Monday, March 28, 2011

A little something

Working on a few's one.  This is a little something I'm working on for baby boy Jacob.  I'm hoping this will fit him next winter.  He's only 2 months old right now, so it's a little hard to gauge how big he will be when he's a year old, but we'll see.  I'm making it a little on the big side, just in case.  I can always roll up the cuff on the sleeve if it's a little big, but I can't make it longer if it's too small.

It's my own design, and it's going to have a grandpa sweater type collar.  I think those are just the cutest on little boys.  I don't think I'll be posting a pattern for different sizes, but I'll likely write one up for just this size.  It appears to be a 1 - 2 year old size, and I'll make sure to include the measurements so that anyone wanting to make one, will know whether it will work for them. 

It's a pretty quick knit so far, and using a modified drop shoulder makes it so easy to put together. I'm also knitting the body in one piece because I prefer to limit seaming.  I'm almost done with the body of the sweater (as you can see below).  I'll knit up the sleeves, attach them and pick up the stitches for the collar and button band. 

I'm knitting this out of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.  Yes, it's acrylic, but it's for a little boy, and truthfully, they get dirty and they grow really fast.  I'm looking for something I can throw in the washer and dryer and not worry about.  If it were to get ruined somehow, I won't hurt so much knowing that it only cost me like 5 bucks worth of acrylic yarn and a little time.  I have some nice yarn in my stash for when he's a little older, and can wear his stuff for a couple seasons.  I've knit him some cute things in expensive yarn that he's already outgrown, and that adds up.  I knit him the most adorable little romper with matching hat, mitts, and socks out of Malabrigo Sock  It took two skeins, so that's about $40.00 worth of yarn, and he only wore it 3 times.  Lesson learned. 

I'm hoping to get this done soon, so that I can write it up before it leaves my brain.  The whole thing is in my head right now with just a few notes written down.  I'll post the finished pics on this with the pattern for it when I'm done.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Last Minute Mitts!

I just realized I never posted this pattern on my blog.  What was I thinking? it is.

This is a simple straight forward pattern for fingerless mitts.
The instructions are written only, as a chart really isn’t necessary.
They are a quick and easy knit, and can usually be finished in one to two evenings. They were designed as a last minute gift for my mom, and she loves them!

$ 1.49 US
The pattern is up for sale on Ravelry here

1 skein of Joann's Sensations Kashmira, OR approximately 140 yards of any sportweight yarn that will get gauge
US 3 (3.25mm) needles (for your preferred method of knitting in the round)
US 4 (3.5mm) needles (for your preferred method of knitting in the round)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

6.5 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette in the round, using US 4 needles

Average Woman's Hand

You’ll need to be able to knit cables, knit in the round and pick up stitches.

Just about any sport weight yarn will do. I used almost exactly half of a skein of Joann's Sensations Kashmira yarn, which comes to approximately 140yards.  If you are going to substitute with another yarn and you think you might run out, please be sure to get a little extra.  Always best to have too much, rather than too little, when it comes to yarn for a project.
Please feel free to email me with any questions at

Thanks for looking!