ABC Blanket

ABC Blanket

I’d always wanted to make an alphabet baby blanket. There’s just something so cute about the idea, and I figured it would make for a more interesting knit than my go-to baby blanket pattern, the Big Bad Baby Blanket from the original Stitch ‘N Bitch.

A family friend and his wife had a little boy last month so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally make one! I settled on the ABC Blanket from the Fall/Winter 2010 Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. A very pretty combination of seed stitch, cables and of course some ABCs in a textured stitch pattern using Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk.

ABC Blanket

I’m sure there will be no shortage of babies to knit for, so the Lullaby Blanket by Jennifer Lori (published in the second St-Denis magazine) and the Alphabet Blanket, also by Debbie Bliss (from The Baby Knits Book) are next in line!

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Waffel Hat

Waffel Hat

Waffel Hat

Continuing on the hat kick, this is Anna & Heidi Pickles’ Waffel Hat. It’s a great free pattern – the stitch pattern is easy to memorize and knit in aran-weight yarn it comes together really quickly. The only modification I made was to cast on 96 stitches instead of 112.

You may recognize the yarn (ahem) – Debbie Bliss Fez. I promise I’ll mix it up a bit for my next post!

Waffel Hat

I knit Katherine and Robert hats for Christmas and Katherine posted some great photos of them over on her blog. Katherine’s hat is Gudrun Johnston’s Norie in Rowan Felted Tweed DK and Robert’s is Jane Ellison’s Griffin in Filtes King Australian Merinos. It makes me so happy to see them in their knits!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Huaraz Hat + Mitts

Huaraz

This is the first pattern I’ve knit by Kirsten Kapur although I have many faved on Ravelry. Huaraz comes with some variations to choose from: no earflaps, short rounded earflaps, long rounded earflaps and long pointed earflaps. I made the no earflaps version for my sister and then found out that she really, really wanted an earflap hat. So… rather than alter this one, which I really like, I’m making her Alexandra Tinsley’s Wabbit Season as well.

Gray Dawn Mitts

To go with the hat, I made a pair of Theresa Lasichak’s Gray Dawn mitts – a fantastic free pattern using a mock cable stitch pattern. This was a perfect commuting project – mock cables look great and you don’t have to worry about dropping your cable needle on the bus. My sister is a huge fan of these. I think she only took them off when she was sleeping.

I used Debbie Bliss Fez for both. I can’t get enough of that yarn!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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More hats and some cables too…

16 Cable Hat

Continuing on the hat kick… this is the 16 Cable Hat by Circé Belles Boucles. Nice, chunky cables worked in Debbie Bliss Fez. I really love teal right now and this is the perfect shade. I made the beret version and I think when I make another I’ll give the smaller, fitted version a try.

Raymond

And this is Jane Ellison’s Raymond from Queensland Collection Book 9. It’s a bit big for me but should fit the recipient quite nicely! I used the last of the now discontinued Estelle Alpaca Cashmere Tweed.

Cabled Cowl

Cabled Cowl

For something a little bit different (but just a little bit), a cabled cowl in Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Susan Lawrence wrote her free Tuesday Night Cowl pattern for three different weights of yarn – worsted, aran, and chunky – so it’s a great pattern if you have a skein or so of yarn in your stash that needs a good home.

If you’re on your own holiday knitting kick right now I wish you luck with it! I have to admit, I’m feeling the pressure! What are you making?

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Aeonium Hat

Aeonium

Aeonium

We had our first proper snow day in Toronto on Sunday. The first snow of the winter always makes me so happy – I’m a West Coast girl and I still get excited even after eight years in Ontario. A snowstorm probably wasn’t the ideal situation for a photo shoot but Chris got a few snaps in before his lens got wet.

The pattern is Woolly Wormhead’s Aeonium from Twisted Woolly Toppers. It’s a great pattern and I have another from the book in my queue as well – Slable (Ravelry link). I’m especially in love with Debbie Bliss’ Fez yarn. The colourways are amazing and I love the merino/ camel blend.

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Cable and Rib Hoodie

Cable and Rib Hoodie

Cable and Rib Hoodie

Another in what will likely be several baby/ child knits in a row! This hooded sweater is going to one of my friend Sarah’s soon-to-be-born twin boys. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss’ The Baby Knits Book and the yarn is Diamond Yarn’s Fine Merino Superwash.

Learning how to pick up stitches properly has made projects like these a lot more fun. I have The Knitter’s Bible to thank for that particular skill. The hoodie is knit flat and once you’ve seamed the front, back and sleeves, you pick up stitches for the hood and placket band.

Cable and Rib Hoodie

Cable and Rib Hoodie

The final photo looks a bit ghostly. Apologies for not thinking of a less creepy way to display the hood!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Snapdragon Tam

Snapdragon Tam

Snapdragon Tam

Jane brought me back the loveliest Donegal tweed from Ireland. You can just make out the angora halo in these photos – so soft in colour and texture. I think it turned out to be the perfect choice for Ysolda Teague’s Snapdragon Tam.

Snapdragon Tam

I know I’ll love wearing this hat – thanks Jane! And I have some gauntlets planned for the Aran Tweed, also spun in Donegal. Ireland will make a fantastic knitting excursion someday!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Cable & Moss Stitch Jacket

This is an unbelievably tiny sweater. So tiny I’m having trouble picturing a person small enough to fit in it. A six-12 month old Albertan will be wearing it soon enough though! The pattern is from Debbie BlissThe Baby Knits Book. A straight-forward cardigan knit in moss and stockinette stitches with cabling throughout and inset pockets.

I really love these vintage mother of pearl buttons (courtesy of Etsy). And furthering my crusade to dress babies everywhere in luxurious materials, cashmerino aran was perfect for this little sweater! 55% merino wool, 33% microfibre and 12% cashmere. Yummy!

Mr. Bear

Mr. Bear Full BodyThis bear is for little Jindra. It, or he, or she was a labour of love. I’m hoping that Jindra won’t want to take off and put on the lamb suit. I’m hoping he’ll just leave it on. Hiding the weird neck work I did.

Ugh. I just found this very helpful assembly post. Why didn’t I look for this before I butchered the neck. I ended up making a second gusset and attaching it to the neck opening.

I really like this book though – Debbie Bliss’ The Baby Knits Book. Really sweet and cozy things. And knitting with her cashmerino aran is really lovely.

Mr. Bear’s close up