Category Archives: Baby Sweaters

RESTOCK Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios

We just received a big restock or Malabrigo Rios (and are expecting more to come in in a couple of weeks). There have been so many constraints over the last year, finally being able to get a decent re-stock feels so good!

Should not already be familiar with this wonderful yarn, Malabrigo Rios is a super-duper soft, machine washable yarn made from 100% merino wool. It’s hand dyed for subtle variations, and is great for anyone and any project except felting (it will not felt). Rios is specially suitable for babies, kids (it makes great hats, sweaters, blankets, etc). The dyeing tends to have a watercolour effect and it always seems to knit up even more beautiful than in the skein. The base yarn is silky soft and springy with lots of body. Whenever I can I like to use it for projects I make for my niece and nephew (sometimes the colours don’t fit their very specific requests).

  • 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool (superwash)
  • 100g/192m (200 yds)
  • Aran weight
  • 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm
  • 5mm/US8 needles
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas

A Note on Working with Hand-Dyes

Because this yarn is hand-dyed no two skeins are alike (for the multi-colours different skeins within the same bag can look different). We always try to match the skeins as closely as possible when we send them out. To get the most consistent colour distribution possible, it is always suggested with hand-dyed yarns that you work with two balls and alternate them every couple of rows. Here’s a Video to help you with this.

Photo: Angeldogknitter on Ravelry.com

Flax

Make. All. The Sweaters. Malabrigo Rios has been used 889 times on Ravelry to make Tin Can Knit’s FREE pattern, Flax. Flax is an all-size design (but it’s limited exclusively to humans; canine, feline, avian, and reptilian sizes are note included) and will fit babies to the largest primate (you may need to make modifications if you’re knitting for one of our cousins on the evolutionary tree … and good luck getting a sweater on a gorilla outside of Photoshop).

Your needle sizes and yardage amount will vary based on the size you’re making, so I won’t list them here, but they’re basically:

Photo: annypurls on Ravelry.com

Rye

Malabrigo Rios has been use 539 times to make this particular pair of socks, Rye. Rye is a great pattern for new sock knitters, it includes how-to instructions, and a full size range from baby to Adult L. Whether you’ve retreats the the cottage, your back-yard or the public park, socks are a great small project that travels extremely well and makes for a very impressive holiday gift.

BTW – getting your winter gifts done over the summer is the absolutely most satisfying feeling you’ll ever experience. It involves a little delayed satisfaction, but come October you’ll be extremely pleased with yourself, especially when you get the itch to make something nice for yourself and you find that you can!

Size

  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S, M, L)
  • Finished Cuff (unstretched): 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.25, 8, 8.75)” around
  • Finished Leg (adjustable): 2.5 (4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8)”
  • Finished Foot (adjustable): 4 (6, 7.5, 9, 10, 11.25)

Materials

Photo: Sweet Birch Designs

Moss on the Old Oak

Moss on the Old Oak is the kind of warp I yearn for on cool says and nights from the spring to fall. It’ll knit up beautifully in either the multicoloured or semi-solid colourways of Malabrigo Rios, and the pattern is offered in three sizes. It’s an advanced-beginner skill level, which is a nice niche for the spring.

Size

  • Small, Medium, Large

Materials

KITS Classic Baby (DK)

Today’s adorables are brought to you courtesy of two DK weight yarns great for baby things, Berroco Vintage DK and the brand new Berroco Vintage Baby. Vintage DK is my favourite yarn in the vintage, of all 4 it looks and feels the most like a yarn made from all natural fibres (it handles fair-isle and socks really beautifully). Vintage Baby has a slightly silkier texture, comes in a palette perfect for babies and kids. It also comes in affordable 50g pull-skeins, so the yarn doesn’t need to be wound up, and you don’t have to buy a ton of yarn to make a small project … which is also great if you want to get into colourwork.

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Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we keep  Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.  

Leslie

Seamless and knit from the bottom up, Leslie is a simple, unisex, grandfather cardigan that’s perfect to layer over any outfit. The body is worked in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms. The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm, then joined to the body. The yoke is worked in one piece. 

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced-beginner

Skills: reading a patterndecreasing (K2tog & SSK),  knitting in the round on double-pointed needlespicking up and knitting stitchesweaving in endsseaming (mattress stitch), 

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) mos.
  • To Fit Chest Size:  17(18, 19, 20, 21)˝
  • Finished Chest (closed): 20(21, 22, 23, 24)˝
  • Finished Length:  10(10½, 11, 11½, 12½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 3” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

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Riley

Riley is a precious romper for a boy or girl with snaps at the bottom and a little bib in the front. The lower back and front are worked separately and then joined. The body is then worked in the round to the waist.  

