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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.

 

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.

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.

Peekaboo

“Peekaboo! I see you!” This classic crew-neck top-down sweater gets downright playful with its faux undershirt peeking out of it. Garter stripes offer endless customization opportunities while using up yarn leftovers, and cute faux seams add a nice polished touch. There’s even an option to add pockets!

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Peekaboo 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.

Boy Sweater

Here’s one that I think every little man AND every little lady should have :)Shawl collars are always nice and cozy under a coat -- especially for children who, like mine, adamantly reject scarves… Designed to be relatively close-fitting, this sweater won’t add bulk under a jacket. The twisted rib detail and a fun (and easy!) texture stitch add a bit of sophistication. Comfort and style!

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Boy Sweater 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.