So my first make of 2018 is off the needles. With the sudden drop in temperature outside, my baby boy needed some mittens. So I dug out a partly used ball of Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, some DPNs and cast on. I made up the pattern as I went along. Fortunately I cast on the correct number of stitches to fit him!
The great thing about these is that they were so quick to do. Here’s the pattern:
- Using DK yarn and 3.5mm DPNs, cast on 32 stitches.
- 10 rounds of 1×1 rib.
- Switch to 4mm DPNs.
- Knit 20 rounds.
- Fingertip shaping:
- K2tog tbl, K12, K2tog, K2tog tbl, K12, K2tog
- Knit 1 round
- K2tog tbl, K10, K2tog, K2tog tbl, K10, K2tog
- Knit 1 round
- K2tog tbl, K8, K2tog, K2tog tbl, K8, K2tog
- Knit 1 round
- Use Kitchener stitch to graft the remaining 20 stitches to close up the mitten.
I estimate this would be 6-12 month size.
I finally finished Baby Boy’s snowflake sweater in time for Christmas! It was a bigger task than originally anticipated because I had to re-knit parts, more than once! I think this was by and large, due to the fact that I chose to use Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which isn’t quite a DK weight, so I was struggling to get the correct gauge.
When I first started it, I knit the back and part of the front when I realised it wasn’t going to be wide enough. So I frogged and knitted the next size up (in terms of the width) but then decided to stick to the original size for length.
All went quite well until the end when I went to attach the collar. It wouldn’t fit over his head! Fortunately I’d had the foresight to not do too much sewing up before I tried it on him. I had to reknit the front piece so that the neck opening was longer. The collar stretched around the bigger opening fine and now it’s finished it looks and feels really good on him.
Am very pleased with the outcome and it was worth all the re-knitting!
I’ve finished two knits for my Baby Boy this month.
The first is a jacket that I started months ago before he was born.
It is knit in Sublime Evie yarn, a cotton/nylon blend which is super soft. It’s been a success as it fits him well and is easy to put on and take off. It was good during the Autumn when he needed a jacket but not necessarily his winter coat.
The second was this v-neck sweater, also knit in Sublime Evie yarn.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t such an immediate success. Somehow I knitted it a bit shorter than the pattern said. This wouldn’t have been long enough anyway, as Baby Boy seems to have quite a long body. So I had to pick up along the cast on edge at the bottom, and knit a few more rounds of garter stitch to lengthen it.
The style and colour really suit him though and he’s worn it several times since I rectified the problem!
Both patterns came from the First Sublime Evie Baby Hand Knit Book (708). The patterns are well written and easy to follow.
I managed to do a spot of sewing a couple of weekends ago. Whilst my parents were having cuddle time with our baby boy, I put together this arm yarn holder.
I’d been knitting at Mum’s recently and was having to balance the ball of yarn on my lap. It kept rolling off and I remembered seeing these yarn holders on Pinterest.
So I did hunt around for some tutorials and patterns and found a few different ideas. I eventually decided to download a yarn bag pattern from this site. At the full size, it was too big for my needs, however I printed it out at 60% and this brought it down to a much better size.
I didn’t bother with the pocket and I did actually change the curve shaping slightly when I cut it out. Unfortunately I didn’t follow the assembly instructions carefully because I thought I had it in my head but I kept thinking back to a different tutorial I’d read and as a result, ended up mixing up both tutorials and needing to fiddle around to sew it up properly.
But the end result is fine!
The fabric was from our stash and I found this button in the same colour green which I thought would decorate it nicely. (I was originally looking for a knitting themed button I know I have somewhere, but couldn’t find it.)
My gorgeous baby boy was born at the beginning of July and the past eight weeks have been emotional, tiring, exciting and wonderful. He’s just beautiful and I’m loving being a Mum.
We’ve been using the pram blanket that I knitted and the lovely cream blanket that my Mum knitted him. He’s also worn the little white cardigan I knitted a couple of times too.
Spare time to knit or sew is quite rare at the moment, but I have started knitting him his first Christmas sweater. I thought if I start now, then it might get finished for Christmas.
