Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Baby socks free knitting pattern. 3-6 months

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As so many people like my newborn socks and some of them asked me to make the bigger size pattern too I finaly did it. I used double knit yarn, but it was actually quite fine for double knit (it allways surprises me how yarn can vary in DK range).
The pattern is similar to the newborn sock pattern, only the rib part folds in half when the sock is done, so it is made to be much longer than it was in newborn socks. Of couse, you can make the rib small, then you need to make 5, or 7, or 10 (definetly not less than 5) rows of rib in the beginning instead of 15.

So again you will need a bit of yarn and 2.5mm double pointed needles.

Cast on 28 stiches and divide them between 4 needles. There will be 7 st on each needle then. We'll work in rounds starting with the 1x1 rib.
Round 1: *k1, p1*, repeat 9 more times from * to *.
Rounds 2 - 15: repeat round 1
Round 16: knit
Round 17 - 25: repeat row 16
then work only on first and second needles, which means - with 14 st. Take them to one needle and work in rows.
Row 26: knit
Row 27: purl
Row 28 - 31: repeat row 16-17 two more times.
Row 32: knit 9, k2tog, turn
Row 33: take the first st off to the working needle (don't purl it!), purl 4, p2tog, turn
Row 34: take the first st off to the working needle (don't knit it!), knit 4, k2tog, turn
Row 35: take the first st off to the working needle (don't purl it!), purl 4, p2tog, turn
Row 36: take the first st off to the working needle (don't knit it!), knit 4, k2tog, turn
Row 37: take the first st off to the working needle (don't purl it!), purl 4, p2tog, turn
Row 38: take the first st off to the working needle (don't knit it!), knit 4, k2tog, turn
Row 39: take the first st off to the working needle (don't purl it!), purl 4, p2tog, turn

And you'we done the heel!
Knit that 6 st from the top of the heel, then cast on 4st along the side of the heel, knit the stiches from 3rd and 4th needle, cast on 4 st along the other side of the feel. Now you should divide stiches as following: 7 st on the 1st needle (4 from the side of the heel and 3 from top of the heel), 7 st on the second (the same as on the first one), 7 st on the 3rd, 7 st on the 4th.
Knit 14 more rounds.
Then you need to start decreasing to form the toes. K2tog in the beginning and end of each needle in every second row twice, then knit every two st together. You will have 6 st left. Cut the yarn leaving 15cm long tail. Using the tapestry needle sew the last st together and hide the yarn ends.
Repeat for the second sock!

Knitting a log cabin

I've tried a new technick in knitting - the log cabin. Actually I was interested in this technic because of patchwork and was actually looking for patchwork tutorials. But found a really clever video on making a knitted one and decided to give it a try. In the same time my mum bought a new sofa and was telling me that the new cussions on it are just terrible - too light in colour and you can't remove the cussion covers to clean. So in the same time I was trying a new technic and making a cussion cover for my mum's new sofa. Can't tell that the result is brilliant but it was quite interesting to make.

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And here is the video I mentioned in case if someone wants to try it too.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Ta-dah! Green fields blanket finished!

I finally finished my "Green fields" blanket! I started it just before Tte Little Man was born. Remembering the day in the hospital, when we had to wait for six hours (I'm kidding you not!) to get some doctors attention as I wasn't the urgent one and I was sitting there and crocheting... And then the nurse brought all the equipment to monitor the baby and it did show that I was actually having contractions, just didn't feel them! Oh, this memories are the ones that probably allways will be with me as the sweet ones, also all the rest 9 hours were full of pain, but in the end The Little Man was born and it was one of the happiest moments of my life.
Anyway, back to the blanket. It took me almoust nine months to finish, but now I'm proud to present it to the whole world :)

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The edging is my favourite scallop edge:

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So now it is given to my mum as a Birthday present, newer mind her Birthday is the 10th of September. I just couldn't wait for so long! And I'm really glad she likes it :)

What was my inspiration in choosing the colours? Well, I could say that it's England, the green fields in all different shades of this wonderfull colour and the grass, that stays green even in winter under the snow. And my little garden too. That's why I took some photos of it to show you.

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Isn't that inspiring? Looking at this pictures I even want to start another project in green... And what usually inspires you?

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Fabric balls!

