Category Archives: BABY

PROJECT Ondawa (in denim)

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Ondawa (in denim)

My friend Reney is into Rowan Original Denim yarn (ON SALE NOW), and the other day she asked me a common question; What would look good in it? This is a question I both dread and adore. The dread comes on first because I usually need time to think about things and give a thoughtful answer. Then, once I’ve had some time to process, comes the love; I get to trot out all the different ideas and examples, it’s a big creative game of research and “compare and contrast”.

One thing that’s at the top of my mind for Rowan Original Denim is Guernsey or Gansey (a style of fisherman’s sweater) – the denim yarn looks STUNNING knit up in a guernsey. The picture above is a project I found on Ravelry of Michelle Wang’s Ondawa made with Rowan Original Denim – I think it’s a thing of beauty!

Notes

Find our Denim Hacks & reference links (basically, wash it in vinegar to stabilize the colour and knit it a smidge longer).

Size

  • finished bust: 43¼ (47½, 51¾, 56¼, 60½, 65)”
  • Sized to fit approximately 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52)” bust

Materials

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Photos: janetwynne, Brooklyn Tweed, Amirisu.

Other patterns that I think would look amazing made with denim are Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood and Void by Melanie Berg (the denim Guernsey Wrap on the left is made by janetwynne).

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Guernesy looks especially good on men (maybe because they were created for them): above are Bowline by Tin Can Knits (you should knit with 4mm/US6 needles and make one size larger) and Beagle by Norah Gaughan.

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Photos: Tin Can Knits, jennyinmaine.

Flax is a simple top-down, seam-free FREEBIE from Tin Can Knits that would look awesome made with Rowan Original Denim for anybody at any age to be worn in any season!

 

 

 

 

PROJECT Sweet Pleat

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Sweet Pleat

This adorable little dress is the perfect gift for any little girl. It comes in sizes from 6mohts to 12 years, and is made with Quince & Co Kestrel (ON SALE NOW), which is nice and cool for warmer weather and is of course machine washable.

Size

To fit: 6(12, 18) months and  2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years

Materials

  • Quince & Co Kestrel: 3 to 7 skeins  (see pattern for details)
  • 5.5mm/US9 needles (see pattern for details)
  • Tapestry/darning needle
  • Pattern

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Sweet Pleat COMBO

FREEBIE & FINISHED Chevron Baby Blanket

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Chevron Baby Blanket

We just finished a Chevron Baby Blanket made with Cascade Avalon and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried to choose colours that were fairly neutral without being heavy on the yellows and greens. If you’re looking for colour inspiration check out all of the finished projects on Ravelry, there’s always lots to look at in there.

The Cascade Avalon feels great as a baby blanket, it’s soft, wool-free, totally vegan, and feels soft and cosy (kind of like the outside of your favourite sweatshirt) knitted up. It’s also totally washable: machine-wash cool, tumble dry low. This is very important to me because I like projects to have some longevity, I put time and energy into them and I want them to be used for a long time and wear well (within reason, a well-loved baby blanket will hopefully see some wear). Let’s face it, babies are messy creatures, parents are short on sleep, and hand-wash knits INEVITABLY end up in the machine. Cascade Avalon is also a good price, at $8.97 per skein, the project comes in under $45 (not including needles or taxes). You’ll also have enough yarn left over to make a baby hat or two (you can find the yardage we used in our Project Notes).

Materials

  • Cascade Avalon: 1 skein in each of 5 colours (we used 01 white, 02 silver, 16 blue radiance , 17 enamel blue, 25 georgia peach)
  • 5mm/US8 needles (or larger if you are a tight knitter)
  • tapestry needle
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes

 

FREEBIE & Canada Day Weekend Hours

 

Canada Day Weekend Store Hours

Friday June 30:  11 am to 6 pm

Saturday July 1:  CLOSED

Sunday July 2:  CLOSED

Monday July 3:  11 am to 6 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch 12 to 4 pm)

 

 

Hudson Bay Inspired Baby Blanket

I love the simplicity of this blanket, for either a baby, throw, or a bedspread – plus it’s a super simple project for beginners.  There is a great tutorial on weaving in ends on garter stitch HERE. 

We recommend using a basic, superwash Peruvian wool yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash,  or if you want something a bit fancier, we like the super soft, plush and machine washable, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Rios – both are available in our bricks & mortar and online store.

