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FO: Girl Cowl and Hat

It’s amazing what a reminder from a friend can do to you. I knitted this little set, a hat and cowl for my beautiful friend’s daughter back in 2015. And I still haven’t posted about it. So when my friend posted a picture of her daughter wearing it and the fact that it still fits I knew I needed to get onto it.

So, I made a neck warmer and beanie/hat combo from my favourite design team at Garnstudio. My friend also decided to pick the exact colours that the pattern calls for.

Both pieces were wonderfully quick knits as the pattern recommends size 5mm needles, using two yarns at the same time: DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk. As you can imagine the alpaca and silk combination make it a wonderfully soft and fluffy finished piece, and there is something to be said about knitting with luxurious fibres. It makes my knitting just fly off the needles. Both neckwarmer and hat were wonderfully easy knits that ended up beautifully soft and very sweet and girly.

And isn’t this the sweetest picture of my friend’s daughter wearing it when she first received it?

It’s amazing how happy these pictures make me, seeing someone wearing my makes, my heart jumps for joy!

I particularly love that she puts her shoes on the wrong feet (my boy used to do this too).

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Pattern: Mini Me from DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca in dusty pink and DROPS Kid-Silk in light pink.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: Neckwarmer: 31st October 2015
Beanie 11th-12th November 2015.

 

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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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FO: Beautiful Baby Girl in Baby Dress

Back in December a good friend in Australia had a second baby, a gorgeous little girl. And even though I knew beforehand that she was expecting I made sure to wait until I know that it was a girl to knit something for her.

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I knit up this sweet baby dress, a gorgeous pattern. Can you believe that this is the first time that I’ve used this pattern? It’s such a sweet little thing, and it’s actually really simple to knit.

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I used this amazing DROPS ♥ You #5, which is a recycled cotton. Because my friend is in Australia I knew that I didn’t want to knit anything out of wool as it would be way too hot for her little girl.

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The pattern is great as it’s all knitted up with minimal seams. The little underskirt is added later by picking up stitches from underneath, it looks so sweet and is almost like a petticoat. I think I might need to try this with another dress.

It’s funny actually, for ages I loved the DROPS patterns, and don’t get me wrong I still really like them. But I feel like in the last few months I’ve really enjoyed trying out other patterns from independent designers.

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There are some fantastic patterns out there, with some beautiful end results and some amazing details!

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The added accents of the waist in a different colour and the bottom underskirt make this little dress extra special.

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I crocheted a double flower for the bodice to add that something little extra, and I love the end result. As did my friend, and she just sent me this adorable picture of her sweet girl in it. Makes me so happy!

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STATS
Pattern: Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper.
Yarn: DROPS ♥ You #5 in heather and purple.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 27-29th December 2015.

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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: Baby Dress

An ex-colleague of mine had a gorgeous baby girl last year, joining two handsome brothers. I had knitted something for her second boy, so when I knew she was having a baby girl and checked through my Raverly queue and found this gorgeous pattern that I knit up for her.

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I was able to use some of my DROPS Safran that I had in my stash. A couple of years ago I messed up an order and have mountains of pink shades to use up.

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I found the pattern on Pinterest originally, but have since looked at all the patterns that OGE Knitwear Designs has published on Ravelry, and there’s a great selection on there.

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Even though its a sport weight, 5 ply yarn it actually knit up really quickly. Although having a 5-months old baby myself at the time, it took me longer than it normally would.

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I just love the leaf pattern, it looks so pretty on the front and back. I’ve wondered since making this if I could use it all over a jumper or a little dress, what do you think?

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Also, I love the way the decreases on the side of the dress work out, they frame the dress beautifully.

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And the little sleeves are so sweet, although with my choice of cotton yarn I thought they might be too small and tight, but I think they worked out fine.

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And I had sweet pinkish buttons in my stash that I was able to use.

