Finished projects

Hello everyone,

I have a couple of finished projects to share with you today. Both of which I finished a week or so back, but it took me a while to get the photos together to show you. First up is a baby cardigan I knitted for a friend to give to her friend at a baby shower. The mother to be absolutely loves rainbows, she is obsessed with bright colours. So me and my friend conspired and it was decided that I should make her a rainbow baby cardigan. She is having a little boy (due October) and we knew she would love this. I raided my acrylic stash and used the 3-6 month size of this pattern and this was the result!

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Suitably bright and colourful. She has received it now and apparently she loves it.

Second FO I have to share with you today is a pair of socks. I made these recently as the colours reminded me of Autumn. I have worn them a couple of times now and I love the colours. Very autumnal I think.

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I am making good progress with the pair of socks I shared with you last time, these will be a Christmas present so plenty of time to get them finished!

Happy crafting 🙂

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A finished rainbow baby blanket

Hello everyone,

How are you? You may or may not remember that a couple of months back I started a blanket using leftovers from my attic 24 ripple blanket. I used eleven colours from my leftovers from the Attic 24 blanket (original pack was the cottage yarn pack). I used the pattern from this project on ravelry, adapting it slightly to my own use. In this case I did cast on 120 stitches, did a 5 row garter border at the start and end of the blanket, a 5 stitch garter border around the end, and I did each colour for 6 rows. Five rows of st st and one row of k1,p1. I repeated each of my colours four times. I have been working on this slowly in between other projects, and this is what I have ended up with! A nice soft, brightly coloured blanket for an baby to be decided!

I am really happy with it. I love the colours and I hope it will be well loved by a little one! It helped me get rid of some of my leftovers, but I do still have some left!!

A quick baby hat

Hello everyone,

How are you all doing? I hope you have lots of lovely crafting filling your life currently. I still have two projects on the go (my hand dyed socks and my crochet ripple), but I quickly whipped up a baby hat. This hat is to go with the elephant I knitted for my friends baby (due in March).

I very vaguely followed this pattern in the newborn size. However, I didn’t do the ribbed brim, I did a rolled brim by just knitting all of the stitches from the beginning. I think a rolled brim adds a certain cuteness to baby hats, and it means it should fit for a while longer. I needed to knit this yarn in a vaguely gender neutral colour as they haven’t found out what they are having. I decided to use some yarn I had leftover from my autumn blanket. The yarn is Sirdar Crofter in the bracken colourway. It is mainly green/ cream but it has bits of purple in it. I thought this would be a great colour to make the hat in, and I had spare yarn. The hat was an easy knit and knitted up in an hour or so. Nice and easy TV knitting. So here it is.

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I think this and the elephant should make a good gift. I am going to pass it over to her either tomorrow or Friday. I hope she likes it! My next knitting plans are to get my hand dyed socks finished so that I can cast on some for my other half. He is sad he only has three pairs. His feet are big! Anyone else know what I mean?

Baby monster pants

Hello everyone and happy Halloween to those who celebrate.

How are you all doing? Have you managed to get lots of crafting time in over the last week? I have been creating some baby monster pants for my friend’s baby. She saw the pattern ages ago and asked me to make them. I couldn’t resist. They are only little so didn’t take too long to create. I used three varieties of DK yarn (sorry not sure of the names) and I followed the pattern from here. They are super cute and I can’t wait to see a picture of them on her little boy.

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They have a little drawstring cord going around the top. I crocheted a chain for this using the light green yarn. I simply tied the ends of the chain in a triple knot so the cord couldn’t escape through the yarn over holes created for it.

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The back of the pants have short rows which allow the mouth to be created. Aside from creating the mouth they mean that there is room for a nappy. The face gets added afterwards. I really need to work on my duplicate stitching! But my theory is a baby is never going to notice good or bad stitching. I made the 6-12 month size. He is a small 7 month old so these should fit for a good while. I simply can’t wait to see him in these 🙂

Baby knits

Hello crafters,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Here in the UK we had an extra day off (bank holiday), this was very much appreciated. I spent the weekend doing a variety of knitting, gardening and walking. A perfect weekend.

My knitting time this weekend was spent creating a gift for a baby that is due soon. One of the colleagues of my boyfriend is expecting a summer baby, so I decided to steer away from clothes. I decided to knit a toy and a couple of hats, one of which would be the right size in the colder months. Here is what I came up with, a toy elephant made using leftover chunky yarn, and two little hats using leftover DK yarn.

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This is the toy I opted for. It is the elefante pattern by Susan B Anderson. The pattern is written for worsted weight wool, but I didn’t have any. I had lots of brightly coloured chunky so I went for that. I am very happy with the results. A perfect size toy for a new baby.

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I made two different hats. One is the easy bright stripes newborn hat and one is the simple baby hat in size ‘baby’.

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I am overall very happy with the set and I hope the new mum to be is as well 🙂

Rainbow baby

So today I am going to bring you some knitting. This was a project (well three to be precise) I made in the Autumn of last year for a friends baby, my friend is due any day now so I just had to share this with you! I lived with her during my undergraduate degree and we have remained good friends, so whatever I made her, I knew it had to be special. My friend and her husband are not of the traditional sort, so I knew I could take advantage of this to create an amazingly bright colour palette that would just be perfect. So I turned to a bright (almost) rainbow, using a variety of colours from the Sirdar Snuggly DK range and a few free patterns from Ravelry (Chevron baby blanket by Espace Tricot, Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker and socks from the Baby and toddler knits book), the following pictures show the finished articles.

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The result? She absolutely loves it! I posted it to her last week and she is over the moon, her and her husband think it is great, and me? I found it hard to part with as I loved it so much, really can’t wait to see a little bundle of joy making the most of these knitted goodies.