hello New Girl

September, 11th, 2015

Photography by Erica B. Studio + Design
Graphic Design by Mary Joy Gumayagay
Sample Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet in Twill, Buzz Lighter & Brooch


From the moment the New Guy collection came together, I knew I had to create a counterpart for little girls. Though my household has not been graced with the presence of a tiny Her,  I just recently got my very first niece.  I finally have the opportunity to make dainty wee things whether she likes it…


… or not!


Like New Guy, the designs are sized from Preemie to Toddler with a variety of options.  For example the newborn bunting can be knit like this for the tiniest recipients:


Or, finished like this if they are ready to rock it all over town:


And maybe you want to make it with long sleeves, directions are included for that too. Or, pair it with a delicate little cardigan:


The cardi is very versatile, it even looks good with no pants! Bahahaha. 


There are 3 accessory designs in the collection and they are sized even for older little ladies past the toddler designation. I feel like these warmers need to be knit in every size so she always has a pair. 


The colorwork included is whimsical and minimal and any of it can be simplified by working duplicate stitch after you knit, replacing the stranded work with stripes or even leaving pieces solid, the better to match everything in her wardrobe. I used scrumptious Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet for my samples and the colors were just perfect. 


The New Girl e-book will be released in early October and the hard copy booklet will follow a few weeks later.  You can get the booklet at your local yarn shop while you are snagging your New Guy.   Friends will call you the baby shower Queen. You can also pre-order the collection from me through my website.  If you choose to pre-order, for the price of one version of the booklet ($12) you will receive:

•  E-book as soon as it is released
•  Booklet as soon as it is available
•  Custom Tot Toppers stitch markers
•  Custom New Girl gift tags

The pre-order offer is available only up until the e-book is released, as early as October 1. After that, both versions of the booklet will be sold separately at their regular prices.  To get the package, place both the booklet and the e-book in your cart on TotToppers.com and apply the code NEWGIRL at checkout.


I have one other little incentive for you.  If you’ve not snagged your copy of New Guy yet, and you choose to purchase it in the same transaction as your New Girl pre-order,  I’ll follow up with you and send you a 25% off coupon for the pattern of your choice from my shop. I’m also able to apply this to previous purchases of New Guy that were placed on my website but please do drop me a note about it after you purchase New Girl.  


Yarn shops, I have an offer for you as well.  NNK Press will be offering a 10% pre-order discount on your wholesale purchases of New Girl until they get the booklets in stock in October.  You will also receive a complimentary e-book as soon as it is released so that you can whip up some samples for your shop. These projects are so tiny and quick that it will take you no time at all. Click here to view my books at NNK Press.


I hope you’re ready to create a delightfully squishy ensemble for a very special little lady.  No matter whether you’ll get to hold her every day or see her in pictures from afar, she’s sure to feel the love in every stitch.  Pamper that darling for as long as she will allow it.


The New Guy in town.

June, 1st, 2015

Photography by Erica B. Studio + Design//Graphic Design by Mary Joy Gumayagay

It’s no secret that I am a boymom.  Today I am super excited to present my latest collection which focuses on the newest of little guys. Creating knit layettes for my children was one of my great joys during pregnancy. This particular set includes favorite pieces inspired by my youngest.

He will be turning two next month (ahhhhh!) and it’s so bittersweet for me knowing that he is my last.  It just made sense that I should finally get around to the patterns I drafted way back then, even if some of his little pictures do get me all teary eyed.

The designs are sized from Preemie to Toddler and they also include a variety of options for versatility, such as differing sleeve or pant length. Knit the colorwork as shown, or simplify any design by working it in a color changing yarn or replacing the stranded work with easy stripes.  Eliot had a little help with the modeling, check out precious Sawyer below!  He was only about a week new when we took his pictures.

New Guy is available from your local yarn shop (shops click here to purchase wholesale from NNK Press!) as well as here in my store. The e-book is available now, and comes with your pre-order hard copy package!  Pre-orders are $12 and also include a couple of custom Tot Toppers stitch markers and even adorable gift tags. Place both versions in your cart and apply the code NEWGUYDROOLS at checkout to receive the pre-order discount.

