Made this simple but very sweet cardy for the new baby - in softest bamboo again. Then I had some of that lovely stuff left, and so why not knit a few baby beanies to give to you! I've made a black one and am currently working on a turquoise one (will be finished tonight I hope). If you want one (for your wee one, your niece/nephew, your neighbour's new sprout, your best friend's...) just leave a comment, next week Wednesday Lieveke will draw some names out of a beanie.
Hey why don't you give it a go yourself? Here's the in-the round-pattern for the newborn (up to 6 months) beanie, I've sort of made it up along the way. I used 4 bamboo double sided knitting 'sticks', size 3.25 and Cleckheaton pure bamboo - I really recommend this yarn, it's light, silky, ever so soft and it knits up an even and slim stockinette. You can use any yarn that fits the 3.25 sticks really, but some yarns (for instance Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino) will make the beanie more bulky. Takes about 2 sessions of 2 leisurely hours for you to finish this enormous project.
- CO 80 st, spread over 3 needles (26,28,26)
- knit in the round till about 5", then :
- round 1 : [k8, k2tog] x8 = leaves 72 st
- round 2 : [k7, k2tog] x8 = 64 st
- round 3 : [k6, k2tog] x8 = 56 st
- round 4 : [k5, k2tog] x8 = 48 st
- round 5 : [k4, k2tog] x8 = 40 st
- round 6 : [k3, k2tog] x8 = 32 st
- round 7 : [k2, k2tog] x8 = 24 st
- round 8 : [k1, k2tog] x8 = 16 st
- round 9 : [k2tog] x8 = 8st
- knit the beanie cord in the round on these 8 st till cord is about 4",
- thread through, secure, turn hat right side out, tie a knot in cord
- as easy as that!
- if you try it out, happy to help and please do give feedback on the above simple pattern, always room for improvement.
And in the giving atmosphere, those pretty fabrics and the little 'berry-forest' baby vest (hand knit from homespun wool!) came from the generous Sally. Thanks so!
Next week and the week after I plan some more to give - and I know Kimberlee has something up her creative sleeves too, we did promise oodles of time ago (gnaw gnaw guilty conscience) and I for my part am sort of realising that when the new babe arrives I just won't get to it, so there you go, March will be give-aways month, don't miss!