This is the first of two wee cardies I’ve knit for Baby. No soft pastel colours here, just dark green. Everything else we’ve been given has been pale in colour and not surprisingly babyish so I thought something more grown up was called for.
- The pattern: Latte Baby Coat
- The designer: Lisa Chemery
- The yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky in Khaki
That’s right, I’ve put the yarn snob in me aside for the practicality of acrylic for this one. Stylecraft Special is such good value and easy to get hold of so why not. The pattern is great, well written and easy to interpret. I
might have made a minor mistake in the woven basket stitch section but boy is it a nightmare to fix when you do so I’ve left it in and fortunately it’s not really noticeable. Pay attention, close attention if you take this on when you get to the woven basket stitch if you don’t want to repeat my mistake.
This little beauty was knit in the space of less than 24 hours and is already packed and ready to take to the hospital with us. The thought of the trip to the hospital is filling me with dread but kind of inevitable. Well not kind of, it is inevitable. There’s no getting out of getting baby out. I’m keeping myself busy with my needles and hoping nesting kicks in soon.
The pattern: Little Boy Blue Ribbed Hat (can be found through Ravelry)
My adjustments: I used Stylecraft Special DK rather than an Aran weight so increased the stitch count by eight and decreased as suggested by the pattern resulting in 12 stitches at the last round.
The blanket I am making for Baby S is coming along nicely (I’ve had a week off work so I’ve had plenty of time to hook). The Neat Ripple Pattern has developed into an interlocking ripple which I think I prefer for it’s mesmerising waves.
The Stylecraft Special DK acrylic yarn is by far the best acrylic I have ever used. It’s soft, not sticky and doesn’t leave my hands feeling funny. I think it will become my go to acrylic when projects require it.
I’m loving the blue and green combinations but the clematis/raspberry/shrimp combination isn’t really to my liking. Although I’m going to keep going with this, if I were to repeat the blanket, I would spend a bit of time getting the colour combination on this side of the colour wheel a little less jarring. Any suggestions on which colour to add or change to would be gratefully recieved.
So I’ve been dreaming of crocheted blankets for the beds in our house. I thought it best to make a baby blanket first so I would know what I’m letting myself in for. There are so many options out there with over 13000 patterns in Ravelry for ‘baby blanket’ it’s almost an impossible task to choose so I have gone with the option with most projects … Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern.
Colour wise the options are endless. There are endless colour combinations; just look at some of the combinations I’ve pinned. The recommended Stylecraft Special yarn makes anything possible thanks to it’s 60 something colour options.
When I bought the yarn, I didn’t know Baby S was a boy so I opted for a rainbow combination and literally chose the best colour combination my local yarn store had in stock and this is what I came up with.