Month: March 2014

Cable and Teddy Bear Jacket by Debbie Bliss

DSC_0010 This little teddy bear jacket was the very first knitting pattern that my daughter fell in love with when she became pregnant. Her baby is now nine months old and winter is approaching here in the Southern Hemisphere. So what could be cosier than this gorgeous cable and teddy bear jacket on a cold wintery day. DSC_0012 There is much written on Ravelry about the difficulty of this Debbie Bliss pattern, mainly in the way it is written. However, it is well worth the effort if you are considering making it. But this little jacket took me way longer to knit than it should have. Many years ago I used to knit a lot of fair aisle which uses many colours of wool that are carried across the back as you go. And this is how I started to knit the teddy bears. I was merrily knitting the back and it was coming along quite quickly. After I had completed two of the teddy bear panels, (which meant I was all the way up to the armholes), I realised my teddies were not sitting properly and the moss stitch in the faces was puckered. Oh dear. I can’t have it like this. So I bundled it up and took it along to my local yarn store for advice. Easily fixed but of course it did mean I had to undo the back, all the way down to the bottom. I was meant to be knitting the teddy using the intarsia method, where you use different balls of wool for each colour and you do not carry the wool across the knitting. So now my teddy bears are sitting nicely. DSC_0005 So with the back of the jacket completed, I was onto the left front. The pattern is not well written for the fronts but I thought I had it right. So away I went, blissfully knitting and had completed the first cable panel and then my teddy bear panel. But oh dear. My teddy bear is not sitting properly. The cables under the teddy bear panel seemed to be pulling the teddy bear’s face in too tight. So I spent ages reading and rereading the pattern and I realised I had used the wrong cables for that panel. So off I went back to the LYS and asked Ell her opinion. Would this sit nicely after blocking or should I undo it and start again with the proper cable? I looked at her face as she delivered the news to me. “I would undo it, if it was mine” she said. So I did. From the armhole all the way down to the bottom. And off I went again. Merrily knitting the front knowing I had it right. I love knitting cables. I used to knit aran jerseys for my dad and he would wear them all the time. (I hope it was because he liked them and not because he felt obliged. I will never know now.) Almost finished. One back, two fronts and now up to the armholes on the first moss stitch sleeves. Arrrgh no! There, right at the bottom of the sleeve is a split stitch! Perhaps I can ignore it. Perhaps I can mend it after I have finished. Perhaps no one will notice! But they will. It looked like a little hole. Swish, swish. Down it went. Right to the bottom of the sleeve. And I started again. DSC_0003 I have now finished this marathon journey. Despite everything, I loved knitting the teddy bears. I loved knitting the cables I loved embroidering the faces on the teddys.(I practiced on the back and yes, got some silly looking bears on the back but it doesn’t matter. They are all unique.) I love the little moss stitch collar. I love the bulky moss stitch sleeves. I love that the button band was done at the same time as the fronts. I love that it fitted my grandbaby girl so perfectly. Thank you Debbie Bliss for a truly gorgeous Cable and Teddy Bear Jacket pattern. Pattern book – Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino Pattern – Cable and Teddy Bear Jacket Yarn – Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino Link to Ravelry project here

UPDATED April 2015

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This still fitted Mia at 2 years but it was a bit short. So I picked up stitches from the bottom edge and added another 4 rows or garter stitch and the same number of rows of rib. It will now do a whole new season. And the baby cashmerino yarn has worn so well.

Pattern book – Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss
Pattern – Cable and Teddy Bear Jacket
Yarn – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Link to Ravelry here

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Little lacy summer tunic dress for baby

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I made a mistake one day and bought this gorgeously soft baby yarn on sale, only to realise once I got it home that it was 3ply. I don’t really like knitting with 3ply. I used to use it all the time when my children were babies but it does take such a long time to finish a 3ply garment. It takes so many more stitches and so many more rows and just doesn’t seem to grow quickly enough.

But I had three balls of Filatura Di Crosa Monbebe print and didn’t want to waste it.

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So I searched my pattern books for something that would suit the variegated yarn and found a little short sleeve cardigan in a very old Patons book. I loved the little cardigan but one day when I was in my local yarn store, I found a Filatura Di Crosa pattern book that had some patterns specifically for the Monbebe yarn. So of course I had to buy it.

So I now had two patterns to choose from for this beautiful, soft but fine yarn. The short sleeve cardigan and a little tunic from my new pattern book. So I asked my daughter which one she wanted me to make for her baby. She chose the tunic. For some reason I was disappointed and tried to talk her out of it but she was adamant. She wanted the tunic.

So I knitted the tunic. A bit begrudgingly I must say. Was all that 3ply lace work really going to be worth the effort? Is the variegated colour going to suit the intricate lace pattern? The picture in the pattern book was not very exciting and the baby they used in the photo looked very unhappy and was lying in an awkward pose. But my daughter must have seen something in that pattern that I didn’t!

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And she was right. This little tunic is very cute and fun to make.

It did take quite a while to read the lace pattern in my head, but once I had, it was a joy to knit. The lace is very pretty. The little rib top is a gorgeous contrast to the lace skirt. The simple crochet edge around the armholes and neck gives it a very cute finish and I love the little neck opening at the back. As I was knitting it however, I was still uncertain about the variegated colour and the lace. But as soon as my daughter saw it, she gave a big smile and said that this was now her new favourite. So that is good enough for me.

UPDATED March 2015

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Same baby, only now 18 months old.
Same pattern, only a bigger size and using 4ply cotton instead of 3ply wool.
Loved the pattern just the same.

UPDATED March 2016

Still wearing the second top I made at 2 and a half.

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Pattern book – Filatura Di Crosa
Pattern – Overdress #7
Yarn – Filatura Di Crosa Monbebe and Dolce Amore
Link to Ravelry project here and here