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

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Luke: first time I could answer yes to his questions ‘is it warm enough for a T-Shirt’! Canon EOS 550D, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: that face!!! (Canon EOS 550D, f/8, 1/160 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: mid-jump… (Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-1000).

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Max: longing to get outside at every opportunity…and he did a couple of steps this week…(Canon EOS 550D, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-125)

I love that my boys are pretty much in the same spot for their pictures this week.

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FO: Sunny Popcorn Romper

On this dreary, grey day I thought I’d share a lovely sunny yellow romper with you that I knitted in January this year for a friend who had a baby girl (her second daughter).

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This is another great Paelas Paelas pattern, three women, based out of Norway, who design beautiful classic baby clothes with a vintage feel.

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I have knitted a few of their patterns in the last few months and even though the translations are often quite rough I do love the end result.  I knitted one of their rompers for Max and another for a friend’s daughter.

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The popcorn or bobbles on this little romper are very sweet and there is a bit of a theme emerging with some orders I have knitted and some that I am just about to start. It’s actually a really simple way of adding some texture to a garment, providing a great look.

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The buttons are from my stash, originally from TextileGarden I am sure.

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The back construction is pretty cool, as it has an added elastic band at the waist. I am sure this makes it a great fit as there won’t be any gaping holes.

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I am not sure why yellow is so hard to photograph and looks so different in some of the pictures, but it’s a lovely sunny yellow.

STATS
Pattern:
 Popcorndrakt by Paelas Paelas.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in light orange.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-21st January 2016.

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FO: Baby Coat

A good friend gave me a few projects last year that she had started, but never been able to finish. She has other amazing talents and is an amazing cook. In fact she recently did a sourdough workshop that I attended, and thanks to her we always have fresh sourdough bread in our house now! It goes down a treat!

One of the projects was this sweet little baby coat.

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It was a pattern that my friend had bought in New Zealand by Shepherd Yarns, but it’s not available online. It’s a shame really as it is a very sweet little coat.

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My friend provided me with the yarn too, but maybe she lost one in transit, but there wasn’t quite enough so I had to substitute with some of my leftover DROPS Baby Merino. The eagle-eyed among you will be able to spot that they are slightly different tones of white.

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Using 3.5mm needles meant that this project took a little while, but it wasn’t too bad as it was a small 0-3 months size.

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I love the effect of the moss stitch and the gathering at the waist, and I’m a little annoyed at myself that I didn’t make a copy or scan the pattern. I guess I can always get it back from my friend to make one.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Baby coat by Shepherd Yarns.
Yarn: Unknown yarn and DROPS Baby Merino in off white.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 19th-28th April 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: loves green and tracky bottoms. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-640).

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Max: found his brothers pens…and loves going through them and eating most of them. (Canon EOS 550D, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO-250).

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FO: Baby Dress

An ex-colleague of mine had a gorgeous baby girl last year, joining two handsome brothers. I had knitted something for her second boy, so when I knew she was having a baby girl and checked through my Raverly queue and found this gorgeous pattern that I knit up for her.

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I was able to use some of my DROPS Safran that I had in my stash. A couple of years ago I messed up an order and have mountains of pink shades to use up.

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I found the pattern on Pinterest originally, but have since looked at all the patterns that OGE Knitwear Designs has published on Ravelry, and there’s a great selection on there.

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Even though its a sport weight, 5 ply yarn it actually knit up really quickly. Although having a 5-months old baby myself at the time, it took me longer than it normally would.

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I just love the leaf pattern, it looks so pretty on the front and back. I’ve wondered since making this if I could use it all over a jumper or a little dress, what do you think?

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Also, I love the way the decreases on the side of the dress work out, they frame the dress beautifully.

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And the little sleeves are so sweet, although with my choice of cotton yarn I thought they might be too small and tight, but I think they worked out fine.

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And I had sweet pinkish buttons in my stash that I was able to use.

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The dress was well received, of course, which makes me happy!

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STATS
Pattern:
 Baby A-Line Dress by OGE Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: DROPS Safran in light pink.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 12th-20th August 2015.

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FO’s: Two Waistcoats

Back in February 2014 I got a bunch of wool from a friend who runs an amazing company, Punk Me Up Buttercup. I then made her a little waistcoat for her son.

So, I used this DROPS pattern that I’ve used a few times before and since. But I actually made a huge mistake with this first waistcoat, and made the armholes way too big. So I knit another one in yellow.

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I love this pattern, it knits up really quickly, and apart from sewing up the shoulder seams and the fake pockets there is no other sewing. How great is that?

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I had these lovely yellow buttons in my stash and don’t they look sweet with this yellow waistcoat?

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The little pockets are very sweet, but really they are just for effect.

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The double moss stitch at the top of the waistcoat is really sweet and gives the finished vest a little bit more structure.

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This yarn, which was Rowan pure wool 4 ply was really nice to knit with and I like the finished effect of it too.

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STATS
Pattern:
 Junior by DROPS Design.
Yarn: ROWAN pure wool 4 ply.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: February 2014.

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

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Luke: first day warm enough for ice cream and this boy savoured his. (Canon EOS 550D, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: this boy on the other hand isn’t entirely sure about his first ice cream! (Canon EOS 550D, f/7.1, 1/25 sec, ISO-100).

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