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FO: Fancy Little Waistcoat

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.
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Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve made this waistcoat a few times before. Predictably it’s a DROPS pattern.

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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.

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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.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which work very well with this combination.

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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!

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STATS
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.

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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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STATS
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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STATS
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.

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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: Flower Cardigan

My niece had her first day of school back in August, which came round so fast. I remember the day my brother told me that he and his then girlfriend were expecting my niece about 7 years ago. It is the day that I started knitting again properly and it is since then that I’ve learned loads of new skills. So also this new pattern.

It’s an amazing pattern, which is made even more special by the detail on the back of this gorgeous flower.

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It’s the first time that I’ve knitted like this, from the centre of the flower at the back. Initially the construction sounded quite difficult, but it was actually surprisingly easy to knit, particularly as it provides such a fabulous result.

I also used a new to me DROPS yarn, DROPS Belle, which is a Cotton, Viscose and Linen combination that’s actually amazingly soft and lovely to knit with.

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My sister-in-law picked the colour and while we had some trouble finding the right buttons for a while, we finally managed to find these lovely red flower buttons at TextileGarden which match this cardigan perfectly.

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I put the cardigan into this little box for my niece, who absolutely loved it. It matched her first-day-of-school-dress perfectly, but it was a really hot day in August, so she didn’t really wear it for long. Also, I am unable to show you pictures as per request from my brother and his wife.

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STATS
Pattern:
Flower Cardigan by Ewelina Murach.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in cherry.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 13th June – 17th July 2015.

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FO: Gorgeous Baby wearing Booties

An ex-colleague of mine had a little girl earlier this year and I knitted her a pair of my old favourite, my version of Saartjes Bootees.

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I don’t need to explain these much anymore, I guess?

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I still love these booties, especially as they can be worn by either baby boy or baby girl (maybe in a different colour combination?)

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And of course I made a box for them to be kept safe when posting and maybe even as a keepsake when they don’t fit baby anymore.

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My friend was kind enough to send me her gorgeous girl wearing them, and doesn’t she look adorable and very pleased with herself? I love how she’s holding her little hands…too cute.

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STATS
Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Brujin.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in red and old pink.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 18th-20th April 2015.

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FO: Baby Booties

Back in February 2013 I knitted a few things for a friend from boarding school, she had the most adorable little boy (born very early). I met him last year and he’s absolutely adorable. First off, I made him a pair of booties, using my own pattern.

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Even though I don’t knit this pattern much anymore I still love it as a quick and easy knit for a baby gift.

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I used some leftover Regia sock yarn, but for the life of me I can’t remember what exact colour description it was.

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I do have to say I like the self-striping nature of the yarn, which worked out beautifully on these booties.

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STATS
Pattern: Anna’s Booties by Anna Testadoro
Yarn: Regia sock yarn.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: February 2013.

 

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FO: Baby Bloom Dress (adorable baby alert)

Lovely Melissa from Knitting Sandwich just had a gorgeous little baby girl recently. Since she knit me a gorgeous baby blanket for Max, that I posted about here, I wanted to make something for her in return.

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Since I knew that Melissa was having a little girl I was able to pick a girly dress that I’ve had in my queue on Raverly for ages.

It’s the Bloom pattern by Georgie Hallam, which is a great top down pattern that has some additional lace on the body of the skirt.

The lovely thing about this pattern is that even though it’s meant to be a dress it actually grows with the baby/child and turns into a top…how great is that?

Additionally, I made her a pair of my version of Saartjes Bootees in matching colours.

And here’s the dress and the pair of booties in all their glory.

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I managed to find a lovely little box to post these to Melissa.

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Last week Melissa sent me these two pictures of her little girl, isn’t she just the sweetest? The dress and booties are still a little big, but these pictures are just too cute for words! I am just so happy for Melissa and her family to be sharing their lives with this gorgeous little girl!

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STATS

Dress
Pattern: Bloom by Georgie Hallam
Yarn: Rowan pure wool 4 ply
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 18th -24th July 2015.

Booties
Pattern: Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 3rd August 2015.

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FO: Baby Sandals (adorable baby alert)

A friend that used to work with me at the same PR company, but she was based in the US, recently had her second child, a boy. She had a gorgeous girl a few years ago and I made a bonnet and bootie combo then, I mentioned it in the collection here.

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Because her little man is a Summer baby I decided on these absolutely adorable baby sandals. I LOVE them.

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I used this brilliant pattern, and it’s really well thought out. The knitting doesn’t take very long at all, it’s the sewing up, which regular readers of this blog know I am not a big fan of.

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I used some of the DROPS Muskat that I had left and was lucky  to have some lovely blues and greens left, with a lovely dark brown sole.

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The pattern is really well written and well worth the £2.45 I paid for it.

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Of course I made my usual box to hold the sandals.

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And my friends little man arrived last week and today she sent me some pictures of him wearing them…and my heart melted! JUST TOO CUTE FOR WORDS!!!

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STATS
Pattern: Baby Boy Sandals by Alma Mahler
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in dark brown, light olive, silver green, denim blue and sky blue
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 22nd June 2015

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FO: Another Cowl

The second cowl I made last December was for the assistant at Luke’s Kindergarten.

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I should have written down some numbers, i.e. stitches and so forth, but of course I didn’t. So I wouldn’t be able to replicate this exact same cowl.

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I used the same colour DROPS Merino Extra Fine that I used for Luke’s jumper. It’s such a lovely colour and works really well with this cowl.

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FO: Purple Cowl

Back in November last year I knit two cowls for Luke’s Kindergarten teachers. The first one was for the main Kindergarten teacher.

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I used DROPS Merino Extra Fine in purple and used this pattern, but amended it slightly.

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I added some stitches and I made I didn’t make it quite as wide as the pattern suggested.

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I think the finished piece looks great, don’t you agree?

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