In december I made this nice sweater as a present for a very little boy. It is size 1 year and is knitted with 2 colors Stylecraft Special DK , waterfall and white. On the front size i also knitted two polar bears. I like to knit and alternate it with a crochet project. Such a little sweater is a fun project to make. The pattern’s size can be found on the Jessica Tromp website. The closure is on one of the shoulders.
In december 2016 it was present time, so I made some gifts to unwrap on Christmas. But the presents had to be small and light for they had to travel overseas in a suitcase. It was difficult to imagine what the family would like to have. Nowadays everybody has all kinds of things so what present is there to give. My idea was to make a slipcover to put in a ladies bag in which you can protect your phone or you can put some other item in, like a smal box of paper handkerchiefs ore something else.
The slipcovers, I made three for three ladies, where all made from nice colorful cotton. I use often SMC Catania for it has a nice shiny touch. Every cover is made from 2 small Granny squares. They were combined to a small case. After joining them I made a bottom and an upper part with a flap wherein a buttonhole was made. The granny pattern came from a book, but it was a bit too big, so I altered the last rounds of the grannies. Most work came afterwards, the threads hanging loose.
The toddler dress, I am knitting ask for a knitted piece of string to close the dress. Mostly I crochet such a piece. But this day I remembered I had somewhere a little machine that could also do this for me. It was an old piece kept from my mothers stash when she died. I had never used it. I remembered also where I had put the little machine and so I took it from its drawer and opened the box and there it was the knitty mouse. I even have tried it and made a nice piece of string for the baby dress. The original machine is German and called strick maus. Translated it is knitty mouse. You put a weight on a yarn thread and than twist the machine and the piece of cord will be made.
The last days of the year were busy days. Making foods for new years eve kept me busy. In between I was knitting a small spencer for a little boy and his bigger brother. The pattern is from a book I got on my birthday “Klompelompe”. It was a dutch translation of the very popular Norwegian baby and toddler patterns packed in a book. Just before the year ended the second spencer was finished.
I have already started a new baby knit from the book, a simple dress in toddler size. I have knitted the year away. The first project of 2017 will be this pink dress. I have also a crochet project in my working basket. But that is a much bigger size cardigan, I will write about it another time.
The little spencers are made with Stylecraft special DK remnants and knitted on a pair of needles size 4.0 mm. The first had color storm blue the second petrol. The edges are knit in seed stitch.
Happy New Year, Elzeblaadje
I started with my blog in 2013 with the intention to show all beings of my Fantasia-land world.
But it took some time before I published my first Fantasia pattern. Now I have published my second pattern, the Enchanted Fairy Tree.
The pattern is all about making a nice fantasy tree. You need some brown and some different colored yarns, for example SMC Catania cotton. Furthermore a small hook, 2.5 mm, a carton roll, some coated wire, some aggravation, like stones, some light-weight stuffing and a yarn needle.
Think about putting some stones in the base of the tree, so it will stand alone. Make your balls with light stuffing. How you have to construct the roots is all in the pattern description.
The pattern is to be found on this page >> Enchanted Fairy Tree
This week I finished a blue crocheted cardigan. It was not my first hooked cardigan. I have made a few some years ago. But this one was specially made and designed by myself. After making some blankets this was a real challenge to do. A hooked garment becomes often a bit heavy and thick. I avoided this by using an open stitch structure. For the band, edges, cuffs and shoulders i used the moss stitch or granite stitch. An easy stitch with the advantage that the piece will be straight and neat. It takes a lot of yarn, but not so much as only single crochet. The main stitch I used is a variation on the granite stitch and also a net stitch. Instead of single crochet, half double crochet is hooked. Take great care to crochet the edges very neat. I changed the row by making 2 single crochet in the last space and 2 ch, turn and put the hook in the first space after these last sc’s and make a sc followed by a 1 ch.
For the measurements I used a pattern of Jessica tromp and the grannies are from the book Granny squares crochet. The granny is named star 1. I made 20 grannies for the cardigan. 10 where used on the waist side and the other 10 on the upper sleeve sides.
- Make first the grannies, 22 in total, each granny is 4 inch
- Crochet 10 – 12 of them together for the waist (I made 11 and 2 halves)
- Crochet the waist band from the grannies downward in moss stitch
- Crochet the front sides and back side in main pattern upward from the grannies
- Crochet in moss stitch the shoulders on the front sides and secure them to the back
- Crochet the neckband in moss stitch
- Crochet in moss stitch the left and right front band, don’t forget to make buttonholes, best is to crochet the bands alternately so they become equal in size
- Crochet the sleeve grannies to each other
- Crochet downwards the sleeves in main pattern, decrease every fourth row
- Crochet the cuffs in moss stitch
- Crochet a few rows on the top side of the grannies
- Crochet or sew the sleeves into the armholes.
- Sew a few buttons to the front band
The yarn I used is Stylecraft Special DK, 7 -8 balls, and hook 4.0 mm, Colors used were, silver, storm blue, white and some leftover yarn in different colors.
This year I made some nice baby outfits. But I didn’t blogged about it because most baby knits are surprises for the mama’s and papa’s to be! For a little boy in England, that was born this summer, I made a very little debardeur or spencer. Along with it I made a Toad hat and a simple Just born hat with stripes. The toad hat was inspired by Mario bros from Nintendo. The debardeur was a pattern from Tante Hilde (aunt Hilde) . A toadstool applique was hooked to decorate the spencer. The spencer can be opened on the sides and shoulders so you can easy wrap your baby in it. The big bear showed the outfit. The baby size was 62 cm. The used Yarn Katia Peques. Needle 2.5 and 3 mm were needed. The toad hat was my own design.