Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Tis The Season For Elf Slippers

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

December brings twinkle lights, snow, and best of all….it’s the only time where it is perfectly acceptable to wear elf slippers.  I made a pair for my dad a few Christmasses ago, and was so intrigued by the process that I have knit up some Cascade 220 from my stash into some child and infant sized slippers.  The free pattern from Flint Knits blog explains the entire process, from knitting the oversized slippers to felting them.beforeThey go really quickly since they’re worked on 6.5mm needles….child size…the pointy toes are a clever addition…infant size…as are the pointy additions to the cuffs.  With a quick trip through the wash (twice through worked really well), they are felted and drying stuffed with paper towel to keep their shape.afterI’m pretty pleased with the sizing of the child’s pair, but the infant pair seems to be really large.  If they don’t fit for this Christmas, they’ll fit for next year for sure!

Dragon Baby Set

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

A friend of mine has just had a baby.  This is no ordinary baby, it has been nicknamed a “dragon baby” for the last little while.  I spent this rainy weekend knitting up some lovely warm and “dragony” things to drop off at my friend’s door.dragon babyThe hat is what came up on a ravelry search for “Dragon Baby”.  Here’s the pattern, from the blog SpinKnitUp.  I have knit it with the most dragony green from my stash.  It’s a good quality sport weight acrylic that should be easy to care for, and will last for years!  dragon hatThe pattern really looks like dragon scales!

To complement the hat, and use up the last bit of my yarn, I mashed two patterns together to create some cute dragon booties.  bootiesThe patterns involved are Dino Baby Booties (ravelink) which didn’t have a pattern available–but I loved the picot teeth idea, and the Monster Booties pattern.dragonI am not sure how well the booties will stay on, or how long they will fit a growing baby, but they certainly will be a cute addition to the dragon set.

If you are curious, here are my instructions:

Follow the monster bootie pattern for the sole of the foot. I used garter stitch rather than stockinette stitch.

When picking up for the top of the foot, pick up in “tooth colour” the number of stitches required for the rest of the bootie.  Knit a round, then work a picot edge (YO, K2tog) around.  Knit a round.

Join in main colour and knit the round, joining the edges of the picot together by knitting the live stitch with a loop from inside, several rows down–the first loop in “tooth colour”.

Continue working the monster bootie.

I hope that these will keep the little dragon baby warm and cozy this winter.

A Question of Colour

Monday, July 9th, 2012

This little sweater has been on the go for about 2 weeks.  It’s Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pattern for a garter stitch hooded sweater called Tomten.  The tomten is a very interesting pattern, written so that there are always the same number of stitches in the sweater, but it can be sized up for a small adult (using very chunky yarn and big needles) or sized down for a very small baby using small needles and baby or fingering yarn.  Others on ravelry have reworked the pattern to fit an adult better, and some have changed the pattern to stockinette stitch.tomtenThe question that I have is this:  What should I do to close this sweater?  There are a few different options.

  1. zipper: I’ve put zippers in the other tomten sweaters I’ve made and that has worked really well.  I like zippers because you can add a stripe of colour.  I’m leaning towards a bright red zipper at present, but I’m open to other ideas.
  2. button band: I can knit a button band and button hole band, but that includes a whole lot of picking up stitches.  I’m not sure what colour buttons to use either–large wooden buttons?  metal buttons?  contrasting colour?  varying colours?
  3. buttons with applied i-cord button holes.  This is a method where i-cord is applied to the button hole edge.  Loops are worked to act as floating button holes.  I’m not sure what kind of buttons to use though.
  4. ties at the neck: I’m a bit leary of having a strangulation hazard with things tied at the neck…but i-cord could be used to tie the sweater together.
  5. does it need to be closed at all?  I don’t know the answer.  I haven’t had much experience with wriggling babies between the ages of 6 months and a year.  Would they squirm right out of this?

Suggestions are welcome!  What would you do?

New Baby Cardigan

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

It’s been such a hot dry summer so far.  Since I’m sticking around town this summer I’m doing my best to grow a garden on my balcony.  I’ve got peas, beans and cherry tomato plants on the go.  My plants are drinking up a lot of water, and growing quickly.peasHere are the peas, starting to wind themselves up the trellis….tomatoHere are my tomato plants that are growing so fast I have to buy longer stakes for them!  They are blossoming daily, and there are two little fruits that are getting bigger and bigger but are still green.tomato

My beans are growing too.  I’ll have to tie them up soon!  I’ve just finished adding buttons to this little cardigan that I made out of scrap yarn.  I’ve been cleaning up a bit these days, consolidating stash, shredding papers, and regaining control over my long neglected apartment.

baby cardiganIt’s a top down raglan cardigan that I made up as I went along.  I knit the button band on 5 stitches in pink along  each edge of the the sweater since I hate picking up stitches and knitting it later.  the stripe pattern is 5 rows of light blue, 1 row of white, 5 rows of teal, 1 row white, 5 rows of dark blue, 1 row white, 5 rows teal, 1 row white. I am really pleased by how well this turned out!  The bottom didn’t roll on this sweater, maybe that’s because it is 4 ridges–longer than the last sweater I made.

