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Baby Knits

I’ve been knitting baby clothes lately for imminent sproglets. I’ve finished two tops, and there’s another one which is mostly done, but I still need to weave in ends and block everything.

Because it’s summer, I figured that it would best to knit the woollier items for 3-6months, rather than for newborns.

1. Seamless Baby Kimono, by Jacki Kelly, in Cleckheaton Bamboo.
baby kimono

Very cute and easy to knit.

2. Baby Soleil. baby soleil

I based this on Alexandra Virgiel’s Soleil pattern, from Knitty, spring 2005.

Because it is so much smaller, I only did one repeat of the lace chart, and because babies are fat little things, I ignored all the waist shaping.

Knit in Patons “Serenity” cotton and bamboo blend.

3. Raglan Jumper.
baby jumper

Made up as I went along, because raglan is easy that way. I may post my pattern notes once this is finished and blocked.

I frogged the green mitred squares and reused the last of the tidal wave yarn, with the sari silk/merino blend to make up the rest of the length. I love the way these two colourways work together.

baby jumper - colour change

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Bits and Pieces

Ack!
I’ve hit a snag with my Swallowtail Shawl.

I’ve finished all the budding lace, and moved on to the lily of the valley lace, and it calls for K1,YO,K1, YO,K1 all into the same stitch. Which is a little time consuming, but doable. But then on the next row it calls for purling those 5 stitches back into one stitch. Now I could easily purl 5 regular stitches together, but these 5 which I just made out of one are too tight for me to slip onto the right hand needle and purl. It’s very frustrating. It’s possible that if I had pointier, better quality needles, and not the cheap ones from lincraft, then I could manage. I think the next step will be to use a smaller dpn and see if I can at least purl the five stitches with that, and then transfer the new purl onto my circs. Which would do the trick. Except that there are about 20 repeats of this stitch so far, and the pattern calls for many more rows of them.

lace weight angora

This is the angora I’m using to make the shawl. It’s so beautiful, and it’s so fine that I’m using it double stranded. It’s by fibreworks, and I got it at the fibre and textiles day at the Bus Depot Markets in 2007.

Planning
In other news, my friends H & C are giving birth in a couple of months (well, C is doing that part), so I’m going to start a baby blanket and some clothes for newborns. I wanted to try out mitered squares, so I used some of the green yarn I had left over from my tidal wave socks, and some hand spun from Anne Earyes which has been sitting around for ages, and followed the tutorials for the Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang.

Mitred Squares

They turned out okay, and were fun to knit, but I don’t have enough of those greens to make a full blanket, so I think I’ll switch to some 8ply I have in reds and greys.

I also want to make a square (or squarer) version of the Princess wrap for a lighter baby blanket. I’m thinking about using this alpaca/wool blend, but possibly something smooth, like bamboo, would be better.

Hand spun alpaca/wool.

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Hot-Water-Bottle Cover

Here’s another project made with yarn I picked up at the Celebration of Wool day back in May. Like the Tidal Wave socks, I only just finished it recently. The yarn came from Rainbow Wools, and is variegated in rainbow hues, but with earthy undertones which soften the colours. The greens and the reds come through strongly, while the blues, violets, and yellows are only just noticeable in some places It reminds me of autumn leaves.

The problem with this yarn was I liked it so much that I couldn’t decide what to make. At first I thought of a scarf or wrap with a leaf motif to make the most of the autumnal hues. But after playing around with a couple of stitch patterns I decided that something solid would be best, and it wasn’t long before I settled on the BAWK Hot Water Bottle Cozy pattern from Yarn-A-Go-Go. (The fact that it was July and I was about to move into a house without central heating may have been a factor.)

hbwc
This photo has pretty accurate colours.

As you can see, The colours are not quite striped, not quite pooling, but mostly diagonal. I’m quite happy with the way it worked out, but I think something with less stitches per round would have made some lovely stripes.

Instead of a cable 6 back, I used a staghorn cable:

hbwc

This is the stitch pattern from 365 Knitting Stitches A Year:
Worked over 16 stitches
Row 1 (right side) K4, cable 4 back, cable 4 front, K4
Rows 2 (and all even rows) Purl
Row 3 K2, cable 4 back, K4, Cable 4 front, K2
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Cable 4 back, K8, cable 4 front
Row 6 Purl
Repeat these six rows.
When working in the round, knit the even rows instead of purling.

I love how this cable came out, and it was very satisfying to knit, being not too boring but not too complicated that I had to constantly check the pattern.

I’d consider making more hot water bottle cozies as gifts, because they are easy, and if you’re not working on 3 things at once, quick to knit, and the finished product is both pleasing and practical.

