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Powder Blue: a squishy summer cardi for little girls

I am happy to present my latest design to you. I called it "Powder Blue" after the beautiful colorway of the Millamia naturally soft aran yarn I used for the sample.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

 

The yarn's perfect stitch definition really brings out the cable/seed stitch combination that is featured in this pattern. I wanted a short-sleeved cardigan with a sweet A-line swingy shape (my favorite, as you know!) that would really stand out. Cables and seed stitch add the perfect touch of chic, but since they are used sparingly, they keep things interesting without slowing you down too much.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

I also added a little seed stitch accent at the back to emphasize the empire waist.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

In spite of its name, I have used the Millamia aran as a worsted weight yarn, which is what I recommend for this pattern. A fun, seamless knit, Powder Blue is worked from the top down (without the need for circular needles by the way) and the result is a comfortable yet sophisticated summer cardigan for active little ladies or an extra layer for a new baby girl. Sizes available are 3mo to 8yo.

Powder Blue is available on Loveknitting, Ravelry and here on my website.

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.

 

A bouquet of daisies

Now that my latest design, Miss Daisy, is available in my Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy stores, I thought I'd share a few of my test-knitters' versions. This round of test-knitting was a real treat, and I'm so pleased with how the pattern works out in all different sizes! (all photos are used with permission. Clicking on photographs will take you to each project page on Ravelry). Image

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