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Homage to a Pixie Hat

There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.

I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.

Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.

Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.

The following made using DROPS Nepal too.

Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.

This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.

Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.

STATS
Pattern:
 Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.

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Focus of the week: Hats

It’s getting cooler here in Australia, but should I really be saying that when most of the rest of the world is suffering through an endless Winter? Sorry folks, I wish I could send you some of our sunshine. But since I can’t how about seeing a collection of hats for the next few days?

First off….Simple, but effective beanies.

These beanies were a wholesale order for Greenwich Baby in Greenwich, using leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I love this pattern, it’s my go to for a quick baby hat. Most of the sizes I can whip up in a couple of hours. And even though it’s a simple pattern I feel that a lot can be done to it with yarn and colour choices.

Same hat, different yarn. The incredibly soft DROPS Nepal.

And yet again, same hat, different yarn. This time some DROPS Muskat.

This sweet hat is another one using DROPS Nepal and I saved this to last because look at the handsome little dude wearing it.

STATS
Pattern:
 Cream Dream Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Merino Extra Fine, DROPS Nepal and DROPS Muskat.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Beautiful Summer Dress (knitted in 2016)

What is it about little baby dresses that make you swoon?

I love all the colours, all the lace and all the wonderful shapes you can make. A good friend from England asked me to make something that she was going to gift on. We settled on this sweet dress from Taiga Hilliard Design and since it was going to Australia it was made out of cotton.

It knit up quickly, even though I used quite small needles. The pattern itself was so easy to memorise and follow it just flew off the needles.

I love that vibrant pink and think it would look wonderful on any little lady.

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Pattern:
 Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 2016.

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FO: Baby Dress (knitted in December 2016)

It’s strange how you get used to knitting something one way, and then you do it another way and it all just falls into place. I used to only knit things like dresses and jumpers from the bottom up, but as soon as I had knitted one thing from the top down I immediately fell in love with this type of construction. This beautiful little baby dress is no exception.

It’s a wonderful pattern by Ruth Maddock and can be found on Ravelry. I knitted this for a friend who I went to school with many years ago, who had a baby girl in 2016. According to my Ravelry details I knit this in December of that year.

I used some pure wool yarn that I had in my stash, so I am unsure of the exact details, but I knew it needed to be warmer as my friend lives in Scotland. It was a quick knit and apart from the lace work on the yoke and the hem it’s very straight forward stockinette stitch.

The lace pattern itself is easy enough to remember and the yoke repeats in them, which is a nice touch. I made one minor adjustment and did a picot bind off on them, which really completes it. I first did a picot bind off a few years ago, but reminded myself of how to do it with this article on Love Knitting, a great resource!

My friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous girl wearing the dress, and doesn’t she look scrumptious?

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Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock.
Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-24th December 2016.

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Finished Knit: Lizzy Baby Dress (Knit in June 2016)

I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.

It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.

It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.

The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.

I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.

And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.

My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.

 

STATS
Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.

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Return to Blogging and FO: Baby Dress

There are a few reasons why I haven’t blogged in a few months. The main one was that I moved from a UK-based hosting company to one hosted here in Australia and that meant a range of issues. For a while I even thought I had lost 10+ years of blogging. But a good friend came to my rescue and recovered it all for me.

I am also very busy behind the scenes ramping up to launch a handmade business, I have hinted to it on Instagram, and there are a few teasers. It’s kept me very busy and I would love to say I am almost ready to reveal all, but there are still a fair few things to do.

Of course, I have also still been knitting many, many custom orders. And of course life is all encompassing, after all the boys need my attention too.

However, I want to get back to posting regularly and I want to show off my finished knits, after all there are many that I haven’t blogged about yet.

First off, this darling dress I made for an ex-colleague who had a baby girl a year ago.

It’s a wonderful pattern by OGE Knitwear Designs, it’s an easy to follow pattern that knits up very quickly. I love the sweet little details like the lace flowers and the picot-esque border at the bottom.

I used a 4 ply 100% cotton from Paton that I was gifted years ago, I have this pink and a dark red still in my stash.

