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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve made this waistcoat a few times before. Predictably it’s a DROPS pattern.
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.
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.
I used some buttons from my stash, which work very well with this combination.
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!
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.
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.
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?
I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?
The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.
The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.
This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.
Pattern: Junior by DROPS Design. Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: February 2014.
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.
I knitted a few things for her little boy, first off this gorgeous little cardigan. I’ve knitted this before in a few different sizes. This DROPS Design pattern I knitted in a size 1/3 months.
I had some yarn leftover from when I knitted boleros a year ago. And it’s such a gorgeous yarn, DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk.
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.
I had these buttons in my stash, originally ordered from Textile Garden and they add a nice little touch to the brown cardigan.
I love the cable detailing, especially how the cables that run along the buttonbands are repeated in the yoke.
The photos don’t really do the colours justice. It is actually a lovely warm brown.
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.
And one gorgeous sleeping baby boy wearing his cardigan and beanie.