I've been churning out the baby knits.
First, a hat & cardigan set for a little boy due in November;
Cardigan Pattern; Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK
Hat Pattern; made-up.
Buttons; from Studio 54 in Blackrock
For the cardigan I (obviously) ignored the wee colour pattern. I just wanted a relatively seamless cardigan for an infant.
I knit a wee hat to match with some of the leftover yarn. It's made from a mixture of previous patterns. I'm usually one for knitting in the round where possible, & avoiding seams. However, I don't like the appearance of coloured stripes when knit in the round.
Yarn; DK weight
needles 4 mm ( I used 3.5 mm for my loose tension)
Tension; 22 st / 10cm
Cast on 74 stitches (2 stitches for seaming); knit flat; knit 2 x 2 rib for 2 - 3 centimetres.
Then knit in striping stocking stitch for 10 centimetres.
Decreases; Row 1 (RS)Knit 1 *knit 7, k2tog* (across row) knit 1
Row 2 and all WS rows; purl
Row 3 Knit 1 *knit 6, k2tog* across row, knit 1
Continue in this way, keeping first and last stitches as seam stitches, until you decrease to 6 stitches.
Bind off first & last stitches over the next round; knit last 4 stitches in icord until long enough to tie a wee knot.
Sew seam using mattress / ladder stitch.
I may or may not have had to fudge those last couple of decrease rounds. I intend to knit a few more of these, to use up partial balls of DK weight yarn.
This baby boy already has a 3 year old sister who loves hats & the colour purple, so I decided she deserved a gift too.
Pattern; Capucine by Adela Illichmanova (Ravelry Link)
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Needle; 4.5 mm circulars.
Buttons; from stash. Heart buttons from A Rubanesque, Crayola button from a previous Knitting & Stitching show
Some of the pattern directions were a little.. vague. Tension, for example. Anyway, this makes a very cute wee hat. I'm a slightly loose knitter, so most others may need to knit using 5 mm needles to get a similar size. I only moved on to the second ball of yarn for the last couple of decrease rows & the tassles. I used sewing thread for the buttons to ensure they were secure.
Then I decided the other half's niece (now 15 months old) deserved a knit too; using aran-weight leftovers.
Pattern; Scrap-Happy Celebration Hat by Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Yarn; leftovers of Debbie Bliss Aran weight yarns
When knit according to the pattern (CO 96 stitches) this was big enough to fit over my abnormally large head; I started with 80 stitches, changed colour when the colour ran out & then fudged the decreases. I also should have added under-the chin ties because 15 month olds are not known for leaving hats on their heads.