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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.

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.

Tutu Top

Sweet and simple and super-swingy… The idea was to give that gauzy, “tutu” feel while keeping this top modern and practical.The result is not too frilly but definitely girly!

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

Silverfox Hats

Soon after I released my Silverfox Cardigan I started receiving requests for a matching hat. I pretty quickly came up with a cute little bonnet using the same cable motifs on garter background -- I love bonnets for younger babies and toddlers who will instantly remove any other type of hat placed on their heads, and thus, here's Silverfox Bonnet (which comes in sizes Newborn to Child:)

But of course, the bonnet style is a bit girly, and I thought I'd better come up with a classic beanie as well, with a slouch option because why not, and sizing from Newborn to Adult. Behold Silverfox Beanie and Slouch:

So here you go, 2 Silverfox Hats, available both as individual patterns and as a discounted eBook (click on image to go to Ravelry for eBook purchase):

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Catch Up post: Summer Into Fall

DSC_0500 This design has been in my head, pretty much exactly as you see it above, for years. The ruffles on the straps, the V-shape of the straps at the back (cute but also ensuring the straps do not fall off of the shoulder!), the side tabs and A-line shape...

I am not sure why it took me so long to knit it and write it up. It's the perfect instant-gratification project: a very easy knit, it also includes a few "tricks" to make it look polished and practical. It calls for aran-weight yarn, so it knits up extremely quickly, and uses very little yarn. It's a versatile garment, which could be a worn as a back-to-school jumper/pinafore dress over a shirt and tights, or as a simple summer dress.

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I was so impressed with the versions that my test-knitters made that I made a little collage (the photos were used with permission): doesn't it look completely adorable on all these sweet little girls?

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Summer Into Fall calls for aran weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Catching Up post: Silverfox cardigan

SilverfoxCardi_CU_smI don't usually knit cables very much, let alone use them in designs, I'm not sure why, I think I might carry this impression from my beginner-knitter days that they are an expert skill (like fair-isle, steeking etc).

But I do love the look of cables, especially when they don't overwhelm a garment (well, sometime, cablepaloozas are fun!). I'm particularly fond of garter stitch and cables together, which you don't see much of for some reason. I think there is a nice contrast between the squishy garter stitch and the disciplined cables imbedded in it, particularly for children's clothing.

The cable here is very simple and repeated everywhere, so the charts/written instructions aren't really needed after the first repeat (I really dislike having to constantly refer to a chart, it takes me out of my knitting groove!). I also wanted to do a variation on the raglan yoke, something that looked a bit like a saddle shoulder, featuring that pretty, tight cable. I also used this same cable along the button band and used its natural properties to my advantage: since it pulls the fabric a bit, it naturally lowered the front neckline, meaning no shaping was needed. It stiffness also made the front bands lay very nice and flat.

Finally, I wanted to pay extra attention to the finishing details, including some more intermediate techniques that I haven't used very much in my patterns: I-cord edgings, I-cord bind-off, grafting (a tiny amount of that only, I promise!!).  The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, completely seamlessly, which I also don't tend to do, but it was the best option for this design.

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So here's the result, which I am so proud and happy with. This is another one where my tech-editor and amazing test-knitters were beyond helpful. It's also one of the handmade things that my daughter has worn the most. For those who are curious, I'm working now on a matching bonnet as well as a beanie. Coming very soon, stay tuned!

Silverfox calls for dk weight yarn and comes in sizes 6 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

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