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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.

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FO: Four Pairs of Booties (Nikolaustag)

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!

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Pattern:
 My own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark blue, purple, heather and red.
Needle size: 3.mm
Knitting time: May-September 2015.

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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’s: Two Waistcoats

Back in February 2014 I got a bunch of wool from a friend who runs an amazing company, Punk Me Up Buttercup. I then made her a little waistcoat for her son.

So, I used this DROPS pattern that I’ve used a few times before and since. But I actually made a huge mistake with this first waistcoat, and made the armholes way too big. So I knit another one in yellow.

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I love this pattern, it knits up really quickly, and apart from sewing up the shoulder seams and the fake pockets there is no other sewing. How great is that?

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I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?

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The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.

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The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.

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This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: February 2014.

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week for 2016.

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Luke: trying to muster a smile…poor boy is down with a really bad cough. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-1000).

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Max: mud!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5, 1/60 sec, ISO-100).

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FO: Baby Sock

A friend who had a baby in 2014 asked me to knit some warm socks for him.

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I had some leftover navy DROPS Merino Extra Fine at home and used it for this pattern.

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The fun about this pattern is that it knits up very quickly, and it makes them extra cosy and ‘snuggly’ as Luke would say.

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The cables that run down the cuff of the sock look really sweet.

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And my friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous little man wearing them, doesn’t he look happy?

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Pattern:
 Socks by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 24th October 2014.

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FO: Cardigan, Beanie and Booties

A good friend of mine, who has a son the same age as Luke, also had her second boy earlier this year. She and I used to hang out a lot when Luke and her son were little, back when we lived in North London. I knew I wanted to knit for her, I just had to find the right patterns.

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I had some yarn leftover from when I knitted boleros a year ago. And it’s such a gorgeous yarn, DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk.

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It’s amazing how soft it is and when I was knitting it my fingers felt lovely and soft too. Because it calls for 2.5mm needles it does take a little bit longer to knit up, but that’s why it’s nice to knit this in the smallest size.

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I had these buttons in my stash, originally ordered from Textile Garden and they add a nice little touch to the brown cardigan.

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I love the cable detailing, especially how the cables that run along the buttonbands are repeated in the yoke.

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The photos don’t really do the colours justice. It is actually a lovely warm brown.

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I also knitted a matching beanie (part of the same pattern) and my booties for my friend’s darling boy.

Here’s a shot of all three items together before I sent them off.

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And one gorgeous sleeping baby boy wearing his cardigan and beanie.

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STATS

CARDIGAN
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-7th February 2015.

BEANIE
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.

BOOTIES
Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark brown.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.

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FO: Beanie

Just a quick post for today. I knitted a beanie for one of Luke’s friends from Kindergarten in January of this year.

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It’s this easy and quick DROPS pattern. I knitted this up in a couple of hours.

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My friend picked the lovely blue, which is DROPS Alaska.

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STATS
Pattern: Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alaska in dark blue.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 25th January 2015.

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FO: Baby Cable Hat

Following on from the booties I posted yesterday, here’s a little cable hat I made for the little fellow.

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I used this DROPS pattern, which I’ve knitted a few times before and since. This time I used some leftover sock yarn from my stash.

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As always, this was a very quick knit.

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STATS
Pattern: Knitted cable hat by Garnstudio DROPS Design.
Yarn: Regia sock yarn.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-5th February 2013.