William’s Knits

My son’s best mate has just become a father to a little baby boy born on 31 October; his name is William and you’ve guessed it, what better gift to give than knitted goodies. So I’ve made a start as William will be six months old next winter. I had already made this little hat as I wasn’t sure whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

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It’s one of my favourite baby hat patterns called Mock Cable Baby Hat and it’s a free Ravelry pattern.

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I used Patons Big Baby 8ply, a lovely soft baby yarn. I’m pretty sure little William likes his hat don’t you?

William red hat

These little goodies will be winging their way to William before winter next year. A gorgeous little vest called the Chris Woven Yoke Vest. I found the pattern in my Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2012. There are some lovely knitting patterns in these calendars.

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This little vest is knitted using Ice Yarns Dancing Baby which is a 100% acrylic yarn. I have quite a few colourways of this yarn and they are quite stunning.

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There’s a little bit of stretch in this vest so I hope it fits little William next winter.

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And a matching hat too!

Hat Blue Camel White 01

It’s from the free pattern Easy Rolled Brim Hat although I have modified it slightly. I kept decreasing until there were four stitches left, K2tog: three stitches left. I then proceeded to knit an I-cord for an inch or so and tied a small knot in it. Looks so much cuter I think.

Hat Blue Camel White 02

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And then I made this hat using the same pattern but casting on 128 stitches and using the Patons Big Baby 8ply yarn in three colours.

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I’m not sure what age this hat will fit but hopefully William will find some use for it!

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Knitting baby garments is so gratifying as they don’t take long at all. Remember all those hats I made a year or so ago for two friends who were having babies?

To finish off I want to show you the gorgeous colours of the poinciana trees which are in full bloom in the Redlands this spring. It’s one of the best displays I’ve seen in years.

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Beautiful aren’t they?

One more pic of this little vest. I love it!

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Whoops I nearly forgot…I was rather chuffed when the pattern writer (Dominique Trad from New South Wales, Australia) of the Frillilly scarf contacted me to ask whether my picture of her scarf could be featured on the pattern page as she loved the yarn I’d used. Of course I said yes; it’s the second photo on the pattern page, She also offered me a complimentary pattern of my choice from her selection so I picked the Autumn Rainbow top. Thank you Dominique!!

I’m off to Knit and Knatter this afternoon so I hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend. Until next time.

Melanie

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Three Little Pebble Vests

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!

Pebble Vest Forest 01

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!

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I have more of this yarn so may even make a larger vest. Aren’t those forest colours just gorgeous.

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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.

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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.

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Here’s my ‘Slate’ pebble vest…

Pebble Vest Slate 01

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.

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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.

Ribbed Pumpkin Hat Slate 01

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And here’s my third Pebble Vest christened ‘Leaves’ as the colours depict the different colours of leaves.

Pebble Vest Leaves 03

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.

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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.

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Here’s a close up picture of those lovely shades of green, brown, camel and cream.

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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.

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One last picture…

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And here’s the three Pebble Vests in the order they were made.

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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!

Melanie

The Cutest Little Baby Cardigans

I spend a lot of time on Ravelry and there are particular knitters whose projects I like to check out to see what they’re knitting at the current time. One of my fave knitters has made this little cardigan quite a few times so I decided to buy the pattern and make it too.

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Isn’t it just the cutest little baby cardi you’ve ever seen? The best thing about this pattern is it’s all knitted in the round and in one piece. Yay!! No seams….no joining. All you have to do is sew on the buttons. How easy is that? And it’s all plain and purl knitting so an ideal pattern for a beginner who wants to get a bit daring and start knitting larger items with a bit more detail.

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I used one of my all time favourite 10ply (worsted) yarns for this project. It’s Cascade 220 Superwash and it’s fantastic to knit with. This yarn is part of the bulk ‘end of dyelot’ sale I purchased from Yarn Glorious Yarn. I’m so glad I splashed out and bought so many balls as I’m slowly working my way through them knitting all sorts of goodies.

Cascade 220 Superwash 1976 Sunshine Heather 2

I used this yarn to make my Mock Cable Baby Hat and Ribbed Pumpkin Hat and I’ve just finished knitting some slippers in this yarn as well which I’ll feature soon.

The pattern I used is ‘In Threes: A Baby Cardigan’. This link will take you to some photos of the cardigan with little bodies in it! It’s perfect with a little long sleeved top underneath.

This is the back view of the cardi.

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One more pic….

In Threes Cardi 01

Now because I loved this pattern so much I made two more cardigans! This one is size 18 months and I added another repeat at the bottom and by doing this I used up the whole ball of yarn less a few centimetres.

In Threes Cardi Beach 01

I’ve called this cardi ‘Beach’ as the colours remind me of the sea, sun, sand and occasional cloud at the beach.

In Threes Cardi Beach 03

It looks quite long doesn’t it? But hopefully it’ll keep an 18 month old extra warm around its little bottom and the top of the legs.

