Tuesday, 7 April 2015

RUBEN Baby Boy Sweater

There are so many cute little sweaters, cardis, boleros and jackets for baby girls..........
 
but not so many for the boys.
 
So I thought you all might like this new design.
 
Simple and easy to make - knitted from the bottom up - sleeves, back and front - then joined and worked together for the top (yoke)
 
RUBEN Baby Boy Sweater  0 - 3 months


You will find the pattern at ~

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rubens-baby-boy-sweater



 

Monday, 30 March 2015

V-stitch Blanket

 
After making so many baby jackets and hats in the last couple of months,
I was left with loads of small amounts of lots of different colours.
 
So..... I decided to make a V-stitch blanket
 
Marianna's V-stitch Blanket
  
This stitch is much easier to DO than to explain !!

If you can make granny squares..... then...... you CAN make this blanket !

All you need to know is how to chain,
and how to make a treble crochet stitch (UK) or double crochet (US)
 
There are also many internet tutorials that might help you
 

 
Basically - make a foundation  or starting chain of the length you want, depending on your yarn thickness. Using DK (8ply) yarn and a 4mm crochet hook I made a chain of 105sts - this has given me a width of  28" (71cm)
 
First Row
Make a treble (UK) stitch in the 5th chain from the hook, make 1 chain, then another treble in the same stitch ............. this makes the first V
 
Miss the next chain, then, make (1 treble, 1 chain, 1 treble) in the next stitch
 
Continue this all across the row, ending with 1 treble in the last stitch
 
 Next Row
 
 Chain 3sts, turn
 
Make a V-stitch in every V-stitch of the previous row, and end with 1 treble in the last stitch
 
Repeat last row as many times as desired ............
 
That's all there is to it! Change colour every row if you want a stripey effect
 
 
 
 * * * * *
 
However ~ I call this my 'Seven Row, Stop and Sew Blanket'
 
I really can't bear to sew or darn away all the ends when the blanket is complete ........ so I make myself stop and do this after every seven rows.
 
Well ..... if I am really honest ..... sometimes after a few glasses of happy juice (vino) on a Saturday night I don't really manage to actually do this ........ the blanket grows so quickly ..........  but I catch up as soon as I can :)
 
 
 




 
 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

JAY Baby Cardigan




Jay Baby Cardigan - Short Sleeves

Jay Baby Cardigan - Long Sleeves

 
JAY                  Baby Cardigan Jacket                        0 – 3 months

Size:
Width:           17"

Length:         9½ "

 

Tension: 

22sts = 4" (10cm)

 

Requires:

Around 48g of DK (8ply) yarn for the short sleeved version

3 buttons

Using DK yarn and 4mm needles ~

Cast on 63sts

 

Rows 1 & 2     Knit
Row 3            K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4 & 5    Knit
Row 6           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

 

Row 7           K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k12           (71sts)

Row 8           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 9           K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k13           (79sts)

Row 10         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 11         K13, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k14           (87sts)

Row 12         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 13         K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k15       (95sts)

Row 14         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 15         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k26,  kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k16                                                (103sts)

Row 16         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 17         K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k28, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k17       (111sts)

Row 18         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 19         K17, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k30, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k18       (119sts)

Row 20         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 21         K18, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k32, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k19       (127sts)

Row 22         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 23         K19, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k34, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k20      (135sts)

Row 24         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 25         K20, kfb, k1, kfb, k23, kfb, k1, kfb, k36, kfb, k1, kfb, k23, kfb, k1, kfb, k21       (143sts)

Row 26         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 27         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k25, kfb, k1, kfb, k38, kfb, k1, kfb, k25, kfb, k1, kfb, k22                                 ( 151sts)

Row 28         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 29         K24, slip next 30sts onto a stitch holder, k43, slip next 30sts onto a stitch holder, k24          

Row 30         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                 (91sts) 

 

Row 31         S1, knit to end        

Row 32         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 33         K5, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4

Row 34         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 35         S1, knit to end        

Row 36         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last 2 rows five times more

 

Row 47         K5, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4

Row 48         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 49         S1, knit to end        

Row 50         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last 2 rows five times more

 

Row 61         K5, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4

Row 62         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 63         S1, knit to end        

Row 64         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Knit 5 rows

Cast off

 

Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike

 

Put the 30sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle. Rejoin yarn.

 

Row 1           S1, knit to end        

Row 2           S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 3           K1, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last st, yo, k1              31sts

Row 4           S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 5           S1, knit to end        

Row 6           S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Knit 5 rows

Cast off

Make the second sleeve in the same way

Sew up sleeve seams. Gather together underarms

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons

 

Long Sleeves ~ Both Alike

 

Put the 30sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle. Rejoin yarn.

