Posts Tagged ‘Baby blanket’

Summer Break

Summer break has started here.  For the next 2 and a half months the boys are home.  We started summer break off with a bang, which in our case meant 2 weeks of swimming lessons.  Lots of fun, but since we took them in the mornings, we had to get up early each morning!  With 4 kids at home, time for knitting, crochet or any other hobby has gotten significantly reduced, but here and there I still have a little time to my self.  The much bigger robber of my hobby time is another hobby that has been dormant for a while, but has now reared it’s head again.  Reading…  I love a good book.  The last several years I have been working my way through a series called the Dresden Files.  The author is Jim Butcher.  In the back of those books, they kept talking of another series of his, called Codex Alera, which was supposed to be very good as well.  So I convinced the library to add that series to the e-book line up.  The best decision I ever made!  Well, to be honest, I just requested the 1st book, and after they told me that they had honored my request, and added it to the selection, I discovered the other 5 were there too…  And quite amusing/annoying was that before I got a chance to check the 1st book out, someone else had already borrowed it!  At least they did not add it just for my benefit.  And I have noticed that every time I return a book there are at least 2 people in line waiting for it…  I think I started the 1st book in April, and I have made it all the way to book 5.  Needless to say, I am enjoying it, and it has usurped some of my precious hobby time.

But I still have some finished projects from a couple of months ago that I can show you.

First is the second Baby Surprise Jacket, though this is most definitely a child surprise jacket.  You might remember the first one, for my youngest.  This one is for her big sister.  I again used Pinwheel by Cascade Yarns.  This time the Grapes color way.  The needles were US 8, 5 mm.  I actually decided to use the stockinette version that Panda Man wrote up.  I had gotten a bit tired of the garterstitch version.  It was interesting, it seemed a little more tricky then the stockinette version, but definitely not terribly so.  I think it was not made any easier by the fact that the yarn was quite dark.


Some of the things I came across?

Starting with a provisional cast on will help eliminate any visible join for the sleeves.

After binding off (or putting on a stitch holder) for the neck edges, I needed more rounds then the 5 described. Of course that was for a BSJ. I had a 3.25 in gap between the 2 fronts. I much prefer a 1 – 1,5 inch front border on a children’s cardigan. Which means I needed to continue increasing after I put the 2” on a stitch holder, and add about 10-11 rounds in addition to the 5 stated in the Stockinette Stitch pattern, for a total of 16 rounds, before putting the rest of the sts outside the marked sts on a holder. Keep in mind this was for a 26” circumference cardigan, this number will change depending on what size is made. I ended up increasing to 6K.

Since I am knitting from a really big skein, I was not about to “leave the yarn dangling” as the Stockinette pattern described. I chose to follow the Zimmerman pattern instead.

When picking up sts from G to A, add sts from the holder for A to E, then turn and go back, until you have to pick up
sts for H to B, and add the sts from holder for B to F. E,C,D to F is the collar and will be done later.

Next time, I will knit the cuffs with needles that are .5 mm smaller.  They flare a bit, which was not intentional, though is kind of cute too.

My daughter loved it, and wore it regularly until it got too hot for a cardigan.  But I expect that she will still fit next winter, as it was a bit big on her.

Next off the needles was the second coffee bean socks.  The name comes from the stitch pattern, which is apparently an old Dutch one.  I have not (yet) found it in a stitch dictionary in the US, but would not be surprised if I just missed it so far.  I used Diversity by Plymouth Yarn.  A tiny bit splitty, but as a counter to that, it is fully machine washable and dryable!  This is the Plantation color way.  I used 2.5 mm needles.


You are curious about the pattern?  Alright.  In Dutch it is called koffieboontje, which is just the Dutch word for coffee bean.  It has 4 rounds.  Note, the pattern is written to be knitted in the round, as I did knit these socks in the round.  Use multiples of 4 stitches.

