When a friend and fellow blogger, JenbearDublin had a baby girl recently, I decided a new little girl deserves a new little baby cardigan. What I eventually came up with for her is Poolbeg. It is knit from the top down in one piece, with short rows at the neck line, and a slipped stitch raglan yoke. The pattern includes variations for short and long sleeves, and is sized up to 14 years.
Little baby É was even kind enough to model it for me, and she was a lovely model! You can see the slipped stitch pattern continues down the back of the sweater for a bit of visual interest. The pattern is available from Raverly, and the short sleeved sample is at my booth at the Knitting and Stitching Show (J52) until Sunday.
Last year I knit my son a vest for his Christmas Day outfit. I also made one for the This is Knit baby. And now I’ve finally (8 months later) finished the pattern and put it up on Ravelry!
This vest takes only a skein or two of Dublin Dye Sock yarn and is knit in one piece from the bottom up. Three needle bind offs and picked up stitches mean this is my favourite sort of pattern – one where all you have to do after you finish knitting is sew in your loose ends.
If you know a little boy or girl would like a little vest, for Christmas or any other time, then you can get 25% off the pattern for the month of August with the code ChristmasinAugust.
I’ve been trying to catch up with myself all week, but I think I’ve finally got there. I was very productive last night while the husband was out – kids got fed and washed (some days much more of a struggle than others) some yarn got dyed and others got labeled, I got some knitting and TV time as well. And I finished final edits on a pattern.
Stepaside Socks in Dublin Dye Swing Sock
This is the first of three patterns that I’ll be publishing in the next few weeks. I’m rather excited because it’s my first ‘Dublin Dye’ pattern. This is also the first skein of Swing Sock that I dyed. I’d put it up on Ravelry last night, and this morning I woke up to this:
Apparently the ‘I’ll just quietly put this hear til the morning’ approach doesn’t work well when you start the pattern with ‘this is free for July’. So go, quick, and add it to your Ravelry library while it’s free for July!
Special mention goes to UnderMeOxter for all her editing help, @jewelandarlin for the photos, WoollyThinker for her layout design skills and several test knitters. WoollyThinker’s just published her own beautiful pattern, the adorable ElfBaby Hat that I am definitely going to have to knit!