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The dress was well received, of course, which makes me happy!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Baby A-Line Dress by OGE Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in light pink.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 12th-20th August 2015.

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FO: Icy White Poncho

In 2014 I made a birthday present for my good friend Kersti, she often orders booties that she gifts to friends from me. So I thought it was high time I knit something for her.

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She had seen this poncho when I was knitting it for another friend and really liked it. Most of Kersti’s clothes are black or white, so she was keen for a white poncho.

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I still love this pattern, even though it takes quite a while to knit up. Luckily it calls for 4mm needles, which are my favourite size needles.

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When I was knitting with the white DROPS Muskat cotton yarn I was worried that it would stain while I was still completing it. But as it is cotton it can be washed at 60 in the washing machine.

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The collar turned out really big, so I sewed it on and added an elastic band to it, to make sure it wouldn’t get wider.

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I can’t remember how many skeins of yarn I used, but I know it was a lot.

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I love how the leaf pattern looks on the front and back, and because they are the same it can be worn either way.

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And my friend loved the poncho when I gave it to her.

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This is how much she loved it. By the way, I LOVE that her hair matches the poncho.

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Pattern:
 Frozen Ivy by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in white.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 1st July – 3rd October 2014.

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FO: Baby Boy in Beanie

Today is Luke’s fifth birthday and we had a lovely party for him, I cannot believe I now have a five year old child…

At the end of January of this year I finished a beanie and bootie combo for the baby boy of a friend that I used to work with.

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It’s my old favourite, straightforward beanie, which I knit for a newborn up to three months old.

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I used a combination of yarn that I had left at home, turquoise, north sea and denim blue, which work out really well I think.

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I also knit a pair of booties, sticking with the same colours.

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I know I say this every time, but I really should write up this pattern as there are a few changes to the original pattern.

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I had some lovely buttons left in my stash, some that fit perfectly with the colours I had picked.

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I always wonder if people actually like these for baby boys, as they can look quite girly, but Max wore them for a little while and they looked very sweet on him. He did outgrow them very quickly though.

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And of course as always they needed one of my boxes.

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Here in all their glory are both, the booties and the beanie.

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My friend sent me a picture of his sweet, adorable boy wearing his beanie…makes me sooo broody, he’s such a handsome little guy.

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Beanie
Pattern:
 Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 31st January 2016.

Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in turquoise, north sea and denim blue.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 1st February 2016.

 

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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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First FO of 2016: Kid Tunic

My best friend’s daughter was last Saturday and as I made her daughter a dress for her first birthday last year, I also wanted to make her one this year.

I picked this lovely tunic/jumper/dress that I’ve had in my queue for a while on Ravelry. The sizing was a bit too big, especially as my friend’s daughter is petite. So I went down in needle size from what the pattern recommended and used a different yarn too.

I used the combination of this lovely old pink and light blue in the DROPS Belle yarn, which is such a wonderful combination of cotton, viscose and linen. It’s wonderful to knit with too.

The best thing about this pattern though are the pockets:

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My friend’s daughter loves them too, look at her sweet little proud face!

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I found these lovely buttons in my stash, which work really well for this garment.

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Overall a great project to start a New Year with!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Bulle by Oomieknits.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in mauve and jeans blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 31st December 2015 – 3rd January 2016.

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo

In February last year I knitted a sweet beanie and booties combo for the daughter of my old client. She had a little girl later on in 2015.

At the time that I was knitting these I didn’t know whether they were having a boy or a girl, so I picked these neutral colours.

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I don’t need to write anymore about these booties, I think, I’ve knitted them often enough and written about them often enough too.

And the beanie is an old favourite too from DROPS Design, I’ve blogged about it loads too before.

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Here’s the combo in all it’s glory, it was very well received too!

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Booties
Pattern:
 Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light grey and pistachio.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 26th February 2015.

Beanie
Pattern: Beanie by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in light grey and vibrant green.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 29th February-1st March 2015.