Saturday, June 09, 2018

Sweaters, Sweaters and More Sweaters continued........

Sweaters, Sweaters and More Sweaters continued........

I'm stuck.  I'm stuck on knitting sweaters.  I prefer to knit sweaters from the top down with very little seaming involved.  I can usually find tons of patterns for top down sweater patterns for infants and toddlers, but it's been a challenge for me to find Top Down patterns for children 4 years and older.

Well, I find such a pattern!  It's free, too!  Size: 6-12 mos (12-18 mos, 2 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs, 8 yrs, 10 yrs) 
Chest: 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32)" [51 (56, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81)cm]

Hopscotch Cardi by Rae Blackledge
Published in Willow Yarns Website

Ravelry Link: 

I turned this:

(c) Willow Yarns

Into this:

 I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Charcoal.  Size 8 yrs. Size 9 needles.  I didn't feel like fooling around with different colored yarns for the stripes.

Again...I need buttons.  I made this for my 4 YO grandson who's wearing a 5/6 right now and growing like a weed.

I also made the same sweater in size 2 yrs. for my 11-mon. grandson.

I used the leftover Red Heart Soft yarn in Charcoal & some leftover Red Heart Soft yarn in Chocolate.  (Buttons needed.)

My granddaughter has out grown the lavender sweater that I made for her last yr.  So, she's picked out this yarn for her new sweater.  This will be fun to knit!

Red Heart Soft in Bohemian

I needed to take a break from the Hopscotch Cardi, so I CO this last night:

Berroco Comfort DK "Sprinkles"

Marianna's Famous Top-Down ~ with Sleeves

I'm using Berroco Comfort DK "Sprinkles" on Size 6 needles.

One of these days, I'll get around to knitting a sleeveless summer sweater for myself with this yarn.

DROPS Muskat Mercerized cotton, Mint

Happy Knitting!

Sweaters, Sweaters and More Sweaters

I'm officially on a sweater knitting kick.  A few months ago, I was on a hat knitting kick.

It seems to be raining babies everywhere!

It started last summer when I knitted a lavender floral cardigan for my than 5 YO grand daughter.

One day while looking in the living closet for a knitting bag, (yes, I have many with WIPs.) I came across this Tractor pullover that I had started over 2 years ago.  I don't know why I had put it aside, because all it needed was 1-inch of work on the last sleeve and all the seams sewn up.  It took me about an hr.  It's now too small for the original recipient.  😕

Tractor Pullover by Roo Designs:

 I prefer to knit sweaters from the top down and knitted this a few weeks ago.  I had this Cascade DK  in Vintage Rose in my stash for some time and I wanted to use it.

This is a free pattern on Ravelry:  garter yoke baby cardi by Jennifer Hoel

Just need to find the right buttons.

Then, I knitted these for my new grand daughter, born June 5th.

Frida Baby Cardigan by Kirsten Hipsky

 Baby Josie, procreated by her Mom and Dad  😉

Jacket With Moss Stitch Bands by Debbie Bliss from the book, Baby Knits for Beginners

I purchased my copy of Debbie Bliss' book from Amazon for about $6 used (hard cover).

She's Here!

A few weeks back, I knitted this top down cabled sweater for my new grand daughter.

(Frida Baby Cardigan by Kirsten Hipsky from Webs

And, here she is! All 7 lbs. 6 ozs. of her!

She has lots of growing room.  The sweater is 3-6-mons. size.  Her Mom & Dad brought her home in the sweater, because our weather had turned unseasonably cold for June weather.
I did not make the blanket.  I think that came from Target.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)

Since I've gotten the baby sweaters off the knitting needles, I was in need of something else to knit.  I went through my yarn stash looking for some inspiration when I came across a small brown paper bag with "Natural Stitches" stamped on it.  Well, the yarn store, Natural Stitches has long shut it doors for good 😢, but I had some yarn and a works in progress (WIP's) on the needles.

Good thing that I kept or took good notes, I'm old-school, I still use pen and paper when knitting.  I was able to figure our right away where I had left off on my project and resume knitting. (I had all the ribbing completed and the first 10 rounds of the chart done.)

Here's the Selbu Modern hat.  (Free Pattern!)



