Posts Tagged ‘Baby’

More Test Knitting

Well, I’ve been working up a couple patterns myself that people have been requesting, but in between times, I’ve done a couple of test knits for friends.

You might remember the Kaia Babydoll pattern I tested for my friend Rachel?  Well, she’s got another pattern she’s just released called Spring Butterfly (free Ravelry Download), which is a top-down raglan cardy in size one.  She’s used a picot cast off on the sleeves to add a different touch, plus a slip-stitch butterfly motif on the back that tops a cute little reverse stocking stitch pleat.

This is the one I knit up.  I used some of my yarn from the last yarn swap I’ve received (yet to be blogged, BAD BLOGGER!), which is hand dyed Merino et Soie.


I changed the bottom hem from the pattern, which calls for a knitted frill.  I wanted the bottom to have the picot as well.  Here are the mods I did:

  • 13 increase repeats from the bottom of the  butterfly.
  • Six rows of the following:  knit to second marker, purl to next marker, knit to end.
  • Cast off in picot with Cast On 2, cast off 6.

A couple more pics, one of the back and one more close up of the butterfly.



The other test knit was a 12ply version of the Vanilla Soaker (a low cost Ravelry download), by Kelly of Incidental Happiness.  She’s just released her 8ply pattern for sale, and is furiously working on the 10ply and 12 ply versions to be included as well.

This is a GREAT soaker pattern, knit in the round, which uses a provisional cast on to knit the crotch flat first, so that there is no grafting of the soaker.  The ribbing is a nice features, allowing for stretch in the crotch to ease in the sizing.

I used some Yarn Bee Wool #070 in the Rainbow Twist colour and knit the newborn size.


The only mod I did on this was the cast on.  I used a Tunisian Cast on, and left one side of the stitches on a spare circular needle.

So, now I need to finish doing some more blogging, because one again I am way behind.


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I HAD to post about this pattern.  A good friend called for some people to test knit a top she designed.  It’s a simple top-down raglan knit.  Hopefully, any bugs or size issues with the patterns will be sorted quickly so that she can get crackin’ on larger sizes. 😉

It’s called Kaia’s Babydoll and is knit in 8 ply.  I used Bendigo Woolen Mills 8 ply cotton in Marine (no longer available) for the bodice and Cleckheaten Natural Cotton 8 ply in cream for the body.  I added in some colourwork so the dress would have a gradual change from blue to cream.  I am missing a few transition rows, but that’s where knitting more than one will come in handy.

Anyway, keep an eye out on Ravelry for her pattern, where she goes by MessyMama.


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Well, I finished.  The Ravelympics are done.  Ten knitting projects are complete.  And I still had seven hours to spare by the time I was done.

My first two projects were done in a flash, being small items.  The next three, took a couple days, but were done in the first weekend of the Olympics.  Then I slowed.  Sore fingers will do that to you.

So, here are the last five.

I’ve done another pair of the Slip Stitch Longies like I did in this post.  I am just in love with these, so will post a pattern soon for anyone else keen to knit them up.

These are knit using The Wool Company Utiku Multi coloured in the Sunset shade.  I love how the pooling is still slightly visible, yet totally broken up by the slip stitches.  Here are a couple more pics, closeup.

A friend of mine is just starting chemotherapy, so I’ve knit up a hat to keep his warm in the coming Northerm Hemisphere winter.   It’s the Ribbed Beanie from Wooly Wornhead, knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky.  Nice and simple, yet very stylish.  Modeled by the lovely DH.

This is the last bag for the Ravelympics Bag And Tote Backstroke.  It’s the Watercolour Bag, knit in Utiku for the edging and bottom, and Noro Kureyon for the body of the bag.  I wussed out and just used leather for the straps, instead of knitting a 10 foot icord.

So, I was finally on the home stretch.  I saved the socks until the end, because they were going to take longer than the longies.  Nothing like prcrastinating.  I had a lovely Regia sock wool for KM7, but could I find the wool?  Nope.  So I knit up some Opal Lollipop, which KM7 seems equally pleased with.

And the finale, would of course HAVE to be longies.  Knit using The Wool Company Utiku Possum Merino, I knit these up for a little wee man, set to arrive in the world in September/October.  I wanted them to be able to go with everything, and what goes with everything better than jeans.

So, as I cross the finish line, fingers in plasters, Ben Gay rubbed into joints, toothpicks holding eyes open, I did what any avid knitter would do.  Cast on.

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A Wee Baby Gift

I have a dear friend, who I adore for her generosity, kindness and inspiration.  She is such a talented cookie.  She found out a couple weeks ago that the baby in her tummy is a wee girl, and will be blessed with her grandmother’s name.  I wanted to make something special for her, because Neak has been such a rock for me the past year.

I was having a read through one of my favourite blogs, Tiny Happy and found this gorgeous knitted crossover dressed, called Blossom.  So I went on the hunt for some lovely wool, and thanks to the Knitworld Sale, I found some gorgeous Cashmerino.  Unfortunately, it was sold as unlabeled, so I can’t tell you which scrummy brand it is, but it feel exactly like Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk.

Tiny Happy Blossom Dress for Nina

To soften the the colour for a new baby, I crocheted a picot edge in a pale pink Bamboo-cotton blend and added simple embroidered flowers and french knots in perle 5 cotton.   The crossover ties at the back with a satin ribbon, in pale pink again.

Nina\'s Tiny Happy Blossom Dress Back

I have also knitted up Saartje’s Booties in the same yarns.  I LOVE this pattern.  Simple and quick and just the most delicate little booties.

Booties for Nina

The pattern calls for 4ply yarn knit on 2.75mm needles, but since I had 8ply wool, I used 4.5 mm needles and modified the pattern slightly to a 27 stitch cast-on for a newborn size.  I think they will fit a newborn, and not for long, but SO amazing cute.  Since wee Nina will be sharing her grandmother’s name, I dug out my grandmother’s button collection and found the perfect pearl-like buttons.

There may be a hat to come, but still searching for perfect pattern.  Any suggestions are welcome.

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