Baby knits

“Have you knitted anything for the baby…?”

Well… judging by this pile I have knitted quite a few things for the wee one…

In the beginning I found it to be hard to knit for the baby, because I was afraid something would happen. But a good friend of mine talked me into it, and convinced me that I wouldn´t jinx anything by knitting baby clothes because I do not have that kind of power of the universe. I started by finishing a long lingering blanket project made with the stitch I use in my Little Ivanhoe pattern. Once that was done, it was easier to knit little clothing pieces. I´ve not just knitted the smallest sizes, some of the clothes are in 6 months size, just because as far as I´ve heard, the first few weeks goes by so fast, and I don´t want to end up with a lot of clothes that will never be used because they are outgrown too fast.

Some patterns are great looking with the baby inside of it. Like Non Stop Top by Torunn Espe. So I´ll wait to show of the two tops I´ve knitted from this pattern. (Will knit more though! It´s a great mindless knit!)

Other patterns are very photogenic, baby or not. So I´ll show some of those, because when I posted this picture on Instagram I got the feeling that a lot of people wondered what kind of patterns I have knitted.

I posted the coming home outfit yesterday, so I´m not doing a recap of that but here are some of the stuff I have knitted that look presentable on their own:

Milo by Georgie Nicolson. I´ve knitted a lot of these vests and I love the pattern! I´ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the recipients, and knew I wanted to knit this pattern for my own baby. I will knit more of these for sure. This one is knitted in two strands of Filcolana Arwetta in the colorway 135 on 3.5mm needles. I could have used 4mm needles for this vest, but I couldn´t find them and the urge was too great in the heat of the moment…

Honeybug Romper by Ainur Berkimbayeva. This was such a fun knit! I love how it is constructed, and the yarn I chose was amazing to knit with! I will be knitting this one again for sure! And you should try it too! I know a lot of people swear to button openings in the crotch, but some patterns you just can not not knit! I used Dale Eco Wool in the colorway 1204 for this. And when I started this, I had found my 4mm needles, so this one is knitted on those.

A big favorite: Pilo Cardigan by Imke von nathusius. Knitted in Garnstudio Drops Fabel from stash. In a gorgeous blue colorway: 103. I´ve also knitted pair of Elinor’s Bloomers by PetiteKnit in Dale Alpakka. They are so cute, but looks a bit small (but what do I know?), so I will hold on knitting more of these until I can see for myself if it´s a good fit or not.

I just love how this romper looks, and can´t wait to see a baby in it. The pattern is from a danish designer Knitwedo and it´s called Bark romper. She has a lot of other amazing patterns too, so take a look at her web page. I hope she´ll put all her patterns out on Ravelry, because it´s so much easier to plan future knits when I can add them to different bundles on Ravelry.  The color is quite hard to take pictures of, but it´s a greenish grey color. I forgot to write down the colorway, but the yarn is Karmin Supersoft.

 

I´ve also knitted:

Balloon Baby Pants by Ingrid Aartun Bøe in Schachenmayr Regia Tweed Trend & Classic

Puffy Romper by Anne-Sophie Velling in Schachenmayr Regia Fashion

Snonings romper by Anne-Sophie Velling in Sandnes Alpakka (Tweed)

Little Sister’s Romper by PetiteKnit in The Urban Purl

Baby Romper by Charlotte Kaae in Izzy Lane

Vinterkysa by Heidi Pettersen in Schachenmayr Regia Fashion

Anker’s Bonnet by PetiteKnit in Pickles Pure Wool

Alvin’s romper by Tine Johnsrud in Dale Eco Wool

Maybe you found something to knit for a baby in your life?

 

 

 

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Baby knits

Coming home outfit

The coming home outfit.

I´m not sure if it´s a big deal outside of Norway, but in Norway it feels like it´s a must have, especially if you are a knitter! I didn´t know what to knit for our little one to wear when we come home from the hospital. I couldn´t quite find exactly what I wanted, but ended up putting together a set with different patterns.

I wanted to try a new yarn, so I chose Yaku from Ca Ma Rose, a fingering weight 100% superwash wool. It was a great knitting experience, and I would use it again for sure! We chose the colours yellow and blue, since I´m not a big fan of purely blue or pink depending on the sex of the baby. We are expecting a boy, but no need to go all blue. Everyone needs a little yellow in their life!

The patterns I´ve used for this outfit is:

Cardigan: Pilo Cardigan by Imke von nathusius. I love this pattern and this is my third cardigan made with this pattern. It´s knitted top down, which is my favorite way to knit cardigans and sweaters.

Romper/Playsuit: Little Emmas Playsuit by Knit By TrineP with a different textured pattern. I made a big mistake knitting this and had to rip back. I´m kind of happy that I did that mistake, because I wasn´t all that happy with the texture in the original pattern. So when I had to rip back, I decided to do something different and use the stitch I have used for a lot of socks in the past based on the Thuja socks by Bobby Ziegler. But everything else is knitted following the pattern for Little Emmas playsuit, and it was so clear and easy to follow. I blame the mistake I did in the beginning on my pregnant brain…

Bonnet: Anker´s bonnet by PetiteKnit. Also modified to match the playsuit.

Booties: Oh Baby ! Baby Booties by DoubleDiamondKnits

I´m so happy that this is done! Our baby is due in the end of October. And of course, he will also get a body and tights to go with this, but that is store bought and just plain white.

Have you knitted a coming home set either for your own baby or other people´s? What did you knit?

 

 

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Baby knits

Leftover knits: Wool diaper cover

Remember the cardigan I talked about a few posts back? Well, it´s done and is currently drying after a wash. I will be making a post about it once it is dry and photographed. I bought some extra balls of yarn for that project so that I would be sure to have enough. Turns out I had plenty.

This photograph is from the web shop where I bought my yarn, strikkemekka.no

When it was all done I had a little more than 3 balls left. I really didn´t mind, because this is one of the loveliest yarns I have ever knitted with, and I had decided whilst knitting on the cardigan that I would knit something for the baby if I had any left after finishing that project. My pattern of choice was a Wool diaper cover/soaker I have knitted once before. It´s a Norwegian pattern called Leine baby – bleiebukseIt´s knitted flat and then seamed together once it´s done. I think it´s knitting it flat that makes me feel like this is a fun knit. I used 3.5mm needles and knitted the ribbing 2 cm longer.

The pattern doesn´t specify where to put in the holes for the i-cord, so I´m adding my notes for that part here. At least I´ll have good use of them! It´s not an exact number of stitches between each hole, but close enough for my taste. Note: knit the stitches in the established ribbing pattern.

First ribbing: 3, make hole, 6, make hole, 7,make hole, 6,make hole, 7, make hole, 6, make hole, 7, make hole, 6, make hole, 3

Second ribbing: 3, make hole, 7, make hole, 7,make hole, 7,make hole, 3

I´m generally not a fan of sewing my knitting, but I found a few videos from Purl Soho that showed me how to do the mattress stitch in both stockinette and garter stitch, and once I had a closer look at those, seaming was not a problem at all! Here are the links to seaming garter stitch and seaming stockinette stitch.

Once the seaming is done, all you have to do is add a bit of ribbing for the legs and an I-cord. I knitted the ribbing two rounds longer than the pattern called for. And there you have it. A cute little baby diaper cover. It will be lanolized before it´s put to use of course.

I still have two balls of yarn left. They will become a hat I think. But I´m also thinking about knitting a pair of nursing pads. They don´t need to be all white do they?