Tag: baby

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Thank you so much for the helpful, understanding and corroborating responses to a recent post, where I had written about a pattern that I had a number of issues knitting, a sailor-style sweater with intarsia motif: Brendan. I had detailed the issues that I’d had […]

FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

On Wednesday I was having a rather difficult time of things. I’d had a really positive hospital appointment the previous day and been out for a bite to eat with Mr Awesome and the other prospective parents in our small ante-natal class the evening before, […]

WIP: Snuggly Bums

WIP: Snuggly Bums

When planning for the Perfect Stripes Cardigan I decided to buy extra yarn in the same shades to make a matching pair of bottoms, without the stripes but detailed in the same colours. As I had picked up a copy of Debbie Bliss’s Ultimate Book Of Baby Knits I had decided to use the ‘pants to match’ pattern from the same publication.

However, when it came to actually casting on the required stitches, and when I sat down to read the pattern there were a few things that decided against in the pattern instructions. As with the Striped Cardigan, there appeared to be an unnecessary amount of seaming included (in this case, the left and right sides of the trousers are worked separately, and flat, and seamed up each leg and from the back to front along the gusset, from bottom to tummy). This seemed to provide areas of seaming that would be bulky on the inner seam of a little one’s legs and a reduced amount of stretch and comfort where baby would probably wish for it most. Additionally, there appeared to be little to no shaping to discern the front from the back of the trousers, making them both rather straight through the hip and un-yielding to the extra bulk of a well padded baby bottom, swathed in nappy.So I have decided to work without the pattern, working top down from the waist (where I will add some soft elastic for comfort and dressing) and two areas of short rows at different heights on the bottom area to both encompass the added height needed in the back for good nappy coverage but also to allow the waist band to sit a bit higher where needed. The legs are also being shaped and knitted in the round to allow these to be completely seam free and hopefully as comfortable as possible.

As I am knitting these for a 6-9 month size, the added rump area should help for if baby has started to try to crawl, and the added space and shaping given by the short rows should help to retain coverage even in the crawling posture. To that same end I am also considering adding little contrast colour oval patches to help with wear at the knees, and also because I think they’d look really, really cute – don’t you agree?!

FO: Sail Away Shirt

FO: Sail Away Shirt

For our first anniversary a couple of weeks ago, Mr Awesome presented me with a box, the contents of which clearly not made of anything in the theme of ‘paper’. It was heavy, and lay upon my legs like a big cube of exciting possibilities. […]

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

As charming as it is simple, the Striped Cardigan pattern from Debbie Bliss’s book The Ultimate Book Of Baby Knits is sure to become a little wardrobe staple for as long as baby remains small enough to enjoy its warmth and comfort. Knit in smooth […]