Friday, April 2, 2010

Knitted Goodies

My good friends just had a new baby girl and I am so happy for them. I just had to knit some little girly things for her. So I made this little hat.

The pattern is from Itty-Bitty Hats and I've always wanted to make one, but never thought about it when I had a little girl in my life that was the right size to wear one.

The pattern was a little bit of a pain in that the petals are knit separately and then sewn on. I'm not a big fan of finishing. Otherwise, a great knit--and it turned out really adorable!

Pattern: Upside-Down Daisy Hat from Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson (available free here)
Size: Smallest
Yarn: Blue = Caron Simply Soft, White = Caron Simply Soft, Green = Softee Baby
Needles: Size 7
Modifications: None

I decided I also wanted to make a sweater. Even though it is now in the 80s in Texas, this baby lives in Northern Ohio where it is much cooler. I found this pattern on Ravelry and decided to adapt it for a nice little baby girl sweater. I really like the way it turned out. I haven't knit for a newborn in a while so I hope the size worked out okay.

Pattern: Green Zebra Baby Sweater by Dove Knits
Size: Smallest (3 months)
Yarn: White = Caron Simply Soft (Worsted), Green = Softee Baby (Sport, doubled), Pink Marl = Softee Baby (Sport, doubled)
Needles: Size 7
Modifications: The original pattern is a striped sweater using intarsia for the button band. I did a solid sweater and added the flower bud pattern in the yoke.

The flower bud pattern is from p.91 of Style Your Own Kids' Knits by Kate Buller. The sweater pattern said to work six rows even between yoke decreases, but I only worked five so the decreases would stay on the right side. I had to go down a needle size to get gauge. The instructions say to do button holes every 12 rows. I did the last one (the seventh) after 14 rows to make it closer to the top of the sweater. If I did this again, I might space out the buttons more so there were only six. Overall, the pattern is a nice simple worsted weight cardigan knit from the bottom up with a yoke. There was very little finishing which was nice!

So, yes, I do still knit :). I also working away on my sister's Slanting Gretel Tee. I didn't finish it for our birthday, but hope to finish it before I head to Virginia next week. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Alice said...

Darling! Any little girl would be happy in those knits :)