesie, there is no opening in the legs for nappy changes so I am not sure how practical this pattern would be. The onesie pattern I made for my granddaughter (also a Peter Pan pattern from the Mini Knits book) is probably a more practical onesie and allows easy nappy changes.

But I did enjoy knitting this. That is what I love about knitting for the LYS, I get to knit things that I wouldn’t normally do.

Pattern book – Peter Pan merino baby 355
Pattern – Playsuit
Yarn – Peter Pan merino baby
Link to Ravelry project here

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Baby’s first gumboots just like Dad’s Skellerup red bands

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My daughter Keri wanted me to knit her baby boy a pair of booties that looked like gumboots.

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I searched for a gumboot pattern and couldn’t find one so I finally adapted a double knit bootie pattern that looked a bit like a gumboot shape and tried to match the  New Zealand’s famous red band gumboots made by Skellerup.

I had a lot of fun taking these tiny little booties outside on a cold winter day to take photos.

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I also had fun seeing my grandbaby boy wearing them at the beach.

Baby’s first blanket

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Towards the end of my daughter’s pregnancy, we were in the local yarn store and she saw a small baby’s blanket made up as a sample. She fell in love with it and decided she was going to knit one. She had only just learnt to knit and had finished a wee singlet for her baby. I didn’t think it such a good idea to buy the wool for this blanket as she was halfway through knitting a cardigan for her baby and she only had a month or so left of her pregnancy and being a new knitter, she was still a bit slow.

So what did she do? She discarded the cardigan and asked me to cast on for her baby blanket. Then she had her baby and the knitted blanket and cardigan were no more.

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I finished the blanket for her (she had only got one pattern completed) and the baby is now snug and warm when she goes out in the car. The blanket is 52cm by 67cm and is a perfect size for the capsule.

(The baby cardigan is 0 to 3 months so I had better hurry and finish that for her or baby will have grown out of it.)

Pattern leaflet – Natural Star
Pattern – Baby’s First Blanket
Yarn – Twilleys of Stamford Mist DK
Link to Ravelry project here