Month: September 2013

Knitted pram shoes

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These are called pram shoes. I am sure it is just another name for booties but the pattern says they are pram shoes.

One of my girls asked me if I would knit her another pair of booties. So I gathered together all of my bootie patterns and after she had worked her way through the pile, these are the ones she chose. I was a bit surprised, as her baby is a big boy and last time she had asked me to make booties, she chose these knitted baby gumboots , so I was not expecting her to choose something so delicate.

But I was happy to make whatever style she wanted. So we selected wool from my stash and I started to knit.

These booties are knitted from the top down. In all my previous years of knitting, I had never come across a pattern for top down booties. But I love knitting firsts, so away I went, starting with the strap (as the pattern told me to do) and then onto the booties and the pretty little picot edging.

These booties didn’t take long. Just as well. Her baby is 4 months old and so I knitted these pram shoes in the 3-6 month size. But when I had finished the first bootie, they were so tiny that they would definitely not fit a big 4 month old baby! There were more like newborn. So guessing I had done something wrong, I pulled the bootie undone and started again.

This time before I started, I checked my wool. Maybe I had made a mistake and used 4ply when the pattern was for double knit. No, the pattern is 4ply.
Maybe I had used a very thin 4ply and the pattern uses a thicker one. I had used Cleckheaton 4ply for the blue and Wendy 4ply for the grey. I hadn’t had size problems with those wools before. The pattern is from a Twilleys of Stamford baby book and uses  freedom gorgeous 4ply. I had better do a tension square to make sure I get it right this time.

So I knitted up a tension square (which took almost as long as knitting the tiny pram shoe). My tension was perfect. Ok. Maybe something had gone wrong and I had followed the newborn size by mistake.

So I started again. And wouldn’t you know it! The pram shoe came out exactly the same size. Tiny. So do I pull this one undone again and make it in the next size, 6 to 12 months? No, I will just carry on and make the other one. These pram shoes were starting to annoy me and I did not want to make 4 booties to get one pair.

Once they were done, I presented them to the mum of the big baby boy with the chubby feet and we burst out laughing.

My other girl now has them for her petite two month old baby girl. They fitted her and have done until she was three months old. But they have never been a good stay on bootie so I suggest if you want booties or pram shoes, look for another pattern. But they were fun to make and they are cute.

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Pattern book – Twilleys of Stamford freedom Gorgeous 457
Pattern – Pram Shoes
Yarn – Cleckheaton Merino Bambino 4ply and Wendy Merino pure ultra soft wool 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here

Candied Raspberry and Baby Orange Onesie (Peter Pan Mini Knits Playsuit)

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When my daughter was pregnant, we found a fun baby knitting pattern book, Peter Pan Mini Knits Book two 326. The first thing I knitted from the book was a pretty soft pink and grey onesie. My daughter’s baby wears the pink and grey onesie almost all the time and when I asked her what she would like me to knit next, she asked for another onesie.

Because the first one was in soft pretty colours, we decided this time to move away from the traditional baby colours and go for something brighter. We chose these gorgeous colours. And what are these colours? They are 780867 and 780499. Oh how I wish that Shepherd would call their colours by name. They would sound so much more exciting. How about something like Candied Raspberry and Baby Orange.

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These onesies open easily for nappy changes. I have seen other onesie patterns where it would be impossible to change a nappy without stripping the onesie off the baby first. I wonder who would design a pattern like that! Obviously not someone who has changed lots of nappies.

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I love the little heart buttons and the colour matches perfectly. I just had to make sure I sewed them on properly with the points pointing downwards

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The first pink and grey onesie was knitted as per the pattern and it was sized 0 to 6 month.  How on earth can a pattern fit a baby 0 to 6 months! A baby of 0 months is quite a different size to a baby of 6 months! The first onesie fitted this average sized baby when she was seven weeks old and she is still wearing it now at 3 months but is only just long enough.

This onesie we made two stripes longer on the body and the legs, and one stripe longer on the arms. She is now 3 months old and this fits beautifully and should fit her at least another month or more.

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

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and the Teddy Bear Jacket

When my daughter was pregnant, we found the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino book in our LYS.  And in that book, we found the pattern for the Teddy bear jacket and fell in love with it. Despite the price of the book, off we went home with the book in a bag. This little Teddy Bear jacket will be perfect for my daughter’s baby’s second winter.

The recommended wool for the Teddy Bear jacket is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is an expensive wool. I looked to see if I could substitute with a slightly less expensive wool but it is 5 ply and therefore less readily available. I had read a few Ravelry comments from people who had knitted the Teddy Bear jacket with substituted yarn and they were often disappointed with the size and sometimes shape of the finished object.

So I decided I would use the recommended yarn, as this jacket is quite a lot of work and I don’t want it wasted by using the wrong yarn. I have been doing a bit of knitting for my LYS  and have been saving my knitting money to use for the Teddy Bear jacket and now I am ready to buy! How exciting.

But in the weekend I was doing a bit of Ravelry reading and I happened to stumble across the comments for the Debbie BLiss Baby Cashmerino and found that many people said that the yarn pilled badly. Some even said it was starting to pill even before they had finished knitting their garment! Now what am I going to do? There were just too many comments from people about the pilling, so I am not going to use this yarn.

I guess all I can do is to use a double knit or 4 ply yarn and try to get the tension right with a few tension squares. I feel just a tiny bit disappointed as this Teddy  Bear jacket has been planned for 12 months already and I want it to be just right.

UPDATED March 2014
I decided to buy the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino yarn. I wanted it to be right. I have now finished the jacket and it fits baby perfectly. The yarn definitely did not pill as I was knitting it. It is soft and cuddly and I hope it remains like that after lots of wear and washing.

Peter Pan Cable Pants for Baby

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One of my daughters dresses her baby in knitted pants most of the time. They are easy to negotiate nappy changes on kicking legs, easy to put on, soft to wear, easy to wash (merino baby washable wool) and they look good. For this first daughter, the baby pants of choice is a Panda pattern and I have now made her four pair, grey, blue, pink and white.

My other daughter was offered knitted baby pants but she didn’t think she would use them. Until of course, she saw the other daughter’s baby wearing her knitted pants. So daughter number two decided she did want some after all.

So we chose a pattern together and some grey gunmetal coloured wool from my stash and this is what we came up with.  A lovely little manly pair of knitted pants for a five month old baby boy.

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I used to knit many years ago when my children were small. I used to knit aran jerseys for my dad in the 70’s. I love knitting cables. This is the first cable I have done since picking up my knitting needles again last year.

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This is the very first i-cord I have ever knitted. How very simple and quick to make. These little pants are knitted in two halves and then joined in the middle before using double pointed needles to do the waist band. A lot of fun and a very quick knit in double knit. Hopefully they won’t be too hot. It is the first day of spring here in New Zealand.

Pattern book – Patons Natural Baby
Pattern – Leggings with Cable Panel
Yarn – Mill End 8ply Pure Wool
Link to Ravelry project here