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.
STATS 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.
A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.
It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.
It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.
It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!
STATS Pattern:Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white. Needle size: 5mm Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.
In Germany it’s Nikolaustag today. This means children clean their boots/shoes and leave them by the window or the door on the night of 5th December. The next day they wake to small gifts and goodides stuffed into their boots, which were left by Sankt Nikolaus. As I grew up with this tradition Luke and Max will continue to receive their Nikolaus gifts on the 6th of December.
So to honour that tradition, today I am posting about four pairs of booties knitted for a friend that went to Forest School with us.
She had a baby boy in 2015 and I knit up some blue baby booties for her (please excuse the terrible pictures, I am not sure what happened there). Because my friend liked the booties so much, she ordered another three pairs from me.
A purple pair.
A pink pair.
And a red pair.
They are my version of Saartjes Bootees, and I know I HAVE to write down this pattern, I really must. I have promised it to a few people, so it needs to happen soon!
Pattern: My own pattern. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Finein dark blue, purple, heather and red. Needle size: 3.mm Knitting time: May-September 2015.
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.
I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.
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.
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.
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!
I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!
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.
I added pockets too, because 5-7 year old kids love pockets, don’t they?
Pattern: My own improvisation. Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.
So, this is me trying to get back to posting again regularly about my finished knitting (FOs). Even though I have been quiet on that front on here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been knitting like a maniac. I have so many amazing things to show you! But for today, since it is after my bedtime (which is 10pm by the way), here are some booties that I knit for an ex-colleague back in May 2015.
Regular readers of this blog will know that this is my version of Saartjes Bootees that I have knit up several hundred times now.
They are still my favourite gift to knit up for someone that is expecting. I love them especially because they also enable me to knit up some leftover yarn from other projects. This particular pair was knit up in DROPS Muskat.
The other thing I love about these booties is that I can knit them in 2 hours flat. The sewing up takes a little longer, but I can basically whip up 5 pairs of these in a weekend.
And of course they fit perfectly into the little cardboard boxes I make to present them in. The perfect gift!
Pattern: My own. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in petrol and blue. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 16th May 2015.
A friend that I studied Journalism with had a baby boy at the start of this year. Even though I haven’t seen my friend since I finished my studies in 2004 I still wanted to knit her something. So I knitted my usual go-to beanie and bootie combo.
The beanie is my old favourite from DROPS, and I knit this up in the 0-3 months size since it was going to be a Winter baby.
I also knitted up my version of Saartjes Bootees in a matching green and light blue.
I boxed both of them up in one of my boxes and sent them off to my friend.
My friend sent me a picture of her sweet little boy in his little hat. Such a cutie.
Pattern: My own. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in green and grey blue. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 18-19th December 2015.
A friend from my previous work life saw me post about another winter romper here, asked me to make one for her gorgeous little girl.
I used the lovely Vinterdrakt pattern from the Paelas ladies. It’s a great pattern, but it’s got a few mistakes throughout, which I had spotted the first time I used the pattern and had corrected in my version. I keep thinking I should let them know so they can correct it for others that buy the pattern.
I used DROPS Muskat for the romper as I had done for the previous one I had knitted.
I love the colour my friend picked, it’s such a wonderful purple and the pictures don’t really do it justice.
The waffle stitches at the top works really well, especially after I learnt from the last time knitting this that I needed to keep them very loose.
And the added i-cord in the pink gives it that extra pop of colour, which looks great!
My friend sent me these gorgeous pictures of her little girl wearing them and I am so pleased with how it fits her and she just looks adorable!