There are five designs total including the Hug Me Hat, Kiss Me Romper, Welcome Mocs, Hello Kimono & Wee Hat. The book provides yardage estimates for knitting the entire layette or you can just pick your favorites and go one at a time. Just make sure to choose the recommendation for the right options (sleeves/pants).

I used Shibui Staccato to knit my set.  It is a beautiful fingering weight yarn available in a wonderful array of colorways. I purchased it at a wonderful yarn shop called A Good Yarn Sarasota.  I actually was knitting and designing the Kiss Me Romper while I was in the shop for a teaching trip! I considered calling it “A Good Romper” ha! All of the projects feature the same gauge of 30 sts over 4″.  You only have to swatch one time for 5 projects!  Bonus.

No matter which outfit you work up, you cannot skip the Welcome Mocs.  They are such a fun treat to knit and I should know because I had to knit a whole lot of them in order to get them exactly how I wanted. They go so very fast and I love the funky fringe accent.

OK now I’m going to get a little sentimental.  You’ve already got the pertinent info so feel free to skip my sob story :) But the good news is that is has a happy ending!

Though Eliot’s was my shortest pregnancy by a couple of months, it seemed to last the longest as it was fraught with complications that threatened both our well beings.  Most of these pieces were originally knit in the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist’s waiting room prior to my bi-weekly appointments. The reason I initially knit two versions of the Kiss Me Romper was because we didn’t know just how preemie he would be and I wanted to be ready no matter what. Not only did knitting calm my nerves during a very tenuous time, it also was my outward sign of choosing joy despite the uncertainty. These pieces lent me peace, brought me comfort and ultimately happy tears when he finally was safe and well enough to wear them, not to mention squeals from hospital staff as I became known in the NICU as “the knitter.”  I wanted to share some real life photos of the set in action keeping my munchkin warm in his earliest of days.


Whether you’re a pregnant mom, anxious grandparent, ready-to-spoil aunt or uncle, or the best friend ever, I hope this little layette inspires you to create something cozy and sweet for the new guy in your life, no matter if he is on the way or settling in during his first few years.

I Hope You Win

March, 19th, 2015

It’s March 19 which means that the Knits For Boys: Little Men KAL is officially underway! It’s time for me to reveal all the amazing prizes that are up for grabs.  In order to be eligible for prizes, you simply need to post photos in our Ravely knitalong thread & have your project posted on Ravelry tagged LittleMenKAL. The project needs to be from the Knits for Boys book and be linked up to the appropriate pattern. For this knitalong we are keeping it simple, everyone gets one entry as long as you follow the rules.  Also feel free to grab and use this badge for your project!



I am really picky about my yarn.  I really put a lot of thought into every yarn choice and that’s why I’m so glad to be able to offer prizes that feature the yarn I used in the book! Leading up the KAL, we had blog giveaways for three projects, Jesse Half-Zip/Anzula, Caden Vest/Madelinetosh & Twisty Crew/Plucky Knitter. Here’s what’s up for grabs now: all prizes include enough yarn to knit any size in the book.

From Skacel, one winner will receive HiKoo Simplicity to make Winston Henley in the colors that I used in the book.

Also from Skacel, one winner will receive HiKoo Kenzie to make the Imagination Sweater in the colors that I used in the book.

From Spud & Chloe, one winner will receive Fine to make Stripy Socks in the colors that I used in the book, along with an adorable happy little project bag. This bag is so cute!


From Berroco, one winner will receive Vintage to make Comfy Shorts in the color of their choice.

From Lorna’s Laces, one winner will receive Sportmate to make a set of Long John PJs.

From Anzula, one winner will receive Cricket in the colors that I used in the book in order to make the Sunday Best Bowtie & Suspenders.

Also from Anzula, one winner will receive Squishy in the color that I used in the book in order to make Prepster Vest.

From Plucky Knitter, one winner will receive Bulky in the colors that I used in the book in order to make Jake Jacket.

Thank you so much to all of these supportive yarn companies for your generosity!  You have up to 3 weeks to get your project going and join our knitalong.  Winners will be announced on April 9.

This contest is limited to US residents.
Each participant may win only one prize package.