Posts from the ‘Knitting for Babies’ category

Handspun Baby Clothes

Handspun Outfit of Wooliness

I love it when a fellow wool person has a baby and I can make hand washable baby clothes without worrying that they won’t be loved.  In my book, there’s really nothing better than a fat baby tummy covered in smushy wool, so cover babies’ tummies I do.

I can’t say enough good things about these overalls.  I mean, could they BE any sweeter?  The pattern is clear and simple and the end product is a delight.  After I made these, I was shown a blog post about knitting a crotch gusset, which can only be a good addition, when one considers how much diaper sits in between a baby’s legs.  The more room there, the better.  These are knit at a pretty loose gauge, though, so the fabric is plenty stretchy to function well as written, I suspect.

Handspun Baby Overalls

Patterns: On the Go-veralls and Top Down Bonnet
Yarn: worsted weight 2 ply, 8 oz. and 558 yards- half the skein made both the pants and bonnet
Needles: US size 7 for the overalls and 3 for the bonnet
Size: I made the 6-12 month size in the overalls, but a bit stubby. They’re 16″ tall, including straps. SO TINY.  I made the baby size in the bonnet.

Handspun Patchwork Yarn

I’m really pleased with the random coloring of this yarn. It’s made from scraps of at least 4 different colorways of Hello Yarn fiber.  One ply is super soft stuff like Merino and Rambouillet, and the other is stronger stuff like Falkland wool and Corriedale.  I chose the fibers based on color and had no problems with the combination of breeds. I figured if the shorter fibers puffed up, that ply would just be chubbier.  The yarn was finished gently, with just a soak in lukewarm water and no agitation.  I spun and plied it it a bit loosely, hoping for a light and puffy yarn, which was the result.  The fact that I got a whole pair of overalls and a bonnet out of 4 oz. attests to that!

Handspun Baby Overalls

Oh, hey, and there’s a whole new website!  I’ve tried to move all the important stuff over from the old one, but I did ditch my blog posts from before 2007, as it really wasn’t that interesting back then and I doubt anyone ever looked.  If you notice something that you loved is missing, let me know!  Something happened to the blog categories (as in, they didn’t make the transfer).  I’ll work on that.  All the patterns you used to be able to download from my site are now available only on Ravelry.  You can access them through the Pattern menu above.  It seemed redundant to host them here as well as Ravelry and an informal Twitter poll indicated that pretty much everyone thinks that is exactly what Ravelry is for.

I plan on blogging a whole bunch, including about the building of our new studio.  If you’d like to read about it, you can update your RSS feeds over in the sidebar.

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More Wee Knitting

Babies need bonnets, too, so I knit one to go with the BSJ from the last post.

Pattern: Top Down Bonnet With Anime Character minus the character (rav link)
Yarn: Hello Yarn Fat Sock in Olive and Navy, 1.2 oz. total, or about 120 yards
Needle: size 3 Addi Turbo for magic loop
Gauge: 6 sts. per inch
Size: baby

I hadn’t knit one of these in ages, and found some language that could be cleared up in the pattern. I’ll get right on that.

Translation News:
The Top Down Bonnet pattern is now available in Finnish, thanks to the lovely Minna Neuvonen. Get the PDF here.

Babies also need rattles, so I got knitting.

Pattern: Toadstool Baby Rattle (rav link)
Yarn: Hello Yarn Sock in Hot Peppers, Kale, and Pickle
Needle: size 0 Addi Turbo for magic loop
Gauge: 8 sts. per inch
Size: one size

This was totally fun to knit and it’s an adorable rattle. Knitting with the rattly bit inside, already, was super annoying, but I’d do it again. It’s so cute! I’d also like a couple with weights in the bottom, just for decorations.

Can you tell I’ve been raiding my bag of dud skeins and leftovers of hand-dyed yarns? Free yarn, free patterns, just what a person renovating a house needs!

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Garter Madness

I’ve been in serious garter stitch baby-knitting mode around here. There’s been another rash of pregnancies, which I’ve managed to elude (whew), and these babies need sweaters!

 

Blue and Green Sweater:
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Hello Yarn Fat Sock in colors Olive and Navy, a little under 300 yards total
Gauge: 5.25 sts. per inch
Size: 17″ around, 16.5″ cuff to cuff. This is little guy size- 3-6 mo.
Needles: size 5 Addi Turbo
Buttons: shell

Purple and Green Sweater:
Pattern: DROPS Jacket in Alpaca (free pattern)
Yarn: Hello Yarn Sock in colors Pickle (green) and Kale (purple), around 1.5 oz. of the Pickle and 3.5 oz. of the Kale
Gauge: 24 sts. per 4″
Size: 21″ around under arms, probably 12 mo.+ size
Needles: size 2mm Addi Turbo
Buttons: shell

I’d been meaning to make this DROPS pattern for ages, and now that I have, I think it’s like a feminine, or maybe just sophisticated, BSJ. I can see myself making many more, and with 2 more friends pregnant, I’ll probably be doing it soon!

The pattern is a fun knit. The short rows are dead simple to memorize and even the measurements are, as well. The front is the same width as the sleeve and the back is twice as wide, and so on.

I had major trouble getting gauge. The pattern calls for sport weight and while I’d have loved to use Fat Sock, I ended up using the regular Sock and still didn’t get get gauge. I ended up with 26 sts. per 4″ instead of 24 and the sweater is very big- probably fitting a 12 month old+. This leads me to believe the pattern is a little on the big side, even without a gauge problem.

It certainly is a squishy lovely thing, and well-suited to a solid (or semi-solid, as in mine) and hand-painted yarn combo.

Fiber Club:
Ack! There has been some confusion and/or excitment about the fiber club that just shipped. That was January’s fiber and new members to the fiber club are members for February-April. February’s fiber will ship later this month. I’m sorry some people were stalking their mail carriers and not getting satisfaction from it.

Favorite Things:

* superbomba in Flickr
* candied orange peel
* my Shinzi Katoh bottle
* HEL LOOKS
* Gretchen Kramp tiles
* peeking under the awful vinyl bathroom floor and seeing gorgeous yellow pine
* Pippa sleeping through the night like a big girl

PS: Does anyone use NextGEN Gallery and know why my slideshows don’t have that nice NEXT button in the upper right corner? I can’t find that setting for the life of me, but then it took me a week to figure out how to get Thunderbird to open links in Firefox after the most recent upgrade. :P

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