With right side facing –

Row 1           Knit into front & back of first st,  knit to last st,  knit into front & back of last st

Row 2           S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 3              S1, knit to end of row

Row 4              S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Repeat last two rows until 4” (10cm) have been worked from armhole, ending after completing a wrong side row

With right side facing –

 

Knit 5 rows

Cast off

 

Make the second sleeve in the same way

Sew up sleeve seams. Gather together underarms

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons

 

Variation ~ for a version with more eyelet rows ~

Follow the instructions above to row 30                         91sts

**Row 31      K5, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4

Row 32         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 33         S1, knit to end        

Row 34         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat the last 2 rows once more **

 

Repeat from ** to ** 4 times more

 

Row 61         K5, *yo, s1, k1, psso, repeat from * to last 4sts, k4

Row 62         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 63         S1, knit to end        

Row 64         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Knit 5 rows

Cast off
 
 
 
 
You will find smaller premature sizes of this design at ~
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Topaz - Premature Baby Cardi

This little premature baby cardi is so simple ...... but so sweet!
 
Knitted top-down ~ and only two tiny sleeve seams to sew up.
 
Small, medium and large premature baby sizes.
 
Topaz Premature Baby Cardigan Jacket
 
 
With contrasting colour borders - the choices are endless .......
 
 
Topaz ~ Small Premature Baby Cardi    
 
 
Size:
Width:         12"
Length:       6"
 
 
Tension: 
 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
 
Requires:
 
Around 22g of DK (8ply) yarn
 
2 buttons
 
 
 
Using contrast colour yarn and 4mm needles ~
 
Cast on 51sts
 
Rows 1 & 2   Knit
Row 3          K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4        Knit
Change to main colour ~
Row 5          Knit
Row 6          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7          K8, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k9
Row 8          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9          K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k10
Row 10        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11        K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k11
Row 12        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 13        K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k12
Row 14        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 15        K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), K8, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k13
Row 16        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 17        K13, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k14
Row 18        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 19        K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k15
Row 20        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 21        K17, slip next 22sts onto a stitch holder, k29, slip next 22sts onto a stitch holder, k17
Row 22        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                (63sts) 
Row 23        Knit
Row 24        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Repeat last 2 rows seven times more
 
Change to contrast colour  ~
 
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
 
Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike
 
Put the 22sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.
 
Using contrast colour yarn  ~
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way
Sew up sleeve border seams
Gather together underarms, using a length of main colour yarn
Darn away ends
Sew on buttons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topaz ~ Medium Premature Baby Cardi
 
 
Size:
Width:         13 ½"
Length:       6 ½ "
 
 
Tension: 
 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
 
 
Requires:
 
Around 28g of DK (8ply) yarn
 
2 buttons
 
 
 
Using contrast colour yarn and 4mm needles ~
 
Cast on 55sts
 
Rows 1 & 2   Knit
Row 3          K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4        Knit
Change to main colour ~
Row 5          Knit
Row 6          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7          K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k10
Row 8          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9          K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k11
Row 10        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11        K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k12
Row 12        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 13        K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k13
Row 14        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 15        K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k14
Row 16        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 17        K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15
Row 18        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 19        K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k26, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k16
Row 20        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 21        K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k28, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k17
Row 22        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 23        K19, slip next 24sts onto a stitch holder, k33, slip next 24sts onto a stitch holder, k19
Row 24        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                (71sts) 
Row 25        Knit
Row 26        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Repeat last 2 rows nine more
 
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
 
Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike
 
Put the 24sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.
Rejoin main colour yarn
 
Row 1          S1, knit to end     
Row 2          S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Using contrast colour yarn  ~
 
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way
Sew up sleeve border seams
Gather together underarms, using a length of main colour yarn
Darn away ends
Sew on buttons
 
Topaz ~ Large Premature Baby Cardi
Size:
Width:         15"
Length:       7½ "
 
 
Tension: 
 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
 
Requires:
 
Around 30g of DK (8ply) yarn
3 buttons
 
Using contrast colour yarn and 4mm needles ~
 
Cast on 59sts
Rows 1 & 2   Knit
Row 3          K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4        Knit
 
Change to main colour ~
Row 5          Knit
Row 6          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7          K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k11
Row 8          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9          K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k12
Row 10        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 11        K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k13
Row 12        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 13        K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k14
Row 14        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 15        K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k15
Row 16        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 17        K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k26, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k16
Row 18        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 19        K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k28, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k17
Row 20        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 21        K17, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k30, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k18
Row 22        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 23        K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k32, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k19
Row 24        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 25        K21, slip next 26sts onto a stitch holder, k37, slip next 26sts onto a stitch holder, k21                                                             (79sts)
Row 26        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 27        S1, knit to end
Row 28        K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Repeat last 2 rows eleven times more
 
Change to contrast colour  ~
 
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike
 
Put the 26sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.
 
Rejoin main colour yarn
 
Row 1          S1, knit to end     
Row 2          S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 3          S1, knit to end     
Row 4          S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Using contrast colour yarn  ~
 
Knit 5 rows
Cast off
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way
Sew up sleeve border seams
Gather together underarms, using a length of main colour yarn
Darn away ends
Sew on buttons