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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in 2012 my friend Heidy ordered one cable coat for her little girl Sophia, doesn’t she look adorable in it? Well, Heidy liked it so much she ordered another one in navy blue with a matching beret.
This is a great DROPS pattern, which I knitted using DROPS Merino Extra Fine, which calls for size 4mm needles, so a nice, quick knit.
The cables next to the buttons give the little coat a little bit of extra detail. As do the cables that are knitted along the yoke.
A crochet picot edge on the bottom of the coat, the sleeves and the little collar make it look even more girly.
It’s another favourite pattern of mine, mainly because it’s all knitted in one, just a bit of seaming to do under the arms and that’s it. The best about knitting DROPS patterns in my opinion, they often don’t call for a lot of seaming and sewing.
The beret also looks great. And is a very straightforward knit.
I love how the decreases make a very pretty crown.
And Sophia looks just soo adorable in her little ensemble.
Now here’s something that I made nearly a year ago, and something that actually took me quite a while. It was for a friend from Australia, she ordered it for her little girl. It’s the Debbie Bliss hooded coat that I made for Luke in green. I also made another version in the same colour for another friend. However, this version was in what was meant to be a plum/purple, but the colour on the website versus what I got was a bit different, it turned out to be more of a maroon colour.
I actually finished this last Summer during the Olympics when I was staying with my mum. And I was able to photograph it there on a gorgeous piece of a clover meadow.
So, because my friend wanted a bigger size than is actually available in Debbie Bliss’ book I had to make some adjustments. To be honest, this is the first time that I’ve really done this and I probably went way too big with my adjustments. And I kept thinking this when I was making the hoodie. But better too big than to small, right?
I added some lovely flower buttons that I had in my stash and the colour matches the hoodie perfectly.
This pattern is a very easy pattern, but it’s probably one of the more boring patterns I’ve knitted as it’s just rows and rows of garter stitch.
And yes, the coat is still very big, but my friend’s little girl will definitely grow into it! And I still think it looks quite cute!
I swear even though I’ve not been blogging, I’ve been really, really busy knitting! I can promise that I can keep you busy with FO posts for at least a month. So, the first one finished project I want to start with is a pair of gloves for myself.
You might rememeber I knitted some gloves for a friend who I did a swap with, I blogged about it here. Because I loved the gloves, I decided to make myself a pair.
I knit them in the DROPS Merino Extra Fine blue, I did try to get hold of the purple, but was unable to. But it does actually match my purple Winter coat. And oh boy, did I need these this cold Winter. It’s been way too long and cold, although there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel, or rather some sun!
I love the cable detail on these gloves and especially the fact that each individual finger still has the cabling on it.
The gloves really are great, they’ve kept me toasty warm. And I made the same pair for my mum, in a different colour, but I will make sure to post about them another day!
I love this pattern, I love how easy it is to knit and that despite quite long (it’s basically a coat) it knits up really quickly. This might be due to the size of the DROPS Merino Extra Fine yarn that it calls for.
My friend picked the colour and I absolutely love it for a girl, it’s so unusual it makes it extra special. Here are a couple of detailed shots for you to enjoy.
What do you think of my label? I had this printed in France from a lady on Etsy and I love them. I add them to all pieces now, on the back is my blog address and my Etsy store.
I also loved choosing the buttons for this cardigan and loved that I had these gorgeous leaves in my stash.
Finally, here’s a gorgeous shot of little Mary-Catherine in her cardigan (and the bonnet, about which I’ll be blogging later on) with her gorgeous sister Isla in another one of my creations.
The third instalment of 2012 in review. As it was the summer I didn’t post as muchd as earlier or later in the year, it’s odd really, I did the same thing in 2011. I guess I’m busier and enjoying the sunshine!
Remember I posted about the red cable coat earlier this month? Well, my friend Heidy liked it so much she asked me to knit one for her daughter Sophia. So, I managed to do just that a couple of weeks ago. For this one I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking. (Also, because I just spent 20 odd minutes writing up the post and it didn’t save for some reason).
I’m half way done with the wedding blanket, and I’m taking a break from it at the moment. Instead I’m working on a hooded cardigan/coat for a friends 3 year old daughter in Australia. I’m using the basis of a Debbie Bliss pattern, but adjusting it to a 4-year old size. Here’s a quick shot of where I’m up to.
We went to visit my friend who’s just had a little girl today, the one I knitted this cardigan/coat for. Her little girl is called Bonnie and she’s adorable. I didn’t take any pictures, but my friend has promised to send me pictures when she’s got the cardigan on and the bonnet. The bonnet is here:
I knitted the bonnet to match the cardigan and love the cables on it. I think it’s going to look really amazing on a little persons head. It’ll keep her head warm and look adorable at the same time.
I also added a picot border to the front to add that little bit extra. I also crochet the string to tie the bonnet, and I think I might go back to crocheting, rather than making an i-Cord in the future. It’s much easier.
And here’s the bonnet with the cardigan/coat. Looking forward to seeing it on little Bonnie when she grows into it.
As I knew I would be travelling today, I scheduled this post. This is the first time I have ever sccheduled a post, I might add. I made this coat/hoodie (an exact copy of the one Luke has) for an old colleague and friend of mine. She had a little girl recently and loved the coat on Luke and asked me to knit one for her little girl.
It’s a Debbie Bliss pattern, see Ravelry, and it’s a real joy to knit. Very straightforward, and straight pieces for that matter. I went with Debbie Bliss yarn as well and it feels very soft and luxurious.
I decided to go for red buttons to give the little coat that extra ‘ce ne se qua’.
I like how the hood falls, and I think it works very well when it’s being worn (wait for it, I promise there’s a baby pictured with it on in this post!)
The sleeves work well because the cuffs are turned up, which means that this will definitely fit for a while. In fact, Luke still wears his and he first started wearing it when he was around 3 or 4 months old.
I promised, didn’t I! Here’s a picture of little Sophia wearing it, isn’t she just adorable?