Round 1) k2, p2
Round 2) k1, yo, k1, p2
Round 3) k3, p2
Round 4) sl 1 knitwise, k2, pass slipped stitch over the 2 knitted stitches, purl 2

And just keep repeating!  😉

And last but not least, a blanket, for my 4 year old.


I used Country Loom by Loops & Threads .  Color way Nobility.  It is a basket weave pattern of 15 sts and 15 rows.  I used US 10, 6 mm needles.  I have to admit, the pattern almost bored me to tears.  The only reason I finished it was the happiness it created for the 4 year old.  She had chosen the yarn herself, and loves the blanket.

That is all for now.  We are almost caught up!


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Some Squares

This summer was all in light of presents.  (Yeah I know it is October…  But these are presents, and I want the recipient to see them before I post about them!)  Aside from the baby clothes I told you about last time, I also made a couple of squares for a blanket that a group of friends made for one who had a new baby.  (Yep, babies galore this summer!)  I have made baby blanket squares in the past, and it is a quick project, with wonderful results.  This time I dove into my existing stash of patterns and yarn, and made these:

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It was late when I finished, and they had to be send immediately. Therefore, the pictures were taken with indoor lighting, and are not the best.  They were about 15 cm by 15 cm (about 6 inches square).  The first one was a butterfly, I believe the pattern came from here.  (June 2007)  The baby feet came from here.  Both simple, well written patterns.  I would prefer a chart, but most washcloth patterns are not available that way.  The yarn I used is Caron Simply Soft, color Fisherman.  A nice, soft acrylic yarn, machine washable and dry-able.   The squares have been well received, so I could now tell you about them.  🙂


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A blanket for a darling

Last summer a wonderful addition to our extended family arrived.  My niece Lotte was born.  I really wanted to design a blanket for her and her family, something that incorporated things they like.  It took me a while, and obviously did not get finished before she was born, but a little while ago, it finally got mailed and received.  Therefore, I will now show you as well:


The pictures in the corners are a windmill, a tree of life, a dog and an owl.  I am rather pleased with how it turned out, and so was the new family.

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I used Caron Simply Soft, and that is some lovely yarn.  It is machine washable and dry-able, and very soft.  The blanket is crib-size.


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That is what I had in mind when I started thinking about a baby blanket for my brother and his wife, or rather for their second child.  I had given the oldest a blanket, and thought it would be nice to give her new sibling one as well.  I was fully prepared to create another pattern from scratch, even though I had never worked cables in the way I was envisioning.  I knew it was possible, and went off looking at Ravelry to get some ideas and inspiration.  To my surprise I found almost exactly what I had in mind.  Close enough that I just decided to use that pattern instead.  (no use reinventing the same wheel twice…) What pattern?  It was the Cabled Blanket by Bernat.  (You do need to register for free.  Why do they put all these patterns behind registrations?  I have no clue.  Probably has to do with data mining/marketing…)

There were a couple of changes I had to make; the pattern used chunky yarn, I wanted to use Lion Brand’s Pound of love.  I also wanted to make a size that might be used for a European size crib.  So, back in May I started on this project.  Turns out, when I made a gauge swatch (When you change size yarn, and want a specific size end product, a gauge swatch is a must!) with the worsted weight I had chosen, it was close enough to the suggested gauge that I could change the needles, get gauge, and still get a fabric I liked.  So I did some quick calculations, and got started on the actual blanket.  It took me most of 3 months, and more then a pound of yarn, but I finished it earlier this month.

The color is pretty close to the first picture.  A very nice green/blue, the yarn it self behaved very nicely, and I have no complaints.  I included the last picture because, personally, I love the cables, and I love the fact they go directions other then a twist straight up.  Now that I know the secret(Really, not very complicated.  You just don’t use equal number of stitches in the 2 ‘strands’ of the cable.) I am certain I will use the technique again.  And I will play with the cables, to see what directions I can let them wander.  The blanket came out to be about 39 inches by 56 inches, or 99 cm by 142 cm, which is within an inch each way of what I was aiming for.  So… I am a happy camper.  The baby was born on August 10, a healthy little girl named Lizz.  I sent the blanket on Monday, the 13th, and they opened the box on Friday the 17th, in front of Skype, which, personally, I thought was awesome!  They were very happy with it, which made me happy in turn.  Welcome to the world Lizz, I hope you may use the blanket a long time and in good health.