Pattern: BAWK Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Yarn Rainbow Wools 8ply wool
Needles 4mm dpns, 4mm circs, 4mm cable needle
Modifications: substituted Staghorn Cable in place of cable 6 back.
Time: 7 weeks from casting on to binding off. Probably could be knit in a day or two if worked at constantly and not just picked up from time to time.
Ravelry Project Page

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When in doubt, knit socks

tidal wave 01

These are Deby Lake’s Tidal Wave socks which were available here but don’t seem to be there any more. So here’s a link to their Ravelry page.

These were lovely to knit, the stitch pattern was very easy to follow. Unfortunately, I used a slightly too heavy yarn which I bought at the Old Bus Depot Markets during the celebration of wool day in May. So I probably won’t wear them outside much, but they do make comfortable and sturdy socks to wear around the house on cold days.

Yarn: Fibreworks 70% merino 30% silk 4ply
Needles: 2.25mm dpns
Modifications: I continued the stitch pattern on the top of the foot all the way down to the toe shaping, rather than finishing at the ankle. I reversed the stitch pattern for the second stock so that they would be symmetrical.
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Silky Doll once said that as soon as you finish the first sock, you should cast on the second. This is very good advice, and I’ve decided to extend it, so that as soon as I finish one pair of socks, I cast on another. That way I always have some knitting that’s small enough to take with me during my commute.

This time I’m using a self-striping yarn from Lincraft, and keeping it simple so that the stripes are the main feature. I’ve just started the heel flap on the first sock. The yarn is shades of grey, and I took this photo against a charcoal background. So this is not actually a black and white photo.
grey sock 01

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Child’s Cardigan in Rainbow Colours

This one went to its 18 month old recipient just over a month ago. I’ve been putting off posting about it in the hopes of getting a photo of her in it, because she is unbelievably cute, but that could be awhile, so I thought I’d go ahead and post before I forget everything.

finished cardigan

This was initially inspired by Kim Hargreaves’ Mya, but the way I ended up knitting it was based more on Rebecca Hatcher’s Otis from Knitty, Spring 2004 which, incidently, was the first cardigan I made. In the end I put buttons on the edging, rather than making it a wrap.

I knit the body in one piece. After about 10 cm, I started decreases on each edge to make the neckline. and continued for another 7.5cm before separating to make the armholes. (I should really find my notes, but I just moved house and they are “somewhere”). Anyway, I made the body. and the sleeves, and blocked them all before starting on the moss stitch border.

blocking the body and sleeves

So far, so good.

Then I attempted to add the contrasting border by picking up stitches and working in moss stitch. But, the first time around, I managed to pull the whole thing out of shape by binding off too tightly.

So (a couple of weeks and 2 berets later) I ripped back until the first row of picked up stitches, and started again.

This time I made increases where front shaping began, and used a picot bind off for a stretchier edge. Success!

After that, it was just a matter of sewing in the sleeves and adding the buttons.

buttons

Materials:
3.25mm circular needle
Stitch holders
4.5 skeins Cleakheaton Bambino Merino 4ply – colourway 2157 (rainbow)
1 skein Cleakheaton Bambino Merino 4ply – red
3 buttons

Time: 2 months from start to finish, knitting during commute and with a hiatus in the middle.
Estimate it would probably be 10-16 hours knitting in total (plus lots of thinking and sketching and counting).

Ravelry Project Notes

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Still knitting

Two scarves, and a cabled beret pattern

It’s been a REALLY long time between posts, but I am still knitting and still cooking, just got a bit behind in the taking photos and writing departments. I’ll endeavour to post more often until I’m up to date, but I don’t want to put too much in at once, so to begin with, here are some scarves and a beret.

vintage beret detail

Last time I posted about knitting, I left a teaser of a scarf which I started knitting as a gift… but apparently I am a bad friend, because I ended up keeping it for myself . Partly because it got to long and bulky to send to a country where the weather was getting warmer, and partly because I knew I would have to make one for myself if I did send it.

I did whip up a quick beret to put in the post, but failed to snap any pictures – it was the same pattern and yarn as my own beret, with some variations due to the nature of the yarn.

vintage hues scarf and beret
Beret and Scarf in Cleakheaton’s Vintage Hues.

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One of those things

Today I knit and I knit and I knit and I knit until several hours and half a dozen episodes of Gilmore Girls later I tried on my vest…

Only to realize that the shoulder straps weren’t sitting right, and the arm holes needed to be wider, and the best thing would be to rip it back until I separated the front and back – all of today’s knitting, and then some.

But it will be worth it to have something that I actually want to wear, so it had to be done.

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