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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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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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FOs: Hats Galore for my Brother’s Family

I made a bunch of hats for my brother’s family for Christmas 2013, every single one of them got a hat…there are five of them.

2013 Christmas hat for my brother

My brother received this hat, a DROPS pattern of course. He loved it, but then his nephew in Germany borrowed it and loved it so much he kept it. Now I take that as a great sign!

So towards the end of the year my brother asked if I could make him another hat, now for those who know me, I LOVE getting requests like this, especially when it’s from family! He really liked the hats I had made for his kids, see below, and requested one in his size. So I used the kids pattern and amended it to fit my head/his head.

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2013 Christmas hat for my sister-in-law

My sister-in-law received this one, which I also knitted for myself and I wear mine all the time in Winter, I posted about it here. She tells me that she loves it too.

2013 Christmas hat for my niece

This one was for my niece Clara, who according to my brother wore it all the time and really, really loved it. The pattern is the same I used for my two nephews.

I told my sister-in-law that she could wash the hats, which stretched it and made it way to big for her to wear, so she asked if she could have another one, and she picked the red and white for the next one, which I just knitted recently.

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2013 Christmas hat for my nephew

This hat was for my nephew, Yoan, who refused to wear any other hat throughout the entire year.

When his mum washed this hat, it shrunk to a size that simply didn’t fit my nephew anymore. So, he said he’d really want another one, but it had to be exactly the same.

2014 hat for my nephew

2013 Christmas hat for my nephew

My smallest nephew, Mateo received this one, which fit perfectly. But being under 1 at the time of receiving this his head grew and he needed a new one this Winter.

2014 hat for my nephew

Overall I made nine hats in total for them and they were all very well received, which makes me very happy indeed.

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FO Friday: Cardigan for my Niece

Back in November last year, after seeing my brother and his family in October, I was asked to knit another cardigan for my niece. I love it when I get requests like this from my family, especially as I’ve knitted quite a lot for my niece in the last five years. On that note, I can’t believe she’s already five.

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I used this DROPS pattern, and my brother and his wife decided on the colour combination. I was meant to do the stripes in more random spots, but somehow they ended up like this. I actually like it, it gives it a certain geometry.

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It’s a nice easy pattern that calls for stockinette stitch for most of the body and then goes into garter stitch for the yoke. I’ve done the ribs in the cerise and I think they add a nice little accent.

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The buttons were ordered from TextileGarden, my favourite online button store. The choice there is just fantastic. I had one set of buttons and then added one of a slightly different colour as the first button…again it just adds a little something.

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My brother, his wife and my niece were very happy with the cardigan. The sleeves are still a bit long, but I did that on purpose, so that she could grow into it.

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Blogtoberfest Day Seven: Last Years Christmas Socks for my Brother

In a final post about the Christmas presents for my brothers family from last year, here are the socks I knitted for him:

IMG_1657 IMG_1658 IMG_1659 IMG_1660 IMG_1661I don’t feel like I have to say that much about them, only that they definitely took much longer then the socks for the kids. So, in recap, here I posted about my sister-in-laws socks, here are the ones for my nephew and finally here are the ones for my niece.

And finally, here they all are in all their glory.

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Blogtoberfest Day Five: FO: Last Years Christmas Socks for my Niece

And to follow up on yesterday’s theme of trying to tie up loose ends, here are the socks I made for my niece for Christmas last year.

IMG_1779And like those for my nephew I posted about yesterday, these are just a straightforward sock pattern that I’ve been knitting in various sizes since I was about 15. My aunt actually taught me how to knit socks initially and I will never forget her patience whilst doing so.

IMG_1780I love this colour for socks, and Luke actually has the same pair in a few sizes smaller and he always gets comments on them, especially the colour. Who says pinks are only for girls, right?

IMG_1781I will try and tie up this series of socks for my brothers family tomorrow or at the latest on Monday so that I feel free to start the Christmas knitting for them for this year.

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FO: Birthday Cardigan for my Niece

Apologies for the silence, I’ve been busy, or rather I’ve been away. We went to visit my brother in Germany last week and Luke finally got to meet is cousins Clara and Yoan. It was great! My mum also came for a few days so it was a lovely family get together. Before we went I managed to finish knitting the cardigan I was making for Clara’s 3rd birthday on 28th April. And here it is.

I love this pattern, and I only encountered it by mistake. I was meant to be knitting something else and then found this one. As you’ve guessed it’s another Garnstudio pattern and it was a great one to knit as there were no seams.

I love the cables on this cardigan, I think they look fantastic and just make the cardigan that extra special.

And the buttons are from my last button buying spree. They are mother of pearl buttons with blue colour on it and little flowers, gorgeous, right? The cardigan fits my niece well (unfortunately I haven’t got a photo to show you), so you’ll have to take my word for it. In the meantime here are some more pictures of the cardigan.