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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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FO: Beanie on a Handsome Baby Boy

I am calling this the week of hats, although this is only the second hat I am posting about this week, it makes me think that I’ll continue to for the rest of the week.

This latest one is the cable beanie that I’ve knitted a few times already, and a friend from my CrossFit class that I attended through the Summer last year ordered this for her little boy. By the way I am hoping to get back to my class, but have been plagued by sciatica problems…I blame my heavy baby boy!

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I knitted the 9-12 months size after my friend gave me the right measurements. She liked the blue and turquoise combination, but I picked the exact combination.

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I used some DROPS Baby Merino from the stash, but also ordered some to be able to complete the beanie.

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I also knitted a pair of booties for her gorgeous boy, in a bigger than usual size, which actually worked a treat.

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I just added another 10 stitches when casting on and kept the rest of the pattern as it was, so the booties ended up a size 11 cm as per my friend’s request.

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I also picked some bigger buttons to go with the larger booties.

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I know the colour combination isn’t actually the same as the beanie, but it’s as close as I could get it.

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Here are both, the beanie and the booties together.

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My friend’s gorgeous little man has been wearing his beanie a lot, as far as I know and she sent me this gorgeous picture of him…he is such a handsome little man.

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STATS
Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in electric blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 23rd-24th January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in denim blue and turquoise.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 22nd-23rd January 2016.

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FO: Max’ Chevron Baby Blanket

Ok folks, I am going to attempt to post every day this December, so wish me luck! First off, here’s the chevron baby blanket I made for my Max.

I previously made this in black, grey and white for my friend, and posted about it here.

The pattern is this one and it’s brilliant how easy it is to knit, but actually looks very sophisticated.

I picked these blues and greens specifically when I knew we were expecting Max, I love them all together.

And here is my gorgeous boy, when he still seemed very little all wrapped up in his blanket.

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STATS
Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light greyish green, pistachio, green, north sea, turquoise, dark blue, denim blue, grey blue, light grey blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 12-19th February 2015.

 

 

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FO: Boy Vest

I made this vest back in November 2012 for a friend’s son who came to the same parent and child group via the Greenwich Steiner School.

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I used this DROPS pattern, but then lengthened it and made the straps a bit longer.

SP 2I love the cables on this vest and have knitted it a few times for other people’s children and one for Luke as well and blogged about it here.

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I had also just gotten my new labels, hence why there are so many photos of it.

On that note, please excuse the terrible pictures, not sure what happened there.

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FO: Etsy Order: Hat

Back to posting about my FOs, I need to get some more posts in before baby number two makes an appearance :-).

This is a hat I knitted for the lady that always orders through Etsy from me, and the pattern is, of course, a DROPS pattern.

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It’s a great, easy pattern that knits up really quickly. I used DROPS Baby Merino, using double strands and the colour is a nice light blue.

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The ties to close it are braided, which adds a really nice touch I think.

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The recipient liked it too and her son wore it well, although I don’t have a picture.

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FO: Adult Top

My friend Amanda had a big birthday back in December, and as a gift I gave her a voucher for a knitted item. She picked this pattern and then decided on DROPS Big Delight, the Lava colourway. But after searching high and low for the yarn the only place I could order it from was from Germany, from the online shop: Lanade.

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My friend was very keen on this colour combo, and I’m glad I was able to found it, because I love how it ended up looking.

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I love the red, black and beige colours that came out in beautiful uneven stripes while knitting.

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I actually ordered way too much yarn in the end, blame it on baby brain. I didn’t realise that each skein came in 100g rather than the usual 50g.

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So, I’ve said to my friend I can knit something else for her, and she’s asked for a top for her 4-year old daughter, which is waiting on my queue.

AD 5I loved knitting this top, the yarn and pattern called for size 5mm needles, which meant that it actually knit up really quickly.

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The pattern on the yoke came up beautifully, and it was so nice and easy.

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Overall a lovely little pattern and my friend loves wearing it, and I love a happy customer!

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FO: Flouncy, Girly Cardigan

Back in April 2013 a friend of mine who has a gorgeous little girl ordered a cardigan from me. At her baby shower a couple of years earlier I had given her a voucher to knit something she wanted me to knit for her daughter.

She picked this gorgeous little jacket pattern, a DROPS pattern of course.

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My friend picked this gorgeous peachy colour, which is so sweet and soft, it would look gorgeous on any little girl.

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The pattern called for DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk, the most gorgeous Alpaca and Mulberry silk combination, very soft and lovely to knit with.

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For the flounce at the bottom of the cardigan I had to cast on an insane number of stitches and it was slow going at first, as I used 2.5mm needles.

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But once I got past the flounce and up to the stockinette stitch and then the double moss stitch it was pretty fast going.

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I used some little heart buttons that I had in my stash, which add another sweet detail.

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And this was well received by my friend, and her daughter put it straight on when she got it!

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FO: Granddad Waistcoat

A good friend from where we lived in North London has a son who is the same age as Luke and I knitted him a little granddad waistcoat in November 2013.

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There are very few boy patterns out there that I love as much as this one. And I have knitted a few of them, for Luke and for other people’s children.

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I love this navy blue, and I used DROPS Baby Merino for it, like the DROPS pattern called for.

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The other great thing about it is that it knits up really quickly, even though the yarn calls for a 3mm needle size.

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The buttons were in my stash, but were ordered from TextileGarden at some point.

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I love the simple stockinette stitch of the bottom of the waistcoat and then the double moss stitch at the top, it makes it look extra chic.

RM 13And of course the best part is that the only sewing up that’s needed is the shoulders and the pockets. Genius!

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FO: Etsy Order: Cardigan

Yet another order from my regular customer via Etsy, another cardigan for her son. This one was knitted last year February and I used this DROPS pattern.

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My customer picked the colour, and I love the light blue and I used DROPS Eskimo, which is lovely, soft yarn that calls for 8mm needles. Hence it knits up very, very quickly.

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I love the buttons too, they were from my stash, but originally from TextileGarden.

Etsy EK 56The moss stitch pattern works really well with DROPS Eskimo and comes out really, really well.

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I somehow ended up with a double moss stitch in the middle at the back, but I don’t think anyone would spot it unless I point it out, what do you think?

 

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FO: Etsy Order: Adult Cardigan

The customer that ordered loads of things for her son also ordered a cardigan for herself. It’s funny actually, this is the cardigan I knitted for a very good friend of mine (I still have to post about it) only a month before this customer ordered the exact same one.

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It’s this DROPS pattern, which looks great. I knitted this one with the double moss stitch for the sleeves, the collar and the front bands.

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I used DROPS Alaska yarn for it and ordered these buttons from TextileGarden specifically for it.

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I have to say again how much I love the DROPS patterns, especially as most of the patterns try and keep sewing up to an absolute minimum. This was the case with this one as well, there was only minimal sewing up under the sleeves.

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And the collar with the double moss stitch looks lovely too. My customer really loved the cardigan and told me that it keeps her warm and cosy.