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Vintage baby knits: Audrey Hoodie

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Over the summer i’ve been dabbling in quite a bit of knitting for small people, with several friends expecting this autumn. The first of these is the Audrey Cardigan, taken from a book called Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

I picked this book up some time ago in a bargain book shop for a few pounds, although you can also buy it on Amazon for slightly more pounds. It is full of a good number of patterns ranging from the 1920s to 1950s, some of which have aged better than others!

I chose the Audrey Cardigan as it was touted as “an example of the quick-to-knit patterns so popular in the late 1950s”.

Hmm.

Pretty it may be, but quick-to-knit it sure isn’t, as anyone in my monthly craft group can testify! The pattern is fairly simple, and the cardigan is knit in one piece with the only seams to sew up being the underarms and sides, however the whole thing is knit in moss stitch which is not the speediest stitch. I was well and truly fed up of this stitch by the time this cardigan was complete!

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The yarn I used was Sidar Snuggly Baby Speckle, a 60% cotton and 40% acrylic blend, in colourway 128 “Billy Blue”. As the name suggests this yarn is super soft but yet feels quite robust, especially knit in moss stitch as it is here.

When I begun this hoodie I was unsure whether my friend was having a girl or a boy. As it turned out she had a little boy, but I personally would still have gifted this cardigan if she had had a little girl instead. Due to the flecks in the colour, I think this would have worked for either – although I am aware that some of you may disagree, and that’s ok.

An interesting feature of this cardigan is the shell edging, which is added in double crochet. My crochet is a bit rusty and so the edging is not quite as neat as shown in the photos in the book – however I think the desired effect still comes across.

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One frustration I had was down to the fact that I am a perpetually loose knitter, and despite knitting a tension square and already going down a needle size, the finished cardigan still turned out bigger than expected. Given this is for a child it’s not such a big problem, as it will just fit the little one at a slightly older age, but I do find my tension an issue. If any knitters out there have any wise words of wisdom to manage tension, I would greatly welcome your tips.

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Despite being a considerably less quick-knit than anticipated, I was pleased with the result, as was my friend to whom it has been gifted. So I wouldn’t completely discount knitting this again in the future – just perhaps with the knowledge than it might be a slow burner!

What’s on your knitting needles at the moment?

Kat x

Autumn sewing plans

Hello there!

The chilly weather we have been having around these parts recently has got me thinking about my autumn sewing plans. There is definitely a change in the air; when I got up at 6am this morning it was dark. I’m not going to lie to you, I love autumn. I feel a lot more comfortable dressing for autumn, in layers and cardigans and scarfs than I do for summer. Nothing beats cosying up inside with a cup of hot chocolate, a cat or two and a blanket. Oh and the boy, if he happens to be around.

My autumn sewing plans were already in development, in my head at least, when the lovely Liz from Liz Makes It drew my attention to the Fall Essentials Sew-Along (aka FESA14) being hosted by the ladies from Rhinestones and Telephones and What Would Nancy Drew Wear. Never one to pass up the challenge, this sounds like the perfect opportunity to kick-start my seasonal sewing. FESA14 runs from 1st September until 30th November, and the idea is that participants sew items from one or more of the following categories:

  • Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
  • Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
  • Fabulous Frocks
  • Underneath it all
  • Tender Tootsies
  • Those Cozy Nights
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

Details and inspiration for each category can be found here. Being the ambitious kind, I am aiming to complete one item from each category. Nothing wrong with setting ambitious goals, and I already have a few WIPs that fit nicely into some of the categories, so this will be an incentive for me to complete them. Here are a couple of patterns that are currently tickling my fancy:

Miette cardigan

Miette cardigan by Andi Sutterland

I currently have a Miette cardigan in progress, in fact I just have one sleeve and the button bands left to complete. This is the perfect cardigan to wear with dresses to transition them from summer to autumn/winter staples.

Sewaholic Robson coat

Sewaholic Robson coat

I was given the Robson coat pattern from Sewaholic Patterns for my birthday back in May, and I am planning to sew this up as an autumn jacket, probably in a plain colour such as grey so that it goes with everything.

Coco from Tilly and the Buttons

Coco from Tilly and the Buttons

I see more Coco’s on the horizon; I wear my red Coco dress to death and am planning a version with contrast roll neck and cuffs, as well as some top versions.

I am hankering after a basic black work skirt, something warm and with a bit of drape. I am thinking of using wool of a wool blend. I’m still looking for the perfect pattern though, suggestions would be most welcome.

I also want to sew more dresses. I love dresses and would wear them every day if I could. My starry-eyed Anna and simplicity dresses get a lot of wear, but I need more! I am contemplating the Yaletown dress as I really like the wrap-style bodice.

Sewwaholic Yaletown dress

Sewaholic Yaletown dress

Yep, Sewaholic again…and what of it?! I make no secret of a fact that I am a total Sewaholic fan girl, Tasia’s patterns are great. And no I am not being paid or receiving any incentive to say that!!

Phew, that should keep me busy! Anyone else joining in with FESA14 or just hatching their own autumn sewing plans? I’d love to know what’s on your list.

