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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’s: Two Waistcoats

Back in February 2014 I got a bunch of wool from a friend who runs an amazing company, Punk Me Up Buttercup. I then made her a little waistcoat for her son.

So, I used this DROPS pattern that I’ve used a few times before and since. But I actually made a huge mistake with this first waistcoat, and made the armholes way too big. So I knit another one in yellow.

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I love this pattern, it knits up really quickly, and apart from sewing up the shoulder seams and the fake pockets there is no other sewing. How great is that?

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I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?

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The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.

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The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.

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This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: February 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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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: 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: Granddad Waistcoat

A good friend from where we lived in North London has a son who is the same age as Luke and I knitted him a little granddad waistcoat in November 2013.

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There are very few boy patterns out there that I love as much as this one. And I have knitted a few of them, for Luke and for other people’s children.

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I love this navy blue, and I used DROPS Baby Merino for it, like the DROPS pattern called for.

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The other great thing about it is that it knits up really quickly, even though the yarn calls for a 3mm needle size.

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The buttons were in my stash, but were ordered from TextileGarden at some point.

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I love the simple stockinette stitch of the bottom of the waistcoat and then the double moss stitch at the top, it makes it look extra chic.

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FO: Toddler Birthday Dress (with appreciation photos)

Here’s one of my latest finishes for 2015. A birthday dress for my best friends gorgeous little girl Faye, who just turned one year old.

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I wanted to give Faye an extra special birthday present, so agreed with my best friend the colours and pattern for this dress.

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I have been eyeing up this pattern for a while and had it pinned on my Pinterest for ages (ever since I found out I was pregnant and wasn’t yet sure whether I was having a boy or a girl).

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My friend wanted it in cotton, so I used DROPS Muskat, and she picked the colours. I LOVE them, they’re so sunny and bright.

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This is the first time I’ve knitted something from the top down, normally I knit from the bottom up and it’s brilliant as there’s only very minimal sewing up.

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And I love the knitted picot edge that was used on the top over the ruffled sleeves and I also used it on the bottom of the skirt, and it just looks sooo cute.

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The nice thing about this dress is all the little added details, like the puffed sleeves and the collar, which was really easy to knit on, knitting straight into the stitches that were already there.

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Also, due to the simple construction the dress can actually be worn either way, with the buttons in the front or in the back. Although, I think I like it better with the buttons in the back.

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And now the highlight, gorgeous Faye wearing her dress the day it was received in the post…one happy customer!

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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: Intarsia Jumpsuit

The lady that ordered a few things from me via Etsy had previously ordered a jumpsuit from me back in 2012. She loved it so much on her son, see picture below, that she ordered another one in a larger size.

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When I first knitted this jumpsuit I was a bit unsure, as I’d never knitted any intarsia before, but I actually really enjoyed it and loved how it ended up looking.

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Of course, it’s a DROPS pattern. Regular readers of this blog will know that I love them!

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The pattern does take a while to knit as it calls for DROPS Alpaca yarn and 2.5mm needles, so you can imagine how long one of these takes for a 3 year old!

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I find when I’m knitting with such small needles that my knitting is not quite as neat as when I’m knitting with thicker yarn and bigger needles, but it still looks good nonetheless.

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It’s the same colour combination that I used before, although the blue seems just a little bit lighter. And would you look at how beautiful the intarsia looks with these two colours.

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I haven’t got a picture of the handsome boy wearing it, but I am sure he looks as cute as he did in his first one.

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FO: Pom Pom Hat

For now this is the final piece I made for my friends eldest daughter (although she’s just ordered a pair of booties for gifting). My friend picked this DROPS pattern, which was lovely to knit. It’s a great pattern that knits up really quickly, probably because of the 8mm needles it calls for.

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My friends daughter picked the colours and I was a little unsure at first, but once I was knitting it and saw the full effect I actually loved them.

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Now the pom pom was something else, it actually took longer to make than the hat and used up almost the same amount of yarn.

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Initially it was HUGE, so I cut and trimmed it loads, but it still looks really big. And it’s quite heavy, but it looks absolutely great!

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FO: Toddler Mittens

Yet another post about knitted items for my friend with two daughters, these mittens were made for her first daughter last year.

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I LOVE this pattern, although I adjusted it and instead of using single thread DROPS Fabel I went with two threads of DROPS Alpaca.

EBA 28My friend picked the colour combo, but then I knitted them up with the turquoise and white for the rib and the same colour at the tip of the hand and the thumb, which give a really nice effect I think.

EBA 29And of course, I added an i-cord string to the mittens so that they can be put through the sleeves of the jacket, to make sure that they didn’t get lost.

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I also made her a hat last year, which I posted about here.

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