February Baby (in March)

The February Baby Sweater, is probably one of the most knit baby patterns on Ravelry (after of course, EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket).

February Baby

I know lots of people love EZ and her pithy instructions and it’s hard not to enjoy her writing, which is part personal journal, part informative, and part pattern – and the pattern seems sometimes as almost an afterthought.

However, after reading a bunch of project notes, I did decide that there was a decidedly pithier way to knit this cardigan, and that involved a circular needle and putting the sleeve stitches on a holder and knitting the bottom, and then the sleeves in the round.

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Despite the many helpful project notes on Ravelry that instruct a provisional cast on when knitting the February Baby Sweater in the round, I just did what I usually do, a backwards loop. What could go wrong?

Pick up stitches

Exhibit A – trying to pick up lace stitches, which are not anything like so easy as they are to pick up from stocking stitch. Next time I’ll do a provisional. Despite this hiccup, I managed to do a decent job on the sleeves, and the best part is that any holes look like part of the lace patterning. Brilliant.

I veered off the EZ path again (I know she wouldn’t mind) and only cast on 7 stitches under the arm instead of 14. I just felt that 14 would be too big and I was using one of my sunnyside cardigans knit in 3months size as a guide. I think I got this mod right.

February Baby size

I love the gull stitch lace pattern, it’s so simple that it’s easy to memorise and you can get in a good rhythm of knitting without having to look at the pattern.

Very happy to have knit an EZ baby sweater, now I’ll have to make a Baby Surprise Jacket, just to see what all the fuss is about! 

 

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Tiny

I love making baby cardigans, and not just for my own nephew. This little one is for the nephew of a dear friend of mine.

Baby cardigan

I wanted to make it newborn small; the baby is due in winter. He is going to be induced a little early, so we expect this baby will be quite a little one.

I love this free pattern but having made it before I know that it’s not a newborn size. So I decided to do the math and figure out a way to make the pattern work. I used 8ply Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury yarn, it’s quite soft and warm, and even more importantly for baby knits, it’s washable wool.

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The gauge I was getting was 22sts = 10cm so using that and the sizing given on the Paxton jacket pattern, I adjusted the pattern to fit a preemie/small newborn. If you want to make one yourself, you can put your calculator away and just have a look at my notes on Ravelry or this google doc.

Slip stitch yoked baby cardigan

And there you go, a tiny little baby cardigan and matching hat for a much loved little baby.

Warm woollen mittens

Although I live in Queensland and there is not much call for warm woollen mittens, it still, sometimes, will be cold enough in winter to warrant some form of woollen hand coverings for comfort. So I have been knitting ‘mittens for gifts’ for a couple of friends whose birthdays are coming up shortly.

Mittens

These guys are a free pattern from Drops Design. Looking through the revelry projects and comments, I noticed that several people had mention that the thumb increases hadn’t been charted, so before I started I created a little plan with the increases in pattern on a google doc, which made things a lot easier.
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Next on the mitten list was a pair of toasty mittens. A delightfully simple pattern, and these guys  are just so soft and cosy. I used Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed and I have to say there are some terrible reviews on Ravelry for this yarn. It does have a tendency to grow, and it’s quite delicate but I haven’t had it snap on me yet. It’s very soft, and it is lightly spun, so it’s a little insubstantial in a way, however it really does feel nice.

My plan is to wrap these up with some nice tea to make a cosy present for some very dear friends.

More Babies!

My little nephew finally arrived! Just before xmas I sent off a parcel full of little woollens.

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The little cream coloured cardigan is in cotton because the baby is due in summer and I had the yarn leftover from another project. The one underneath is one of the Sunnyside Baby Cardigans I’ve knit.

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The red hooded cardigan and blue cabled jumper are both free Rowan patterns and knit in Bendigo Luxury 8ply. I’m really happy with both of them and because they come in so many sizes I’ll probably knit the cardigan again in a bigger size for him. I made no modifications to the pattern, and I thought they were perfect just as they are.

It’s such a nice feeling to send not just a gift, but things that you have made especially for a new little member of your family.

Knitting for babies

I do love baby knits, so I was delighted when I found out my sister was pregnant. Clearly that prompted spending a lot of time browsing patterns on Ravelry and adding to my already ridiculously long queue.

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The Sunnyside baby cardigan is a great (and free!) baby pattern I’ve been using. I’ve knit it twice so far and I’m prepared to do it again, it really is that good.

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These two are sized 3-6 months, the smallest size. I’ve knit one for my nephew, and another for a baby gift for a friend.

Thankfully my sister has moved to a much cooler climate where aunt-knit woolies are warmly welcomed. Since the baby is due in December, he’ll need a little time to grow before it starts getting into woollen weather so hopefully this will fit nicely if there is a chilly day during the autumn months.

Sunnyside Cardigan

I did make some changes to the pattern. For the cabled version I mirrored the cables on either side of the buttons so I c6f for the first three cables and c6b for the last three. I realised after though that it would be even nicer if the cables were mirrored all the way around, which would mean adapting the six cables to be: c6f, c6f, c6b, c6f, c6b, c6b.

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I did this with the lace version, just varied the chart pattern, so in row 3 where you work the lace chart and make increases the first two lace sections worked as row 3, followed by row 11, then row 3, then last two row 11.  In row 5 vary the lace by working two row 5, followed by a row 13, then row 5, then last two row 13. And so on and so forth for the rest of the lace pattern.

I think it just makes for nicer detailing, even if it make the pattern a little more difficult to remember.