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I have tried to keep my mind off of the contest this week. It is quite scarry, now that the contest is in the voting stage.

But I have been busy. First there were the baby blanket squares that I made for online friends of mine:
IMG_1429. The lighting is awful. But it was the clearest picture I could take. There are 2 suns and 3 teddybears. They are made using Cotton Tots The yellow color is called Sunshine, the white was (I think) Wonder White. I can’t find the wrapper right now. I used US#8 needles.

Also, I have been working on the Oregon Shawl. I sorta lead a KAL on Yahoo, the Oregonshawlkal. Previously, I had managed to knit 3 repeats of the center pattern. This is a wonderful Shetland style shawl, which means that the first part that is being knitted is the center square. Then stitches are picked up on all sides of this square to knit the often large border. On the Kal I said I was going to do 3 repeats on the center this week. Well, I almost managed. I did two and a half. Here is the proof:
My goal for next week is another three repeats, for a total of three and a half repeats. I have five and a half repeats done of the total of 13 repeats needed. Okay, enough with the technical specs. I have enjoyed knitting this sofar, and it is not going to go back to the back burner. I am determent to get this shawl finished without any more interruptions. There, I said it. Now we will see how long that is going to last. 😀

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Well, I am finally done with the three baby blanket squares I wanted to make for the LSSK baby blankets. They really did turn out very cute. I used Bernat’s Cotton Tots to make these squares, as that is what all the ladies use. Maybe I should back up….

I belong to a group on Yahoo Groups that is called Lone Start State Knitters. This is a wonderful group of women who have become each others’ extended family, and who welcome new women into their “family” all the time. It does not matter if you are Texan or a brand new comer (Like myself). One of the wonderful things they do (besides making you feel welcome) is, they knit squares for members who are having their first baby/grandbaby while being a member of this group. The coordinator collects the squares, and mails them to the new mom when there are enough of them, and of course if the mom wants to receive them. No pressure, no obligation. I am actually looking forward to receiving my squares, which I have been told are on their way! But while I was waiting for my squares, I thought it would be nice to join the tradition. And I bought a skein of Cotton Tots. And I cast on. There are some suggestions to follow, so that the squares are made using the same materials, approximately the same size, and the same gauge. I managed to make 3 squares from the one skein, and I still have a little left over. Here are the results:


This teddybear I ended up redesigning.  I did not like the pattern I found here in the right hand margin. It was written as a stockinette bear on a reverse stockinette back ground. There were not enough stitches, and not enough rows, and I did not want to just add more background, because there is already a lot on this cloth. So I redesigned it using Elaine’s basic charted shape for the bear, but making it a garter stitch bear on stockinette back ground, and I like it much better. This one took me probably more time then the other 2 together, but I am now reasonably happy with the end result.  I think if I would make the pattern again, I might tinker some more with the chart, but then, I usually tinker a little on all my patterns.  In this case, I think the bear should be a bit more “fluffy”.



The last two can be found at Designs by Emily, the June and July 2007 patterns. They were easy to knit, took me only a few hours each.  They are also a garter stitch pattern on a stockinette background, and I think they came out pretty darn well.  Of course these could be used at dishcloths or wash cloths, but I think the designs make them also highly appropriate as parts of a baby blanket.  Just as long as the cotton you use for them is appropriate for the purpose it is meant to serve.  Cotton Tots is soft and feels nice, which makes it great for baby items, if it was to be a dishcloth, I would probably use something like Sugar and Creme.  Different yarns lend themselves to different things.

Well, the thunderstorm blew over, I think it is time for me to head to bed. Good night everyone!

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