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FO: Baby Boy all in Green

This little ensemble was made for a friend, who had her third boy earlier this year. She briefly worked with me last year and she’s a fellow German expat living in Australia. I knew straight away what I wanted to make for her when she told me she was expecting.

These were patterns that had been in my Ravelry queue for a little while. The only one I had made before was Little Brother’s Romper by Petite Knit.

It’s a great knit, as it calls for Aran weight yarn, and I had some wonderful in my stash that I was able to use for it. It’s a wonderfully quick and very straightforward knit, a credit to designer Mette Wendelboe Okkels, the face behind Petite Knit.

The second item was the sweet Waldzipf beanie by Ducathi. A simple, yet beautiful little hat that also knits up really quickly.

And finally a pair of Johannes Booties by Sophie Noix. Such a beautiful pattern, really well thought out and a joy to make.

I had some DROPS Baby Merino left in my stash that I was able to use for these. Now, the absolute best thing about making baby clothes and gifting them, is receiving pictures that I am allowed to share. I mean…..

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FO: They Call me Mellow Yellow

This sweet little romper/onesie was such a joy to make. Something about that sweet yellow and the fact it was for my youngest son’s preschool teacher, it just made it so special!

The pattern is an absolutely gorgeous piece, that I had in my Ravely queue for a few years. It’s simple to knit, but it makes a statement I think!

My friend had a baby boy, but I think the yellow would have worked for either gender. I particularly love the little flowers that pop up in this yellow piece. They would look very sweet on either a boy or a girl.

I had made a little hat for baby boy as well. I posted about it here.

There was an additional baby blanket, which I will post about another time. But for now. This is what this beautiful new mum received from me.

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FOs: Booties Galore

These little booties have been a go-to for quick and easy baby knits in the past. They are based on a free pattern that I have heavily customised in the past. I don’t even know how many pairs I have made of these… But I thought I’d share the ones I can find in my archives in this one photo-heavy post. I am going to start with the first lot made between 2013-2015… there are of course many more!

Starting with this sweet yellow pair I made for one of my husbands oldest friends when he had a daughter back in 2013. I used DROPS Muskat, a 100% mercerized cotton yarn for these, as they were going to Australia.

A girly pair, made in 2014 for an old work colleague. Leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I even used to make little boxes for the booties, the perfect gift!

Another 2014 make, a cotton pair for friends in Australia.

Two lots for a beautiful friend of mine who is a doula and I believe she was gifting them to clients or friends who had just had babies, also from 2014.

A pair for a little boy, made in 2015 for a Ravelry/Internet friend.

In 2015 I also briefly supplied a number of beanies and booties to a baby shop in Greenwich, UK, where we used to live, called Greenwich Baby. I made 10 pairs of booties in total!

Don’t they look great all in a row:

Another pair for a baby boy born in Australia.

For a baby boy in Germany.

A baby girl in the UK.

An order for one of my best friends, who was gifting them to another friend.

A pair for a fellow Mama who I met during a wonderful pregnancy exercise class.

A pair for a friend from school (when I still lived in Germany)…. they liked it so much that his wife ordered two pairs for twin girls.

And the two pairs for the twin girls.

A pair for a friend from my eldest son’s Steiner Kindergarten in England.

For a friend of a friend’s who also lives in Australia.

Another lot for a friend my best friend went to university with.

An old colleague of mine from my first serious PR job in the North of England, Morecambe to be exact.

And the final pair for 2015 made for my good friend and ex-housemate and his wife, I used to work with both of them in Lancaster, UK. They had a sweet baby girl back in 2015.

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Some Baby Knits

I am hoping to have posted about all the completed knits I have made over the last few years by the end of this year… a pretty ambitious undertaking. I am not a slow knitter, so there are a lot of projects, I am not sure there are enough days in the year… I will need to double up!

This is The Little Chestnut pattern by DROPS Design. I used some DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk from my stash for this, making it a super soft little hat.

I didn’t follow any pattern here and used some sock yarn from my stash…I can’t remember exactly which one.

Who doesn’t love a pair of red boots? Especially when they are tiny. This is my own pattern, available for free on Ravelry.

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Homage to a Pixie Hat

There is something so charming and magical about pixie hats on babies and children. They are whimsical and sweet and most importantly keep little heads warm and cosy.

I love the Finley pattern by Dover & Madden. It’s a quick to knit and very easy to follow pattern with a wonderful finished result. Over the years I have made a few in various sizes. I also like the fact that I can use various yarns to create different sizes.

Here’s one in green, using DROPS Baby Merino.

Another one using DROPS Nepal, which is wonderfully soft against the skin. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Another DROPS Baby Merino for a friend who has a son almost exactly the same age as my Max.

The following made using DROPS Nepal too.

Would you look at this sweet boy wearing his pixie hat? Isn’t he just the sweetest thing? His big smile. It warms my heart.

This final hat was also made using DROPS Nepal.

