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FO: Tutu Top

Back in June I made my good friend Ali this gorgeous little tutu top for her long-awaited second child, a darling girl.

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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.

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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.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Tutu Top by Lisa Chemery.
Yarn: DROPS Big Merino in grey and plum.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-15th June 2016.

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FO: Fancy Little Waistcoat

In November 2015 I friend who I had previously made a booties and beanie combo for (for her first son) had another son. So I decided to use up some of my leftover yarn and made her a little waistcoat for her second little man.
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Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve made this waistcoat a few times before. Predictably it’s a DROPS pattern.

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As I had a lot of DROPS Baby Merino left in these colours and shades I decided to try using them and made up the combinations as I went along.

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I think a plain white one would have been very boring, but I like the little accents the grey and black bring to the waistcoat.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which work very well with this combination.

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I love this little waistcoat, I am able to knit this in a couple of days, which makes it another perfect little gift to knit for someone expecting a boy. And it’s great for using up leftover yarn!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white, off white, black and grey.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 27-29th November 2015.

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FO: Beanie and Booties, inc. Sweet Boy

A friend that I studied Journalism with had a baby boy at the start of this year. Even though I haven’t seen my friend since I finished my studies in 2004 I still wanted to knit her something. So I knitted my usual go-to beanie and bootie combo.

The beanie is my old favourite from DROPS, and I knit this up in the 0-3 months size since it was going to be a Winter baby.

I also knitted up my version of Saartjes Bootees in a matching green and light blue.

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I boxed both of them up in one of my boxes and sent them off to my friend.

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My friend sent me a picture of her sweet little boy in his little hat. Such a cutie.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 18-19th December 2015.

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Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19-20th December 2015.

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FO: Beautiful Baby Girl in Baby Dress

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There are some fantastic patterns out there, with some beautiful end results and some amazing details!

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The added accents of the waist in a different colour and the bottom underskirt make this little dress extra special.

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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!

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STATS
Pattern: Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper.
Yarn: DROPS ♥ You #5 in heather and purple.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 27-29th December 2015.

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FO: Gorgeous Girl in a Winter Romper

A friend from my previous work life saw me post about another winter romper here, asked me to make one for her gorgeous little girl.

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I used the lovely Vinterdrakt pattern from the Paelas ladies. It’s a great pattern, but it’s got a few mistakes throughout, which I had spotted the first time I used the pattern and had corrected in my version. I keep thinking I should let them know so they can correct it for others that buy the pattern.

I used DROPS Muskat for the romper as I had done for the previous one I had knitted.

I love the colour my friend picked, it’s such a wonderful purple and the pictures don’t really do it justice.

The waffle stitches at the top works really well, especially after I learnt from the last time knitting this that I needed to keep them very loose.

And the added i-cord in the pink gives it that extra pop of colour, which looks great!

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My friend sent me these gorgeous pictures of her little girl wearing them and I am so pleased with how it fits her and she just looks adorable!

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STATS
Pattern: Vinterdrakt/Winter Romper by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in dark purple and coral.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 7th-10th January 2016.

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FO: 2 x Beanies and Booties

Back in July 2015 a friend ordered two beanie and booties combinations from me that she was going to gift on to other friends.

I used this pattern that I’ve used many, many times and to be honest I didn’t really need to follow it exactly as I remember it all perfectly.

For both I used DROP Muskat, one set in navy blue and light olive and the other in navy blue and light mint.

I used the same colour combination for the booties.

The booties are my version of the Saartjes Bootees pattern, which I should really write up and share. I normally manage to knit them up in 2 hours, which is pretty good going I think.

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Both were well received as far as I understand.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

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FO: Sunny Popcorn Romper

On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).

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This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.

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I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result.  I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.

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The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.

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The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.

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The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.

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I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.

STATS
Pattern:
 Popcorndrakt by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in light orange.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-21st January 2016.

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FO: Baby Coat

A good friend gave me a few projects last year that she had started, but never been able to finish. She has other amazing talents and is an amazing cook. In fact she recently did a sourdough workshop that I attended, and thanks to her we always have fresh sourdough bread in our house now! It goes down a treat!

One of the projects was this sweet little baby coat.

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It was a pattern that my friend had bought in New Zealand by Shepherd Yarns, but it’s not available online. It’s a shame really as it is a very sweet little coat.

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My friend provided me with the yarn too, but maybe she lost one in transit, but there wasn’t quite enough so I had to substitute with some of my leftover DROPS Baby Merino. The eagle-eyed among you will be able to spot that they are slightly different tones of white.

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Using 3.5mm needles meant that this project took a little while, but it wasn’t too bad as it was a small 0-3 months size.

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I love the effect of the moss stitch and the gathering at the waist, and I’m a little annoyed at myself that I didn’t make a copy or scan the pattern. I guess I can always get it back from my friend to make one.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Baby coat by Shepherd Yarns.
Yarn: Unknown yarn and DROPS Baby Merino in off white.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-28th April 2015.

 

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FO: Baby Boy in Beanie

Today is Luke’s fifth birthday and we had a lovely party for him, I cannot believe I now have a five year old child…

At the end of January of this year I finished a beanie and bootie combo for the baby boy of a friend that I used to work with.

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It’s my old favourite, straightforward beanie, which I knit for a newborn up to three months old.

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I used a combination of yarn that I had left at home, turquoise, north sea and denim blue, which work out really well I think.

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I also knit a pair of booties, sticking with the same colours.

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I know I say this every time, but I really should write up this pattern as there are a few changes to the original pattern.

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I had some lovely buttons left in my stash, some that fit perfectly with the colours I had picked.

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I always wonder if people actually like these for baby boys, as they can look quite girly, but Max wore them for a little while and they looked very sweet on him. He did outgrow them very quickly though.

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And of course as always they needed one of my boxes.

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Here in all their glory are both, the booties and the beanie.

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My friend sent me a picture of his sweet, adorable boy wearing his beanie…makes me sooo broody, he’s such a handsome little guy.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 31st January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 1st February 2016.