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Knitting Up A Storm

Posted by on 7 September 2010

For the past few days, I’ve been knitting furiously as if my life depended on it. This is what I get for procrastinating for the past 8+ months — suddenly, I realised that A will give birth anytime soon and that I haven’t touched my knitting needles at all!

Panic set in as I realised that I didn’t keep the patterns that worked for me in the past. After a few hits and misses with some patterns from the internet, I finally found a pattern for baby booties that is simple enough for a beginner knitter like me and, importantly, are suitable for the yarn and needles that I had in hand. I tweaked the pattern a bit by adding 5 more ribbed rows (so that the tops can be folded over) and attaching these darling little pompoms to the finished booties (thanks to my OnlyGirl for the idea!).


Aren’t they just adorable?

Here are the booties again with the matching cap that I knitted using another simple pattern, again tweaked by adding a little pompom on top (upon the twins’ request).


I’m working furiously on knitting matching mittens using a ridiculously simple pattern from the same site where I got the booties pattern. Hopefully, I get to finish the mittens tonight so that T can hand-carry them for me all the way to Sheffield tomorrow.

Pics taken with my HTC Desire under fluorescent lights, so please accept my apologies for the blah colours.

I’m posting the patterns here for your easy reference, in case you get crazy enough like me to learn knitting despite living in the tropics.

Easy Knitted Booties
These booties can be made using baby, sport or worsted weight yarn. The finished size depends on the needle and yarn used. If you cannot cast off in ribbing, then take a crochet hook and crochet the stitches off.
Baby and sport yarn with a needle size 3/4 should yield a bootie with sole measuring around 2 inches. Worsted and size 6/7 needle should give you a newborn bootie w/sole measuring around 3 inches.

Cast on 28 sts. Knit 10 rows.
Row 11: K12, K2 tog, K2 tog, K12.
Row 12: Knit across
Row 13: K11, K2 tog, K2 tog, K11.
Row 14: Knit across.
Row 15: K10, K2 tog, K2 tog, K10.
Row 16: Knit across.
You should have 22 sts.
Rib these sts for 10 rows,K1,P1 or K2,P2. Cast off in ribbing.
Fold finished bootie in half and sew the center back seam and sole closed. Trim ends.

Bev’s Stretchy Knit Newborn Cap
It is super fast to knit up and will stretch to fit.
1 oz. of sport or baby yarn – not fingering
Size 4 knitting needles

Loosely cast on 68 sts.
Rows 1-5: k2, p2… repeat across
Rows 6-?: Knit all rows (garter stitch) for 4 inches.
Decreasing row 1: Knit 2 together across row (34 sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Next decreasing row: Knit 2 together across row (17 sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Next decreasing row: Knit 2 together across row (9 sts left)
Cut yarn leaving a 12″ tail.  Thread a large eye needle with the yarn and gently remove the 9 sts left on the needle.  Carefully weave the needle through the 17 sts and pull tightly to gather top of hat.  Now fold hat in half and whip stitch the sides together to form hat.
Add a  pompom if you’d like.

Ruth’s Knit Mittens
Gauge: 5 rows by 4 stitches = 1 inch
For newborn size use US6 needles and regular worsted weight yarn. 6-12 months size is in ( ).
For preemie use baby yarn and US5 needles.

Cast on 20 (24).
Work knit 2 purl 2 ribbing for 5 (7) rows.
Knit one row purl 1 row for a total of 12 (16) rows.
Knit 3, knit 2 together, * knit 4, knit 2 together, repeat from * across.
Purl next row.
Knit 3, knit 2 together, * knit 3, knit 2 together, repeat from * across.
Purl next row.
Knit 3, knit 2 together, * knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat from * across.
Purl next row. Cut thread leaving enough to sew up. Thread through the stitches on the needle, then sew along side seam.

Don’t know a thing about knitting but would like to give it a go? Try Mrs. Moskowitz’s tutorials on YouTube.

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