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Finished Knit: Lizzy Baby Dress (Knit in June 2016)

I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.

It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.

It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.

The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.

I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.

And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.

My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.

 

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Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.

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Finished Knit: Olavas Summer Suit

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my youngest in this adorable Summer romper.

When I asked him this week if he wanted to wear a little cotton romper I knitted for him (in size 3 years) and he excitedly said yes, I was very pleased. Then I realised that I hadn’t even blogged about it here. It was one of the last pieces I knitted in England, before we made our big move to Australia last August.

I used cotton yarn, specifically DROPS Muskat, which is a lovely mercerised cotton. It has a wonderful sheen on it, and this ‘apple green’ is such a wonderfully bright colour.

The suit itself is a Tiddelibom pattern, originally written in Norwegian, some of their patterns are translated into English, including this one. It’s a very well presented and written pattern, with a lot of detail and I was able to knit this romper in a couple of days (even in between packing up).

The beautiful leaf pattern in the middle runs the entire front and back of the romper and is just such a joy to knit and absolutely beautiful to look at. I was fortunate to have some leaf buttons in my stash, which I was able to add on the front (even though they are only for decoration) and four extra ones to close the romper, even allowing for growth.

But my youngest is such a big boy, he will be three in March, but has already been wearing clothes for a four year old for about six months. So I knew that we needed to make the most of wearing it. So without further ado, here’s Max wearing it.

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Pattern: Olavas Summer Suit by Tiddelibom.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 25th-28th July 2016.

 

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FO: Baby Dress

An old friend who I went to school with in England had a baby girl earlier this year. And of course, I knew exactly what I wanted to knit for her.

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This is the Lizzy dress pattern by Taiga Hilliard, available on Ravelry. It is one of many dress patterns by this designer, all of which are absolutely stunning, and some of which I have already knitted.

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What I love about this pattern and all the others from Taiga is that they are all knitted top down, with minimal seaming. An absolute dream!

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The details like the lace pattern on the yoke, which is repeated at the hem make this a sweet little dress. Additionally, even when this doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can still be used as a tunic or a top.

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It’s not a superfast knit as it calls for 3.5mm needles, but I found that just as I was starting to get a bit bored with the stockinette stitch I had to start on the lace section for the hem. Thus making it quite interesting.

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I was trying to get a bit artistic with my photos, and since I had some roses that were coming to the end of their life, I thought why not add them in the picture. Too much, what do you think?

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Fortuitously I had some sweet mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash that I was able to use.

My friend was a very happy recipient and this week she shared some adorable pictures of her sweet girl wearing it…this here is why I love knitting baby clothes, such a sweet sight.

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And I just love that little tongue!

STATS
Pattern:
 Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard.
Yarn: DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk in heather.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 29th June-4th July 2016.

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FO: Sunny Popcorn Romper

On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).

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This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.

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I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result.  I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.

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The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.

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The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.

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The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.

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I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.

STATS
Pattern:
 Popcorndrakt by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in light orange.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-21st January 2016.

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

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FO: Two Pairs of Fingerless Mittens

A fellow childminder and a good friend ordered two pairs of fingerless mittens from me last year, one pair in the Spring and the other in the Autumn.

The first pair I knitted back in May 2014, using this DROPS Design pattern. I have knitted them before and posted about here.

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The pattern called for DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk, which make the mittens scrumptiously soft.

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My friend has started a ‘Forest School’ nursery in the woods with a friend close to us and so these are probably a great accessory to have.

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I knitted these up in a couple of days, and even though the pattern on them looks quite intricate it is actually really easy. In fact, I’ve just recently knitted two projects with exactly this pattern and I love it!

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It’s funny actually, I’ve knitted other people fingerless mittens, but have never actually knitted myself a pair.

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I modelled them myself in Spring of 2014 🙂

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The second pair is also a DROPS Design pattern, but it’s actually a pair of wrist warmers.

I had also knit these wrist warmers before for a friend and when I posted about them on my blog, my friend liked them so much she ordered a pair, but as wrist warmers.

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This is also a great pattern, that took a little longer to knit up as it calls for 3mm size needles.

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My friend picked the same colour as the previous ones I knitted, and it’s a lovely colour.

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This is another pair of fingerless mittens that I really should knit for myself too!

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Pattern:
Fingerless Mittens by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca in pearl grey and DROPS Kid-Silk in heather.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 29th-31st May 2014.

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Pattern:
Fingerless Mittens by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Baby Merino in navy blue.
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 9th-13th December 2014.

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FO: Flouncy Socks

Earlier this year, in January Luke’s playgroup teacher asked me to knit a pair of socks for her daughter.

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My friend gave me the yarn, which she’d brought over from Japan. I simply love the colours, especially for a girl.

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The yarn was also amazingly soft, and really lovely to knit with.

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The pattern was another great DROPS Design pattern, which my friend picked. I love it when others suggest new patterns that I can then try out.

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I knit up a size 5-6 years for my friend’s daughter, which she told me fit her really well.#

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Pattern: Lacey Steps by DROPS Design.
Yarn: Unknown yarn in blue and green.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 14th-15th January 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?

KCW 2I used some leftover DROPS Muskat for these and matched the pink sole with the red top.

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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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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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FOs: Baby Booties and Bonnet Combo

Regular readers of this blog will know both the booties pattern and the hat pattern of this little set. I made it back in January of this year for an old friend from school who had a second daughter.

I don’t think there’s anything new I can say about either pattern, apart from the fact that I love knitting and gifting them.

So here are the booties:

And here’s the bonnet:

And a final shot of both together:

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