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Short Notice Baby Jackets

After I had knitted my first baby jacket from leftover yarn, I wanted to make something that actually fits my child. A little research on Ravelry patterns led me to the Short Notice jacket – a seamless and easy to knit pattern.

In my local yarn store, I bought Forte from Lang Yarns because I really liked the look of it. Instead of using the recommended 8-9 mm needle, I used a rather small one of 5.5 mm. This resulted in a very compact jacket, which I like to use on cold days in the stroller. Instead of making a buttonhole every 8 rows, I only made one in 12 rows, which is still enough (try to close seven buttons on a moving baby!).

I am not a fast knitter and I have only little time to knit (the short hours after the baby went to sleep and before I am all too tired myself), but still it took me only one week to make the jacket. I love these things that are finished before I lose motivation! Actually, I was so thrilled that I made another one in a smaller size for a friends‘ child. This time, I used the Forte yarn only for the border and made the rest in Lana Grossa Superbingo, and I used a 6 mm needle. Both yarns are 100 % virgin wool, so they are warm and cosy for the babies. In the second jacket, I made one buttonhole every 16 rows and crocheted the buttons. Admittedly, I like the look of the second one more, because the Forte yarn changes color too fast for the seamless pattern.

So, two jackets in three weeks! If only all my projects went that fast… At the current temperature, my daughter really wears the jacket quite often, so it was worth the work. Except financially, because the jackets‘ materials were about 30 and 20 Euros, respectively. You could buy at least one jacket for the same price, even all virgin wool. Still, it is a nice gift for children at the current time of the year.

We have some issues with the web hosting, so I can only show one picture right now. I will update once we have everything figured out! In the meantime, you might want to check out the respective projects on Ravelry here and here.

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Farm Yard Friends Blanket

Remember the pastel pink cake I made for a baby shower? Guess what – the child is born, and she is the sweetest little thing. I visited this brand new person yesterday, and of course I brought a gift.

Since the proud mother is one of my best friends, I knew quite early she was pregnant and had a lot of time to think about and prepare my birth gift. So I decided to crochet a baby blanket and bought the farmyard friends pattern from Mary Maxim.

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The pattern calls for Mary Maxim Worsted Weight yarn, but I did not know where to buy this yarn in Germany and did not want to order from overseas. So I decided to use Myboshi No. 5. The next problem was to find out how much yarn I would need. This was particularly challenging because the Mary Maxim Starlette yarn comes in balls of 180 yards on 3.5 oz and is crocheted with a 5 mm needle. Myboshi No. 5 calls for a 6 mm needle, and has 50 yards on 0.88 oz. So even with the knowledge that I would need one ball of yellow Mary Maxim yarn for the sun, I did not know whether the full ball or only part of it was needed, which made a difference in the number of Myboshi yarn balls to order.

So I tried to make an educated guess and ordered the following colors (where I replaced the original color of the sky with a nice blue):

  • 2 x cocoa brown
  • 6 x white
  • 6 x cloud blue
  • 1 x beige
  • 4 x black
  • 4 x grass green
  • 4 x emerald green
  • 1 x signal red
  • 2 x dandelion yellow
  • 3 x curry
  • 3 x raspberry
  • 2 x ocher
  • 2 x silver
  • 1 x magenta

I turned out, I overestimated my yarn needs a little. I bought one ball too much of curry, grass green, raspberry, ocher, black, and silver, and I had two full balls of white left in the end (which I later used for the unicorn hat). Because I decided to use different colors for the border as well, I needed to buy one more ball of cloud blue in the end.

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Apart from guessing yarn quantities, the pattern was easy to follow and I really like the result. It was a long-term project though – I started in August and finished not until January! Still I was on time before my friend gave birth, so everything went well. Actually, the hardest work was to weave in all the ends.

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After I had finished the blanket, I went to a local store and bought some fleece, which I sewed as an extra layer to the bottom of the blanket. Sewing by hand is not my strongest ability, but I am still happy with the result! Now I hope my new baby friend likes her blanket as well.

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Welcome to the world, L.M.!

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Carnival Hats

Only 10 more days until my daughter’s first carnival will start. Unfortunately, I cannot sew at all, but we could rely on her grandmother to make a costume. My task was to make the carnival hats.

One of the family’s children will be Yoda this year. I crocheted his hat loosely after the instructions from Nerdspirations (in German). For my little unicorn, I bought one of the great unicorn headbands from Graciosa, a very nice woman from Colombia. I know her shop for two years now, because I bought carnival headbands for myself from there. So I only had to knit a colorful hat and did not have to think about unicorn ears or a horn.

Now carnival can start – Alaaf!

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Baby Jacket

It is quite some time ago that I knitted something. Since I wanted to start again and we could use a baby jacket, I took some wool scrap and looked for a very easy pattern. I found it (in German) at wolldiskont.

The pattern calls for Schachenmayr SMC Baby Super Soft, which has 163 meters on 50 grams and recommends a 3-4 mm needle. However, I wanted to use a thicker yarn, since I do not have as much time for knitting and the baby grows so fast. Also, I still had bulky yarn – admittedly in black and white, which is not so appropriate for baby clothing. Still I started to knit.My daughter wears size 80 and is growing rapidly, so I used the maximum size of the pattern, which is 92/98. I started with Wolle Rödel Multi on an 8 mm needle. According to the gauge, I had to use about half of the stitches in the pattern. But the yarn was only enough for the jacket’s back and a part of the left front. I had another skein of wild wild wool, which required another gauge and was enough for both sleeves on a 7 mm needle. When I tried to get new black yarn for the remaining front parts, I had to learn that Multi is not sold any more. So I bought Wolle Rödel’s Big as the shop assistant told me. To sum up, my very first knitted piece after a long time included three different yarns with different gauges and a lot of roughly estimated stitch and row numbers.

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According to the pattern, the jacket in size 92/98 should be about 32 cm in the back at a length of 30 cm, and the sleeves should be about 28 cm long. My jacket is 30 cm in both width and height, and the sleeves are 25 cm long (22 cm if rolled up). Fair enough. I made a simple blue border instead of the one the pattern called for. To make the black and white jacket a little more suitable for children, I found owl buttons.

In the end, the jacket is way too big for my daughter – I pretty much overestimated her size. Still it was a good project to get back in the knitting business. And maybe I find someone who needs the jacket…

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Turtle

Since some of my friends have children by now, I gave the so-called amigurumi a try. I thought it would come as a nice variation from my usual scarfs and beanies.

It took me only a few hours to finish, but I have to say it is complete nonsense to me. Maybe one of the parents have use for it. Since I am generally not a friend of useless decorational objects, this will probably be my first and last. I rather stay with beanies.

By the way, the pattern comes from Kristieskids and is called Tiny striped turtle.

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Children’s Beanie

I made this beanie for my nephew under the assumption that only children would be forced to wear self-crocheted clothing. Little did I know, for many of my grownup friends are asking me now to make beanies for them as well. Anyways, this was my first crocheting project. I used instructions and yarn from selfmade-boshi.

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