This is the second in a pair of hoodies for Sarah’s twin boys. I love the vintage diamond texture of this hoodie! The pattern is from Kristen Rengren’s Vintage Baby Knits book and I used my go-to yarn for baby knits — Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash.
This is one of those knits that seems to have taken forever to finish. I started it in July and then picked it back up again a few weeks ago. I’m really pleased with the results though so I’m glad I finally finished it!
For a sense of scale, check out the clothespins. These are seriously tiny pants! My sister’s best friend is having a baby soon and I promised I’d whip up a pair of Kanoko Pants. It’s a quick, fun and seamless pattern by Yumiko Sakurai and I used one of my favourite superwash wools, Mission Falls 1824 Wool.
So many baby knits lately — I have an urge to knit something really large and time-consuming…
[Photos courtesy of Chris]
When I first started knitting I was more inclined to make up my own patterns. Sometimes they worked out, other times not so much. I was more adventurous in a way, less focused on proficiency and more on experimentation. I had completely forgotten about an early hat I made for my brother, but when I saw him over the Christmas holidays he told me he still wears it. Since I can barely remember making the hat, I figured it was high time to replace it. Or at least add to his collection!
I decided on Jared Flood’s Turn a Square – a toque with raglan decreases and subtle striping. I used Mission Falls 1824 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The hat takes less than a ball of each, so it could be a great project to use up some of your yarn leftovers.
Here are some other man-friendly patterns I came across in my search for my brother’s birthday hat:
Windschief (Ravelry link) by Stephen West
Golden Autumn (Ravelry link) by Lucy Sweetland
Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk
Thorpe (Ravelry link) by Kirsten Kapur
I had a serious cute attack last weekend at Mokuba, where I picked up the pink ribbon for this cape. There were so many sweet, frilly options! Now that I’ve finally settled on the finishing touches, I’m ready to wrap this up and send it on its way to my friend Kozue and her baby girl Kaede in Kanagawa.
I used Mission Falls 136 Merino, a nice Canadian option, since Kozue and I met while she was studying in Vancouver and Canada has been close to her heart ever since. Her daughter’s name is actually Japanese for maple.
The pattern is another great one from Kristen Rengren’s Vintage Baby Knits. I can hardly wait to see photos of Kaede in the cape – this has to be one of my favourite baby knits so far!
I’m almost at the end of my holiday knitting, which is good since I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning! Hints were dropped for a muff, so I decided on a slightly modified version of Cirilia Rose’s Hanne. I’m not sure if it was the stitch pattern or me but I ended up with the wrong stitch count two times. Not a believer in third time lucky, I switched to a similarly shaped stitch from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Powder Puff on pg. 136). It was a fun project to make. There was some assembly required – it’s knit in two separate layers, then padded with batting and secured with running stitches to anchor all three layers.
These are Those Mitts by Leslie Friend. This pattern, along with other great ones (hello, toast and toasty!), is available as a free download in her blog sidebar. I can see why this is her “go-to” pattern for mitts. I love them!
I used Mission Falls 1824 wool in Raven for both the muff and mitts. Can’t get enough!
[Muff photos courtesy of Chris]
[Ravelled Hanne Muff; Ravelled Those Mitts]
I love the slouchiness of this hat! I don’t know if I’ll be able to give it up… Katushika’s Wurm pattern is available for free (along with some other great patterns) and knits up quickly enough to make it a perfect last-minute holiday project. I’ve been loving Mission Falls lately. This hat took about two and a half balls of their 136 charcoal merino. One feature of this pattern that I love is that the hat band is doubled, which makes for a neat-looking, snug finish.
[Photos courtesy of Chris and his awesome new camera]
Happy Canada Day! The only connection this post has to my country’s birthday is the yarn used for this project. Mission Falls is 100% Canadian!
A Baby Yoda Sweater knit for Oliver, a new BC baby. Mission Falls 1824 Cotton makes this perfect for a coastal summer and autumn – lightweight and soft. I knit this in pieces and then assembled according to the pattern. If you have a deep hatred of sewing up (perfectly understandable!), there are seamless versions on Ravelry that are knit from the top down.
I love the texture of this yarn. There’s something pebbly about it. This was my first Mission Falls project but it won’t be the last! I bought enough yarn for another Yoda in a different colourway. When it comes to yarn, decision making is not my strong point.