Month: May 2014

Another striped baby onesie but this time for a baby boy

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This is the third little striped onesie that I have made from this pattern. The first one I made was pink and grey and when my daughter’s baby grew out of it, she asked me to make her a slightly longer one in raspberry and orange colours.

This little blue and white onesie (or playsuit) was made for a friend’s second baby and I just managed to get them finished the night before the baby shower.  The baby is due to be born in the middle of our New Zealand winter so these should keep him warm.

UPDATED August 2014 to show little Luke in his striped onesie

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UPDATED March 2015 with an other striped onesie for a baby boy

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

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Otto day cardigan for Mia

I started with this beautiful Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted yarn. IMG_2613 And ended up with this little Otto Day cardigan. I had been admiring this Misti Alpaca yarn for a very long time but it was too expensive to buy without a project in mind. And also, I tend to knit with finer yarns. But when I saw this beautiful yarn at half price, I could not resist it. So I quickly snatched up the pink (and went back the next day for purple) and added it to my ever growing stash. It didn’t stay in my stash for very long as I couldn’t wait to knit with it. IMG_2612 I searched Ravelry for a free pattern since I didn’t have any 10 ply baby patterns and came across this beautiful Otto Day cardigan. I think people who create these wonderful knitting patterns and make them available to us for free, are so generous. Thank you. This one is created by Beatrice Perron Dahlen. I loved making this little cardigan. It was so quick and easy and I think I made it in about 2 days. The pattern is written well and very easy to follow. I made the 6 month size cardigan and fitted 7 month old Mia perfectly. DSC_0241

UPDATED August 2015 (another Otto Day cardigan this time in size 24 months)

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Pattern book – Free pattern on Ravelry Pattern – Otto Day Cardigan 
Yarn – Tonos Worsted by Misti Alpaca and Misti Alpaca Best of Nature
Link to Ravelry here and here

Pocket Trim Crochet Cardigan for baby

 

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I found a gorgeous little book called “cute and easy Crocheted Baby Clothes” written by Nicki Trench. I couldn’t resist this book, even though I have never crocheted a garment before but I had made intricate doilies in the 70’s. So it can’t be that hard.

The book sat on my shelf for a wee while and then one day I thought I would be brave and make something out of it. I thought I had better choose a beginner pattern because I know what I am like. If I choose something too hard and it doesn’t work out, it will put me off and I will never crochet a cute baby garment ever again.

So I chose the Pocket Trim Cardigan. And it was easy. It was all half treble and double crochet. I know that different countries use different terminology for crochet stitches but I followed the instructions in the front of the book and with a little bit of help from my amazing local yarn store, I finished the cardigan.

It just fits my little grand baby girl. It does do up around her little tummy and should fit her for another few months to get her through most of our winter.

I loved making my first crochet garment.
I learnt how to make sleeves.
I learnt how to make button bands.
I learnt how to make buttonholes.
I learnt how to make little bands for the wrist.
And I am glad my daughter loved it too.

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I had a little bit of a problem with the pocket. For some reason it turned out much smaller than the one in the picture. But then the cardigan in the picture is a newborn – 3 month size and I made a 12 – 18 month size. The pocket is made the same, no matter which size cardigan you make, so I am guessing the pocket will look smaller on the bigger cardigans.

But just in case I had done something wrong, (I had undone the pocket twice but each time it came out the same size), I took it into my local yarn store where they know everything about knitting and crochet. I had done the pocket correctly but they suggested I do an extra row of white around the outside which made it a perfect size. So obvious to anyone who knows how to crochet!

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I love the cardigan. I love the colour and I love the 100% baby alpaca  from my stash. So soft and perfect for baby.

Pattern book – cute and easy Crocheted Baby Clothes 
Pattern – Pocket Trim Cardigan
Yarn – Indiecita baby alpaca DK
Link to Ravelry here