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Friday, August 10, 2012

FO Friday

Happy Friday! No, better than that: happy FO Friday! It's true, I have something to fact, I have TWO somethings to show!

Yes, I am that good.

Insomnia gives me lots of late-night knitting time and I've been using it.

First up.......

Little Man wanted to help...

Pattern: Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe (links to my project page and the pattern page)
Time frame: started February 21, 2012; finished August 4, 2012
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Dublin (that's the green) and an unknown 100% acrylic that I picked up at Michael's (that's the pink)
Needles: US #9 (5.5 mm) 32" Addi Turbo circulars
Size: It's a baby blanket so I can make it whatever size I want...and no, I didn't measure but it's plenty big for a baby and will probably work into the early elementary school years...
Modifications: I used larger needles than the pattern called for and added an additional three pattern repeats on the horizontal (i.e., I added 21 stitches to make it wider)
Thoughts: This pattern was easily memorized and it had enough interest to keep me going. I don't know that I would make it again just because it took six months of work but I'm a slow knitter. It's a lovely pattern and then you make the Baby Sweater on Two Needles (by Elizabeth Zimmermann) and you'll have a little matching set :)

But wait, there's more!

Blurry but you get the idea...

Pattern: Simple Baby Cap #1 by Susan B. Anderson (links to my project page and the pattern page)
Time frame: started August 4, 2012; finished August 5, 2012
Yarn: Same as the blanket above...
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm) Chai-Goo 16" circular and DPNs
Size: Newborn/0-6 month (see modifications)
Modifications: I CO for the newborn size knowing full well my gauge would be off because I used worsted instead of DK weight yarn...but I made the length according to the 0-6 month size. I also added stripes which are not in the original pattern but it works just fine.
Thoughts: Once you're going on this pattern, it's easy peasy (which is kind of the point). I only really had to pay attention when I changed colors and when I got to the crown decreases. I knit this in just a few hours while up late at night watching episodes of Futurama.

And now, more lovely photos (including some modeling by Little Man)...

The matching set

Mama, boys don't wear pink...well, okay, I know I'm cute in it though...

Mama, are you sure this hat isn't going to be too big? It fits me...

Yes, baby, I know the hat fits you...but that's pretty much stretched to it's maximum. Besides, I made you one and you were able to wear it when you were little and you can still wear it now. So hush.

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  1. I love baby blankets and this one is very pretty. I will have to add it to my to do list :)

  2. well done on the blanket. They take soooo long! I just started a crochet one and I'm a bit freaked because it needs to be done by mid sept. eep!

  3. A super matching set, they both look great

  4. awww cute blanket and hat, I love the matching!!! have a knitty friday xxx

  5. They are beautiful and well worth all the knitting time you put into them. I love how they match. And why can't boys wear pink?

  6. Great job! Glad you got to finish some for insomnia! The blanket is very pretty!..and well babies heads grow..;)

  7. Awwww, what a handsome little boy!

    I love the hat and blanket--they both turned out so nicely!

  8. Wow, gorgeous baby blanket and hat! I love the color combo!

  9. OMGosh! What an awesome set Renee! The pink stripe among the green is perfect. The matching hat is cute!