Super cute jumper for a super cute little person

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Some excellent layering going on here. A very stylish baby!

I really enjoy knitting baby clothes. They are so small and cute, they don’t need any shaping and they come together super fast. What’s not to enjoy!

This jumper is for baby Frances who is a particularly adorable little person. Well, really it’s for her lovely mum Kerry but you know what I mean! I’ve been a bit tardy with my ‘welcome to the world’ present as she’s nearly 6 months old now…..still at least it’s jumper wearing season now!

As Kerry is a knitter I decided to go through her Ravelry queue. This was a very fruitful approach but also made me feel like some kind of crazed stalker……I was feeling very clever when I came up with this approach but as I started work on the jumper I realised that I might be depriving a fellow knitter of a project that she actually wanted to make not just own…then I remembered that new mums don’t have much time for knitting and carried on!

I picked Livingston by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne in the end. It’s cute, it features buttons and the little seagulls are very sweet. I also liked the fact that the sizes went up quite a bit to allow for some growing room (If I’m making someone a jumper I want them to be able to wear it for more than 5 minutes!).  I used Rowan Cashsoft 4 Ply which I had left over from Emelie. I have no idea why this wool was discontinued! It’s lovely and soft and it goes in the washing machine!

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The pattern itself was a little random. This is the first time I’ve come across a bottom up raglan….. and to be honest I couldn’t quite figure out why that approach was taken. I was feeling far too lazy to adapt it to be top down though so I just knitted it as it was suggested.

The seagull repeat was really easy to follow. After a couple of rounds I didn’t even need to look at the pattern. Once I got the part where the sleeves and body where joined together it got a bit confusing (the original pattern is in French so I suspect meaning may have been lost in translation)  so I just ignored the instructions and had a guess and it worked out fine!

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Both mum and baby like the jumper and it looks super duper cute on. It’s nice and baggy so there’s growing room and room for layers underneath. I’m told that the style is good for little people too as the opening at the top makes it nice easier to get on. All in all I’m very pleased!

Baby jumper from left over wool finished!

The baby jumper is all finished and blocked.

I’m really please with the way that its turned out. The re-used wool has dried nice and flat and I think the colours look pretty good. The pattern suggested a crocheted button band but I just picked up the stitches and knitted them. I found some buttons in my embarrassingly large button collection which I think go rather nicely.

I hope that Mum and baby like it!

A baby jumper from left over wool

In a couple of weeks time I’ll be going along to a baby shower for a friend of mine (I know that ‘baby shower’ is an American expression but I’m not entirely sure what the English alternative is….). I wanted to make her a little something for her new baby however I’m watching the pennies a bit at the moment (the perils of being freelance and waiting for people to pay you!) so I wanted to see what I can do with wool that I already have lying around.

For some reason I have lots of little bits of 4 ply. Some of it is left over from other projects and other bits were still attached to half finished baby items or hats that weren’t quite working.

As I’m using so many different bits of wool I doubt I’d be able to match up a back and front so I’ve opted for a jumper which is knitted in one piece. I’m hoping that this way the stripes will look deliberate rather than a bit random. I don’t want it to look like it’s made from scraps (which won’t put across the ‘yay, I’m very excited about your baby!’ message I’m going for).

There are  a lot of ends to weave in for this project but I’m actually finding that okay. The stocking stitch gets a bit dull so it’s nice to be able to break it up with some end weaving in.

Its not looking very smooth at the moment. I have my fingers crossed it will look better when blocked.

I’m not sure if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl so I’ve opted for a combination of colours to cover all bases. While I personally don’t believe in putting boys in blue and girls in pink (I’m no fan of gender stereotyping and had an awesome time playing with trains and refusing to wear anything pink, frilly or with a skirt as a child) when I’m knitting for other people I try  to keep to fairly gender neutral colours. Lots of people are very old fashioned about that sort of thing and I’d be very upset if I spent ages making something for a child that its parents wouldn’t let it wear because it was the ‘wrong’ colour.

The problem with putting a jumper together from odd bits of wool  (some of which has been unraveled from other projects) is that it does look a bit shoddy. I have my fingers crossed that when I’ve finished blocking it will look much better and the uneven stitches will look lovely and flat and even. As it’s really small it’s coming together very quickly and I’m knitting it super fast so I’ll know very soon if it will work or not.

I’m hopeful that it will look great, if not I’ll be whipping up a super fast pair of booties.