Sunday, September 4, 2016

Little knits


I've found since having children, that while sewing time is much more limited, it's still fairly easy to fit in knitting projects. I've gotten pretty good at knitting around sleeping babies on my lap, I used to sit and knit during playgroups, and frankly, most nights I'm just too tired to go work at the sewing machine, but I can absolutely muster the energy to sit on the couch and watch TV while I knit. Consequently I have gotten much more knitting projects finished in the last year or two than has been normal for me in the past. I've finished at least five sweaters of varying sizes, two pairs of socks, two hats, a few diaper soakers, and started three other adult sized sweaters since the last knitting projects I shared. I don't have good pictures of all of them, but two of my favorites (ok mostly because my kid is cute) are this little letterman style cardigan and cabled hat for my oldest.


The pattern I used was Denise or Denephew? with only a slight mod for length, as I wanted this to fit him for a couple of years. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky in the tiger's eye color way, and this stuff is SUPER soft. The contrast is actually some Rowan Renew left from my husband's pullover. The S is embroidered in duplicate stitch. 

The hat is made from the Cascade 220 I had left from the rollneck pullover I made myself last year (and still have yet to photograph). This hat has since been chewed on loved by a friend's dog, and I need to make some new pompoms for it, but I still have just enough of the yarn left to at least make a new one for the top, if not the ties also. The pattern is I Heart Cables, which is available for free on Ravelry as well. It's a really quick knit, and the pattern is really stretchy, so the three sizes will easily accommodate infant through adult sized heads. This is the toddler size (and my boys have huge noggins) and it still fits him perfectly this year, too. 


I also made my husband a version of this hat (the child size from the pattern) in a light grey Cascade 220 super wash, which he nearly lost the day I finished it. He loves his also, though, and I think I'm going to make my youngest one this year so all three boys can have matching hats. I still need to dig through my stash and see if I have anything soft enough for a baby head in the right weight. 


5 comments:

  1. What a little sweetie! The image you conjured of knitting with a sleeping baby on my lap was charming.

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    1. Thanks! I'm a pretty big fan of his :) Being able to knit English and Continental both definitely makes figuring out how to work around a little one a little easier.

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  2. oops, the pain of auto-correct. I meant your lap not mine!

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  3. Just adorable. I like having a small knitting project nearby as well. When my kids were little I did what you're doing, picking up some knitting or crochet when I could. We lived up north, and things got used! Since living in Florida (almost 40 years!) I just give hats and gloves away to anyone in the family who'll take them...

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    1. Thanks! Our last two winters here have been colder than usual, so I've been working on getting everybody outfitted with a few extra warm layers.

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