Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Maxine Baby Cardigan - Mini, Midi, Maxi

 
Mini Maxine
  
I love to see little girls in pretty dresses
 
 
Most dresses look great with short cardigans
 
 
This cute little cardigan for a baby of around 3months has a simple shape - and pretty eyelet rows.
It comes with instructions for three lengths - Maxi, Midi and Mini - perfect for any outfit.
 
Maxi Maxine

Midi Maxine

Mini Maxine


Maxi Maxine                          3months



Size:
Width:   17"- 18"
Length:     10"

Tension: 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
Requires:
Around 56g of DK (8ply) yarn
6 buttons

Using DK yarn and 4mm needles ~

Cast on 64sts

 
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           K12, yrn, k2, yrn, k6, yrn, k2, yrn, k20, yrn, k2, yrn, k6, yrn, k2, yrn, k12

Row 8           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 9           K13, yrn, k2, yrn, k8, yrn, k2, yrn, k22, yrn, k2, yrn, k8, yrn, k2, yrn, k13

Row 10         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 11         K14, yrn, k2, yrn, k10, yrn, k2, yrn, k24, yrn, k2, yrn, k10, yrn, k2, yrn, k14

Row 12         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 13         K15, yrn, k2, yrn, k12, yrn, k2, yrn, k26, yrn, k2, yrn, k12, yrn, k2, yrn, k15

Row 14         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 15         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), K12, yrn, k2, yrn, k14, yrn, k2, yrn, k28, yrn, k2, yrn, k14, yrn, k2, yrn, k16

Row 16         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 17         K17, yrn, k2, yrn, k16, yrn, k2, yrn, k30, yrn, k2, yrn, k16, yrn, k2, yrn, k17

Row 18         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 19         K18, yrn, k2, yrn, k18, yrn, k2, yrn, k32, yrn, k2, yrn, k18, yrn, k2, yrn, k18

Row 20         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 21         K19, yrn, k2, yrn, k20, yrn, k2, yrn, k34, yrn, k2, yrn, k20, yrn, k2, yrn, k19

Row 22         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 23         K20, yrn, k2, yrn, k22, yrn, k2, yrn, k36, yrn, k2, yrn, k22, yrn, k2, yrn, k20

Row 24         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 25         K21, yrn, k2, yrn, k24, yrn, k2, yrn, k38, yrn, k2, yrn, k24, yrn, k2, yrn, k21

Row 26         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 27         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k18, yrn, k2, yrn, k26, yrn, k2, yrn, k40, yrn, k2, yrn, k26, yrn, k2, yrn, k22                 

Row 28         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 29         K24, slip next 30sts onto a stitch holder, k44, slip next 30sts onto a stitch holder, k24          

Row 30         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                 (92sts)  **

 

Row 31         Knit

Row 32         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows 3 times more

Row 39         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 40         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 41         Knit

Row 42         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows 4 times more

Row 51         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 52         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4      

 

Row 53         Knit

Row 54         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows twice more

Row 59         K4, * k1, s1, k1, psso, yrn, rep from * to last 7sts, k1, s1, k1, psso, k4

Row 60         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                          (91sts)

 

Row 61         Knit

Row 62         Knit

Row 63         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 64         Knit

Row 65         Knit

Cast off

 

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 –

Next row       K1, *s1, k1, psso, yon, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1

Next Row      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

 

 

Midi Maxine



Size:
Width:   17"- 18"
Length:     7 ½ "
 
 
Tension: 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
Requires:
Around 42g of DK (8ply) yarn, for the short sleeved version
5 buttons




Cast on 64sts

Work exactly as Maxi Maxine until **

 

Row 31         Knit

Row 32         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows 3 times more

Row 39         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 40         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Row 41         Knit

Row 42         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows 2 times more

Row 47         K4, * k1, s1, k1, psso, yrn, rep from * to last 7sts, k1, s1, k1, psso, k4

Row 48         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                          (91sts)

 

Row 49         Knit

Row 50         Knit

Row 51         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

 

Row 52         Knit

Row 53         Knit

Cast off

                  

 

Sleeves ~ Both Alike

 

Make long or short sleeves

Long sleeves - from Maxi Maxine

Short sleeves – from Mini Maxine

 

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons

 


Mini Maxine




Size:
Width:   17"- 18"
Length:     5 ¾"

Tension: 
22sts = 4" (10cm)
 
Requires:
Around 36g of DK (8ply) yarn
4 buttons
 


 
Cast on 64sts

Work exactly as Maxi Maxine until **

 

Row 31         Knit

Row 32         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 

Repeat last two rows once more

Row 35         K4, * k1, s1, k1, psso, yrn, rep from * to last 7sts, k1, s1, k1, psso, k4

Row 36         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                          (91sts)

 

Row 37         Knit

Row 38         Knit

Row 39         K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 40         Knit

Row 41         Knit

Cast off

                  

 

Short 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

 

Row 5           K1, *s1, k1, psso, yon, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1

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
 
 
 

 you will find a boy's version here ~
 




Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fiesta Granny Blanket

I had so much fun making this bright blanket!
 
