Awhile ago I bought this cotton yarn from a small store in Guangzhou. I purchased royal blue with a special person in mind. Well I should say “almost person” as he hasn’t been born quite yet. One of my good friends is due to have a little boy in December. Her and her husband live in a mild climate so I opted not to use wool. I used the Baby Sophisticate cardigan pattern by Linden Down. I love shawl cardigans and the fact that this is baby size made it even more cuter.
This pattern is quite easy to follow and best of all instantly gratifying. Using size US 8 needles and worsted weight yarn made for a speedy knit. I finished the sweater in about 3 days. It looks so tiny, but the chest measurements came out to be 16 inches, which was the dimension in the pattern. I looked it up and newborn chest sizing is about 16-17 inches. I think some heavy blocking will give me an inch of wiggle room.
I don’t have any of my finishing tools with me right now so you will have to imagine it with buttons. I have wooden ones picked out, but I might go to the shops to see if there is an alternate choice.
I had about a half of a skein left of yarn so I started making a little beanie to match. This hat is pretty basic. It is 45 stitches with a garter edge.
Hopefully, mommy and baby will like the set! 😊
Until Next Time,
Striped Newborn Hat and Socks
Yarn: Deborah Norville Simply Sock Yarn (wool blend) in Woodsy Green and Burgandy
Made on US size 1 needles
Café au Lait Tam
Yarn: Peruvian Alpaca Yarn
Made on US size 5 16″ circular needle
There is a lot going on in my project bag. I don’t know what is up with this week. My hands have wanted to dabble in a variety of things. Generally I am a pretty monogamous project knitter. However, some of these projects have emerged from my efforts to de-stash.
WIP #1- Striped Baby Socks
Another pair of baby socks are on the needles. I swear my size 1 DPNs are going to be worn out by the end of the year. This time I am using the rest of my Debra Norville Serenity Sock yarn to whip up some striped footwear. Aren’t they cute? It is hard to believe people start so tiny.
WIP #2- Alpaca Heaven
I began my secret project with the alpaca yarn I picked up in Peru and OH MY GOODNESS! Knitting with this yarn is like knitting with clouds! It is sooooo soft. I wish I had bought more so I could have a whole alpaca wardrobe.
WIP #3- Vibrant Textures Cowl
Mix extra sock yarn and a desire to try new stitches and you get a pretty interesting result. I think I am going to try and get all the colors of the rainbow in this project (minus indigo). Only purple and orange to go!
Forget Friday these objects needed three more days to achieve perfection!
So what’s completed? I finished my Pinwheel Blanket. It is not as big as I would have liked it to be, however, I needed to wrap it up. Why? 1) I was loosing steam. Fine yarn and tiny needles are No Bueno. 2) I am visiting the mommy-to-be this afternoon and I really wanted to give it to her in person.
I used a different edging than the pattern called for (4 rows purl, 4 rows knit, 4 rows purl) to create a flatter edge. Blocking also assisted in decreasing the curling up of the edges. Despite this, one section was a little stubborn.
I will most certainly use this yarn again. However, I am thinking a smaller project like socks.
I also had made this cute little diaper cover. Sorry there is no pattern since I made it by trial and error. I need to get better at writing stuff down! This baby is predicted to be a big one so I am hoping she fits inside (at least for a month or two).
I hope all of my American readers has a nice long Labor Day weekend! I know I did. Happy Monday!
Baby feet are so tiny and cute! When I saw these crochet sandals on Pinterest I immediately thought, “OMG these are soooooo CUTE! Too bad I don’t have a baby” :(. I ended up pinning the pattern to my board and hoped that I could use it in the future.
Well the future has arrived! No I am not with child! However, a friend is, which is a win-win situation. I get to craft something new and the new mommy and baby have a cute new gift.
Whit’s Crochet Baby Sandals
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in Grey; Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton Fine in Sunshine and Deep Coral
Hook Size: US F/ 3.75mm
I followed the chart to create the sole of the sandal. Since my gauge was a little larger than the pattern I began the chain with 12 stitches rather than 14 stitches. On the third round I used a double half crochet stitch versus a double crochet stitch. Once I got to the top of the sandal I decided on making two colorful straps -one across the ankle and one over the toes.
I also whipped up this little headband to go with the sandals. It is just 5 stitches across using a double crochet stitch. I then created two little flowers to add a some flair.
I really enjoyed making these sandals. They used a small amount of yarn and were a quick project to complete. I am definitely going to be making a few more pairs. Either I need more babies or one baby is going to have the best crochet sandal collection ever! (Haha)
My Pinwheel Baby Blanket is slow going. One reason is that I have not had much knitting time. Errands and activities have kept me pretty busy. The other reason is that I have had some serious hand pain while knitting. I decided to take a break from this project as I am using some tiny needles. Here is what she looks like so far:
I have a four-day weekend coming up so hopefully my blanket will grow another 2 inches or so. The baby isn’t due till October so I still have plenty of time :).
What are you working on this Wednesday?
Valentine’s Day is a favorite of mine. I love the overuse of hot pink (my favorite color) and especially those candy hearts.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little crafting? Here is the latest off the needles in honor of the most Commercialized Day of Love ❤️
Whit’s HeartBreaker Headbands
Pattern: The Heart is from this tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous. It is SUPER easy to make. I made five in about 10 minutes. (I did add a row of chain sts in pink.) The headband is 8 sts worked in the garter stitch.
Needles/Hooks: The heart- Size F hook; Knitting needles- US Size 6
Yarn: From my stash (acrylic)
Check back for more Valentine’s crafting!