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Buds and Blossoms Bonnet: the making of

This sweet little hat was released a couple days ago (you can still get an automatic 25% off! for a few more hours!), and I thought it would be fun to share a bit about how it came about.

As a mom, I quickly discovered that baby hats can be finicky. They tend to slip off babies' heads and can end up covering their eyes, which produces much shrieking and irritation and can result in your child declaring a no-hat embargo . My solution is to favor what was a staple of a baby's wardrobe in the "olden days" (and still is very popular here in Germany): the bonnet.

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Makes Things

I am a huge bonnet fan. I find them irresistible on a baby's noggin and they do tend to stay put. better than regular beanies.

This one has another practical perk: it also covers up the delicate neck skin that is typically exposed to drafts and sunlight in the Spring when it's sunny but still chilly out, but without adding bulk like a scarf would (plus I don't know many moms who use scarves on babies anyway).

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Pattern

The leaf scarflet is built-in and is nice and stretchy, so it follows the curve at the back of the head and neck for a great fit.

In my initial design sketch, I had only planned on making the simpler version of this bonnet, but once I knit it up, I couldn't resist adding a contrasting ruffle (as a pattern option) to create this over-the-top-cute, flower-in-bloom effect. I wish I had a real live baby to model this, but my daughter's dolly will demonstrate the fit (this doll is a true 3 month size which is quite convenient!):

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns

I think this design would work particularly well as a new baby gift: Work the bonnet/scarflet first (it's very fast to knit in worsted weight yarn, and completely seamless) and wait until you know if the baby is a "bud" or a "blossom" -- you can add the ruffle at the last minute if need be ;)

The pattern is perfect to stash-bust your worsted weight remnants! It comes in three sizes: Newborn, Baby and Toddler and you can purchase it here or on Ravelry.

 

Colorplay dress in action!

My daughter is 2.5 years old and very opinionated about clothing. Lately, she decided that whatever I make for her is not worthy of her time. She'll run away screeching as soon as she sees me coming towards her with a hand-knit in hand. 

So it was a bit of a miracle when she finally adopted this little Colorplay dress last weekend. She even hammed it up for the camera. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

This is the first sample I made for the Colorplay dress pattern. As you can see, I didn’t “sandwich” the flower pattern with the arrows on this one and that bothered me after all was said and done, so I re-knit a sample in 3mo size (you can see it on the pattern page). The arrow pattern is also a bit taller in this version. Oh, and I made a mistake in the hem flower pattern! There’s an extra row in there and the top petals are not the same size as the bottom ones.

For all these reasons, this sample did not end up being the featured sample on my pattern page, but I’m really in love with the colors, very Mini Boden I think! I am usually into muted color palettes for kid's clothes but once in a while I have a longing for a big pop of color. Probably a sign that I can't wait for the winter to be over! This dress still slightly long on my daughter (she wears 3yo clothing and this is a 4yo) but I think the fit is quite good anyway. I could see her getting a lot of use out of it.

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Many knitters are intimidated by colorwork -- I know I used to be, until very recently! But as it turns out, it only takes a few tricks to get a beautiful result. I think a child-sized garment is always a good choice to venture into a new technique, too!

My Colorplay Dress is meant to be used like a coloring book: consider my own choice of colors as an example, and then just select your own yarns and color away!

When this pattern was tested, it was so incredible to see how different the same design looked depending on how muted or vivid the testers' color combinations were, or how contrasting they were, not to mention the choice of background color or yarn type. You could go from a sweet and traditional schoolgirl look, to a super-bright and modern jumper to wear with glitter sneakers or rain boots ;)

Colorplay Dress calls for sport weight yarn like Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and is available in size 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase it here.

Chuck

Love this little sweater, I’ve been wanting to use this motif for a long time to make a sophisticated “Charlie Brown” sweater, with a big zigzag feature. Of course the motif could be omitted and leave the knitter with a great crew neck sweater template that could be personalized.

I think this will be so adorable on little dudes, but would work for little girls too of course! 
The construction is a breeze, top-down and completely seamless with just a few short rows at the neckline for a more comfortable fit.

Chuck calls for worsted weight yarn like Malabrigo Rios and is available in sizes 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase the pattern here

Robin Hoodie

I’m quite happy with this one, love the rustic / mini lumberjack feel for little boys. Though I could see it looking super cozy and more gender-neutral in a solid cream or taupe-ish color as well. 

I also wonder what it would look like in a more variegated or a semi-sold colorway? I think this stitch pattern would be interesting with some color variation. This is one of those, “can’t believe how simple it is to work, and how fancy it looks” stitch patterns. I’m always on the hunt for those!

So there you go, my version of the comfy hoodie :)

The pattern calls for heavy worsted/aran weight yarn, such as Cascade Ecological Wool and is available in sizes 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase it here.

Alouette

“Alouette, gentille alouette…”As sweet as a whimsical children’s song, this little cardigan is the prefect addition to a little girl’s wardrobe. Straightforward to knit with its top-down construction and pretty stitch pattern, it features lovely details such as the subtle flare at the top of the 3/4 sleeves, which echoes the overall swingy shape.

Alouette calls for sport weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry,Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Broderie

I wanted a romantic little girl dress, something with a hint of nostalgia but not too fussy. Think English garden tea parties! Something you could play croquet in :)The embellished bottom hem adds a bit of lightness to a clean, polished design but the dress is still comfortable and easy to wear. Two lengths are suggested: top or dress.

Broderie calls for sport weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry,Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Tartelette

This one is as irresistible as those miniature berry tarts, with its pretty cable edging and rich seed stitch “filling”.It can be as chic or as casual as you want, either paired up with a pretty summer dress in the evening or on a windy day, or simply dressing up a pair of jeans in the Fall. The back has a slight poof to it, to echo the puffed sleeves.

Several options are offered in the pattern: -two lengths (shrug and cardigan), -two closure types (button and I-cord) -two sleeve types (puffed or regular - short or long).

A very quick and fun knit, with an unusual construction, it will showcase your prettiest yarns and the little ladies are sure to love it!

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Tartelette calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry,Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Carousel

There is something a bit retro and playful about this one, like the carousels of our childhoods! You can just relax and enjoy the ride ;) Carousel is a very simple unisex cardigan that knits up in no time. Perfect to use small amount of leftover yarn, and to have fun with color! Two versions can be knit from this pattern: a short sleeve or a long sleeve version. Adorable pockets can be worked too.

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Carousel calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.