It was a real stashbuster - I used up small amounts of orange, green, peach, red and grey - and tied them all together with white.


 
 
 
When it was finished it made me think of a Mexican Fiesta -
so I decided to call it my Fiesta Blanket!
 
 
 
 
 
To make your own Fiesta Blanket ~
 
Start by crocheting a traditional four-rounds granny square using four bright colours.
 

 
 

 
Continue by working in white only for a further 8 rounds
 
 
 
Next ~ make 16 four-round granny squares -
I made mine all different but used the same colour for the outer round
 
 
 
Join the squares together in the shape of an empty square frame and add this around the blanket.
I crocheted mine together but you could sew them if you prefer
 
 
Continue by working around the outside in white only for a further 12 rounds
 

Finish by crocheting a bright four-round border using a different colour for each round.
I used a shell stitch on the last round to give a more finished look.


Top Tip ~ darn away the ends as you go .......... it's really much better than leaving them all to the end!


 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set



This cute little baby hat, mittens & booties set is just perfect for a newborn baby gift.
 
They are quick & simple to make - and a great way to use small amounts of yarn.
All three only require around 46g in total!
 
 Knit them in traditional pastels or in modern bright colours.

Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set ~ Hat, Mittens & Booties


Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set     0- 3 months

Requirements:

 

DK (8ply) yarn – or any yarn which knits to a tension of  22sts = 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch

in two colours which look good together together  ~  I used a contrast colour and white

4mm knitting needles

Baby Hat with Garter Stitch Ridges
 


Size:


Width:             12", 30.5cm all around 

Height:           6", 15cm

Pattern:

Using 4mm needles and contrast colour  ~

Cast on 65sts

 

1st  Row           S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

2nd Row           S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more

Add in white

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

Using white  ~

11th Row         Knit
12th Row         Purl
13th Row         Knit
14th Row         Purl


**  Using contrast colour ~


15th Row         Knit
16th Row         Knit

Using white ~


17th Row Knit
18th Row Purl
19th Row Knit
20th Row Purl      **


Repeat from ** to * *twice more


Continue in white only ~


Shape the top ~


1st Row           (K6, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                    57sts
2nd, 4th,6th,8th,10th Rows     Purl
3rd Row          (K5, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     49sts
5th Row           (K4, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     41sts
7th Row           (K3, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     33sts
9th Row           (K2, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     25sts
11th Row         (K1, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     17sts
12th Row         (K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                            9sts


Cut yarn (leaving a long ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly
Sew up the seam

Darn away ends

 

 

Baby Mittens with Garter Stitch Ridges

 
 
 

Size:

Width:    5", 13cm all around 

Length:  4.5", 11.5cm

 

Pattern:           Make two mittens the same

 

Using 4mm needles and contrast colour ~

Cast on 29sts

 

1st Row            S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

2nd Row           S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

Repeat last 2 rows 8 times more

 

Add in white

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

**  Using white work 4 rows in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl)

 

Using contrast colour  knit 2 rows **

 

Repeat from ** to ** twice more

 

Using white ~

Next row         Knit

Next row         Purl

 

Shape the top ~

 

Continue in white only ~

Next Row:    K1, s1, K1, psso, k9, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, k1                (25sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Next Row:    K1, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1                 (21sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Next Row:    K1, s1, k1, psso, k5, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k5, k2 tog, k1                            (17sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Cast off

Join top and side seam.  Darn away ends

 

 

 

Baby Booties with Garter Stitch Ridges

 
 

Size:   

 

Length of sole:            4”  (10cm)

 

 

Pattern:           Make two booties the same

 

Using white ~

Cast on 41sts

 

1st Row            Knit

2nd Row           Purl

 

Add in contrast colour ~

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

Using contrast colour ~

Knit  2 rows

 

Using white ~

5th Row           Knit 

6th Row           Purl

7th Row           Knit

8th Row           Purl

 

Using contrast colour ~

Knit  2 rows

 

Using white ~

11th Row         Knit 

12th Row         Purl

13th Row:        K16, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k16

14th Row:        P15, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p15

 

Using contrast colour ~

15th  Row:       K14, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k14

16th Row:        K13, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k13

 

Using white ~

17th Row:        K12, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k12

18th Row:        P11, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p11

19th Row:        K10, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k10

20th Row:        P9, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p9                                  (25sts)

 

Using contrast  colour ~


Knit 1 row

Rib 13 rows

Cast off loosely              (if you find this difficult – use a larger needle)

Sew seam along the sole

Sew back seam

Darn away ends

Fold down cuff
 
 
 
 
 
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