As I am working behind the scenes on my #knittedbotanicals handmade business a few things pop up that I want to share straight away. And that is the case with these sweet rosebud hairclips that I made for a friend’s daughter. She was going to her aunts wedding and needed something to go with her sweet green and pink dress.
And it’s such a quick little project, I knit up the rosebuds and then attached them to hairclip. I think the entire thing didn’t take longer than 1 hour. But I think the result is wonderful. And my friends little girl looks absolutely adorable wearing them.
Pattern: Rosebud from 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in powder pink and light mint. Needle size: 3mm Knitting time: 2nd October 2017.
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.
Pattern: Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design. Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 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?
Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock. Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 19th-24th December 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.
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.
In Germany it’s Nikolaustag today. This means children clean their boots/shoes and leave them by the window or the door on the night of 5th December. The next day they wake to small gifts and goodides stuffed into their boots, which were left by Sankt Nikolaus. As I grew up with this tradition Luke and Max will continue to receive their Nikolaus gifts on the 6th of December.
So to honour that tradition, today I am posting about four pairs of booties knitted for a friend that went to Forest School with us.
She had a baby boy in 2015 and I knit up some blue baby booties for her (please excuse the terrible pictures, I am not sure what happened there). Because my friend liked the booties so much, she ordered another three pairs from me.
A purple pair.
A pink pair.
And a red pair.
They are my version of Saartjes Bootees, and I know I HAVE to write down this pattern, I really must. I have promised it to a few people, so it needs to happen soon!
Pattern: My own pattern. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Finein dark blue, purple, heather and red. Needle size: 3.mm Knitting time: May-September 2015.
This is the Marian dress, which is yet another brilliantly written pattern from Taiga Hilliard. Taiga writes her patterns very well, they are easy to follow for American, British and any other knitters.
My favourite part about the patterns is that there is absolutely minimal sewing at the end. for this one it was just adding crochet hoops for the buttons and sewing in ends, and then sewing on buttons, that was it! Brilliant!
I had these sweet little buttons in my stash, they fit perfectly, matching the lacy pattern down the middle of the front and back panels of the dress. Although I don’t think they are very easy to close…oops.
It’s so sweet how the detail of that lacy pattern fans out to create the fuller skirt.
I made this for a really old friend, who is actually the daughter of my kindergarten teacher. She was kind enough to send me some pictures of her sweet little girl wearing her dress.
An old friend who I went to school with in England had a baby girl earlier this year. And of course, I knew exactly what I wanted to knit for her.
This is the Lizzy dress pattern by Taiga Hilliard, available on Ravelry. It is one of many dress patterns by this designer, all of which are absolutely stunning, and some of which I have already knitted.
What I love about this pattern and all the others from Taiga is that they are all knitted top down, with minimal seaming. An absolute dream!
The details like the lace pattern on the yoke, which is repeated at the hem make this a sweet little dress. Additionally, even when this doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can still be used as a tunic or a top.
I used some DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk that I had left in my stash, which is a combination of baby alpaca and mulberry silk, making it incredibly soft and also luxurious.
It’s not a superfast knit as it calls for 3.5mm needles, but I found that just as I was starting to get a bit bored with the stockinette stitch I had to start on the lace section for the hem. Thus making it quite interesting.
I was trying to get a bit artistic with my photos, and since I had some roses that were coming to the end of their life, I thought why not add them in the picture. Too much, what do you think?
Fortuitously I had some sweet mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash that I was able to use.
My friend was a very happy recipient and this week she shared some adorable pictures of her sweet girl wearing it…this here is why I love knitting baby clothes, such a sweet sight.
Back in June I made my good friend Ali this gorgeous little tutu top for her long-awaited second child, a darling girl.
It’s a pattern I first came across on Pinterest, where my friend sawed it when I pinned it. She loved the pattern so much, and in fact wanted the exact same colours for her darling girl. The pattern itself can be bought on Ravelry.
It is a fantastically easy pattern, with some great little details added like the i-cord bind off for the neckline and the tutu skirt, which is all knit in one.
I love that little skirt and the way it really does seem like a little tutu. I guess if it needs to be a bit longer to make it more into a dress that’s also a possibility. But my friend wanted to use it as a top with leggings for her daughter.
I had a sweet mother-of-pearl button with a heart edged onto it in my button box which finished off the little top perfectly. I love that it actually looks very clean and simple, but has these sweet little extras. And my friend’s daughter looks just adorable in it. Apparently she wanted to dance away in it.
Pattern:Tutu Top by Lisa Chemery. Yarn: DROPS Big Merino in grey and plum. Needle size: 5mm Knitting time: 13th-15th June 2016.
Back in December a good friend in Australia had a second baby, a gorgeous little girl. And even though I knew beforehand that she was expecting I made sure to wait until I know that it was a girl to knit something for her.
I knit up this sweet baby dress, a gorgeous pattern. Can you believe that this is the first time that I’ve used this pattern? It’s such a sweet little thing, and it’s actually really simple to knit.
I used this amazing DROPS ♥ You #5, which is a recycled cotton. Because my friend is in Australia I knew that I didn’t want to knit anything out of wool as it would be way too hot for her little girl.
The pattern is great as it’s all knitted up with minimal seams. The little underskirt is added later by picking up stitches from underneath, it looks so sweet and is almost like a petticoat. I think I might need to try this with another dress.
It’s funny actually, for ages I loved the DROPS patterns, and don’t get me wrong I still really like them. But I feel like in the last few months I’ve really enjoyed trying out other patterns from independent designers.
There are some fantastic patterns out there, with some beautiful end results and some amazing details!
The added accents of the waist in a different colour and the bottom underskirt make this little dress extra special.
I crocheted a double flower for the bodice to add that something little extra, and I love the end result. As did my friend, and she just sent me this adorable picture of her sweet girl in it. Makes me so happy!