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Finished Objects: Piles of Baby Knits

If you follow me over on Instagram you will have seen some of the piles of baby knits I have posted about the last couple of days. These are all items from way back when in 2013.

The first lot was a number of items for really good friends of mine and in fact we used to be neighbours back when I lived in Surbiton, England. We had many, many good times together. And while we are still in touch we live on different continents now, Kim and her family are in South Africa. Kim is actually the genius behind my gorgeous logo.

First up a pair of baby booties that I used to knit all the time. In fact I had made so many of these over the years, they only took me 2 hours to make. I have’t made a pair of these in a while now. The pattern is based on Saartjes Bootees with some of my own variations.

Second up the sweetest little baby bonnet, perfect for a sweet baby girl. From the DROPS Design team, my go to for easy, but classic baby knit patterns and best of all, they are free!

And finally a little cardigan with extra flounce. Also from the guys at DROPS Design.

I had also made her a blanket, which I blogged about here. Don’t you think it makes as pretty pile of goodies?

The second pile of baby knits was for another good friend of mine, who I went to boarding school with in England for a year in 1996. Her baby boy was born very early and when I found out I quickly got busy and knitted up some extra special items for this extra special boy. As you can see in the final picture, this little cardigan was waaaay too big for him initially, but he eventually grew into it and in fact my friend loved it so much she ordered two more from me…

I also knitted up a very thick, very simple blanket for this little nugget. It kept him very warm indeed. No pattern for this one, I just made it up as I went along.

This sweet little boy also received a pair of baby booties (my own pattern), which I blogged about here and a cable beanie, blogged about here.

The final pile of baby knits was for friends of ours, old friends of my husband. Their son was born exactly two years after our eldest on the same date. They also lived in London for some time, but have now been back in Sydney for a couple of years.

First off, a little cardigan. This has been passed on to other babies since, which makes me beyond happy. It’s a Drops Design pattern, one that I have knitted a few times.

Some more booties, socks and a little hat, a complete outfit!

The final pile… I have to say I love knitting all kinds of things…but still my favourite knits are baby knits.

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FO: Max’ Chevron Baby Blanket

Ok folks, I am going to attempt to post every day this December, so wish me luck! First off, here’s the chevron baby blanket I made for my Max.

I previously made this in black, grey and white for my friend, and posted about it here.

The pattern is this one and it’s brilliant how easy it is to knit, but actually looks very sophisticated.

I picked these blues and greens specifically when I knew we were expecting Max, I love them all together.

And here is my gorgeous boy, when he still seemed very little all wrapped up in his blanket.

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Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot.
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light greyish green, pistachio, green, north sea, turquoise, dark blue, denim blue, grey blue, light grey blue.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 12-19th February 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.

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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Beautiful Gift

Yesterday I got the most amazing gift in the post, all the way from Minnesota, from my knitting friend Melissa. She knitted this gorgeously soft baby blanket for Max, and I love it. It’s scrumptiously soft and a gorgeous colour and Max seems to really like it too, as he slept a whole 3 hours under it.

Thank you so much my beautiful friend!

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FO: Rainbow Baby Blanket

Max, our little bundle of joy, is a “rainbow baby”. A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

Since Luke’s arrival 4 years ago we’ve had to go through the loss of 4 pregnancies. I only tend to get emotional about these at certain times, and I am a strong believer in the fact that it’s nature at work.

So when we found out that Max was ‘sticking’ around I knew that I wanted to knit some “rainbow” related things, in particular this baby blanket.

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I used this pattern, which was a fantastically easy pattern. I know it looks very complicated, but it’s actually really straightforward to knit. The effect though, is brilliant!

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I decided to knit this up as a cotton blanket, using DROPS Muskat, as I had plans for a woollen one with different colours. I decided on these particular colours as they show the wonderful gradient of a rainbow.

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I also made the blanket extra large, so I am not sure I can actually call it a baby blanket. I wanted to make sure that Max can use it for a fairly long time, especially as the blanket I made for Luke is now very small and he’s just rediscovered it for his use.

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I think Max looks very snug in it, don’t you?

