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I love getting pics of my knitty gifts being used. This is 8-month-old Rosalyn wearing her Christmas present.
Pattern: Capuchine Hat
Yarn: LionBrand Homespun
I made this hat for my brother’s girlfriend who (I recently found out) likes to knit and crochet. I will always make something for the crafty people in my life.
Pattern: Felted Mittens
Yarn: Paton’s SWS
This was a quick knit for a friend that was gifted along with a box of chocolate candy.
I was excited to open my mail and find a Christmas card with this little cutie wearing the sweater I made her.
And I just realized it’s already December.
Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth F. Smith
Yarn: Naturally Caron Spa in Misty Taupe and Rose Bisque
My brother and sister-in-law refer to this sweater as my niece’s Pooh sweater, so I made her one inspired by Piglet. I know Piglet has pink and dark stripes, but I didn’t like that sharp contrast so I chose a gray color instead.
This is a simple pattern to follow. My only future modification will be to knit the button band as I go instead of picking up stitches later. It is a better finish for those of us who can’t seem to pick up exactly the right number of stitches for a smooth, even band.
Making a cover for my ironing board was easier than I expected. I added extra padding and ended up overcompensating for that by making the cover a bit too big. That’s ok, because the project also called for ironing board clips. These are underneath the board, stretching across to keep the fabric nice and tight.
*I learned to use the zig-zag stitch on the edge, acting like a serger.
*I learned how to sew elastic.
I can’t cut them or sew them – yet.
My first project through Home Ec was to sew a cloth napkin. I decided I needed six.
Originally intended to be 18″x18″, my first attempts with a rotary blade led me to decide they’d be better as 17″x17″. Even with the uneven seams, I’m happy with the results. I made double-sided napkins with the three fabrics I chose.
I learned three things:
1. How to use a rotary blade.
2. How to use my new sewing machine.
3. Until I can sew straight seams, I need to stick to busy, dark prints. And dark thread.
Still, they’re pretty cute.
Pattern: Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van Der Car
Yarn: Naturally Caron Country in Foliage
Pattern: Striped Smock Top by Erika Flory
Yarn: I picked this up in Vietnam, so I’m not sure what the label says. It is definitely some kind of acrylic blend. I held it double while knitting to get better gauge.
There were many comments about the sizes being small. I knit the 12-month, and I think it looks more like a 3-6mo size.
Pattern: Lace Rib Cap in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2007
Yarn: Debbie Mumm in Beeswax
I made this hat once before for my sister, and I enjoyed the simple lace. This time I modified the pattern to make a newborn size for my niece-to-be. I made it to match the little cardigan I made earlier out of the same yarn. The little sweater is simple without any embellishment, so I think a touch of lace will be sweet.
Pattern: Daisy by Stephanie Pearl McPhee (available here for free)
Yarn: Debbie Mumm in Beeswax
Finally! Knitting reappears!
My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby girl this May. My very first niece! ( No nephews either.)
I’ve made this sweater several times before. This sweet pattern is simple and easy to alter if you wanted to add your own embellishments. Here I left it plain as the yarn created enough interest with several shades of yellow. I have enough yarn left over to make a matching hat. I’m making a baby-sized Lace Rib Cap.