I’ve got a few friends who are expecting….this little sweater will go into the “waiting” pile for the next little girl that is born.

Bright Colours for Baby Deacon

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Now that this sweater has been delivered to Deacon’s dad it can officially be blogged about.  This has been one of the most fun sweaters to knit.  I love playing with colours, and it is such a treat to have complete freedom to try some interesting combinations.  I was out shopping for orange yarn when baby Deacon was born, but I couldn’t find the exact orange I was looking for.  I came across the yarn for this sweater on a colleague’s desk actually!   She’s not a knitter, and just needed some string to bundle things together.  She accepted the trade of some green yarn from my stash.

for DeaconThe stripes are all odds and ends which I think worked really nicely to break up the large chunks of orange, and add more vibrancy to the sweater, and I think the raglan sleeve shaping really stands out with the stripes.

for Deacon

It’s a top down, raglan sleeved, placket necked sweater, based off of my instructions for Laila, but mostly made up as I went along.  The edging is all done in garter stitch (2 ridges) and I cast off purlwise on the cuffs and the bottom of the sweater–the cuffs didn’t roll but the bottom did.  I’m puzzled by that–garter stitch isn’t supposed to roll up.  Maybe I didn’t have enough garter stitch.  I will have to experiment on another sweater or two this summer for the many more babies that will be arriving soon.

Baby Deacon’s big brother Otis got some orange knitting a while ago.  I knit him a set of soakers–“orange underpants“.  Today Otis was running around, on the lookout at the window for passing trucks, and enjoying a game of peekaboo from inside a laundry hamper.  It was a fun visit.  I hope to see them again soon, and get a chance to meet Deacon.

Sunnyside for Baby Fiona

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

A long time friend of mine has just had a baby, and I left a special delivery at their door tonight.  Baby Fiona is going to have plenty of woolies to wear as she gets bigger–my mother and grandmother have also knit a sweater and a bonnet–that’s 3 generations of knitters who love this baby before they even meet her.  A quick ravelry search led me to this darling little sweater (Sunnyside) and I knew that it would be just the thing to knit.  What’s best was that I had yarn in my stash that was just waiting to be turned into such a cute little sweater.

sunnyside sweaterSunnyside has all the criteria of a great project.

  1. It has no seams to sew up: top down raglan sweaters are great for this!  The sleeves are knit afterwards on DPNs, and the button band is knit into the body of the sweater not as an afterthought.
  2. It is a useful garment: cardigans are easy to put onto babies, and for a new mom this will probably be important!
  3. It is interesting to knit: the cables down the front and along the raglan, keep things fun.  It makes the sweater look unique too.
  4. There is no ribbing: I hate ribbing!  Substantial garter stitch borders at the neck, button band, bottom edge and sleeves make fine edging that doesn’t roll.
  5. This sweater necessitates an excursion to select the perfect buttons.  I brought the sweater to Fabricland and spent a good 30 minutes trying different button combinations
  6. It is a free pattern! (available here)

sunnysideThere are two options presented in the pattern.  This one has cables–the other one has a picot edging and lace detail where the cables are.

My only modification to the pattern is something that I always do on button up sweaters.  I have always worked button holes on each side of the sweater.  Some people have asked me if I sew buttons on one side if its for a girl or the other if its for a boy.  My answer is much more simple than that.  It doesn’t really matter to me (or to the baby for that matter) which side the buttons are on.  I use the holes as guides for sewing the buttons in place so that they’ll line up with the holes properly!

With the current heat wave, it’s hard to imagine that anyone will ever wear wool again!  I’m sure though that in 6-9 months little Fiona will grow into this sweater and it will keep her warm and cozy in the winter.

For A Baby Girl

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Many of my friends are having babies these days, so I’ve started knitting some baby clothes to give them.  It’s a great way to use up some of my sock yarn/baby yarn stash.  The yarn is generally superwash wool or acrylic, which is suitable for baby clothes that tend to need quite a lot of washing.  This particular pattern is my new favourite.  It is the Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer.  The pattern is so easy to follow, and is knit in one piece with absolutely no seams to sew up at the end.

To go with the cute sweater I knit up a “Top Down Bonnet” by Adrian Bizilia of Hello Yarn .  It is such a nice pattern that fits babies so well.  I just need to add some ties and it will be all done.

The combination will be packaged up, ready for the first girl to be born.

