My first BSJ
I'm going to try the February sweater next when I decipher the pattern!
Labels: heart hat
I've finally gotten around to knitting an EZ baby jacket! This is the Baby Surplice Jacket from Spun Out #43.
Because I hadn't made this jacket before and I just wanted to test out the pattern, I used some cheapie acrylic yarn. I hope EZ would understand. Now that I've got the concept down, I may make another one in some hand dyed variegated wool I have. I may whip up some matching booties and a hat to go with this one to make a nice gift set for the many expecting mommies I know.
The only thing I'm concerned about with this jacket is does it actually "grow" with the baby? Because I used buttons on both sides for closure (instead of a button on one side and an icord belt on the other) I'm guessing one button will have to be moved to change the size of the jacket. I also wonder if the phoney side seams will look funny as you change the size of the jacket. Has anyone else made this jacket? Can you give me some tips?
You can get more info and see more pictures at my blog KnitAddictions.
EZ's instructions were so easy to follow and gave me a wonderful template to use!
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Edited: I knit this in Merino Oro on US 1s. I also just fixed the link -- sorry about that!
Edit #2: I swear I checked the link and it worked, but it reverted back. Here's the website if the link still isn't working! www.kknit.blogspot.com Thanks for all the great comments!
Fun pattern and loads of possibilities. I found the mathematical symmetry intriguing, although I suppose that's how all patterns are when you break them down. Looking forward to knitting my next Tomten!
EZ’s angels have a colour pattern around the hem, but I felt that with fluffy white yarn I didn’t need to have colourwork as well. I used the same number of stitches and didn’t really have any idea what size she would turn out to be, but she’s just under 6 inches high. She isn’t big enough to become a hat after Twelfth Night. Perhaps I should knit her big sister and I could wear her as a hat.
Her little arms are i-cord and worked perfectly. I made up the wings because I thought she ought to have some, and I only needed to add blue eyes to her face because the yarn obligingly placed a pink bit at her mouth (that wouldn’t have happened if I’d tried, I promise).
Her hair can be smoothed down but I like her best with it a bit wild – in some of the dimly lit photos she looked more like the Corpse Bride than a Christmas Tree Fairy.
Labels: Baby leggings
EZ designed her Christmas decorations while she was camping (I nearly typed 'on a camping holiday', but I am of the conviction that camping, when done properly, with a tent and no facilities, isn't a holiday) one August, so that is where they appear in the Almanac, under the heading Christmas Fiddle Faddle in the Wilds. I started knitting some of these last December, but didn't get enough done in time and now I can't find them anyway, so I've started over again. They're fun to do because they're so quick and because they're tiny, you don't have a great mass of warm wool on your lap. They require next to no concentration so they can be executed while you’re sitting round the campfire or lazing on the beach.
EZ just gives instructions for stars, but after I had done a couple in white yarn I realized that they should be snowflakes, so I added another 11 stitches for the extra point. The aqua ones are Rowan's Kid Classic, in a discontinued colour that I've forgotten the name of, but it's very icy. I can't decide if they should five points or six. Are they stars or snowflakes? The tiny snowflake is a white sock yarn speckled with red and blue and yellow. The fluffy blue snowflake is La Gran Mohair. The red stars are Lorna’s Laces Worsted in Bittersweet. The huge fluffy white snowflakes are a mohair yarn which I found in my stash and can't really remember much about, but I just love the result. I'm going to make a lot more of those. I don't have any Kidsilk Haze in an appropriate colour but I think it would make fab snowflakes too.
You could felt these. I didn’t bother: I just pinned them to my ironing board and blasted them with steam.
For some unfathomable reason I enjoy doing the stars and snowflakes much more than I enjoy doing the Christmas trees. Maybe I'm just not that into green. If you can find a green yarn tweeded with red, they look like Christmas trees which have been decorated, which is cool. Maybe if I find a good yarn I'll do more trees, but for just now I'm sticking to snowflakes. Huge fluffy ones.
When I first bought my copy of Knitter's Almanac, I was intrigued by this blanket. The picture in the book is of a solid colour blanket (in white). But when I first saw it, I wondered what it would look like in a self-striping yarn. The yarn I used is Paton's SWS. The inner part of the squares is done in the Natural Navy colourway, and the outer part (and the border) is done in Natural Denim.For more details, please visit my blog
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the colours in the yarn, I love the variation in the squares, and it's going to be a wonderful warm afghan to curl up under on chilly nights.