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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).

STATS
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: Pixie Hat

Here’s a hat from 2016. I’ve made this a few times before, including one for Luke.

It’s the Collared Pixie pattern by Trude and is available on Ravelry for free. I made this for a friend who was gifting it on.

There’s not too much to say about this, it’s a fast and enjoyable knit. Luke was kind enough to model the hat for me before we passed it on.

STATS
Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in green and turquoise.
Needle size: 4mm

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FO: Hat

A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.

It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.

It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.

It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!

STATS
Pattern: Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.

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FO: PomPom Hats

A good friend from our school in England gave me a task last year, to make two hats for her children and she was very specific about what they should look like.

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Her daughter requested bright pink with two pompoms either side of the hat.

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She wanted ties that were plaited.

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The hat itself needed to have a cable pattern running all around it.

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And instead of decreasing for the head I kept it straight and did a three needle bind-off.

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I am very pleased with the final result, but I am kicking myself that I didn’t write the pattern down as I think I’d be able to sell it and any creations from it!

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My friend also ordered one in yellow for her son.

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My friend was sweet enough to send me pictures of her children wearing their hats…I just love them!

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own pattern.
Yarn: DROPS Eskimo in hot pink and red rose, yellow and orange.
Needle size: 8mm
Knitting time: 28th-30th January 2016.

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FO: 2 x Beanies and Booties

Back in July 2015 a friend ordered two beanie and booties combinations from me that she was going to gift on to other friends.

I used this pattern that I’ve used many, many times and to be honest I didn’t really need to follow it exactly as I remember it all perfectly.

For both I used DROP Muskat, one set in navy blue and light olive and the other in navy blue and light mint.

I used the same colour combination for the booties.

The booties are my version of the Saartjes Bootees pattern, which I should really write up and share. I normally manage to knit them up in 2 hours, which is pretty good going I think.

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Both were well received as far as I understand.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

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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.

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: 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: Clover Earflap Hat

The head at Greenwich Steiner School where Luke attends Kindergarten had a baby girl back in November and the school community gathered together some gifts, so I knitted up another Clover Earflap Hat.

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This time round I actually followed the pattern properly and even though my previous version looked lovely, but this looks even sweeter.

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Because I knew it was a girl I was able to pick this sweet lilac, which I had left in my stash.

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Now that I understand the pattern, I would love to make some more of these, so I just have to find some willing recipients.

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And the crown of this hat is absolutely gorgeous, albeit hard to photograph.

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Next time though I think I would knit it in the round, eliminating the need for sewing up.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Clover Earflap Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in old pink.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 8th-9th November 2015.

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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!

STATS
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.

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FO: Earflap Hat

In November last year I knitted a lovely little bonnet for a good friend’s daughter. I queued this gorgeous pattern in August when I found it via my Instagram.

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It’s nice to get away from my regular patterns from DROPS Design…

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It’s a bit embarrassing really, but I actually didn’t read the pattern correctly for this hat (I made another one following the pattern exactly a few weeks later). It really was my fault, because the pattern is written extremely well.

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However, I don’t think it’s done any harm to the general design, it basically just added those purl rows between each of the leaves.

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My friend requested the hat in cream as it would go with most of her daughter’s clothes, and I love the colour choice, it looks sweet on any babe.

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I would like to try knitting this hat in the round once, as I think the seaming at the back could be avoided, but for this first version the construction was actually fine.

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I love the tip the designer gives to slip the first stitch of each row, because it gives this lovely clean edge.

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I made the right size according to the measurements my friend send me of her little girls head, but somehow it still ended up being a little big, so I just gathered it at the top for her so that she can wear it now. My friend can remove that gather later on and will enjoy the bonnet for much longer.

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This crown is really pretty, but it actually looks even more beautiful when I followed the correct pattern :-).

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I got a quick shot of Max modelling the hat for me…not sure he was that keen on it!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Clover Earflap Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in white.
Needle size: 3.25mm
Knitting time: 1st-2nd November 2015.