Monday, October 9, 2017

More Baby Knits!

Along with knitting all the things for baby Logan, I also put together a little gift set for running friends Sarah and Phillip, who are expecting their first baby next month.  As always, it's so fun to knit tiny baby things, and this go-round was no exception, plus I got to knit for a girl, so that was different and fun.  Here's what I ended up sending them:
Pattern is Golden Pear, yarn is Madelinetosh DK in Carnation and Antler colorways.

This hat is the same pattern that I made for Logan and it employs stranded knitting.  You need to have a loose hold on the yarn so that it doesn't pucker in between the colors, and I'm improving with that, although I can see a few spots where it's a little tight on this hat.  Still, it's pretty darn cute, and having just seen Logan wearing his, I know it'll look sweet on the new baby.

A couple of years ago I knitted a baby sweater that I thought was so cute - I had the yarn for it, and even though I didn't have a baby in mind, I knew it would be a sweet gift someday, so I tucked it away.  Well, I pulled it out and decided that I could build an outfit around the sweater, so first, I found a bonnet pattern that went with the sweater and knitted that up:
Pattern is Super Quick Baby Bonnet, yarn is Berroco Touche, colorway is Aqua.  The only modification I made to the pattern was to knit it in the round once I was done with the front ribbing and lace part - this way I didn't have to seam up the back.

And here's the bonnet with the matching sweater:
This color is so hard to photograph - it changes with the light!  Trust me, it's so pretty.  Anyway, the sweater's pattern is Miss Daisy, using the same yarn as the bonnet.  I loved how it turned out, but holy moly, all of that 1x1 ribbing got tiresome and as cute as this is, I probably won't make it again.  I do love how the bonnet's ribbing makes it look like a matched set, when they were done by two different designers.

So then I needed a little dress to complete the outfit.  I shopped at our Carter's/Osh Kosh store and could have bought about a million things - everything was so freaking adorable!  I found a little dress that looked super cute with the sweater, and bought it plus a two-pack of leggings in navy and pink - I guess leggings are the new tights?  I saw a mom with a girl baby in the store and checked with her that it was a thing to pair leggings with a dress when it was cold and she said she does that all the time, so I went for it.

Here's the dress with the sweater - front:
Ack!  Dying of cuteness.

Back:
The back of the sweater is why I knitted it - I loved the two different sections of ribbing starting at the waist.

About another month and the baby will be born - I'm sad that I won't get to cuddle her like I get to with our local Renegade babies, but I'm sure there will be plenty of pictures to ooh and ahh over, and I can't wait to see her!

18 comments:

  1. Adorable! You are such a sweet friend to make these things for your friends babies. One of the only baby items I kept was a hand made sweater.

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    1. Thanks! I hope these end up being keepers, but if they don't, I also hope I don't find out.

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    1. Well, I can knit, but it's the people who come up with the patterns that make this possible. :)

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  3. Wow! You are unbelievably generous with your baby knit gifts!! That sweater is just the cutest ever!! Plus I love reading that you are modifying patterns to make them better and easier!

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    1. You probably do the same thing - give to those who are knitworthy or quiltworthy. Not everybody gets a handknitted gift from me.

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  4. Oh my gosh, there are some lucky little babies out there! Love your knitting skillz!

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  5. Wow, these are some ridiculously beautiful things you have made, Shelley. Ima say wow a second time. Wow!! Chrissy

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  6. Those outfits are so cute!! You're so talented :D

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  7. so so cute. Love them. I so want to be a grandmother but neither of my stepsons are married.

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    1. I am in a similar predicament, and while I wouldn't push parenthood on anyone who isn't ready for it, I have to say it will be nice if I get to be a grandmother SOMEDAY.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I'm not one of those normal people naturally drawn to baby clothes (or the little creatures that wear them for that matter), but those are SO CUTE even I can't help saying "awww."

    --Crabby

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  9. It's so funny when yarn won't photograph AT ALL what it actually looks like! I had that issue with the baby blanket I made my younger brother - it was a pale green that was lovely but horrible in pics. Ha!

    LOL at checking with the mom re: the leggings. I would need to as well! Everything looks beautiful!!!

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    1. Yeah, that colorway was so weird how it kept changing!

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