FOs: Two Gorgeous Girls in Two Popcorn Jumpers

My good friend Davina asked me to knit two jumpers for her, one for her gorgeous daughter Bonnie and one for herself. She picked a gorgeous orange merino yarn that her dad, who owns a sewing machine store in Edinburgh, sent her.

I used the Paelas popcorn genser / popcorn sweater pattern and adjusted it slightly.

I believe I added more ‘popcorn’ than the pattern called for, but they just look so sweet! I knitted up the size for 2 years as my friend wanted it to be big enough for her daughter for another year or so.

What I really love about this pattern, apart from the ‘popcorn’ is the twisted rib, it adds such a nice finish. Actually it’s really easy to knit it, check out this video if you need some help!

The knitting took a little longer than a usual jumper would because of the ‘popcorn’ but the final look of it is just perfect and worth the extra time it took to make.

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And just take a look at gorgeous Bonnie wearing her jumper, and a bonnet that I made for her too (blogged about here.) Doesn’t she look cute?

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STATS
Pattern:
 popcorn genser/popcorn sweater by Siri Hoftun.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 17th-28th February 2016.

I then also knitted Davina a short, long-sleeved jumper using the same ‘popcorn’ pattern as the ‘little jumper’.

The rest of the pattern I just made up, following the general sizing for a womens jumper in small. Easier than I thought it would be, but actually I didn’t write any notes, so I am not sure I would be able to recreate it.

I am very pleased with the final result and my friend is too.

She looks amazing in it, doesn’t she?

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My friend is currently away, but she sent me the most amazing picture yesterday, which prompted me to post about these two beautiful girls in their ‘Anna-made’ jumpers.

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STATS
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 14th April – 4th May 2016.

 

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FO: Adult Cardigan

Back in February of last year a friend asked me to knit her a cardigan that she saw me share on here.

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I had also knit this for another good friend, and I still need to blog about that here too. Unlike the other two versions, this one had long sleeves.

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It’s funny, black never photographs very well, but it actually looks really nice.

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This is actually a lovely pattern as it’s very classic and won’t really go out of fashion. the nice touches of the double moss stitch for the front and collar and the cuffs of the sleeves makes it extra special.

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And as it calls for 5mm needles it actually knits up really quickly, even though it’s in adult size.

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I also think it’s lovely and warm as it’s knitted with 100% wool from DROPS Design.

AS 6My finishing techniques are getting better and better, even though I’m not a huge fan of sewing up, I have taught myself how to finish seams so they look very professional.

STATS
Pattern:
 Silver Haze by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in black.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 22nd-28th February 2015.

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FO: 2 x Beanies and Booties

Back in July 2015 a friend ordered two beanie and booties combinations from me that she was going to gift on to other friends.

I used this pattern that I’ve used many, many times and to be honest I didn’t really need to follow it exactly as I remember it all perfectly.

For both I used DROP Muskat, one set in navy blue and light olive and the other in navy blue and light mint.

I used the same colour combination for the booties.

The booties are my version of the Saartjes Bootees pattern, which I should really write up and share. I normally manage to knit them up in 2 hours, which is pretty good going I think.

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Both were well received as far as I understand.

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STATS
Booties
Pattern:
 My own.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

Beanies
Pattern:
 DROPS Hat by DROPS Design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in navy blue and light olive, navy blue and ligth mint.
Needle size: 3-4mm
Knitting time: 13th-16th July 2015.

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week for 2016.

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Luke: building a fox trap!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO-100).

20 52 MaxMax: this boy is sooo happy to have his Papa back (who has been away for 10 days). (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO-100).

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week for 2016.

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Luke: all week this boy has been pestering me about getting the paddling pool out, we finally did today, but yesterday he got busy spraying. Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: into EVERYTHING! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-100).

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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week for 2016.

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Luke: lunching outside with Judith (my cousin twice removed and our lodger for the past few months). Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: eating whenever he can…he now loves sitting with Luke at their little table. (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO-640).

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FO: Kid Tunic (FO Appreciation Pic Included)

A good friend, who has two children, both of whom I childminded a couple of years ago, saw this post and asked if I could knit her daughter a tunic too. I was only too happy to oblige.

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It’s funny really, I’ve had this pattern in my Ravelry queue for ages and once I knit one of these, I then got another order for one and made one for a friend as a gift in the space of two months.

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I went back to my DROPS Belle yarn, mainly because I love the composition of it, the cotton, linen and viscose mix has a lovely feel to it. It’s really nice to knit up as it’s very soft, but the finished garment really holds it’s shape.

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My friend picked the colours, and they work very well together and really suit her little girl!

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I decreased less stitches before the cuff of the sleeve as they seemed a little tight on the previous version that I knitted.

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I love the pockets on this tunic, they work so well, especially with the contrast. In fact, I have taken a shine to pockets and a garment I finished recently (my own pattern), just needed pockets to complete it!

The buttons I had in my stash, but they came from TextileGarden, and don’t they match perfectly?

My friend was kind enough to send me a picture of her gorgeous girl wearing her new tunic, isn’t she sweet?

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STATS
Pattern:
 Bulle by Oomieknits.
Yarn: DROPS Belle in moss green and cherry.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 29th February – 4th March 2016.

 

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