Category Archives: Baby clothes

Summer sales

My trip to the jellyfish shop revealed that they have sold some more of my work. Specifically two rather cute little cardigans:

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The Vicarno’s Mama hoody (see here)

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And the Arcade cardigan (see here)
Hopefully they are both being worn by a small child right now!

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Perseverance

Things have been somewhat quiet on my blog of late – not due to a lack of crochet activity. but due to a distinct lack of success in my crochet activity. However I have persevered and I finally have a finished item to show you.

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There is a long story behind this one if you don’t mind bearing with me. It started off with the little cable cardigan that I made here, which turned out a bit too small for its intended recipient. It seemed a fairly easy task to start again with the same yarn, and a much more basic stitch to make a bigger one…..How wrong I was.
First of all I didn’t take into account how changing colour would affect the sides of the pieces and I ended up with gaping holes at every edge:

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Secondly I had not thought out how a striped pattern would fit in with the sleeve shaping and ended up with this disastrous result:

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I am not a perfectionist, but I really couldn’t live with the thought of using up good yarn on a piece I couldn’t be proud of, so I re-did the front and back to get rid of the holes:

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And re-did the sleeve shape to make something more compatible with the stripes:

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And now finally I have a cardigan I can pass on to my friend with pride.
Was it worth persevering with? I think so.
Will I be making another one any time soon? I think not!

Made in Drops cotton merino dk, medium grey, ice blue and jeans blue. It weighs 420g, and measures 40cm across the chest and 45cm shoulder to hem. Hopefully this one will fit!

Jack’s hat

I had some yarn left over from the cable cardigan, and wanted to make a little hat along the same lines. A quick search of Ravelry came up with this:

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The pattern is a ‘Girly Preemie newborn hat’ by Julee Fort and it is free on Ravelry here. It is made of raised treble stitches with V-stitches in between, and has a clever increase system where for one row you crochet into the post, and into the top of each stitch, which doubles the stitch number while staying in pattern.
Mine would fit a newborn or premature baby, but to make a bigger one you could increase the number of stitches in the ring at the start of the pattern. Made in Drops cotton merino dk ‘Jeans blue’ on a 5mm hook.

Cable cardigan tah dah!

This project has been some time in the making, but I think it has been worth the wait. Do you remember way back in March I had these?

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Well now I have this:

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I went to crochet class at Kiki’s craft corner to learn how to make it, and the project has certainly taught me a lot. There was at least one point when I wondered if I would ever reach the end, but I am very glad that I persevered because I think the finished item is something to be proud of.

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I made mine in Drops cotton merino DK ‘Jeans blue’ on a 4.5mm hook, and used 7 balls of yarn for a cardigan 35cm wide and 37cm long. I do have a toddler in mind for this cardigan so fingers crossed that it fits!

Welcome to baby Erin

Isn’t it lovely to spend an evening making something quick and simple?

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Last night I made a hat for a new baby, and everything I needed was in my stash!
Made in Drops baby merino ‘Old pink’ 4 ply on a 4mm hook.
I found the flower chart on Pinterest, but I mis-read it as my flower has 7 petals and not 5!

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Stash score = minus1!

Better things

I have been ‘back to school’ to learn some new stitches at a local crochet class. It is such a pleasure to spend a morning sitting with like-minded folk learning something new.
I have already shown you a little peak of the back of this cardigan:

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And here is the beginning of the front panels.

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I know myself that they are not perfect but from a distance they look fine (!) and my confidence is growing the more that I do.
Our next class will start on the sleeves. Watch this space….

Too short

So here is a sneaky peek at another of my ‘winter blues’ projects. It is a toddler cardigan in a rather lovely cable pattern that I am being taught by Keira at our local craft centre.

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Is it too short? No – I think I have stopped just in time to start decreasing for the sleeves. However I have decided that life is too short to spend my time crocheting with yarns that I don’t like, just because they happen to be cheap. So even though this is the first time I have tried this pattern, and it is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, I am making it in a merino wool cotton mix.

Hopefully at the end of the process I will have an item to be proud of. If not I will have learned a lot by doing it, and no oil deposits will have been damaged during its creation!