I also found some matching buttons in my stash that I had bought in England from TextileGarden.

I had made the dress before for another friend, but haven’t blogged about it yet. I am sure I will be soon.

I am sure this could be made out of wool too, but as it’s quite fitting as a Summer dress I actually like the cotton.

 

 

It was well received by the recipient too, which is always a bonus.

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Pattern: Sun Dress from OGE Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: Patons 100% cotton, 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10-13th September 2016.

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FO: My Boy in a Sweet Romper

When Max was born I knew there were a few things I wanted to knit for him. One was the Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen who is behind Ministrikk. It’s such a sweet pattern.

I used some DROPS Baby Merino that I had left in my stash, luckily I had enough to finish the little suit. Because I wanted to knit up stripes I had to improvise a little bit for the pockets and for top just before getting to the straps.

But I think it adds to the finished piece. I doubled the straps as I wanted to make sure that they would hold and be strong.

Since Max was only four months old when I was knitting this, it took me a little longer than it usually would, but I am very pleased with the end result.

And doesn’t Max look gorgeous in it?

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Pattern: The Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, navy blue and light sky blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm

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FO: Dancing Squirrels Cardigan

A good friend in England ordered a couple of cardigans from me in 2015. The first one is this sweet number:

I love this sweet little cardigan, which I knit for her daughter in a size 3 years. My friend picked the colours and I love how the pink squirrels and the navy blue hearts came out. Such a sweet detail on the yoke of this knit.

It’s funny, colour work/intarsia always seemed such a hard thing to do when knitting. In fact, once you get the hang of it it’s really easy! I just haven’t found a solution yet when using four colours at once (a problem I am encountering with a current WIP).

I managed to find matching pink buttons at TextileGarden, which work really well and finish the cardigan off nicely. The pattern of course is from the team at DROPS Design.

And my friend loved it for her little girl. The neckline was a little big, which I also thought when I was knitting it, but because of the colour work it could be tricky to change it. If I were to knit this again I would add a couple of rows in single colours between the colour work to decrease some stitches.

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Pattern: Baby Squirrel by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue, light sky blue, old pink and off white.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 1st-15th May 2015.

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FO: Baby Booties

Another pair of booties I knitted back in 2015.

These were knitted for a friend that used to lead the Forest School session that I attended with Luke. She had a baby boy in 2015.

I used some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn from my stash. I chose cotton as he was a Summer baby.

These booties only take me about 2 hours to knit up, so they are a great item to gift when I need to make something quickly!

And of course I also made the box that they are gifted in.

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Pattern: Baby booties, my own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 8th August 2015.

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FO: Trouser and Vest Combination

Last year a friend who’s son I used to look after had another baby boy. I knit up this trouser and vest combination, using cotton yarn.

I was able to use some leftover DROPS Muskat cotton yarn that I had in my stash, and I love the colours I was able to put together.

It’s a great pattern from the DROPS Design team, which I have been eyeing up for a while, but this is the first time I’ve made it.

The pattern, like a lot of the DROPS Design patterns, is knitted in the round. But this one is knitted from the waist down. This can be very useful when wanting to adjust length, but in this case I stuck to the 6-9 months sizing.

The ribbing at the top continues down the outside of each leg and finishes in the cuffs at the bottom. This makes these trousers quite stretchy.

The second item I made for my friend was a little vest/waistcoat to match.

This is another DROPS Design pattern that I’ve had on my radar for a while, but yet again this is the first time I have knitted it.

It’s a great and very simple vest, but I love the sweet little details of the picot edging, which I love on a baby boy as much as on a baby girl.

I picked these blues and stripes as they look adorable on little babies.

And here are both garments together. I was very pleased with them and my friend loved them too for her little man.

STATS
Trousers
Pattern:
 Baby trousers by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in blue, apple green and light mint.
Needle size: 4.5mm
Knitting time: 25th-28th April 2016.

Vest
Pattern:
 Honey Suckle by DROP Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in navy blue and light blue purple.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-25th April 2016.