Just look at this wee man wearing his pixie bonnet. Just adorable.

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Pattern:
 Finley Pixie Hat by dover & madden.
Yarn: Various yarns, including DROPS Nepal and DROPS Baby Merino.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 2015 and 2016.

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Beautiful Summer Dress (knitted in 2016)

What is it about little baby dresses that make you swoon?

I love all the colours, all the lace and all the wonderful shapes you can make. A good friend from England asked me to make something that she was going to gift on. We settled on this sweet dress from Taiga Hilliard Design and since it was going to Australia it was made out of cotton.

It knit up quickly, even though I used quite small needles. The pattern itself was so easy to memorise and follow it just flew off the needles.

I love that vibrant pink and think it would look wonderful on any little lady.

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Pattern:
 Little Birgit from Taiga Hilliard Design.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in cerise.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 16th – 21st July 2016.

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FO: Baby Dress (knitted in December 2016)

It’s strange how you get used to knitting something one way, and then you do it another way and it all just falls into place. I used to only knit things like dresses and jumpers from the bottom up, but as soon as I had knitted one thing from the top down I immediately fell in love with this type of construction. This beautiful little baby dress is no exception.

It’s a wonderful pattern by Ruth Maddock and can be found on Ravelry. I knitted this for a friend who I went to school with many years ago, who had a baby girl in 2016. According to my Ravelry details I knit this in December of that year.

I used some pure wool yarn that I had in my stash, so I am unsure of the exact details, but I knew it needed to be warmer as my friend lives in Scotland. It was a quick knit and apart from the lace work on the yoke and the hem it’s very straight forward stockinette stitch.

The lace pattern itself is easy enough to remember and the yoke repeats in them, which is a nice touch. I made one minor adjustment and did a picot bind off on them, which really completes it. I first did a picot bind off a few years ago, but reminded myself of how to do it with this article on Love Knitting, a great resource!

My friend sent me a picture of her gorgeous girl wearing the dress, and doesn’t she look scrumptious?

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Pattern: Meredith by Ruth Maddock.
Yarn: Lyncraft yarn, I am unsure of the details.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 19th-24th December 2016.

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Finished Knit: Lizzy Baby Dress (Knit in June 2016)

I finished this gorgeous little dress back in June 2016 for an ex-colleague of mine who had her second child, a little girl. I had knitted a beanie and some booties for her firstborn, a little boy. As I have two boys I always jump at the chance to knit something girly, especially dresses when I know someone is expecting a girl.

It’s such an absolutely adorable pattern, the Lizzie Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs. And even once it doesn’t fit as a dress anymore it can be used as a tunic. The dress that keeps on giving.

It has the sweetest details on the yoke and the bottom of the skirt. I did add a picot bind off to the hem as well, just to add another sweet detail to it.

The dress is knitted from the top down, so the length can be adjusted quite easily. And the lace panels from the yoke repeat in the skirt.

I used some DROPS Safran I had left over in my stash, having picked the most perfect shade of pink. It couldn’t get any sweeter or prettier.

And it flew off my needles in three days flat, it’s such a pleasant knit and easy to follow pattern.

My friend loved it and she was kind enough to send me the sweetest picture of her little girl wearing her dress, it makes me beyond happy to see that.

 

STATS
Pattern: Lizzy Dress by Taiga Hilliard Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in medium pink.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10th-13th June 2016.

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Return to Blogging and FO: Baby Dress

There are a few reasons why I haven’t blogged in a few months. The main one was that I moved from a UK-based hosting company to one hosted here in Australia and that meant a range of issues. For a while I even thought I had lost 10+ years of blogging. But a good friend came to my rescue and recovered it all for me.

I am also very busy behind the scenes ramping up to launch a handmade business, I have hinted to it on Instagram, and there are a few teasers. It’s kept me very busy and I would love to say I am almost ready to reveal all, but there are still a fair few things to do.

Of course, I have also still been knitting many, many custom orders. And of course life is all encompassing, after all the boys need my attention too.

However, I want to get back to posting regularly and I want to show off my finished knits, after all there are many that I haven’t blogged about yet.

First off, this darling dress I made for an ex-colleague who had a baby girl a year ago.

It’s a wonderful pattern by OGE Knitwear Designs, it’s an easy to follow pattern that knits up very quickly. I love the sweet little details like the lace flowers and the picot-esque border at the bottom.

I used a 4 ply 100% cotton from Paton that I was gifted years ago, I have this pink and a dark red still in my stash.

I also found some matching buttons in my stash that I had bought in England from TextileGarden.

I had made the dress before for another friend, but haven’t blogged about it yet. I am sure I will be soon.

I am sure this could be made out of wool too, but as it’s quite fitting as a Summer dress I actually like the cotton.

 

 

It was well received by the recipient too, which is always a bonus.

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Pattern: Sun Dress from OGE Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: Patons 100% cotton, 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 10-13th September 2016.

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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.