Just a quick little post to show you the fabric balls I made for The Little Man. He really likes them and we are practising some sort of football now :)

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The pattern and tutorial fore them are here: http://www.purlbee.com/fabric-beach-balls/ and if you heven't seen Purl Bee before prepare to waste some time browsing all of their tutorials and ideas, as they've got tons of them for sewing, knitting and crochet lovers!
And I will try to get some sleep and be organized for my shopping and packing tomorrow.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The owl

When I was making gifts before Fathers Day I bought three plain vests for our Little Man and made the "SON" aplique on one of them. As I thought it looks fun I had an idea of making some apliques on two other ones. So I searched the Internet and found an Owl aplique pattern which I liked immediatelly. It was a bit too big for a 6-9 months vest, so I printed it out on 70% (not 100%) and made one for the Little Man.

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Looks like he likes it :) It was easy to make and fun to look at so I would really recomend it :)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Brighten up the day!

So it's raining adain. And I found a yellow leaf on our table in the yard. Which probably should mean that the summer is ower. It's allways a bit sad as it just flies away so quickly and I allways have this feeling that I had so many things I wanted to do in the summer and just had no time for them. Probably, it comes from childhood and school years...
Anyway, this day is so grey, that I just wanted to brighten it up (or at least my blog) with some colourfull pictures. That's why I'll show you the project I made for a great friend and a wonderfull person on her birthday. She likes coffee, so the present had to be coffee-related.
And here it is: a mug with a mug warmer (not really shure how to call this thing), a tin with some coffee, a mug rug and a birthday card.

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It all started with the mug rug and a pattern I found in Pink Penguin blog. It's owner, lovely Ayumi, kindly shared not only the pattern for it, but the wery clear instructions on how to make it. I really got inspired and started it stright away. Please bear in mind that this is my wery first mug rug and I wasn't sewing anything for quite a long time. Last time I had some experience with my sewing machine even before Little Man was born, I think. So it is not ideal. But I had so much fun making it! And I will definetly make some more. I really like the idea of a mug rug itself and it might be a good project to practice in quilting.

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The mug warmer was made as a crazy quilted peace using the fabrick scraps I had from the mug rug.

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And here is the other side of it.

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And, of course, a Birthday card. By the way, I noticed that I really enjoy making cards with fabrick. It is allways fun and in the end you allways have a unique card that looks much more interesting than the ones in the shops. At least you can be shure that noone else will give your friend exactly the same card as you :)
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So, I feel a bit more in the mood now and will go and have some knitting done. Hope you all have a nice evening and if you like sewing and are between projects at the moment, go and try Ayumi's little tea pots! You will enjoy it, I promise!

Oh, almoust forgot! Here is some new bunny inspiration:


He is sooooo cute! Found here and painted by Anastasia Loseva from Latvia, the country I originally come from and the country we (me and Little Man) are flying to in a week to meet my family.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Knitted baby cardigans. Free patterns found online.

Ok, so I was searching the Web again. This time I had a reason - just found out, that my good old school friend became a Dad and he and his fiance had a lovely boy. Well, of course I needed to knit something for that little man! But all the patterns I had were for bigger babies (ok, it's not true, I had a few for newborns, but they just didn't inspire me). So I went online and spend some time searching. And some of the patterns look so nice, that I just have to share them with you!

1. Concentric stripes cardigan for 0-3 months made by Inner Child Crochet















2. Garter yoke baby cardigan for approximately 6-12 months made by Jennifer. She also suggests to use fine yarn for smaller size.

3. Easy baby cardigan by Diane Soucy. Size is newborn and it really looks easy. Fast, fun, super-cute pattern, as it's said on Ravelry.


 4. Little garter cardi by by Ragga Eiriksdottir foind on Knitting Iceland. Sizes: 3-6 mo (9-12 mo) 2-3 y. Great, isn't it? It is a seamless cardi, so might be a bit tricky to make but looks like it's worth it.

5. Sunnyside baby sweater from Tanis Fiber Arts. It looks gorgeous and has a variety of sizes avalable: 3-6 (6-12, 12-18, 18-24) months.


6. Plain cardigan by Pickles from Norway. Size 0-3 months is free, bigger sizes are available in their shop. And they have a lot of other cool free patterns too, like Cool Kid Hooded Hat or The Oslo Anorak













7. Grow-along cardigan. This is for bigger babies, from 6-8 months to 1 1/2 years, but it is so beautiful, that I couldn't resist.

They are just lovely! All of them. So now I only need to decide which one I will make