shake, rattle, and roll

Obviously I’m into instant gratification. These little toys are not only quick to knit, but also terribly cute, machine washable, and full of jingle bell goodness. If the baby doesn’t like them, the cats certainly will.

Pattern: Toadstool Baby Rattle from the Purl Bee

Yarn: scraps of orange, yellow, and lime Lion Brand Microspun

Needles: US 2.5 (3mm) circs for a tight gauge that I didn’t bother to measure.

Oddities: Cat toy jingle bell ball thingies and fiberfill stuffing.

Mods: Used a DK weight yarn on small needles for a firm fabric and added the dots as suggested using duplicate stitch.

Here’s the mushroom rattle on ravelry

Was totally inspired by the clever cat toy rattle, so made a block too. Also using LB Microspun in yellow, orange, purple, teal, lime, and fuschia, but knit on DK appropriate US4 (3.5mm) needles. The fabric is much floppier and the block is bigger in real life than the 4-1/2 inches square seemed in my head. I may do another in a tighter gauge and with fewer stitches.

Here’s the how to, which is pretty self evident:

Using 6 different colors or whatever you wish.

CO 20 (or whatever number you wish)
k each row until width and height are same.
Crochet blocks together, leaving one side open for stuffing.
1/2 stuff and place cat jingle ball in center.
Finish stuffing and crochet join remaining side.

baby block on ravelry

thanks again, ms. zimmermann

Can you believe the FOs? I can’t. After such a long bout of apathy during the first trimester (and half of the second really), I feel like a knitting machine.

This sweater is similar to the Baby Surprise Jacket, though much more obvious in its construction. It was quick and fun – love garter stitch. I thought I could finish it with only one ball of fingering weight yarn, but alas two were needed.

Pattern: Surplice Baby Jacket, by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Vogue Knitting – Spring/Summer 2007

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, Porcini, 1-1/2 skeins. 

Needles: US 3 (3.25mm) circs for 22 sts = 4″ in garter st

Finished Measurements: Chest: 17”, Length: 8”

Mods: Hard to modify such a loose pattern. I did increase the sleeve length by a couple inches as suggested in the magazine article and attached two buttons with a crochet chain for fastening the sweater. I didn’t bother with trimming the edges as the cable cast on is lovely on its own and I slipped the first stitch of every row kwise wyib for a nice edge along the wrap edges.

On Ravelry

baby galway

My first project from Aran Knitting, by Alice Starmore. The original design is intended for a child, but I made a baby version. It’s terribly cute, just hope it fits…

Pattern: Galway, by Alice Starmore from Aran Knitting (the best Christmas present ever, thanks hubby!)

Yarn: stash Knit Picks Bare Merino/Silk, fingering weight, about 1 skein (used every last drop of my leftovers) 

Needles: US 0 (2mm) circs

Mods: Altered the pattern to fit a newborn 13” circumference, 5-inch depth (unstretched).

Gauge: 8sts=1” in stockinette

Brim: complete 7, 20 row pattern repeats for a total of 140 rows

Crown: Pick up 90 sts (2 for every 3 rows -3). Follow the instructions starting with the Third Dec. except:

Third Dec.
k 4 rnds

Fourth Dec.
k 3 rnds

Fifth Dec.
k 2 rnds

Sixth Dec. to end in pattern

On Ravelry

Colm’s Washcloth

So, Colm wanted me to knit him something blue and green. A teddy bear to be exact. As I hadn’t the yarn nor the time during my visit for that, we compromised and settled on a blue and green washcloth (on Ravelry).

Who could say “no” to this face?

Here’s the “pattern”.

I used 1/2 of a 2oz. ball of Peaches & Creme Sea Mist worsted weight cotton knit at 8sts = 2” in Garter Stitch on US 7s.

CO 1
row 1: Kbfb (knit into back, front, back) – (3sts)
row 2: sl1kwise, kfb, kfb, (5sts)
From here you will increase 2sts every other row.
row 3: sl1kwise, k1, yo, k to last 2sts, yo, k2
row 4: k

rep rows 3 and 4 to desired length/width, then begin decreasing 2sts every other row.

row 1: sl1kwise, ssk, yo, ssk, k to last 5sts, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1
row 2: k

rep rows 1 and 2 until 9sts rem.
row 1: sl1kwise, ssk, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, k1 (7sts)
row 2: k
row 3: sl1kwise, ssk, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1 (5sts)
row 4: sl1kwise, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1 (3sts)
row 5: sl1, k2tog, psso (1st)
BO and weave in tails.