Sunday, 30 June 2013

Thinking ahead to autumn

The little guy is growing so fast these days that I decided to get ahead of myself and knit him up some 12 month sized clothes for autumn and winter.
 
After a quick chat with his mummy we decided that a staple for his autumn wardrobe would have to be one my all time favourite knits - The Floyd knitted vest by Rowan from the Miniature Classics pattern book.
 
Rowan Floyd Vest
 
 
The little guy already has one these in a teal colour that I made in KCW and looks absolutely adorable in it. And with the rubbish British summer we have been having, it has had a good bit of wear. This time I made the vest using Patons Fab DK in Airforce. It's not the lushest of yarns but it knits up with quite a bit of give/stretch in it, which is a must with the rate at which this little guy grows!
 
Rowan Floyd Vest
 
 
This is such a simple pattern and incredibly quick to knit up and I love the classic features, such as the little faux front pocket and smart rib edgings.
 
 
 
 
 
Rowan Floyd Vest
 
 
 
And for a little touch of fun I added some novelty airplane buttons to the back closure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had just enough yarn left over to also make him a hat. And what better style to go with the classic vest than a little knitted peaked cap (Bergere de France, Tricot Baby, Magazine 513). 
 
Rowan Floyd Vest

Saturday, 15 June 2013

'Unbirthday' Geranium Dress

Since my niece was a Christmas baby, she has two birthday celebrations (a bit like the queen!). She has a birthday party with her little friends when it is her actual birthday, but half-way through the year in June we also have an 'unbirthday' celebration where she gets presents from her grandparents and aunts and uncles. She gets summery outdoors-type presents that she can enjoy straight away and it is a littler gentler on our wallets as we don't have to pay out for birthday and Christmas presents all in one go (very important since my nephew also has a Christmas birthday!).
 
So next weekend is the little lady's 'unbirthday' celebration and myself and her uncle have bought her a ridiculously fun and a little outrageous present... the sort that is a child's dream, a parent's nightmare and something that only aunts and uncles can get away with giving to a child without being blacklisted from birthday parties forever more! But I also wanted to give her something that is just from me...
 
Geranium dress with piping
Geranium dress with piping 
  
I am still very much in love with the Geranium Dress pattern from Made by Rae, so decided to make her another one (she already has a top and a dress). This dress has a pleated skirt, faux-cap sleeves and notched neckline. The fabric is cotton poplin in an oriental floral print (not sure of the designer, but it bought it in John Lewis).
 
The print is a quite busy so I decided to add some black piping to give some structure. It was the first time I have made and used piping and I am definitely a fan... it wasn't anywhere near as scary to do as I thought it would be. I coordinated the piping with big shiny black buttons for the back closure.
 
 
Geranium dress with piping
 
 
Geranium dress with piping
Geranium dress with piping
 
Geranium dress with piping
 
 
Geranium dress with piping
Geranium dress with piping
 
Since the weather here in the UK is proving to be a little unpredictable this summer I decided to also make a little cardigan for the chillier days. I am a big fan of Rowan patterns and recently purchased Rowan Studio Issue 30 which has some great patterns, including this gorgeous bolero cardi...
 
 
Rowan bolero cardigan  
 
  
I used Patons Fairytale Soft DK in vanilla, which picks up the vanilla coloured flowers in the dress fabric.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rowan bolero cardigan
 
The textured pattern in the design, which is made up of a knit 1 below stitch surrounded by purl stitches (on the right side) is also flower/starburst shaped and so picks up the fabric pattern too.
 
 
 
 
And here is the complete outfit...
 
Geranium dress with piping

Monday, 10 June 2013

More Emily Cardigans

My favourite non-profit organisation Emily's Star has been busy putting together even more neonatal boxes for our local hospital, so I have been knitting up more 'Emily Cardigans'.

Emily's Star - Emily Cardigan
 
I had a play with the pattern and tried using different edgings for the cuffs, and button bands and am pretty pleased with how they came out. The cream cardigan has an eyelet edging, the pink has a garter edging and the turquoise has the rib edging desrcibed in the pattern.
 
I also made some hats and booties to match each cardigan.
 
Emily's Star - Emily Cardigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emily's Star - Emily Cardigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emily's Star - Emily Cardigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To download the pattern visit the pattern page on this blog (using the tab under the main banner) or visit the original post here.