Wednesday, 9 March 2016

FO - baby cardigans and a rainbow blanket

There's another batch of finished objects hanging around this week.  After that time when I had a bunch of things on the needles at once, it was quite a surprise to find I had nothing to make the other night!  So I cast on another hat.  Not a surprise.  I'm back on a schedule though, with a couple of things I need to do in the next few weeks, so the hats can go on the back burner again.

The first two items were gifts for a colleague, who's due another baby soon.  I knit a blanket for their firstborn, so of course the new baby needed one too.  Then I decided First Baby should have something cute, and now she has a new cardigan.  Perfect for summer!

baby toddler girl cardigan diamond yoke phildar deramores knitted

baby toddler girl cardigan diamond yoke phildar deramores knitted

Pattern - Cardigan by Phildar (free from Deramores)

Yarn - Red Heart Margareta 4ply (light blue, pink and vanilla) for the diamond pattern, random lilac 4ply for main (78g lilac, 20g of others)

Size - 18 months

Additions - 3 x cream buttons

Notes - I love how this cardigan turned out, it's just the cutest thing.  That being said, the pattern was so needlessly complicated that there's a good chance I'll never go near it again.  I still haven't figured out the method it used for making the collar and button bands, so I just did my own version.  Something about knitting in rib, then stocking stitch, then ironing something, then unravelling a bit...  Nope.  I knit the body in one piece then divided for the armholes, knit the sleeves, then put them all together and started the yoke pattern, which was simple enough.  It definitely looked better after a soak in the bath and a day on the radiator though!

rainbow coloured baby blanket knitted

Pattern - Baby blanket by Haraseiram (on Ravelry)

Yarn - selection of DK yarn from stash in seven colours (194g total - approx 28g of each shade)

Notes - I forgot to measure the finished size.  Smart.  It's....blanket sized.  Let's go with that.  I started and ended with six rows of moss stitch and followed the very simple design otherwise.  This is my second blanket using this pattern and I already want to make a third.  The rainbow colours are perfect together - I already knew I was knitting for a boy but I wanted a good mix of colours in there anyway.  Mother had to send me a back-up ball of the bright blue yarn when I thought I was going to run out but the blanket used up surprisingly little of each colour, the perfect project for all those oddments.

baby cardigan knitted aran yarn wool silver pattern free rowan

baby cardigan knitted aran yarn wool silver pattern free rowan

Pattern - Silver by Susan Mills/Rowan

Yarn - charity shopped and label free Aran yarn (106g total)

Size - 3 months

Additions - 3 x natural buttons

Notes - Another repeat make.  I do like a pattern that allows for some mild customisation!  I love playing about with colours and this cardigan is perfect for that.  The cream yarn was part of a big lot I found in a charity shop a few months ago (nine balls for £4.50!) and the pink and green were lying in a bucket of boring yarn in my local Oxfam before Christmas.  Since I had no real reason for knitting this cardi, I went for the smallest size and knit it up super quickly, and now it's hanging out in the gift drawer, waiting for another person in my life to procreate.  Always good to have a few gifts ready, I find. (In an ideal world, I'd always be this organised.  In reality, it's last minute crafts all the way.)

Since it's Yarn Along day, and because I finally found something awesome to read, I have to share details of my latest library book.  I'm reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, as recommended by Janet.  I'm not sure what I appreciate more - the clever fantasy elements or the fact that it's been so long since I've taken to a book as quickly as this one, but either way, I'm definitely planning a few early nights this week to get more reading time in.

What's everyone making this week?


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