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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: 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.

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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: Etsy Order: Adult Cardigan

The customer that ordered loads of things for her son also ordered a cardigan for herself. It’s funny actually, this is the cardigan I knitted for a very good friend of mine (I still have to post about it) only a month before this customer ordered the exact same one.

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It’s this DROPS pattern, which looks great. I knitted this one with the double moss stitch for the sleeves, the collar and the front bands.

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I used DROPS Alaska yarn for it and ordered these buttons from TextileGarden specifically for it.

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I have to say again how much I love the DROPS patterns, especially as most of the patterns try and keep sewing up to an absolute minimum. This was the case with this one as well, there was only minimal sewing up under the sleeves.

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And the collar with the double moss stitch looks lovely too. My customer really loved the cardigan and told me that it keeps her warm and cosy.

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FO: Etsy Order: Toddler Cardigan

Yet another order via Etsy from the same customer as the two jumpsuits. This time a cardigan for her son.

It’s a really straightforward pattern, but the way it’s knitted and the yarn that’s used (DROPS Delight), give the finished piece a great effect. The dark blue and the light blue make some beautiful stripes. The fact that it’s just knitted in garter stitch also makes it a very fast knit.

And the back looks beautiful too. It’s funny because I haven’t really used the DROPS Delight yarn since, although I have jumper lined up for a good friend of mine using DROPS BIG Delight, so we’ll see what that will look like when it’s finished.

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I used some buttons from my stash that work really well with the blue yarn and finish off the cardigan beautifully.

And my customer sent me some pictures of her son wearing the cardigan, doesn’t he look very handsome?

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FO: Another Bolero

I knitted one final bolero for milliemanu last year. I posted about the other nine here.

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I know I wrote about my dislike for the pattern in my previous post, but I’ve actually gotten used to the pattern. This is probably because I have now knitted it 10 times and because I have amended it to make it flow better.

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In the original pattern for example the ribbing for the back and two front pieces is done individually on each of the pieces. Instead I sew it up and then do the ribbing. In my opinion it actually makes it look much better.

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Not sure what happened to the colour on this picture, but the blue is more like the two above.

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And I still do love the yarn that I use, the DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk. It’s a joy to knit with. I use double strands, so I have to pay attention to picking up both whilst knitting, but it just ends up being an amazingly soft and luxurious finished object.

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The ribbing on the sleeves and the bottom has the added picot-esque edging, which took me a while to figure out initially, but now I love it!

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FO Friday: Toddler Cardigan

A good friend of mine who regularly orders things for her girls, put in another order, this time for a cardigan for her eldest daughter in November of this year (on a side note we went to her daughters birthday party last weekend).

It’s a lovely pattern, and one I had to pick from the DROPS Children patterns rather than the DROPS Baby range.

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The pattern is knitted with two strands of DROPS Alpaca, so it has a lovely soft quality. The two strands mean that it was a very quick knit, using a 4.5mm needle.

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My friend picked the colour, which I absolutely love. It’s so nice and not typically girly, but looks so gorgeous when knitted up.

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I used some buttons that I had in my stash, which I love too. They just add extra beauty to the cardigan.

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And the shirring at the top is created by knitting the double strands in single strands, it creates a very pretty effect.

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And here’s an FO appreciation photo of my friends daughter wearing her new cardigan, and another one of her and her sister, both of them wearing my creations.

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FO: Cable Hat

The third item I knitted for Luke’s teacher was this gorgeous cable hat.

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I used this pattern, and some DROPS Safran, which is a cotton yarn.

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I love how the top of the hat comes together like a beautiful crown, just gorgeous. Here are all the three things I gifted together.

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FO: Baby Cardigan

Luke’s first teacher, from his playgroup at Greenwich Steiner School had a little boy September 2013 and I knitted a few things for her earlier that same year, so over the next few days I’ll show them all to you. Firstly, here’s a cardigan for the little man, although I didn’t know it would be a boy at the time I was knitting, hence the choice of colour.

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I love this pattern, it’s so delicate and especially when knitted with DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk, which is what I used here.

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The lacy pattern is really easy to follow once I knitted it just once. And it just flies off the needles, especially in a 0-3 months size.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which I absolutely adore, they’re just so sweet. Another thing I love about this cardigan is the fact that it’s knitted in one, with hardly any seaming, always a plus!

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FO: TBT: Baby Luke in one of his Cardigans

I am still working my way through the FOs from the last few years and found the perfect one for throwback Thursday, my boy Luke when he was a baby in one of my knits.

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I have to admit that I don’t actually remember the pattern, and I knitted it when I had just picked up my knitting mojo again in a few years. So it’s not the nicest cardigan I’ve ever knitted :-).

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But I do like the colours I’ve chosen. The colours I picked after we were told we were having a girl, but then it changed to a boy…so I wanted to stick to gender neutral colours.

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And I did find two shots of my little man wearing the cardigan…and almost entirely my handknits.

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I can’t wait to put another baby in these things, only until March to wait :-).

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FO: Toddler Cardigan

Here’s  cardigan I knitted back in June last year as a sample for the owner and founder of milliemanu. She’s the one I’ve been knitting all the vests (and more) and lots of boleros for, I’ll be posting about them all in the next few days.

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It’s this DROPS pattern, which I have knitted before a few times. Although this is the first time I added the little velvet trim. It’s just a plain garter stitch, but the little details like the crochet border and some nice buttons do add a little nice touch.

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I do love the colour, and I am amazed that almost every time I’ve knitted this cardigan the request has been for this colour.

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And this cardigan was for milliemanu’s daughter, which I am sure she was pleased with.

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