Skill Level: advanced-beginner

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) months
  • To Fit Chest Size:  18(19, 20, 21, 22)”
  • Finished Chest: 19(20, 21, 22, 23)˝
  • Finished Length: 16½(17½, 18½, 19½, 20½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 1” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

Skills:  reading a patternusing circular needlespicking up and knitting stitchesincreasing (M1L & M1R)increasing (M1P)yarn-over (between knit & purl)using stitch markersbind-off (in middle of row)i-cordweaving in endsseaming (mattress stitch).

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Fayerye

With floral buds and a little green i-cord on top, this whimsical hat (pronounced “fairy”) is sure to be a fall and winter favorite for your little one. 

Skill Level: advanced beginner to intermediate

Skills: reading a patterndecreasing (K2tog),   knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesi-cordjoining in the roundincreasing (M1L & M1R) weaving in ends,  make a bobble.

Size

  • one size
  • 16″ around and 6.5″ high

Kit Includes

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Rerun

Inspired by the shape of Emily’s Maine winter boots, Rerun is a pair of booties for your little one’s first winter.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Skills: reading a pattern, decreasing (K2tog & SSK),   knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesi-cord, picking up and knitting stitches seaming (mattress stitch), weaving in ends.

Size

  • one size
  • Approximately 2½” high x 4″ long (foot) 

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KITS Classic Baby Knits (worsted)

I personally have an eye for the wild, weird & whimsical, but I also appreciate the balance and calm of the classics. The following are some worsted weight baby projects for the most discriminating eye (unless you make them in hellacious colours, in which case all bets are off). The suggested yarn, Berroco Vintage , is soft, washable, affordable, and comes in a broad selection of classic and adventurous colours. As always, we can substitute any of our baby-friendly worsted weight yarns. If you’re looking for some projects made with thinner yarn those will be up at bat next, but you can browse HERE.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we keep  Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.  

Ivy

Simple and sweet, Ivy is a rectangular lace blanket that’s just the right size to become your little one’s favorite. The stitch pattern is both charted and written out, and is only 4 rows, making it a great choice for knitters who are new to lace.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a patternbasic lace knitting, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, reading a chart (optional), using lifelines (optional).

Size

  • Approx 28½” wide x 30” long
  • For 33″ x 34″: add 20 sts to cast-on and 1 extra skein of yarn 
  • For 35″ x 37″: add 30 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn
  • For 37.5″ x 38″: add 40 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn 
  • For 40″ x 42″: add 50 sts and 3 extra skeins of yarn

Kit Includes

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Notes

  • The pattern repeat is 10 sts, so to make your blanket narrower or wider you would add or remove stitches in denominations of 10. 
  • Each pattern repeat measures approximately 2.25″

Luca

Luca is a miniature gansey pullover with buttons at the neck for easy dressing. This pattern is knit in pieces and seamed together.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced-beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a pattern, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, seaming (mattress stitch)

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) months
  • To Fit Chest Size:  17(18-19-20-21)˝
  • Finished Chest – 20(21-22-23-24)˝
  • Finished Length – 9½(10-10½-11-11½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 3” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Battenberg Blanket

The Battenberg Baby Blanket is a classicly styled blanket, with a simple, elegant aesthetic. The stitch used has the appearance of complicated waves,  but it’s really just an easy ribbing that starts one stitch to the right every few rows. For an unusual touch, the edging is worked along the sides but doesn’t meet in the corners.

Skill Level: advanced-beginner 

Size: 35” wide x 42” long

Skills: following a pattern, pick-up & knit stitchesweaving in ends

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Rabbit

With extra-long ears and a large pom-pom for a tail, Rabbit will fit right in with the rest of your little one’s menagerie of toys. This toy is knit in the round, mostly in one piece. Ears are sewn on, as is the pom-pom tail. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, seaming (mattress stitch), picking up and knitting stitchesincreasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), cable cast-on.

Size: approximately 10” around body x 11½” high (not including ears)

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Notes

Carrot

Whether your little one is a future gardener, chef or nature lover, he or she is sure to love this soft toy carrot. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needlescast-on (provisional), seaming (mattress stitch), increasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), grafting (kitchener stitch).

Size: approximately 8” around (at widest point) x 12” long (including leaves)

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Notes