Sheared Bliss


FO Friday
December 20, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Latte Baby Coat

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in 8511 Valentine

Size: 2T-3T

Notes: This was a really nicely written pattern.  I learned Judy’s magic cast on for it, which is a pretty neat little trick.  It’s top down and seamless with raglan shaping – one of my favorite types of construction to knit.  The hood is adorable – seriously, I want to put hoods on everything I knit now.  The woven basket stitch on the button band it quite pretty.  The only thing I wish I had changed is the length.  SweetP is on the tall side and he’d be able to wear this longer if I had made it longer in the body.  Of course, he currently has zero interest in wearing it at all so it might be a moot point.  Toddlers, right?  Oh well.

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FO Friday – Toasty Toddler

At 15 months Wiggles is well and truly a toddler.  He walks nearly all the time now (although only where he wants to go still) and can say five words (assuming we’re counting animal noises as words).  He’s so much more than just a wiggly little baby lump that I think it’s time he graduated to a new blog name – SweetP.  He’s also graduated to a new sweater.  I want to make it a tradition that SweetP gets a new hand knit sweater every year.  There should be some perks to being the child of a knitter, right?  Last year I made him a Baby Sophisticate, which I inexplicably have no pictures of him wearing.  Maybe CodeMonkey has some – I’ll bug him and update later.  This year I went for a whole ensemble to keep SweetP warm while he’s playing outside.

Hat

Pattern: Why yes, it is another Aviatrix

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6243 Navy

Size: Worsted weight version in the 18 month size

Notes: I accidentally knit one extra wedge section and decided to leave it instead of ripping it out.  It worked out ok.  It makes the hat a little more prone to slipping down over SweetP’s eyes, but mostly it keeps his forehead and the back of his neck warmer.

Mittens

Pattern: Dulaan Easy-On Mittens

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6207 Salt and Pepper

Notes: So far SweetP doesn’t use the thumbs much, but they should fit him for a while so I imagine they’ll come in handy later.  Thanks to the I-cord we haven’t lost a mitten yet.

Sweater

Pattern: Gramps

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6243 Navy and 6207 Salt and Pepper

Size: 12-24 months

Notes: I left off the pockets and elbow patches in the interest of getting it finished and worn.



FO Friday

Hey, remember the stripey, amorphous blob I was knitting a while ago?  It’s done!

What?  It still doesn’t look like anything?  Oh yeah, let me fix that.

Ta-da!  It’s a baby sweater!

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in 880 and 905

I used up the entire skein of the purple with just enough left over for seaming.  There’s just about enough of the green left over for a baby hat.

Needles: US 8 circular

Modifications: Not too much really.  I did the stripes by changing colors every other row.  I did a wider stripe of the purple at both the cast on edge (6 rows, I think) and the cast off edge (8, maybe).  After it was finished, I picked up stitches along each cuff and knit some additional length (16-ish rows) on each sleeve because I’ve heard that the sleeves can get a little short before the rest of the sweater is outgrown.  I also did a little single crochet edging in purple around the neck so that it would match the rest of the edges.

This was an entertaining knit.  The totally bizarre construction added interest while the fact that it’s done in garter stitch made it easy enough to be fairly portable.