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This is a modified version of a pattern the Bead and Opal Wool Queen used to have on their website.

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All in One 4 Ply Garter Stitch Baby Cardigan

Description: Knitted from the bottom up, vee neck, 50g of 4 ply wool, 3.75mm (UK no. 9) needles, new born baby.

  • Cast on 97 stitches and garter stitch for 64 rows, on the 49th and 63rd row make a buttonhole like this: (knit to the last 4 stitches, YO, k2tog, k2 to end of row)
  • On the 65th row, decrease 4 stitches evenly across the row to now have 93 stitches.
  • To work the right front and sleeve: Knit 25 stitches, cast on 18 more stitches so you have 43 stitches. Leave the other 68 stitches on a needle to use later (I wrap a rubber band on the end so the stitches won’t slip off)
  • On the 43 stitches, garter stitch 5 rows.
  • Decrease for the v-neck by Garter stitching for another 36 rows, decreasing each 4th row by knitting to the last 7 stitches on the v neck side and knitting two together then knitting to end (35 stitches remain).
  • Cast off.
  • Left front and sleeves: Slip the next 43 stitches from the spare needle onto another spare needle, secure with a rubber band and set aside for the back. Cast on 18 stitches then knit the remaining 25 stitches from the spare needle. Work the left sleeve and front including the v neck decreasing to correspond with the right front. Cast off.
  • Back and sleeves: Slip the remaining 43 stitches to another needle again to get the correct side facing you. Now pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the right sleeve, across the 43 back stitches and pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the left sleeve, 79 stitches.
  • Knit 36 rows on these 79 stitches. Cast off 32 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Knit 6 more rows on these 17 stitches and cast off.
  • To finish, sew the seams along the top of the sleeves, easing in the 6 short rows at the top of the back. Sew on two buttons.
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This free beanie pattern was based on Gina Doherty’s Skull Hat pattern, with a few changes to the border. I cast on 98 stitches using 3.25mm needles for the inner layer and 3.75mm needles for the outer layer of the hat, hoping this would be the right size for an eight month old. My tension wasn’t great on the fair isle, I pulled it too tight and as a consequence think it’s more a 3 month old size. Live and learn!I shaped the top using Jennifer Lee’s “Sandy” crown shaping.

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So many new things to learn when trying your hand at 2 ply wool lace knitting. Rather than buying special needles I found some very pointy, double ended needles and blocked one end with a rubber band. Then it was how to read a graph rather than each row of the pattern being written out. I did a fairly simple horseshoe lace, apparently in the ‘Shetland style’, so the return row was garter stitch meaning the pattern was the same on both sides. Enjoyed it but couldn’t read and knit at the same time because everything was a bit small and fiddly. Had a go at blocking the finished scarf so it was washed and dried stretched out so the pattern showed up more. Good to have a try, the wool feels very soft but quite tickly.

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I found this leaflet pattern in the op shop which looks way too retro. The basic pattern is perfect to knit up for children 6 – 12 years, so here is a modern take on an old pattern.

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There’s something about pockets on a plain cardigan that takes it up a level. Here’s a simple ‘pocket pattern’ to add to any plain pattern you already have. I’ve knitted in an ‘L’ but you can knit on anything that will fit.

Pockets for Child’s Cardigan

Cast on 18 stitches and knit 1 row

Increase each end of the next 3 rows as you work in stocking stitch, (24 stitches)

Stocking stitch another 20 rows

Rib k1, p1 for 6 rows then cast off.

Pin then stitch to your cardigan about 4 rows above the rib or wherever you think it looks right!

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One of my all time favourite patterns is this free baby hoodie from favecrafts. It’s knitted in 8ply (DK) and only uses 4 x 50g balls. I’ve knitted it heaps of times but this is the first time in black 🙂 https://www.favecrafts.com/Knit-Baby-Clothes/Baby-Hoodie-Knitting-Pattern

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Another favourite is Sublime’s,  ‘Henry Tank,’ pattern from the third book (612).black hoodie and vest 005

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I have a friend who has just had a 1.6 kg baby. This is a cute pattern that I’m hoping will fit. Found at this site it’s knitted in four ply. It looks so tiny!  http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/my_pages/babywear/hkp/017.shtml

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