If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my youngest in this adorable Summer romper.
When I asked him this week if he wanted to wear a little cotton romper I knitted for him (in size 3 years) and he excitedly said yes, I was very pleased. Then I realised that I hadn’t even blogged about it here. It was one of the last pieces I knitted in England, before we made our big move to Australia last August.
I used cotton yarn, specifically DROPS Muskat, which is a lovely mercerised cotton. It has a wonderful sheen on it, and this ‘apple green’ is such a wonderfully bright colour.
The suit itself is a Tiddelibom pattern, originally written in Norwegian, some of their patterns are translated into English, including this one. It’s a very well presented and written pattern, with a lot of detail and I was able to knit this romper in a couple of days (even in between packing up).
The beautiful leaf pattern in the middle runs the entire front and back of the romper and is just such a joy to knit and absolutely beautiful to look at. I was fortunate to have some leaf buttons in my stash, which I was able to add on the front (even though they are only for decoration) and four extra ones to close the romper, even allowing for growth.
But my youngest is such a big boy, he will be three in March, but has already been wearing clothes for a four year old for about six months. So I knew that we needed to make the most of wearing it. So without further ado, here’s Max wearing it.
STATS Pattern: Olavas Summer Suit by Tiddelibom. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in apple green. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 25th-28th July 2016.
When Max was born I knew there were a few things I wanted to knit for him. One was the Pocket Playsuit by C. Pettersen who is behind Ministrikk. It’s such a sweet pattern.
I used some DROPS Baby Merino that I had left in my stash, luckily I had enough to finish the little suit. Because I wanted to knit up stripes I had to improvise a little bit for the pockets and for top just before getting to the straps.
But I think it adds to the finished piece. I doubled the straps as I wanted to make sure that they would hold and be strong.
Since Max was only four months old when I was knitting this, it took me a little longer than it usually would, but I am very pleased with the end result.
On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).
This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.
I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result. I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.
The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.
The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.
The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.
I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.
My beautiful Max turned one year old today! I just cannot believe this year has passed by so quickly! In honour of his big day I’d like to share a little romper I knit for him in June.
I used this lovely Kjappstrikka Drakt: Quick Knit Suit pattern from Paelas Paelas. The pattern is great, just not very well translated. But as I’m an experienced knitter it wasn’t a huge problem for me. The pattern calls for Merino yarn, but I decided to pick some DROPS Muskat for it as Max was going to be wearing it during the Summer months.
I loved the end result so much I almost want to make it again, and I did put Max in it a lot while it fit him. But just judge for yourselves, be warned: picture and cuteness overload!
Isn’t he adorable in his little romper?
And here he and Luke are together…aren’t they sweet? They make my heart sing!!!
Here’s a little pair of overalls that I finished last week. I made these from a new issue of Bambino (which is a German knitting magazine), and I simply love it!
I followed the pattern pretty loosely, and adjusted the sections that I need to adjust. I made the legs a little bit longer and the body a little bit shorter, as it just didn’t seem to work otherwise. Also, I decided to add the white crochet border around the edges. I think it just adds a little big extra.
I used blue Drops Baby Merino wool, which was a joy to work with, it’s really nice and soft and turns into a really nice stitch I think. It helps that the knitting tension is just right, I think.
I followed the size for a 3 months old, but I think it’s actually going to work better on a 1-2 months old, which will be good, as it’s still quite cold here and our little arrival will feel warm and snug in it.
And, I like the fact that it’s easy to open and close with the press studs that I added, pretty ingenious, don’t you think? 🙂
I just finished a multi-coloured overall for my niece or nephew and I’m really pleased with it.
I followed suggestions by my friends and made it with cotton rather than wool. The colours I chose at random, but I think they work really well together. I was trying to buy some new buttons on the weekend, but then decided to just go with some I still had.
Here you can see the buttons in all their glory. It makes the little overalls even more colourful, but I think it works.
The following design is another of my own creation (I might even put the pattern up on here one day!) It’s a little reversible suit on which I even make the buttons myself. I’ve made a few of these, and they’ve always been loved by the parents and the little ones that are wearing them.
I like to make the jackets with reversibly different colours, I’m not a big fan of having blue clothes for boys and pink clothes for girls. I think as long as it fits, it shouldn’t matter what colour the baby clothes are.
Here are the trousers, again reversible, and they can also be extended a little bit, in case a baby has legs that are that little bit longer!
The pattern is incredibly easy, and the sewing itself is also very quick. It’s taken me one evening before to make the entire outfit, so it can be a nice and quick little project that can make a very good present.