Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stitch by Stitch

You know that I love to knit - I showed a few of my projects here. However, I only now realized that I never showed you the knitted items I created over the past few months. Some of them were rather easy, others were more challenging.

The top photo shows the beginnings of a baby jacket I started at the end of September. I had just discovered this beautiful merino yarn from Australia and was eager to knit up a project using it when I found a free pattern for a cute baby jacket on Ravelry. Since this yarn is a superwash it's perfect for baby knits.

The sheep was from a different project, and I think it fits very well on this little cardigan.

When my neighbors had their first child last year in May I knitted a hat for the little girl. Since her parents love cats I decided that a kitty hat would be a good idea. Of course the hat was still too big since this is a pattern for a six months old baby and not for a newborn.

Baby hats knit up so fast and they're fun to make. When I discovered this pattern I fell in love with it and tried the newborn size of it.

The knitting starts with a provisional cast-on which I had never done before. It's quite easy, but I still had to unravel the hat before I could finish it because I didn't pay attention!

As a final touch I put a big button on the side. I love to use buttons as an accent.

I knitted some more hats, and I show you three of them here.

Seedling, a pattern by Alana Dakos:

This hat was a Christmas present for the daughter of my friend Jo. It is one of my most favorite patterns.

On Pinterest I found the pattern for this gorgeous owl hat. I knitted two of them for my little nieces in Germany, using the Navajo-Churro sheep yarn I purchased a few years ago. The perfect yarn for this hat! However, sewing on the buttons for the owl eyes was a real pain!

And last but not least the Baa-ble hat - this is a very popular pattern which comes as no surprise. The pattern was designed by Donna Smith for the Shetland Wool Week 2015 - Shetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain's most northerly native sheep. This was a gift for Kaefer who models it in this picture.

If you look closely you recognize one of the sheep as the one sitting on the blue baby jacket that I showed you first.

After all these hats it was time to knit up some socks. I found this rubber duck pattern and had a really hard time with it - it drove me crazy! But I did finish the socks and could give them to Kaefer as a Christmas gift. I will never knit these socks ever again!!!

The next - and last - pair of socks was mere fun to knit. The yarn was lovely and the pattern is so beautiful. It looks complicated but is actually quite easy. 

Only I know where the mistakes are that I made...

I'm currently knitting a bigger project, but I can't say yet what it is since it is a birthday present for Kaefer. It is green - perfect for a spring birthday.


Elephant's Child said...

You do BEAUTIFUL work. Really beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful creations, Carola, and what wonderful gifts. I used to knit, oh so many years ago when my own little ones were...little! When I think of some of the things I used to make, I can't believe I did it - cable stitches and lace - the patterns were so intricate. Now I barely remember how to cast on!

Cheri said...

That baby sweater is gorgeous - teal is one of my favorite colors!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Gosh these are all fabulous! What talent! Yarn like things have never been my gift but I do love wearing them.

krishna said...

Wow!!! you are an amazing knitter..

Magic Love Crow said...

You are so talented! An Amazing knitter you are! I really love your creations! Big Hugs!

Jeanie said...

I love seeing your knitting projects! You are so skilled and accomplished. That baby sweater is simply adorable but then I love the socks and hats and all that fabulous yarn, too. I'm in scarf mode here and maybe a baby blanket will come forth. Who knows. But it does feel good to have the yearn between my fingers again!

Darla said...

Always enjoy pics of your knitting. I keep thinking I need to knit something with those sheep on it. Did you knit a baby sweater with that design or am I imagining things?

Sue (this n that) said...

It was so lovely seeing your knitting projects Carola. You're truly a gifted wool artist. The baby's jacket is so sweet, especially with the lamb motif... it will be so soft for baby too, being of merino wool.
The hats are all delightful, I think the owl is particularly lovely. Oh, and the socks! So pretty... a thrill to put on the feet!
Kaefer is a beautiful model, and her hat is gorgeous.
I remember, a while ago now that you showed your knitting and it was really beaut to see it again. Thank you so much... cheerio :D)