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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: Mittens

I want to write a very quick post today as I am out this evening. In December 2013 a mummy friend ordered mittens with a string for her husband’s colleague who was visiting from the US.

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I used this DROPS Design pattern, which knit up really quickly in just a day.

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I can’t actually remember what yarn I used, but I do know that I doubled the yarn to make the mittens warmer.

UA 3For the string I even knit an i-cord…I didn’t even do that for Luke’s mittens :-).

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STATS
Pattern: Mittens by DROPS Design.
Yarn: Unknown yarn.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 13 December 2013.

 

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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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STATS
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: Fancy Chevron Blanket

Back in November last year I made a chevron blanket for my good friend Kersti. It was originally meant to be for her sister as a Christmas present, but she loved it so much she kept it for herself…now that’s one happy customer!!!

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I loved knitting this, and even loved the shades of black and grey, even though they are a bit more sombre than my usual knitting. The end result turned out really well.

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The pattern is actually really easy to knit up, it just takes a couple of rows to get used to it, and then it flies off the needles.

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I loved making this blanket so much I made one in some blues and greens for Max, so watch this space.

STATS
Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in black, medium grey, light grey and off white
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 16th November – 22nd November 2014.

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FO: Boy Vest

I made this vest back in November 2012 for a friend’s son who came to the same parent and child group via the Greenwich Steiner School.

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I used this DROPS pattern, but then lengthened it and made the straps a bit longer.

SP 2I love the cables on this vest and have knitted it a few times for other people’s children and one for Luke as well and blogged about it here.

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I had also just gotten my new labels, hence why there are so many photos of it.

On that note, please excuse the terrible pictures, not sure what happened there.

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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: Etsy Order: Hat

Back to posting about my FOs, I need to get some more posts in before baby number two makes an appearance :-).

This is a hat I knitted for the lady that always orders through Etsy from me, and the pattern is, of course, a DROPS pattern.

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It’s a great, easy pattern that knits up really quickly. I used DROPS Baby Merino, using double strands and the colour is a nice light blue.

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The ties to close it are braided, which adds a really nice touch I think.

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The recipient liked it too and her son wore it well, although I don’t have a picture.

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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: Onesie

In March 2013 I got an order via Etsy from a lady that had ordered a few items from me before. She ordered this jumpsuit from me in 2012.

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This is a fantastic pattern that I was able to adjust quite easily to fit a size 3-4 years. I used DROPS Baby Merino, which is a lovely yarn to knit with.

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The length of this onesie is adjustable and because it is knitted in rib it looks way too long, but it’s super stretchy. The order specified that she wanted stripes and she also requested these colours, and I love the end effect.

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I believe it fit her son, and she said she loved it.

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Overall a lovely little onesie that I would love to knit again, but haven’t yet.

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FO: Another Bolero

I knitted one final bolero for milliemanu last year. I posted about the other nine here.

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I know I wrote about my dislike for the pattern in my previous post, but I’ve actually gotten used to the pattern. This is probably because I have now knitted it 10 times and because I have amended it to make it flow better.

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In the original pattern for example the ribbing for the back and two front pieces is done individually on each of the pieces. Instead I sew it up and then do the ribbing. In my opinion it actually makes it look much better.

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Not sure what happened to the colour on this picture, but the blue is more like the two above.

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And I still do love the yarn that I use, the DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk. It’s a joy to knit with. I use double strands, so I have to pay attention to picking up both whilst knitting, but it just ends up being an amazingly soft and luxurious finished object.

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The ribbing on the sleeves and the bottom has the added picot-esque edging, which took me a while to figure out initially, but now I love it!

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