Blended Rainbow Cot Quilt

I really like making a quilt that is planned for somebody special. It lets you add specific quirks just for the one you’re making it for. With a new nephew on the way, this cot quilt was so much fun to make. The pukeko pecking the seedling is ‘cos Raglan is full of the pesky garden raiders, the dog is for Dharma who has been the beloved only child for the last 16 years, the puffer fish for the beach, monarch butterflies roost in Raglan trees over winter and the rainbow is for this colourful little family.

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Raglan Cardigans

I like the way raglan sleeve cardigans fit on little people. The first two outfits are examples of a plain pattern that has been  customised. Unfortunately the pattern isn’t in print any more but there are plenty of examples on line.

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Ribbon stitch to add colour.

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Lacy diamond panel

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King Cole Jersey



Blokkenspel Fabric Puzzle

This continuous folding puzzle caught my eye to have in the hospital lounge at work. It’s hard to capture in a photo how therapeutic the repetitive folding is. If you search online for a, ‘Blokkenspel sewing tutorial,’ a Dutch site comes up which can be automatically translated. Pre-cut foam blocks can be purchased in NZ from Para rubber.

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Newborn baby hat.

As usual I’ve become obsessed with a new pattern idea. After a few awful attempts I’ve put together a basic idea that is working so far.

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Newborn Baby Hat Pattern

Note: This is a pattern that you can alter the look of depending on the stitch patterns you choose to use. I have shown two examples but feel free to use any ‘rib’ design or colour combination.

Materials: Less than a 50g ball of 4 ply wool, size 3.25 mm needles

Abbreviations: I’ve used commonly known abbreviations, please look online if you need to clarify.


# Cast on 100 stitches and k1, p1 rib for 4 rows.

# Choose a decorative rib pattern and work for 10 cm.

# Decrease for top: use garter stitch or stocking stitch for this part.

Row 1: k2, *k10, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 2: and all alternate rows, work with no decrease.

Row 3: k2, *k9, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 5: k2, *k8, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Continue following this decreasing pattern until 20 stitches remain, work the no decrease row.

Next row: k2tog to end (10 stitches)

Alt row: work with no decrease

Next row: k2tog to end (5 stitches)

Work 2 more rows on these five stitches to form a little peak, then thread yarn through a needle and draw up these five stitches and fasten off.

To make up: Stitch up the back seam, make a small tassel and secure to the peak.

It looked like a good idea at the time but now I’m not so sure! At the moment it looks like something that would dress the chicken before it goes in the oven not a newborn. Lucky sister getting this one!

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Cupcake Cake

Making a three tier cup cake birthday cake seemed the best way of making a joint birthday cake for three family members celebrating their birthday together. The three year old chose a train cake, while the ladies turning 30 and 60 years got fondant toppers for each cupcake that meant something to them.

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Making this newborn baby outfit was so much fun! The purple jersey is a ‘King Cole 2964’ pattern, the gorgeous Alfalfa hat is a free pattern by ‘Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens’, and the booties are a pattern I made up, (see below), to match the elfin style hat. They are all knitted in DK (8 ply) although Kate used aran (10ply) weight to fit a 3 month old in her hat pattern.

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Elfin Baby Sock Bootie

These are knitted with about 25 gm of DK (8ply) wool on with 4 x 3.25mm double pointed needles in the round.

The size is for newborn to 3 months. (For a bigger size, use larger needles and a larger ply wool.)

Abbreviations: Yarn round needle (YRN), together (tog), stitches (sts), needle (ndl), slip (Sl), Knit (K), Purl (P), Wrap & Turn (W&T) look on-line if you want more detail. ssk (slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit them together through their back loop)

From the top:

Cast on 32 sts, divide equally among the needles. Join, being careful not to twist and place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Knit 1 round then purl 1 round until 6 rounds are worked to form a ‘garter stitch’ border.

Knit each round until leg is the desired length from top to ankle (about 10 rounds to give a stocking stitch effect).

 Eyelet row: *YRN, knit 2 tog then repeat from * to end of row.

Knit 4 rounds.

Now get ready for the foot part of the bootie by redistributing the stitches on your three needles: needle 1 (heel): 16 sts, needle 2 : 8 sts, needle 3: 8 sts.

 Heel: is knitted back and forth across ndl 1.

row 1: Knit 14, turn.

row 2: Sl 1, P10, W&T.

row 3: K9, W&T.

row 4: P8, W&T.

row 5: K7, W&T.

row 6: P6, W&T.

row 7: K5, W&T.

row 8: Sl 1, P5, turn

row 9: Sl 1, K6, turn

row 10: Sl 1, P7, turn.

row 11: Sl 1, K8, turn.

Row 12: Sl 1, P9, turn.

Row 13: Sl 1, K10, turn.

Row 14: Sl 1, P11, turn.

Sock foot:

Knit across all needles for 12 rounds or until the length of the sock (from the back of the heel) is the desired length, less a bit for toes.

Shape toe and finishing:

rnd 1: ndl 1: k1, ssk, k across to last 3 st, k2tog, k1. ndl 2: k1, ssk, k to end. ndl 3: k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1.

Repeat round 1 until there are 8 sts remaining in all.

Slip all of the stitches on ndls 2 & 3 onto ndl 2 and knit 2 more rounds on these 8 st.

Cut wool, draw the tail through remaining stitches and pull tight. Secure end and weave in.

Knit 2 I-cords about 22 cm long to thread through eyelets. (Lots of tutorials on-line how to knit an i-cord. I used 3 stitches.)


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