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A baby’s dress

I decided earlier this year that I needed to do some knitting without the pressure to finish it by a particular date. I bought some lemon baby DK acrylic yarn. Then I looked through my patterns. I realised I needed another 100 gram ball. The dye lot I had originally purchased had all gone, but I think it would be difficult to spot where I changed from one batch to the next.

The pattern, which had grabbed my attention, was the one I wrote about in a previous post – Peter Gregory designs for knitting 685.

I finished the coat I mentioned there and sent it to its intended recipient without blogging about it. Here is a photo of it.

Baby's coat in white

Baby’s coat in white

This time I decided to knit the whole set – coat, dress, bonnet and bootees. No-one was lined up to receive it. I thought I would do it for charity. That is still my intention. It is complete apart from the ribbon for the bootees, which I have not yet managed to purchase from a real (as opposed to on-line) shop. I have an idea how to use it as a charity project without adding any more to its carbon footprint. An acquaintance is expecting a granddaughter. If she would like to purchase it with the money going to a church hall restoration project, that would be ideal. I shall keep it until the baby has arrived and then see what she thinks.

I am posting a picture of the dress, which fastens at the back with press-studs (snap fasteners). The yarn I substituted this time is Baby Care DK by Woolcraft.

Baby's dress in lemon

Baby’s dress in lemon

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A Twiddlemuff

I had some novelty yarn (Rico Design creative micro DK) waiting for a project. The idea of knitting a twiddlemuff for a dementia sufferer appealed to me, so I downloaded a pattern from Knit for Peace

The pattern allows for individual interpretation. Beginners may knit a straight piece of fabric and decorate it. I chose to use a variety of stitch patterns to give some interesting textures for the recipient to feel.

The photos tell the story.

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For the crocheted motifs I used two strands of fine acrylic yarn intended for machine knitting.

Chain six and join with a slip stitch.

Next round: 12 trebles into the ring. (UK terminology)

Next round: (1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble) into 1st treble, slip stitch into next treble. Repeat 5 times. Fasten off.

Have you heard of twiddlemuffs before?

A knitted hat and some baby bootees

I had some oddments of yarn from earlier projects, which I decided to use up.

Hat with bamboo needles and a circular needle

Hat with bamboo needles and a circular needle

Hat

Hat

My first project was a hat. I used a pattern from The Aran Look by Patons No 151. The pattern was called “For country walks”. There is a “Stalk” on the top of the hat in the pattern (instead of a bobble). I omitted it. I also omitted one pattern repeat (4 rows) to reduce the depth of the hat as I was knitting it for someone with a smaller than average head. (The pattern was for an average head.)

The yarn I used was Airedale Aran from Texere yarns. I had bought some when it was discontinued. The garment, which resulted in spare yarn for the hat, appeared in an earlier post.

There was a large number of stitches so I found it easier to work backwards and forwards on a circular needle for much of the project.  For the shaping of the crown I used straight bamboo needles, which I find more comfortable to use than needles, which feel cold to the touch.

The pattern for the baby bootees was from an old copy of Woman’s weekly, Top to Toe Layette. It was for Robin yarns. It is just possible that I used a modern Robin yarn, but I didn’t make a note. It was certainly a well-known brand. I used 1 metre of  approximately .25in wide ribbon for each pair of bootees. (Yes, we are metric in the UK!)

Bootees

Bootees