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FO: Baby Blanket (Lost in the Mail :-()

Friends of ours who had moved back to Australia had a little darling girl in March. And since I knew that they were expecting back in September I started knitting a baby blanket for them.

N+FS 1Because they live in Australia I decided on cotton and I chose DROPS Muskat, which has a lovely shine to it. They didn’t know that they were having a girl, so I decided on a bright and colourful blanket. N+FS 2I had even  more colours to pick from, but I’m actually really pleased with the end result, the colours just work really well together. N+FS 3As you can see I stuck to a straightforward garter stitch, which made this blanket a relatively easy and quick knit, although I did take my time as I had some Christmas knitting to do in between starting and finishing it. N+FS 6And of course I added my lovely logo that I ordered from a lady in France. N+FS 7Here’s the finished blanket that I sent on its way once I heard that my friends daughter had been born. However, not having heard anything I recently checked with my friend and it turns out that they had moved and even though they had a redirection from their previous address any parcels they were expecting didn’t make it to their new place.

So, it looks like this rather lovely blanket has been lost :-(.

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Blogtoberfest #13 FO: Baby Blanket

I knitted this blanket for a good friend in Australia. You might remember I knitted her two similar versions a couple of years ago. Both of them have now found good homes, one with her niece and the other awaiting the arrival of another niece or nephew of hers.

My friend also picked the colours, and even though initially I had thought that it might not be so nice for baby blankets. But I actually think it works really well.

And my friend also wanted me to knit the same pattern I did back then, which I did. Although I think I might have got the stitch count wrong as this one seems more more a square than a rectangle.

It doesn’t matter though, because my friend really loves it.


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FO: Blanket

Another FO from my collection from the last couple of years. If I remember correctly I finished this in 2009 (my, my that’s a while ago isn’t it?). I’m just a tad embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to put it up, but it also means that I have a nice collection of pieces to fall back on when I need to!

This is a blanket I made for a friend, in fact we’re actually staying with her and her husband in Sydney at the moment. She asked me to make two blankets for her, one for her and one for her brother. They’re not for any particular babies, but rather because she liked them so much when she saw me make them for someone else.

I actually remember the day my friend and I were picking the colours for this blanket. She was quites sure about her choices, but then changed her mind quite a few times, which I thought was rather funny. I do like the choices she’s come up with.

I knitted this with a combination of moss stitch and stockinette stitch and I think it worked out really well! And this was the time I also sewed in my labels, and I do actually think that’s something I need to go back to, but maybe I need to make the label shorter…what do you think?

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Long Awaited Baby Blanket

This is another one of my baby blankets that I made for a friend probably over a year ago, shame on me that I’m only adding it on here now! My friend asked me to make two of these blankets, one for herself and one for her brother. It was quite funny because neither one had kids yet or was pregnant, but she loved them so much when she saw some that I was making for other friends that she asked me to make her two as well.

I remember when she was picking the colours, I think she took pretty much one entire evening to pick the right ones. I do think they work extremely well and would be fine for a boy or girl!  I also decided to change the stitches up a little bit, so used moss stitch on the border and then a combination of purl and knit for the actual body of the blanket.

If you look closely you can see that the white is changed a tad at the end, that’s because I actually ran out of the normal white that I was using. I don’t think it’s that obvious though, and I’m probably the only one that notices it.

These blankets always take quite a while, but they’re definitely a hit with people. I always hope that they may become a baby’s security blanket or something like that and that they become a real keepsake.

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A Special Blanket

Here’s a cotton blanket I finished for a friend of mine in Singapore, hence the cotton. Her husband is my man’s good friend from University, they were a little group and called themselves ‘The Hornets’. Funnily enough we’re now the first ones to have a baby and now my friend in Singapore with her husband are also expecting a little one, a little girl.

I followed the colour choices that our friends are decorating the nursery with and I actually think it worked out really well. I also added something new to the blanket with the crochet border, which I think makes it extra special.

I also decided to use different stitches for each colour, with some purl, some knit and some moss stitch. The reason I used cotton is because it’s rather warm and humid in Singapore and I wanted to make sure that our friends are still able to use the blanket. Especially as blankets are such a keepsake item, you often hear about babies loving their blankets so much that they take them everywhere, I do hope that this might be that blanket for our friends little one!