In Threes Cardi Beach 04

The yarn I used is Ice Yarns Dancing Baby which is a 100% acrylic DK yarn. I used 4.5mm circular needles. Now I generally only use acrylic for decorations or for items in the home and not for garments, however, I just couldn’t resist the colours in this yarn and being acrylic it will be easier for a mum to maintain although I would still be handwashing any baby items rather than tossing them in the washing machine.

Ice Yarn Multi White Brown Orange Yellow Blue

This is the size 0-6 months size. Again, it is just too cute for words.

In Threes Sand n Sea 01

I called this cardi ‘Sand ‘n’ Sea’ as it reminds me of the sand and the sea.

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Yes, you guessed it, this cardi is also made with Ice Yarns Dancing Baby. How can you resist these colours?

Ice Yarn Multi White Camel Blue

And just to finish it off I made this little Ribbed Pumpkin Hat to match the cardi.

Pumpkin Hat Sand n Sea 01

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All I need now is a grandchild but I don’t think that’s going to happen for quite a while. Although by the time a grandchild does arrive he or she will have a massive knitted wardrobe full of everything imaginable!

So for the moment these cardigans will be going into my ‘Grandma’s glory box’.

This cardigan pattern is definitely a favourite one for me and one I’ll be using quite a few times I imagine.

Until next time…

Melanie

More Adorable Knitted Baby Hats

I’ve been having so much fun knitting these adorable baby hats. The results are almost instantaneous as they don’t take long to knit up at all. I found all but one of these patterns on Ravelry…..such a wonderful source of patterns for knitters and crocheters alike.

This little hat is from the pattern Three Textured Baby Hats that features three hats of which I have made two. This one is the King Charles Brocade pattern. I used this lovely pink Bella Baby Honey DK yarn which is so incredibly soft and snuggly. The pattern definition is quite striking.

Baby Pink Textured Hat 01

This is the second hat from the same pattern called English Diamond Block. It is knitted from Patons Big Baby 8ply in a lovely mid green colour although the camera has captured the colour as blue. Both these patterns are knitted from the brim up and are so easy once you’ve got the hang of knitting with dpns which I now have.

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This intricate looking pattern hat is called Baby Leaves Hat and is designed by Paula Dean Nevison. This pattern took a bit more concentration but if you look closely you can clearly see the leaf design. Very clever I must say. I used Patons Big Baby 8ply in a nice bold red colour which would suit either a baby boy or girl. The hat starts from the crown with 8 stitches – 2 stitches on each of four needles….a bit fiddly to start with.

Baby Red Leaves Hat 01

Because I loved the Mock Cable Baby Hat that I blogged about previously, I decided to make another one using Patons Big Baby 8ply in this lovely soft baby blue colour.

Baby Mock Cable Hat Blue

I just love this pattern so I entered the words ‘mock cable’ in the pattern search engine in Ravelry and found this adorable pattern called Mock Cable Baby Socks.

Baby Mock Cable Socks

I used the same yarn to make a hat and sock set. I couldn’t believe how quickly each sock knitted up compared to knitting socks for big people!

Baby Mock Cable Hat and Socks

Now this hat is the pièce de résistance. The pattern is from the ‘Knitting: 100+ Patterns Throughout the Year: 2012 Day-to-Day Calendar’ and is called Ribbed Pumpkin Hat. It’s sized for a toddler so I’ll be giving it to a little boy called Reid who turns one in July this year. Isn’t it just as cute as a button!

Baby Pumpkin Hat Orange 01

The pumpkin hat is made from Cascade 220 Superwash which is a pleasure to knit with……so soft.

I loved this hat so much I decided to adapt the pattern to make a pumpkin hat for a newborn so I cast on 70 stitches (instead of 80) and only knitted the ribbed section for 4.5 inches as opposed to 5.5 inches for the toddler size. I’m so happy at how it has turned out.

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I used Patons Big Baby 8ply using pale blue for the main part and white for the top. This hat is sooo easy to make. If you know how to cast on, knit, purl, knit through the back of the loop, knit 2 together and cast off, you can each make this hat. Plus, of course you also need to know how to knit with 5 dpns.

And of course, I had to make a pink and white hat too…

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Did you notice the five rings on the brick? If you look closely you’ll see ‘1956’ as well. That’s right this brick was made especially for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games which makes it 57 years old this year!

How about a red and white hat….reminds me a bit of Christmas.

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And just to finish off…..here’s a collection of all the baby hats I’ve made so far. I love them all and can’t wait to see them on two little babies.

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I probably should make a couple of jackets and finish the baby pram blanket I started but I’m having so much fun knitting these hats. Luckily, I’m knitting for two babies. At the rate I’m going they’ll both have a hat for each day of the week! And that’s exactly how many I have knitted to date!

Talk to you soon. Have a wonderful week….

Melanie