The pattern is available as an individual pattern leaflet Sublime #6012 and also part of a Sublime knitting patter book – but I can’t remember which one right now.
I’m using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn in shade 67 Plum. As Baby Cash is slightly thinner than the Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, I’m knitting a size bigger. I didn’t want to use larger needles to get the correct tension because then the fabric of the knit, would be too loose.
The fairisle section was easy to do and I’m enjoying knitting this when I can!
I have finished the baby blanket! I used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino DK yarn and the pattern is from Sublime Little Hand Knit Book 600. It was a nice easy mindless project to knit, especially with my baby brain at the moment!
It varies slightly from the pattern, in that I’ve used 6 colours, not 4 and I’ve done mitred corners on the border.
Doing mitred corners was easy. I picked up stitches along the edge of the blanket and then increased into the first stitch on every subsequent row. I then mattress stitched the corners together.
I’m currently knitting a baby blanket which requires me to pick and knit the border along all four sides.
I’m not a fan of picking up stitches and it can sometimes look messy and I wasn’t 100% sure of the best way to pick up stitches on a garter stitch edge. Books usually only show you how to do it on stocking stitch pieces. However this video explains it well.
My first side looked great but when I went to pick up the stitches on the second side I found that the stitches on the edge of the blanket were pulling to the right as you can see in the photo below.
It didn’t improve when I knitted that return row. So I undid it and tried with a smaller needle. However the same thing happened.
Then I had a brainwave. Why not try knitting into the back of the stitch when picking up and knitting. And voila! The stitches remained straight as you can see here.
I’ve finally finished knitting our baby his first cardigan. I started it before we had the 20 week scan so we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl. I knitted it all apart from the button band and then had to wait till mid-February to know which side to put the buttons and buttonholes on.
Trouble is, I lost momentum then and started knitting something else.
However I picked it up again recently to finish it off and thought to myself that it was look quite large, for the 0-6 months size. When I measured I found that it was a bit too big in places, so I had to undo and shorten both front pieces and the sleeves. (The length of the back was fine!). Don’t know how I measured them before but they were longer than they should have been.
Finally sewed it together and put on the buttons this week and I’m pleased with the outcome.
The pattern is a Sirdar one: #4423 Cardigans in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Cotton DK and that’s the yarn I used too. Sadly it has now been discontinued, but any DK yarn could be used instead.
Wow! It dawned on me today that yesterday was my blog anniversary but I hadn’t twigged until just now that it is the 10th anniversary of starting this blog, and therefore 10 years ago when I started knitting in earnest as a keen newbie. I almost wasn’t going to write a blog post as my crafting mojo has been very up and down this past year or two. I still love knitting and sewing but what with renovating a house for 18 months and finally moving into it in the summer and running your own business, I just get in from work and don’t have the energy to do anything.
The past three months though, I’ve had a good excuse for feeling extra tired… we’re expecting a baby in July! In fact today, on my last day of the Christmas holiday break, I went shopping in Exeter to try and buy some maternity trousers. All my jeans and trousers are getting a bit tight now.There is a distinct lack of maternity wear around in the shops. What are women meant to do? I did get a pair of maternity jeans in JojoMamanBebe. They are way too long though and the waist is a bit high, but they’ll do and I can take up the length. I get the feeling they are catering for taller women.
I’m not going to bother to do a list of what I achieved last year and my aims for this year. With a baby on the way, who knows what I’ll have time to do.
I have however started some baby knitting – a plain white cotton cardigan. We won’t know if we’re having a boy or girl for another 6 weeks but I was dying to knit something, so plain white it had to be.
We have a new yarn in the shop for this coming Autumn from Sirdar. It’s called Baby Blossom Chunky and it arrived just a few weeks ago.
It’s a really clever self-patterning yarn, which gives the appearance of an ombre effect in one colour and then a field of flowers!
I decided to knit a v-neck cardigan from one of the accompanying pattern leaflets to see if this would work for me… And it did!
I did actually knit 3 front pieces, because when I did the second, no blossom pattern appeared. It was just about to start at the point I finished the front. So I reknit it, and used the yarn from the “spare” front for a sleeve, because I didn’t mind if that wasn’t patterned.