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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

FO: Andy the Owl

Hello everyone, here I am back from a lovely few days away at a spa, and with a brand new finished project to show you! Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will already know of my love of owls. They seem to be very “on trend” at the moment but I have collected them in various guises since I was very small and used to dress up in a brown poncho and flap my “wings”! I’m not really keen on the fact that owls are now “in fashion” and am secretly waiting for them to fade out so I can be unusual again…and so I am not tempted to purchase everything in owl shape I see in the shops!! Given my slight obsession, it was never going to be long before some of my feathered (or in this case, not so feathered!) friends started popping up around these parts. So with this in mind, I would like to introduce you too…Andy the Owl!

He was so named because I sewed him together whilst watching Andy Murray storm to victory in the tennis to claim a well-deserved gold medal. As I type this, I have just watched him win a silver in the mixed doubles. Isn’t the Olympics addictive?! Go Team GB! My boyfriend is displeased with the lack of alliteration in the naming, but I am currently drawing a blank at British Olympians starting with an O!

The pattern for this cushion come from a bumper pattern magazine/booklet called The Ultimate Knitting Stylebook, which I would highly recommend…there is so much I want to knit from here! I started knitting this on my commute to work a few months ago, although when it came to the coloured front it became too big to transport so I knitted the rest in front of the TV. This project was an opportunity to practise working with colour including intarsia and stranding…many a time I got all the balls of wool in a tangle and had to stop to unravel them! However, this did make for a nice neat wrong side, as you can see in one of the pictures below.

I also had a chance to practise my crochet skills for the front frills…it has been a while since my crochet class and I have not done any since then, but I was pleased that I was able to pick it up again quite quickly, once I had translated the instructions!

This was a great project to use up scraps of wool I had in my stash from other projects. Because of this I used wool of different thicknesses which has resulted in a little but of tightness around the eye area in particular where I was also stranding behind – however hopefully this is not too obvious! You may also notice that Andy is looking a little flat – this is because I ran out of stuffing, so poor Andy will have to wait until next weekend when I am able to pick up some more, but I just couldn’t wait to share him with you.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Anyone else out there enjoying the Olympics? It is so easy to just sit and watch it all day long – I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow where it will be so much harder to get my fix!!!

K xx