I know I’ve said it before but I’d be lost without Ravelry…this is where I get lots of my ideas for knitting projects and my latest is the very popular baby’s Pebble Vest. Over 3,000 of these little vests have been knitted so that shows you how popular this free pattern is.
My first Pebble Vest which I have called ‘Forest’ was knitted exactly as the pattern dictated however upon reflection it will only really fit a newborn baby for a short time especially if the baby grows quickly!
The vest is knitted in one piece and so easy to make. The hardest (or most tedious I should say!) part is sewing on the buttons!
I have more of this yarn so may even make a larger vest. Aren’t those forest colours just gorgeous.
The yarn I used is Cleckheaton Country Paintbox 8ply. It’s now been discontinued so I’m glad I have a little stash of it. The recommended needle size is 4mm however the pattern called for 3.5mm which made for quite ‘snug’ knitting.
I was quite enthusiastic when I finished this little vest and was revved up to make another one so I went fossicking in my stash (I love having a large stash….it’s like going shopping without having to pay!) and found this handspun merino 8ply that I bought on Ebay in May last year. It’s probably not the first choice as a colour for a baby but if you could feel how soft the knitted vest is you’d agree with me that it’s ideal baby wool. I used 4.5mm needles.
Here’s my ‘Slate’ pebble vest…
I love it. As you can see I jazzed it up with brightly coloured buttons to make it more ‘babylike’. Different buttons adds more interest to these little garments too.
The great thing about Ravelry is that most knitters will comment on any adjustments they make to a pattern so I studied them all and made my own adjustments to make this vest a bit larger. It’ll fit a 46cm chest which is approximately an average 9 month old baby.
Now all I need is a grandchild to pop in it! But I don’t think that’s going to happen for a while 😦
I’ve also knitted a Ribbed Pumpkin Hat in the same yarn as the original skein weighed 125g and this little vest only took 50g so I have lots left over.
And here’s my third Pebble Vest christened ‘Leaves’ as the colours depict the different colours of leaves.
I cast on 100 stitches and used 5mm needles for this vest so it should fit a two year old toddler. It has quite a bit of stretch in it too.
You don’t even need to use matching buttons….so long as they’re the same shade as your vest you can mix and match with what you have on hand. I have a few bottles of different coloured buttons so I love sorting through them to find what looks good on these vests.
Here’s a close up picture of those lovely shades of green, brown, camel and cream.
I used Ice Yarns Baby Batik for this vest. It’s a 100% acrylic so will be ideal to care for but I would still only hand wash any knitted garment.
One last picture…
And here’s the three Pebble Vests in the order they were made.
Until next time…and I pose the question ‘why am I knitting baby garments again when I have so many other things to knit for myself?’ No idea!