Blocked: Aviara Pullover

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knit in SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport in Sapphire

Things are getting done around here – finally! I’ve currently got my Aviara Pullover finished and laid out to dry; which I’m sure my cousin is very happy about as this is going to be one of the new samples for her store.

My new goal for this week now is to finish the last sleeve of the Lemongrass sweater I’ve been working on since the early fall (don’t even get me started on the unfinished Breathing Space that is languishing in its project bag) since it’s pretty much the only me project that I’ve started that will still fit me and this ever-growing belly. I’ve promised myself that if I can finish Aviara (check!) and Lemongrass before my next shift at Needles in the Hay that I have permission to start Migration

Mama wants a new cardigan, and she wants it in Ambrosia Yarns.

Blocked: Aviara Pullover

Baby Knits to Consider

As promised, I’ve decided to write a post composed of my top favourite baby patterns that I’ve either knit myself previously or that I’m dying to knit (because if it looks adorable on the pattern page, the pattern itself must be great, right?).

First I’d like to start with one of my all-time favourites to knit and gift:

Purl Soho’s Super Easy Crib Blanket

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Knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky with 8mm needles rather than the recommended 9mm

I’ve knit this blanket three times now, and every time I’m surprised at how much I love the end results. There’s just something fantastic about having a squishy garter stitch blanket for a baby to get snuggled up in. There’s different weight variations of this pattern available and a bunch of suggested colourways sure to suit any discerning babe (the colourway shown above was one of theirs).

Anna & Heidi Pickles’s Kitty Hat

Note: this was a free pattern but now can only be purchased as part of a collection

This hat is an adorable addition to any wee one’s wardrobe. I’ve knit it a couple times for a few of my nieces (one of whom is going to need it in a bigger size soon!) and I think Baby Boy is going to need one too. This could also be really cute with a little nose and whiskers embroidered onto the front of it!

Owlet by Kate Davies

Who doesn’t love Kate Davies’s designs? And honestly who doesn’t love a good bulky pattern? As I write this, I’m considering taking a pause in writing to go get my wallet so I can buy the pattern (No, Vic, patience! Patience!) I’m considering knitting this in the leftovers from the Super Easy Crib Blanket with a neutral yoke.

Purl Soho’s Baby Moccasins

There is almost nothing I love more than a baby in moccasins! This is also an incredibly versatile pattern when it comes to picking colours, designs, etc.and is great for using up some scraps. You could make ten pairs of them with different results each time! For example:

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Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau

The title of this pattern says it all: it’s so sweet! As I’m sure you remember, I just finished knitting a version of this myself, but I figured rather than posting another picture of that one, you’d probably prefer seeing the pattern example on an equally sweet baby.

I loved knitting this sweater; it’s a bottom up construction and then join all the pieces together for the yoke. There is something infinitely satisfying to have everything done with only the yoke left.

Think of the colour combinations! On top of that I’ve heard that cardigans are a baby’s best wardrobe piece and with only one little tie to worry about, how could you say no?

Playdate by tincanknits

I just recently bought this pattern and am SO EXCITED to knit one for Baby Boy! But you know the best part? When you purchase this pattern, you get sizes from (as they call it) baby to big. Meaning? Matching sweaters for baby and parent! Sqeeeeeeeeeee!

I could see this becoming a staple in everybody’s wardrobe.

Linden Down’s Baby Sophisticate

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Knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky

If you want more of an outright “grandpa” sweater, Baby Sophisticate is the perfect pattern for you.

I learned from experience when knitting this, it’s better to go with a lighter weight – like worsted weight – than heavier, as in the chunky weight I chose. I would definitely suggest if you do decide to use a chunkier weight, size up! Regardless this was still a great pattern to knit. Imagine adding some elbow patches or pockets (or both!) to this sweater!

And finally, Flax and Flax Light by tincanknits

Let’s just admit that tincanknits are pretty badass designers. There are very few designs of theirs that I don’t want to cast on immediately for. Flax and Flax Light are the same pattern just written for worsted and fingering weights respectively. I personally love these patterns because of how customizable they are – whether it’s through colour choices, switching out the garter panels for other stitch patterns, even just knitting it in different yarns can create completely different sweaters!

And the sizes! Oh the sizes! Once again, both patterns come in baby to big patterns, which makes it really irresistible not to knit one up for the whole family.

Baby Knits to Consider

Knits & Bumps

So far, 2017 has been pretty good. I mean, yeah, we’re only about a week in, but still. I think it’s a good omen. Since returning from the craziness of our trip to Washington and Christmas (although my maternal side of the family actually ended up celebrating our Christmas this past Saturday, which was coincidentally orthodox/Ukrainian Christmas) I have managed to finish MULTIPLE projects! What! I know!

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I finally picked up the last “sleeve,” if you can even call it a sleeve, on the Puerperium Cardigan I had started a bit ago in Indigodragonfly’s SuperBaa DK in What the Hay!? It’s super adorable and I can see why so many people have knit it; but I found even following the gauge, I really don’t think this turned out to be a newborn size.

Next I finished the Super Easy Crib Blanket I talked about in my last post. I unfortunately haven’t taken a picture yet but I promise it’s very beautiful, and I can’t wait to wrap up Baby S. in it.

In everyday life, knitting has been getting a little bit harder. If only because of the balancing act I have to do between knitting, cat, and bump:

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Cat in the colourway Black with the Aviara Pullover I’ve been knitting as a Sweet Georgia Superwash Sport (in Sapphire!) for Needles in the Hay

Someone has become a bit of a suck lately. Whether because he can tell that soon he will be ousted from his position of baby of the family, or because he’s been trapped downstairs in our room (because of my sister’s dog who’s staying with us right now), who knows but I favour the former.

And speaking of which, I think this will be the last week where I’ll be able to wear most of my pullovers…

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Please enjoy this slightly erroneous bump picture.

Ah, the joys of a growing belly that is threatening to stretch out all your handknits! Baby S. is a-coming soon, and I cannot believe how fast time seems to be flying by. We recently found out the sex of the baby (Eeeeeee!!!) and I think that may be the theme of my next post, aka my top picks (thus far!) of “appropriate” gender-specific knitting patterns. Because who doesn’t enjoy a good list of adorable baby patterns?

 

Knits & Bumps