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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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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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