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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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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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FOs: Two Gorgeous Girls in Two Popcorn Jumpers

My good friend Davina asked me to knit two jumpers for her, one for her gorgeous daughter Bonnie and one for herself. She picked a gorgeous orange merino yarn that her dad, who owns a sewing machine store in Edinburgh, sent her.

I used the Paelas popcorn genser / popcorn sweater pattern and adjusted it slightly.

I believe I added more ‘popcorn’ than the pattern called for, but they just look so sweet! I knitted up the size for 2 years as my friend wanted it to be big enough for her daughter for another year or so.

What I really love about this pattern, apart from the ‘popcorn’ is the twisted rib, it adds such a nice finish. Actually it’s really easy to knit it, check out this video if you need some help!

The knitting took a little longer than a usual jumper would because of the ‘popcorn’ but the final look of it is just perfect and worth the extra time it took to make.

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And just take a look at gorgeous Bonnie wearing her jumper, and a bonnet that I made for her too (blogged about here.) Doesn’t she look cute?

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STATS
Pattern:
 popcorn genser/popcorn sweater by Siri Hoftun.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 17th-28th February 2016.

I then also knitted Davina a short, long-sleeved jumper using the same ‘popcorn’ pattern as the ‘little jumper’.

The rest of the pattern I just made up, following the general sizing for a womens jumper in small. Easier than I thought it would be, but actually I didn’t write any notes, so I am not sure I would be able to recreate it.

I am very pleased with the final result and my friend is too.

She looks amazing in it, doesn’t she?

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My friend is currently away, but she sent me the most amazing picture yesterday, which prompted me to post about these two beautiful girls in their ‘Anna-made’ jumpers.

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 14th April – 4th May 2016.

 

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FO: Toddler Birthday Dress (with appreciation photos)

Here’s one of my latest finishes for 2015. A birthday dress for my best friends gorgeous little girl Faye, who just turned one year old.

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I wanted to give Faye an extra special birthday present, so agreed with my best friend the colours and pattern for this dress.

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I have been eyeing up this pattern for a while and had it pinned on my Pinterest for ages (ever since I found out I was pregnant and wasn’t yet sure whether I was having a boy or a girl).

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My friend wanted it in cotton, so I used DROPS Muskat, and she picked the colours. I LOVE them, they’re so sunny and bright.

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This is the first time I’ve knitted something from the top down, normally I knit from the bottom up and it’s brilliant as there’s only very minimal sewing up.

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And I love the knitted picot edge that was used on the top over the ruffled sleeves and I also used it on the bottom of the skirt, and it just looks sooo cute.

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The nice thing about this dress is all the little added details, like the puffed sleeves and the collar, which was really easy to knit on, knitting straight into the stitches that were already there.

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Also, due to the simple construction the dress can actually be worn either way, with the buttons in the front or in the back. Although, I think I like it better with the buttons in the back.

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And now the highlight, gorgeous Faye wearing her dress the day it was received in the post…one happy customer!

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FO: Pom Pom Hat

For now this is the final piece I made for my friends eldest daughter (although she’s just ordered a pair of booties for gifting). My friend picked this DROPS pattern, which was lovely to knit. It’s a great pattern that knits up really quickly, probably because of the 8mm needles it calls for.

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My friends daughter picked the colours and I was a little unsure at first, but once I was knitting it and saw the full effect I actually loved them.

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Now the pom pom was something else, it actually took longer to make than the hat and used up almost the same amount of yarn.

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Initially it was HUGE, so I cut and trimmed it loads, but it still looks really big. And it’s quite heavy, but it looks absolutely great!

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FOs: Baby Booties and Bonnet Combo

Regular readers of this blog will know both the booties pattern and the hat pattern of this little set. I made it back in January of this year for an old friend from school who had a second daughter.

I don’t think there’s anything new I can say about either pattern, apart from the fact that I love knitting and gifting them.

So here are the booties:

And here’s the bonnet:

And a final shot of both together:

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FO: Bonnet and Bootie Combo

Last year in May I gifted a bonnet and bootie combo for a friend that I used to go to a toddler group with. She had a second daughter.

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Regular readers of my blog will recognise these as Saartjes Bootees. And regular readers also don’t need another explanation about why I love knitting these.

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And I love the colour…red is always great for little girls I think.

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I love this pattern for a little girl, it’s just so girly and sweet.

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I love the wavy pattern that comes out, it looks lovely.

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo (Adorable Baby Alert)

Yes, yes, I know, it’s getting a bit boring with the hat and bootie combinations I’ve been knitting for friends. But in truth, they are just too easy to knit and gift when I find out that someone is expecting. So, here’s another combo I did for an ex-colleague of mine who recently had her second little girl.

I followed the pattern to Saartjes Bootees, but with  my amendments to the straps and I added a little flower to the front. As I knew my friend was having a girl I was able to customise the booties.

I also customised the hat and just cast on for the DROPS hat that I make regularly, but then amended it by adding a pattern to it and adding a flower at the end.

I am really pleased with this and I think the ‘holes’ make it a little more girly (not sure whether to call them holes, but that’s what they are at the end of the day).

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FO Friday: Starry Hat

A good friend, who has two gorgeous girls, asked me to knit a hat and mittens for her eldest daughter. Her little girl decided that she wanted this hat.

My friend picked the colours for her daughter, and I love them! They work really, really well I think.

I’ve loved knitting this hat, and the intarsia for the stars, they look so gorgeous.

I used the DROPS Alpaca double stranded, which meant it was really soft, but also quite thick and warm I imagine.

And doesn’t my friend daughter look adorable in the hat?

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Linking in with Tami’s Amis FO Friday.