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FO: Dancing Squirrels Cardigan

A good friend in England ordered a couple of cardigans from me in 2015. The first one is this sweet number:

I love this sweet little cardigan, which I knit for her daughter in a size 3 years. My friend picked the colours and I love how the pink squirrels and the navy blue hearts came out. Such a sweet detail on the yoke of this knit.

It’s funny, colour work/intarsia always seemed such a hard thing to do when knitting. In fact, once you get the hang of it it’s really easy! I just haven’t found a solution yet when using four colours at once (a problem I am encountering with a current WIP).

I managed to find matching pink buttons at TextileGarden, which work really well and finish the cardigan off nicely. The pattern of course is from the team at DROPS Design.

And my friend loved it for her little girl. The neckline was a little big, which I also thought when I was knitting it, but because of the colour work it could be tricky to change it. If I were to knit this again I would add a couple of rows in single colours between the colour work to decrease some stitches.

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Pattern: Baby Squirrel by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue, light sky blue, old pink and off white.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 1st-15th May 2015.

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FO: Popcorn Cardigan

It’s a shame I never remember to write down notes as I am knitting, as I would then be able to publish some patterns, like for example this sweet popcorn cardigan that I made back in April for a friend’s daughter.

ke-1ke-8I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.

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I love everything about the end result, the colour, the amount of bobbles aka popcorn, which I was sure would be too much almost the entire time I was knitting it.

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I love those bobbles all lined up, they look so sweet. And that yellow is such a happy colour. Making so many bobbles does take it’s time, but it’s so worth it.

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I made this to fit a child aged 6-7, so the sleeves are a bit long, but that just means my friend’s daughter is able to wear it for longer!

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I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!

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I managed to find these buttons in my stash, which work really well with the finished cardigan, especially as I didn’t want to put something that took away from the bobbles.

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I added pockets too, because 5-7  year old kids love pockets, don’t they?

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Pattern:
 My own improvisation.
Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.

 

 

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FO: Adult Cardigan

Back in February of last year a friend asked me to knit her a cardigan that she saw me share on here.

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I had also knit this for another good friend, and I still need to blog about that here too. Unlike the other two versions, this one had long sleeves.

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It’s funny, black never photographs very well, but it actually looks really nice.

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This is actually a lovely pattern as it’s very classic and won’t really go out of fashion. the nice touches of the double moss stitch for the front and collar and the cuffs of the sleeves makes it extra special.

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And as it calls for 5mm needles it actually knits up really quickly, even though it’s in adult size.

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I also think it’s lovely and warm as it’s knitted with 100% wool from DROPS Design.

AS 6My finishing techniques are getting better and better, even though I’m not a huge fan of sewing up, I have taught myself how to finish seams so they look very professional.

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Pattern:
 Silver Haze by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in black.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-28th February 2015.

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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.

CG 93Another first for me also was this I-cord bind-off, which was such a lovely little detail to add here.

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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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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: Cardigan, Beanie and Booties

A good friend of mine, who has a son the same age as Luke, also had her second boy earlier this year. She and I used to hang out a lot when Luke and her son were little, back when we lived in North London. I knew I wanted to knit for her, I just had to find the right patterns.

KA 17 I knitted a few things for her little boy, first off this gorgeous little cardigan. I’ve knitted this before in a few different sizes. This DROPS Design pattern I knitted in a size 1/3 months.

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I had some yarn leftover from when I knitted boleros a year ago. And it’s such a gorgeous yarn, DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk.

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It’s amazing how soft it is and when I was knitting it my fingers felt lovely and soft too. Because it calls for 2.5mm needles it does take a little bit longer to knit up, but that’s why it’s nice to knit this in the smallest size.

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I had these buttons in my stash, originally ordered from Textile Garden and they add a nice little touch to the brown cardigan.

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I love the cable detailing, especially how the cables that run along the buttonbands are repeated in the yoke.

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The photos don’t really do the colours justice. It is actually a lovely warm brown.

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I also knitted a matching beanie (part of the same pattern) and my booties for my friend’s darling boy.

Here’s a shot of all three items together before I sent them off.

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And one gorgeous sleeping baby boy wearing his cardigan and beanie.

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CARDIGAN
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-7th February 2015.

BEANIE
Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in brown.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.

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Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in dark brown.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 7th February 2015.

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FO: Seventies Baby Cardigan (with both my boys)

In May 2011 I knitted Luke a cotton cardigan in a 70s style.

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It’s another DROPS Design pattern, which was a nice knit, that I used some DROPS Safran leftovers for.

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The buttons were from my stash, if I remember right my mum gave them to me from a box that she found where she lived in what used to be East Germany. They look great, by they are very impractical.

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The addition of the little collar is so sweet, it makes the cardigan really special I think.

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At first I wasn’t sure about the colours, especially the brown, but I actually think it looks really good.

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And the orange rib at the bottom and the sleeves gives it some added pope of colour. I don’t think I need to say anything else, so here’s Luke wearing his cardigan, in June 2011 when he was four months old.

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And Max wore this cardigan too in May this year at 2 months.

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Pattern: Cardigan by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in dark brown, beige, light brown and orange.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: May 2011.

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FO: Cable Coat and Beret

Back in 2012 my friend Heidy ordered one cable coat for her little girl Sophia, doesn’t she look adorable in it? Well, Heidy liked it so much she ordered another one in navy blue with a matching beret.

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This is a great DROPS pattern, which I knitted using DROPS Merino Extra Fine, which calls for size 4mm needles, so a nice, quick knit.

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The cables next to the buttons give the little coat a little bit of extra detail. As do the cables that are knitted along the yoke.

HI 34A crochet picot edge on the bottom of the coat, the sleeves and the little collar make it look even more girly.

HI 37 HI 38It’s another favourite pattern of mine, mainly because it’s all knitted in one, just a bit of seaming to do under the arms and that’s it. The best about knitting DROPS patterns in my opinion, they often don’t call for a lot of seaming and sewing.

The beret also looks great. And is a very straightforward knit.

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I love how the decreases make a very pretty crown.

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And Sophia looks just soo adorable in her little ensemble.

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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: 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.