Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Knitting for the Grands

It's my personal opinion, but shared by many of my knitting buddies, that knitting for babies/grandchildren has to be one of the most fun aspects of our fiber craft.

Case in point: this darling little shrug and the so-cute toddler vest shown below.

Entrechat by Lisa Chemery

What's not to love about this pattern? Every little girl needs that perfect shrug/sweater for cool summer days or nights, or when in chilly air conditioning. I like the one-button front closure, but my favorite parts of
this shrug include the little panel of lace insertion, and that back peplum! 

I used Paton's North America Bamboo Baby, which has unfortunately been discontinued. This is a lovely yarn to work with, very soft and machine washable, and in this case the *perfect* white.







Keene Toddler Vest by Marilyn Losee

This turned out to be the perfect pattern for a little vest for a little man.

I've been wanting to try out the Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn, which comes in such
rich colors, and is machine washable. The preppy navy and lime green was perfect for this project, and
it was an enjoyable and quick knit.





Do you knit for babies/toddlers? Do you have favorite patterns or yarns
that are your go-to's when knitting for this age group?

Happy knitting :-)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Butterick 5456

I was excited to see that the the July project for the Sew-Along Dinner Date Dresses group on FaceBook was Butterick 5456... this pattern was in my pattern stash just waiting to get noticed!


And so was the fabric.....the white textured knit had been ordered from Fabric.com in 2011, and the blue ITY print purchased around the same time, I think. LOL!

What a fun summer dress. Love the keyhole opening in the back, with those sweet ties.
I chose not to add the band at the bottom hem as the skirt ITY fabric was quite a bit 
lighter than the more beefy white textured knit. Actually, I initially cut this out with the longer
maxi dress length, but I liked it better short.













As always, I altered the bodice with a 1 inch FBA, and added 1 inch to the bodice length.
The pattern calls for a lined bodice, so I used the same bodice fabric as lining, which worked well.....except for the fact that the FBA resulted in a gaping armhole, which I took care of with a small dart coming out of the armsyce. I'll be sure to add this correction to the pattern itself for next time. 
Also, I did not add elastic to the waist as the pattern called for.



Not sure how I feel about the cut on "cap" sleeve.



 I wore this to work today, and it was so cute and comfortable!

              - Patty