Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nine Months of Knitting: Three Little Sweaters

So, I am nearing the home stretch, in my 33rd week of pregnancy, and I'm finishing up some projects for the baby, knitting and otherwise. Here are three little sweaters that I've made for Peapod (who still doesn't have a name!).

They are, from left to right: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi (in yellow), Tiny Tim sweater (in blue-green), and a new sweater pattern that I made to match the Bibendum booties I posted about last time.

First, the Garter Yoke Cardi. I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, which I love for baby knits. The color, maize, matches a little onesie I bought a while back for Peapod. I'll be sure to post photos when she grows into this--about a 6-12 month size. I added multicolored buttons in red, yellow, and green.

     I used these instructions from Chronicles of Yarnia for adding a hood to the sweater, and I decided to just knit the whole thing in garter stitch because I wanted a nice, cushy, textured sweater. For more details, see my Ravelry post.

The quilt in the background is from my nursery when I was a baby--my mom made it! I love it.

Next is a Tiny Tim sweater, which I have made three times before. This time, I made it as a cardigan. To do so, I just built in a garter stitch placket, adding buttonholes about every 8 rows.

I still love the back of Tiny Tim, and I love the stitch definition of the (now discontinued) Moda Dea Washable Wool that I used for this sweater. This was a stash yarn that I've had on hand for years! More info on my Ravelry page.

Finally, for the Bibendum sweater I used the same organic cotton from Lion Brand that I used for the booties. I think Katie gave me this yarn years ago. It is finally getting used up for these little projects.

This is a simple top-down sweater, using a garter stitch pattern similar to the top of the Bibendum booties. I'll post a full pattern soon! For now, here's my Ravelry project page.

You can see that the nursery is coming along.  I chose a multi-colored, gender neutral color scheme because we are planning on having at least one more baby, and I happen to love these bright colors over the somewhat sickly pastels that seem to be popular for nurseries. Here's a work-in-progress photo:

You can see that I've made a few art projects, too, which I will post about soon.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Nine Months of Knitting: Little Booties

These little booties are from the pattern Bibendum, which is free on Ravelry.  

I made them using some Lion Brand Organic Cotton in neutral to go with some of Peapod's newborn size outfits. The pattern is easy and the booties look like they might actually stay on. We'll see how well they do on actual newborn feet!

Here they are before I added ribbons: 

For more details, see my Ravelry page