Yarn Options

  • Cascade 220 Superwash: 6 ball 817 Aran, and 1 of each: 1950 Hunter Green, 877 Golden, 893 Ruby, 885 In the Navy (or for a slightly brighter palette try 864 Christmas Green, 821 Daffodil, 809 Really Red, and 885 In the Navy)
  • Malabrigo Rios: 6 skeins 063 Natural, and 1 skein of each: 033 Cereza, 096 Sunset, 128 Fresco Y Seco, 150 Azul Profundo.
  • Berroco Vintage: 6 skeins 5101 Mochi, and 1 of each: 5151 Cardinal, 5121 Sunny, 5152 Mistletoe, 5143 Dark Denim.
  • Cascade Avalon: 6 skeins 01 White or 30 Ecru, and 1 skein of each: 38 Deep Blue, 04 Crimson, 10 Artisan’s Gold, 13 Treetop.

Other Materials

ON THE NEEDLES Baby Blanket

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Big Bad Baby Blanket

Normally I wait until projects are finished to play show-and-tell, but this one is working up so beautifully, I had to share. The pattern is my “go-to” baby blanket, the very simple Big Bad Baby Blanket from the book Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller, and the yarn is Koigu KPPPM in colour P112. When it comes to patterns like this, complex colourways absolutely SING! You can, of course, substitute other superwash fingering weight yarns (see below for suggestions).

Stitch ‘n Bitch has been out for quite a while. If you don’t already have it on your bookshelf but you don’t want it new, you can probably pick a used copy for a reasonable price from ABE Books, or find it at your local library (my library, the Toronto Public Libray, has it as an ebook and several hard copies).

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • 5mm/US8- 29″ circular needles
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • Pattern (see above)

FREEBIE & HACK Baby Sock Hat

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Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat

I whipped up these adorable little baby hats last week, they’re definitely very easy and kind of addictive! Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the yarn (Koigu KPPPM) is gorgeous and extremely visually satisfying. I’ve made two and I’ll cast on another tonight at SNB (I’ve got a display idea rolling around in my head and a good friend with a brand new baby).

Yarn Options

Any kind of sock weight yarn will work for this project, as long as it is soft and machine washable – it’s for a baby, after all. We made our samples with Koigu KPPPM, which are perfect in their little 50g skeins, or a couple of mini skeins of Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails. A Sweet Georgia Party of Five or Wollmeside Taste of Wollmeise kit would make some adorable ombre baby hats!

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • About 25g of sock weight (fingering) yarn (see above)
  • 3mm/US2.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3mm/US2.5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • stitch markers (optional but very useful for decreases)

 

Koigu KPPPM Baby Hat Blocking

Knit Hack: Blocking

In knitting, it ain’t over until your project is blocked. I like to wet block, which means washing your project in a no-rinse delicate wash and laying it flat to dry. Wet blocking allows the fibres in your textile to relax and take their final shape.

In the photo above, the blue hat (above) has not been blocked, and the hat below (I have no idea who to describe the colour) has been washed.

BEFORE: Before blocking the textile was firmer, it had more body and memory, the hat held it’s shape, it was able to stand up without support, and the fit was smaller. Measurements: 6.75” wide at bottom (right above brim), 5” high

AFTER: After blocking the textile became floppier, softer, but less crisp. It was no longer able to stand up without a support, and the fit was larger. Measurements: 7” wide, 6” high.

There are, of course, other ways to block a garment, but I like wet blocking because it’s honest, it gives you the most information. Your garment is most likely going to be washed at some point in its life, especially if it is a for a baby. It also settles the stitches into their final place, smoothing things out. If your wet textile is looking a little bit droopy after wet blocking you can try steaming it to add a little bit of body and plump up the fibres. A hand steamer is great, but if you are using a steam iron do not press on your textile, just hold it over and let the steam do its job.

And by the way, when you are knitting a gauge swatch to check your tension, you won’t get a truly accurate number until after your textile is blocked. Generally, it is best to block in the same manner you are also going to launder your finished garment.

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FREEBIE Newborn Tristan

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Newborn Tristan

It was so sweet, how could we resist making Tristan? Mineville Merino DK seemed like just the thing, we used colour 22 Blueberry Pie. It was a great call, the cardie came out soft and super pretty!

Notes

1. The pattern calls for 200m, so one skein should have been enough, but we used an extra 20m, so consider getting a second skein (you can make a cute matching baby hat with the extra).

2. The pattern DOES NOT include instructions for button holes. They expect you to sew on snaps and any buttons are decorative. If you want you can put a yarn-over button holes, our buttons are spaced about 12 to 14 rows apart.

3. If you want to make a larger size the pattern is available as “Tristan” up to size 12 months, but it isn’t free.

4. After Blocking our tension came out a bit looser than the pattern’s (ours is 19 sts & 27 rows = 10cm, theirs is 22 sts & 30 rows = 10cm), which means that our garment is larger than the pattern’s and isn’t really newborn size. Ours measures 23.5cm across the chest, theirs is 20cm. According the The Craft Yarn Council’s Baby Size Chart 47cm chest circumference is a bit smaller than an 18 month size.

Materials

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tristan newborn COMBO