Knitting For A Sparkle Monster

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Since she was about 6 years old I’ve known Kendra as “The Sparkle Monster”.  I believe the name came from arts and crafts at camp, and grew into a bit of a sparkly obsession over the years.  Sparkle monster has grown up, gotten married, and now has a little sparkle monster of her own.  Baby Julian has made his arrival and must have some sparkles in his wardrobe.

The bonnet is the “Top Down Bonnet” by Adrian Bizilia (Hello Yarn) and the vest is an improvised pattern that ended up making a much larger garment than planned!  It’s a good thing that babies grow quickly.

I knew it would be very important to find the perfect yarn to knit a sparkly ensemble for young Julian, but I do not own any sparkly yarn.  It’s not really what I tend to collect.  I do often get bombarded with knitting advertising which led me to finding Gumdrop Sparkle Yarn in Lemon and Cherry.  I waited while this lovely package of sparkly goodness made its way through the postal system, and was delighted to see that the sparkly bits are not rough and scratchy.  In fact, the yarn is soft and slippery with a single thin ply of a shiny metallic thread throughout.  The slipperiness of the yarn led to issues when joining a new ball.  If you don’t tie a knot between the two balls of yarn they will slip and slide and stitches will work themselves undone.

This yarn did get a bit fiddly to knit with–the yarn becomes easily split, and the sparkly thread can stretch or bunch up, or sometimes get dropped or knit together with another stitch.  It’s worth it to get the sparkles though!  The glint shows up in the stitching really nicely.

As I was finishing the neck and arm edges on the little vest I came across another issue with this yarn.  There is really limited elasticity, so on cast off edges it was really really tight–so tight I had to undo it and redo it about 4 times before I could even imagine putting this over a child’s head.  I think it’s big enough now!

I hope that little Julian will enjoy being a little sparkle monster.  I look forward to meeting him some time soon!  In the mean time, this little outfit is going in the mail later this week.

Baby Shower

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

A great excuse to get back to knitting!  A long time friend of mine is having a baby pretty soon, and I was thrilled to get an invitation to her baby shower.  Since nobody knows if the little one will be a boy or a girl, neutral coloured clothing was requested.hat

I’m not really sure if rainbow and blue count as neutral, but I sure think it is cute!booties

The blue acrylic is left over from the secret santa mittens I knit, and the rainbow superwash wool is from my excellent score at value village.set

The hat is my favourite baby bonnet pattern (Top Down Bonnet with Anime Character), and the wee baby booties are a version of Saartje’s booties written for seamless construction and published on Fleegle’s Blog.

I look forward to seeing pictures of the new little baby wearing these bright happy colours!  Best wishes to the mom-to-be.

Autumn Colours Baby Sweater

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I wasn’t really sure what I’d end up making when I picked up this ball of handspun.  I was pretty sure that I’d be making something that didn’t come in pairs, since I had no way of knowing how the stripes or colours would distribute themselves across the ball.  So…socks and mittens were out of the question.

I knew that there’d be stripes of some kind–with handspun from painted roving, you can’t really escape it!  I decided to try knitting Laila (ravelink), a baby sweater that I created for friend’s of mine when their little Laila was born.  It is a top-down, placket neck, raglan sleeve, seamless sweater, knit in the round.  I love it because it requires very little finishing, and shows off stripes really well.

I also wouldn’t have to worry about the front and back being two very different colours (some of this yarn is very orange, and some is very green).

Being swatchless has its advantages–I knit, and make things, and usually they turn out the right size for someone….the problems arise when I try to make baby clothes.   I don’t have access to many babies, so I’m at a loss as to their proportions.  To this end, I brought the sweater to my mom–a fairly conventional knitter who works to gauge, from patterns that have sizes on them.  She measured what I had against some of her 6 month sized sweaters.  This one seems about right for a 6 month old.  The neck opening is very stretchy, and so is the body.  I left the sleeves wide until the cuff, decreasing only 4 stitches over the entire arm.

I had wanted to do garter stitch at the sleeves and around the body just like I did at the neck.  Garter stitch is so much more brainless to knit than ribbing…but I found that the bottom edge of the sweater started to flip up when it was edged in garter stitch.  I ripped back, did a few rows of K2, P2, ribbing, and it seems to lay flat now.  I’m not sure if the flipping up is due to the garter stitch, or the twist in my spinning–it was not a balanced skein, but with me, it rarely is!

All that remains for this sweater is to pick out the most adorable little buttons.  I’m thinking that I might go for wooden buttons, or black buttons, or maybe three different coloured buttons….there are so many options….I’ll bring it along to the fabric store and see what speaks to me.

And now….I’ll have to wait for a knitter to have a baby sometime in the spring or summer….I don’t think a non-knitter would fully appreciate all the work that has gone into this creation!

Thanks to slimchicken (etsy) for dyeing the roving.  It’s lovely!