Month: February 2014

Brightly striped short sleeve summer cardigan for baby

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I bought some brightly coloured, machine washable, deliciously soft, Sirdar Snuggly baby bamboo yarn on sale. Three skeins. Maybe not enough to make a cardigan for our little 6 month old bubba but I have a striped Sirdar pattern that uses this yarn so I just need two more colours. I wonder what colours I can find to go with this very vibrant orange.

After a trip to my local yarn store I now have a skein of hot pink and a skein of sunshine yellow to go with the orange. Did I mean to come out with those colours? Not really but the shop had very limited stock. So limited that this is all they had. So a bright summer short sleeve cardigan in bright orange, hot pink and sunshine yellow. Perfect for a lovely summer day.

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The baby doesn’t seem to mind the bright colours.

Pattern book – Sirdar leaflet 1916
Pattern – Short sleeve cardigan
Yarn – Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK
Link to Ravelry project here

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Debbie Bliss baby dress with a lace edging

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When my daughter was pregnant for the very first time, she found this Debbie Bliss book full of gorgeous knitting patterns for her baby. She fell in love with the “sheep dress” so I had to buy this rather large and expensive book for that one pattern.

Now that her baby is six months old and the end of summer is on it’s way, it is time to start looking ahead at what I can knit for her as the weather gets cooler. I don’t have the yarn to make the sheep dress, so that is going to have to wait. But I do have some Debbie Bliss Eco Baby organic cotton, which is so soft and is calling out from my stash box to be  used.

I found this pattern for this little dress with a lace edge in the Debbie Bliss baby book . The smallest size is 6 to 12 months, so it should be just right. Many of Debbie Bliss’s patterns come out reasonably big, so hopefully this little dress will fit her at 9 months, which will be our Autumn.  The suggested yarn is Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton, which is a 5 ply and is discontinued. But the Eco Baby yarn I have is also a 5 ply and I had just the right amount.

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This was a fun knit. I love the increases in the skirt to give it a gentle flare.
I love the detail across the chest with the line of garter stitch.
I love the way the Eco Baby organic cotton knits up with such beautiful stitch definition.
I love the little button placket at the back of the neck.
I’m not so keen on the untidiness of the decreasing on the sleeve and neck.

But I LOVE the lace edging.

UPDATED June 2014 with baby wearing the dress on her first birthday.

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Pattern book – Debbie Bliss – The Baby Knits Book
Pattern – Dress with Lace Edging
Yarn – Debbie Bliss Eco Baby
Link to Ravelry project here