K xx

 

 

Owls cardigan

Hello everyone and happy Saturday. It’s been a long and busy week and I am very glad that it’s the weekend. Today I can finally share with you my owls cardigan! Cast on here as part of the owls knitalong, I shamelessly missed my May deadline, although not by as long as it may appear as it also took a bit of time for it to be cool enough for me to be able to bear putting it on to photograph. It has been WARM in these parts! Even when it hasn’t been sunny, it has been muggy. But I now have pictures!

The pattern is a jumper, Owls by Kate Davies, but knowing that I wear cardigans a lot more than jumpers I have made it into a cardigan. This was really easy to do following the instructions on converting this pattern to a cardigan which I found on Ravelry. Jenny WIllknitt has kindly shared her guide to “cardiganising” the jumper and taken all the effort away from this adaption, with great results.

I love the colour of this yarn. It is Cascade Eco+ in Pumpkin Spice, purchased from The Knitting Shop.  It is also super soft and i know it will be super warm come the winter.

This jumper is meant to be knit with 2 inches of negative ease to make it quite snug, but I completely missed this and have made it according to my actual measurements. This is fine, as I like big and snuggly jumpers, but something to bear in mind if you prefer your jumpers more fitted. I also added a good bit to the length so that it just covers the top of my bum, which is my ideal cardigan length. This will be a great addition to my autumn wardrobe where it is not quite cool enough to wear a coat but a chunky cardigan thrown over a dress does nicely (the dress here is my Simplicity Amazing Fit 1652, in case you were wondering).

I don’t think you can see in the pictures, but each of the 20 owls have tiny buttons for eyes. I managed to find buttons which blend in nicely with the colour of the yarn, so from a distance you can’t see the individual eyes; I like this, it’s kind of a surprise when you view the owls close up and this subtlety makes the jumper more wearable. I also decided to only add three buttons to the front of the cardigan, and leave the rest open. I have another jumper in which the buttons are placed in this way, and I really like how it looks.

As I’m sure you can tell, I love this jumper! The only thing I would change if I could is that the buttons pull slightly which you can see in the photos. I have the same problem with my Corrine cardigan as well as some shop-bought cardigans.If anyone has any tips to fix this I would be most grateful.

I seem to be knitting up a storm this year, with three knitted garments under my belt already. And there is no time for a rest; I’ve already cast on the Miette cardigan after seeing so many lovely versions around the blogosphere. My autumn wardrobe is going to be bursting with homemade knits :)

What’s on your knitting needles or sewing table at the moment?

Kat xx

Corrine cardigan

Hello Everyone and happy Sunday. Phew it’s been a while! I’ve been a busy bee behind the scenes and have a number of odds and sods to share with you, starting with my finished Corrine cardigan.

This project has been on the go for quite some time. It is a simple loose-fit cardigan and the pattern is freely available on Knitty. This is a great beginners pattern as it is very straightforward – if you can do a knit stitch you can knit this cardigan. There is no complicated stitches involved, and not even any purl rows to worry about. Instead the shaping is achieved using the “short row” technique. Basically, you place markers at defined intervals and knit to the first marker, turn and knit back to the start, then knit to the to the second marker and back to the start, and so on. This is a clever way of creating shaping that I hadn’t come across before, and creates a pattern in the finished garment which you can just about see in the back view below.

I used yarn from the Sidar Click range in a lovely variegated shade. This yarn is beautifully soft and I love the colour. The buttons I used were picked up at the Birmingham Rag Market last month. They are quite large, and I think that if I were to knit this again I would widen the button band, as there is some pull here which you can see in the pictures.

All in all this is a simple knit, although I must admit that I did get a tiny bit bored towards the end because it is literally just knitting up and down! Another great thing about this pattern is that the sleeves are knit by putting stitches on hold, knitting the sleeves and then picking up the body stitches later, so the only seams to knit are at the bottom of the sleeves. If you’ve been dabbling in knitting for a bit and want to branch out to your first garment, I would definitely recommend this pattern. I am pleased I stuck it out as this is a great cardigan and perfect for the spring weather we are currently experiencing.

I do have a bit of news to share with you and well; the boy and I went away for a lovely weekend in the Lake District at the end of March, and while we were there we got engaged! It was all a bit spontaneous, were were walking around one of the many lakes in the vicinity and he asked me if I wanted to get married. Of course I did (and do!). I wanted to wait until I had a ring to share the good news, and while I don’t quite have it yet, I did pick one yesterday when we went shopping in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

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Obviously I’m biased, but I think this is quite possibly the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I was debating whether or not to get a coloured stone and when I saw this ring I knew it was the one. Sadly I couldn’t take it home with me as I have to wait two weeks for mine to be made – I’m so impatient but I suppose two weeks is not too long to wait for something that I plan to wear for the rest of my life.

Wedding plans are still in the early stages, we are thinking April next year, probably somewhere in Derbyshire. We want something quite informal, laid back and very us. I’m not so keen on the term “DIY wedding” but we do plan to do a lot of it ourselves – for me this is one of the most exciting parts! I can’t wait to put my own (our own!) stamp on things. So exciting! Any hints, tips and wedding blog links would be greatly appreciated!!

Kat xx