Hmm, I made this little hat (another one from pickles) from their kindergarten set. On the one hand it is great: easy and you can use up lots of scraps of dk. I really like pickles. On the other hand, it's a snug fit and the auggles is not a fan of a snug hat. It's not tight, but it's not a loose fit like the soft grey cotton cap. And another hand (a third hand) it does keep his ears warm in the wind. I don't know. This is all merino and alpaca, it's really warm and soft. We save it for the days with an icy wind.
I've found two cottons that I really like. One is blue sky cotton which is fluffy and thick and the other is Rowan pima cotton, which is smooth and comes in a beautiful palette. This hat is pima cotton in millet. I used one and a half skeins.
Cotton is light — it's nice nice to knit with in the summer, when I have the most free time to knit. I did most of this hat last year on summer vacation. The pattern is for babies: it's the pom-pom cap by Hadley Fierlinger. I thought I had lost the chance to make it in time last year, but I thought I may as well finish it it and maybe give it to another baby. However, I had a nice surprise — it fits my three and a half year old well. I was going to do a big fluffy yellow and orange pom pom that he was excited about. But in the end, he likes it plain and we didn't need the ties either. It keeps his ears warm, but it's very light and not too warm for running around in.
This was a satisfying project — quick little fingerless gloves with a cabled owl pattern. Auggie has never been too crazy about having his hands in mittens, but he is fine with these since his fingers are free. (Top image is from my friend Lori Kiessling). My pattern notes and source below.
The pattern is from craftsy, and it's a good, clear pattern with lots of options and sizes. I used the smallest size and switched down 1 needle size and used a dk weight yarn to achieve a toddler size (not included in the pattern). These are in louet gems yarn, a machine washable merino yarn. The wight is sport.
It's not too late to make this for Hallowe'en. Original zsa mask pattern via smaller and pinterest. My pattern notes below. Pattern was created by Mme ZsaZsa.
This is the easiest, fastest hat to make. I originally made this for Auggie because he wanted to be a black cat for Hallowe'en. He's since changed his mind, but now we have a hat.
This would be good for a bat, cat or Batman costume and it's nice and cozy. Don't be lazy and knit this in the round — the seaming helps the hat hold it's shape :) This is a good seaming tutorial if you are new to it.
I used Blue Sky Worsted cotton (the same as for the Windy scarf) in Ink but if Auggie hadn't specified black I would have used the Graphite. I would only use cotton for this hat unless we lived in the Yukon — it's a thick knit.
Update: the shower is past and the baby is here — look at this little one.
This is the pickles small & clever bonnet pattern again. There was only one tricky part which is increasing at the beginning without making a hole. I found this trick which avoids the hole. (Also, I did two extra rows on each side so that I had 47 stitches at the widest point — according to the babies around me, this seems to fit about right.)
The boots are oh baby! baby booties which I fell in love with when I saw this float past me on pinterest. It was a pretty good pattern. You could probably stripe the cuff or use up lots of scraps and it would be pretty.
I used Alchemy Temple (yellow) and Debbie Bliss merino, bith dk for these.
But midway through the booties from the set I ran out of yarn, and I couldn't find any more from the original dye lot (which was mission falls superwash merino).
I'd wanted to add in some thin stripes and what Joelle Hoverson calls "blips" of bright turquoises and jade green from some alchemy yarn that I'd been saving for a special project. I think I will try to do this another time, so I'll note it here. The trick is to knit in a 2-row stripe on the wrong side, so that the stripes are skinnier and blippier on the right side.
^ Pickles boot unseamed and loosely pinned into bootie shape, before I pulled it apart.
Then I did the soles with the Alchemy Temple. Temple, which is superwash merino, smooth and doesn't pill, is easily my favourite yarn for kids.
* The Simple Slippers pattern can be found in Simple Knits for Easy Living or Comforts of Home, both by Erika Knight. If you cannot find them, you could do the December Booties, the pattern is available online.
These little baby slippers — december booties — are from a pattern by maddermade for lark yarn from quince. They are quite sweet without the pom poms, too, I think. This is a very good pattern and worth the $3.50. It's a continuous knit with no seaming and it was very straightforward to make. These are in a washable merino in a dk weight from mission falls. These are for a little boy who is a few weeks old, now. If you would like help to make pom poms, our pdf instructions are here).
(ps. hopefully the music from Sunny, Snowy & Chinook and Foggy
He wasn't happy that I stopped to take a picture (although, even though it's not such a good picture I am terribly fond of him in it), so I had to put the camera down and try again a few months later when he was distracted. It still fits.
The Jasper hoodie is a seamed, hooded sweater. It is knit in Rowan Purelife organic cotton (DK). It is a bit nerve-wracking doing a seamed sweater, since you can't tell how it will fit until you've finished knitting. However, it came together very easily and the diamond pattern is easy and handsome.
Here's a tip: use the Zimmerman trick where you make a buttonhole on each side instead of just one side. At the end you have 2 matching rows of buttonholes along both button bands. Then you use the buttonholes on one side to place the buttons, so they match up perfectly with the holes along the other band.
While searching for the book title online, we came across a site with free vintage baby patterns, like this little pony vest. Looks nice!
We've been taking a bit of a break due to summer colds, but we'll be back soon with a book review and some snow globes.