Newborn Knits

It has been a number of months since my last post. One of my blog followers actually contacted me to see why I hadn’t posted in a while. What can I say?? Life just got so busy and gradually the weeks slipped away. From working three days a week, I have also gone back to full time work until later this year so my time is even more limited when it comes to my personal pursuits. I’ve also been on holidays as well as downsizing my spinning wheels, sheep collection and yarn stash.

Yes, it was getting to the point where my sheep and wheels were literally meeting me at the door! I realise I had to take control and start managing my collection so I’ve managed to move quite a few of my sheep and wheels to new owners and now my home looks much roomier and neater. Do not despair; I still have five spinning wheels and plenty of sheep to keep me company 🙂 I have kept all the sheep that were gifted to me 🙂

Despite all this, I have still managed to do lots of knitting, some crocheting and some spinning so I’ll show you a few of the items I’ve made over the last couple of months.

One of my friends will become a first time grandma in winter this year so I’ve made some garments for the new baby. As we don’t know the gender of the new bub, I’ve used red, white and green as neutral colours that should suit either a boy or a girl.

Red and White

The In Threes baby cardigan is an absolute favourite pattern of mine and it’s available on Ravelry. There are over 7,000 projects attached to this pattern!! I’ve made quite a few of these cardis as I love the pattern so much J

Watermelon Cardi Red White

These little Baby Hug Boots are so easy to make. I’ve adapted the pattern to use dpns so I can knit them in the round. I just seam the sole. For the red and white hat I used the pattern Greenleaf Baby Hat which is also on Ravelry.

Red White Booties
For the red hat I used the pattern Three Textured Baby Hats that features this pattern: King Charles Brocade. For the green hat I used the same pattern: English Diamond Block. The little white hat is made using the pattern Lomond Baby Hat.

Red White Hats

I’ve also just finished crocheting this lovely corner to corner baby blanket. I have so much baby yarn so this was the perfect project to use up some of that yarn. I must admit I do love the C2C blankets. They’re easy to make when you’re at a group as there’s not much concentration required. This is the third baby C2C that I’ve made. As soon as I finished this blanket I immediately went upstairs and sorted through my baby yarn, selected some new colours and started crocheting another blanket J

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Still on the baby track, my neighbour’s daughter is having a little girl in a couple of months’ time  so I made this cute little Watermelon Baby Cardigan. Again, the pattern is on Ravelry. I’ve made quite a few of these cardis as they’re so adorable and quick to knit up.

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I made two pairs of Baby Hug Boots in different sizes and just reversed the two colours.

Pink Purple Booties

The pink hat is made using the pattern Button Baby Beanie. The mauve hat is made using the Lomond Baby Hat pattern.

Pink Purple Hats

So as you can see, even though you haven’t heard from me for a while, my fibre and yarn pursuits continue. I try to make sure I knit or crochet every day of the year.

I’ve also made quite a few pair of socks so I may feature them in my next post.

Until next time…

Melanie
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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…

Baby Pumpkin Hat Pink White 03

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.

Baby Pumpkin Hat Red White 01

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