Wonderful Wednesday #4: Fancy Ruffles

October, 22nd, 2014

Photography by Kickstand Studio

Fancy Ruffles

Well hello sweet little Cecilia! Aren’t you too adorable for words in your Fancy Ruffles?

Fancy Ruffles

As you know, I have all boys.  Most of what I do is for them and other fellows.  But every once in a while I get a wild hair and need to be a little girly.  So that’s what happened here.

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Ruffles is a pattern that includes 2 projects: a pullover and a diaper cover. It is sized from Preemie to age 4. Ceci is wearing the size 12 month top and the size large cover in order to fit her cloth bottoms.

Fancy Ruffles

Both pieces are worked from the bottom up.  The ruffles are knit separately and then attached seamlessly. The pullover features raglan style sleeves and a button closure at the back neck to help with fit. It also provides instructions for some alternatives like making a ruffled hem on the sweater or adding length to make it work with leggings. The bottoms include optional short row shaping (really only recommended if the cover will be worn with bulky cloth diapers).

Fancy RufflesThis pattern is written for intermediate level knitters who have some experience with techniques like i-cord, provisional cast on, picking up stitches and short row shaping–or folks that are willing to learn!

Fancy Ruffles

I used incomparably squishy Big Bad Wool Weepaca yarn in colorways Ashes and Lilac.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to give this yarn a try, you really owe it to yourself.  Its so dreamy to knit and the softness is just amazing.  Perfect for sensitive babies. Eliot Hoodie also features Weepaca, as does the final WW design for next week!

Fancy Ruffles

Of course you can purchase this pattern online, but you should also look for it at your local yarn shop!  Yarn shops can order this pattern though NNK Press; it has been added to the TT Signature Line which means that the hard copy includes a download key for the knitter to have both the printed pattern and a PDF for safekeeping. The sample will also be added to one of my trunk shows.

Fancy Ruffles

Thank you to Fancy Cecilia for doing such an excellent job modeling these pieces, and to her mama for lending her to me for the afternoon!  You will get to see her big sister next week wearing the final Wonderful Wednesday design.

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Pullover
Size: Preemie (Newborn, 6 months, 12 months)(2, 4)
Finished Chest: 14.75 (17.25, 19.5, 21)(22.5, 24.75)”
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows per 4” in stockinette
Yarn: 175 (225, 275, 325)(425, 500) yards color A and 50 (50, 75, 150)(150, 175) yards color B worsted weight yarn
Tools: Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, 1 to 3 (3, 4, 4)(5, 5) sets of spare circular needles ranging 0–2 sizes smaller than used for gauge (scrap yarn may also be used), size G crochet hook, stitch markers
Notions: 1 small button

Fancy Ruffles

Fancy Bottoms
Size: Preemie (Newborn, Small, Medium)(Large, Toddler)
Finished Waist: 10.75 (12.5, 14, 15.75)(17.25, 19)”
Finished Hip: 12.25 (14, 16, 18)(19.75, 21.75)”
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows per 4” in stockinette
Yarn: 75 (105, 130, 150)(170, 200) yards color A and 50 (60, 75, 80)(100, 110) yards color B worsted weight yarn
Tools: Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles and set of 5 DPNs, 1 to 3 (3, 4, 4)(5, 5) sets of spare circular needles ranging 0–2 sizes smaller than used for gauge (scrap yarn may also be used), size G crochet hook, stitch markers
Notions: 10 (11.5, 13, 15)(16.5, 18)” length 1” elastic for waistband, optional: two 7.5 (9.5, 10, 10.5)(10.5, 11)” lengths 3/8” elastic for leg openings

Fancy RufflesOh dear.  I just can’t seem to stop posting pictures.  They are just so sweet.

Fancy RufflesSo, we are closing in on the end of our month long adventure of Wonderful Wednesdays.  It has been fun for me to get excited about each design and share all the details with you.  I hope that you have enjoyed it as well!  Next week I will be giving a special surprise to the folks subscribed to the mailing list.  Make sure you join up so that you can receive it as well!

Fancy Ceci & her boyfriend

Eliot & Ceci… these two are good friends.

 

Wonderful Wednesday #3: Buttoned Slipper Socks

October, 15th, 2014

Photography by Kickstand Studio

The first couple weeks had cushy cabley goodness but this week we are moving on to a different kind of comfy! This project is just about as opposite as you can get from the fancy cablework of Eliot Hoodie.

This pattern is worked with super bulky yarn (shown in Rowan Big Wool) and so the slippers knit up super fast.  A perfect project for gift knitting, the season for which we are quickly approaching! The sizing is generous giving them both growing room and also the comfy factor.  Instead of working them with negative ease (meaning, smaller than the recipients foot, typical of most socks), you should aim to knit a size with the foot circumference that is the same or slightly larger than the child.

The toe, heel and cuff feature a textured reverse stockinette stitch pattern.  And the buttons… well, you have to choose the right buttons!  This is one of those projects that is defined by the buttons.  Mine came from a little etsy shop called AskCheese.

These slipper socks are worked in the round from toe to heel, featuring a short-row heel, then they are completed working back and forth to create the opening for the buttonband. Wrap and turn instructions are included for the short rows, so even if you have never done short row shaping before, you should be able to work this pattern.  Aside from the basics, the only other technique used here is i-cord.

Pattern Information
Size: Toddler (Child, Tween)
Finished Measurements
     Foot Circumference: 5.25 (6, 6.75)”
     Foot Length: 6 (7, 9)”
Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows per 4″ in stockinette stitch
Yarn: 30 (45, 70) yards A, 20 (25, 40) yards B and 15 (20, 30) yards C super-bulky weight yarn
Tools: Set of size 11 (10 mm) DPNs, stitch marker, sewing needle
Notions: 4 (6, 8) extra large buttons and matching thread
Pattern Note: Slippers are sized to be roomy-cozy; foot circumference should be close to actual recipient’s.

2 more patterns await you to round out this Octoberful of WW. If you missed the previous designs, click either of the photos below to read all about them.

Eliot Hoodie

Eliot Hoodie

Luca Slouch

Luca Slouch

Grow-With-Me: a Tot Toppers class

October, 13th, 2014

If you like knitting for babies and children, you may be aware that tots have a tendency to outgrow things.  Its pretty frustrating.  You spend all that time and invest in a quality yarn and then there are only a few months of wearability.  What if there was something you could do about this?  Some way you could manage to eek some more time out?

I didn't knit this to be a belly shirt...
I didn’t knit this to be a belly shirt…

As a mom of four growers, I have been studying this concept for a few years now.  I’ve developed a course to share what I have learned. I’ve taught the class a couple of times already and I promise, the minimal math included is not scary at all. I’ve got tips you can use both while you’re knitting the garment initially and also after the fact.

Your next opportunity to take the course is in just a few weeks at Loop in Philadelphia, PA.  If you’re anywhere nearby, you can read both the meet ‘n greet and class details on the Loop Blog.  I am looking forward to meeting some new Philly knitters who are ready to make some inroads against The Growing Problem!  As a side note, Loop just released a new yarn and I adore the color palette.  I didn’t even have the self control to wait until I could see it in person and had to order a few hanks right away.

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If you’re more in my neck of the woods–I’ll also be teaching Grow With Me in Nashville at Stitches South next April.  I have had a booth at many Stitches events in the past but this will be my first time teaching a class there.

If this subject matter interests you but my course locations don’t work for you (at least not yet!), my new book (coming next March) features an entire Grow-With-Me reference section.  You can even pre-order it now.   Lots more details are coming about this book over the next few months, I can’t wait.