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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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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.

Method:

# 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.

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