Month: April 2015

Granny squares sweater and a poor little tyke

I had planned to write this post today. It is the post that goes with a previous post about crocheted granny squares. But this morning when I woke up I reached for the iPad to check WordPress Reader to see what’s new on the blogs that I follow. And I found this. The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fine Arts blog post starts off by saying “Please tell me that I am not the only woman of a certain age who shudders and pales as she remembers the 1970s women’s fashions utilizing granny squares!” Uh oh. Hmmm. She goes on to say “Nor were children immune, poor little tykes, as can be seen of this picture of a child stoically wearing his granny square vest!” (The photos in her post are classic!) Oh no! What have I done to my little granddaughter! Poor little tyke. I have made her a sweater out of granny squares! DSC_0016 Funny thing, when I showed my daughter the granny square sweater pattern she didn’t seem very enthusiastic about it. I took it that she was just tired. What child wouldn’t want a retro granny square sweater! So off I skipped to my stash, selected my colours and gaily crocheted my granny squares while my husband drove us both to work. We travel two and a half hours each day to and from work so I get a lot done. I gave the sweater to my daughter a few weeks ago and funnily enough I haven’t received a photo of the grandchild smiling into the camera wearing the said finished object. She tells me her camera is broken.

Pattern book – Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes by Nicki Trench
Pattern – Springtime Jumper
Yarn – Bits and pieces from my stash (details on Ravelry)
Link to Ravelry here

Worsted weight toddler vest and a free pattern

I found this gorgeous post last week while I was on the way to work. The post was so beautifully photographed that I had to follow the link to the pattern because I wanted one just like that for my little girl. The pattern is called Neighborly and is provided free on Ravelry by Jennifer Casa. Aren’t some people amazing to let us have their patterns for free! This one is knitted top down and in the round with no seaming. The little neckband is knitted first in one long thin strip and then the stitches for the body are picked up along the edge of the neckband. The neckband is meant to be blocked flat before picking up the stitches but I decided that I liked the rolled look, so chose not to block it at all. DSC_0011 I had some gorgeous home spun yarn in my stash that I really wanted to use. I have had it for a while and it was only 1 skein of 130 grams so not enough to do anything with on its own, since I don’t generally knit hats or scarves. The homespun yarn would be perfect for the stripes and I had planned to use a purple marled worsted wool as the main colour. So that evening I did a sample knit with both the purple Misti Alpaca and the homespun yarn.  Unfortunately, they both ended up as different gauges and I was unsure whether I could use both these yarns together or not. The next day I spoke to my favourite local yarn store and we decided that it would be ok as long as I didn’t do too many rows in the homespun stripe at one time. I think it turned out beautifully. The pattern is written in one size (3-5 years) and uses yarn that has an 18 stitch gauge. My little girl is only 2 so I used a yarn that has a 20 stitch gauge and the size turned out just right. Perfect as we move into our winter down here in the Southern hemisphere . The mornings are starting to get cool but the days can still be very hot so what could be better than a cute little purple striped vest for daycare. IMG_0888

UPDATED May 2105 – Another nieghborly vest for our little girl.

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Pattern available as a Ravelry download –(free pattern)
Pattern – Neighborly
Yarn – Tonos Worsted Misti Alpaca and homespun
Link to Ravelry project here