Lots of tiny stitches. Size 1 and Size 2 needles. I used 16-in. circular needle until the number of sts was decreased, then I switched to DPN's for most of the crown of the hat.

 I used Baby Wool by Schachenmayr (Fingering 100% Merino, 93 yards / 25 grams) in Cream and Light Gray. I love this yarn.  I used 2 skeins of each color and it wasn't too pricey.

Selbu Modern hat. 

See the flowers?  Such a neat pattern.

The crown of the hat.

This was such a fun knit and I'm glad I finished it.  It's been on the needles since 2014, but I think that I put this project away, so that I could knit for the grand babies. Well, that's story and I'm sticking to it.  LOL!

Since the last time I had worked on this project, I've discovered a couple of tricks that made this so much easier to knit from a graph and faster knitting, too.

First, I took screen shot of the graph (On a Mac: Command+Shift+4.) and I pasted it Word, then enlarged it and printed it. 

Second, I used an artist's or draftsman ruler to help keep track of my rows.

(Cork of the back....keeps the ruler in place.  It doesn't slide.  From Michaels Arts and Crafts)
Happy Knitting!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Baby Jacket With Seed Stitch Bands for New Grand Daughter

We have a new grand daughter due June 1st and I couldn't wait to knit some pink baby things.  So, I knitted this Pink Cabled Baby Sweater first.

(Size:  6-12-mons.)

As soon as we discovered the baby's gender, I also wanted to CO this: Baby Jacket With Seed Stitch Bands by Debbie Bliss.

(c) Debbie Bliss            

The pattern is from Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss 

The book/pattern called for Baby Cashmere yarn, which is hand wash and lay flat to dry, which I don't is very practical for baby items.  I used Berroco Comfort DK yarn in Pretty Pink (#2705) and size 3 knitting needles.

Berroco Comfort DK yarn in Pretty Pink (#2705)

I ordered the light gray buttons from Etsy.

(Size 12-mons.)

The baby cap is just a basic baby cap that I knitted on size 3 needles and a CO of 76 sts and knitted in the round for seamless knitting.

Now...all we need is that baby girl. (#5 Grand Child for us.)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Pink Cabled Baby Sweater

I have a new grand daughter due June 1st, so being the knitting Nana that I am, I made her the top down cabled baby sweater.

The pattern is from Webs  and it's called:   Valley Yarns 707 Frida Baby Cardigan.  Paid download.

I used Berroco Comfort DK Solids in light pink and size 6 needles.  I found the buttons at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

This was a fun & easy knit and I can't wait to see my new grand daughter in it.

The hat was made from this pattern:   Otis Baby Hat by Joy Boath (Free Ravelry Pattern).

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Easy Top Down Vest

Wow!  I can't believe it's been 4 months since I last posted.  Sorry about that, but I have been busy knitting.

Last Summer, I saw this top down vest in Mary Maxim's catalog and i just knew that i wanted to knit it up for myself.  

©Mary Maxim

What better way to celebrate a 33 lb weight loss than spending money on a yarn kit and knitting something for one's self? 

The kit came with 7 skeins of Aspen (Bulky) yarn, which was more than enough yarn to knit this medium sized vest.  I think that I had 2 whole skeins leftover.  If  I were to knit this again for myself, I think that i would make it a few inches longer in the length.

I’m not sure, but I think that there is an error in the beg. of the pattern where is says: “Now beg. shaping Raglan Armholes & Front Neck as follows: Row1: (right side) K1, M1R (front neck), k1, yo,PM, k2, yo-INC made
When following through on the pattern; I didn’t have the correct “set-up” stitches.
So, I had figure out my own “Set-Up Row” as follows:
5, PM. 10, PM, 31, PM, 10, PM, 5 = 61 sts. needed to continue the sweater & continuing the increases as written.

(You can't see them, but there's brown faux leather buttons that I bought from Mary Maxim)

(The back.  My daughter said that i had to show the back of the vest.)

 All in all, I really enjoyed knitting this vest and I really like the Aspen yarn, which happens to be on sale right now. (

Details:  Mary Maxim Top Down Vest Kit:
                                                                                                                 Kit contained 7 skeins of yarn, I used 5.  And, pattern.

Color:  Alpine

Needles: 10 ½ (US circular)