The Flexibly Sized Baby Scarf

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When I recently was asked to knit a baby scarf, I instantly wanted to implement an option to adapt the size to the growing child. Of course, this actually is not a challenge, unless you plan to knit some fashion-forward design. While I still was thinking over several design ideas, Knitty’s winter issue was published, including the gorgeous Erin Goes to College pattern. With its superbulky yarn weight and enormous length, it is far from intentionally being a baby scarf, but it includes all features I was looking for. It is fashionable, can be secured around the neck and, with its many holes, is adaptable in its length!

Deep down in my stash, I found a single skein of blue Drachenwolle Merino DK, begging to be turned into this scarf. I have sticked exactly to the pattern, just using DK weight yarn and 3.5mm needles and knitting only five large cable repeats. Perfect choice. The pattern is well written, but pretty boring to knit. Nonetheless, I absolutely recommend to try it. The yarn is soft and the colour is beautifully shaded, but it reminds me a bit too much of cotton softness (I am talking about the same problem I have with Wollmeise yarns, here). However, the scarf turned out even better than imagined and the parents are super happy.

The Stripey Baby Hoodie

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It is a miracle I have finished this one although it has turned out to be probably the most beautiful baby garment I have knit so far. But back to its beginning, this cardigan has quite a story to tell.

I wanted to knit another baby hoodie for a friend, restricting myself to use stashed yarn and not to buy a pattern. There was an almost neon variegated skein of Tausendschön extrafine Merino I wanted to use, but I was unsure if 100g of fingering weight yarn would be enough for a little hoodie. As my stash did not offer any matching semi-solid yarn, I bought a skein of dark grey Schoppel Admiral Melange at Maschenkunst to make a striped cardigan. The colors are a perfect match, even if I had to buy the grey one. Both yarns knit up well, although the Tausendschön one is plied a bit loosely, probably to emphasise the softness of the fibre. Nonetheless, I like both of them a lot.

After searching Ravelry for a suitable pattern, I found Hættetrøje, a free Danish pattern. I do not speak any Danish, but this is by far not the first baby hoodie I have knit and with Google Translate on my smartphone, I was not afraid at all to use this pattern. The language in fact was not a problem, but the pattern as such was. I cannot recommend to knit the suggested armhole shaping. In the unlikely case I should knit that pattern again, I would definitely change to a drop-shoulder construction. The described armhole shaping just did not work out at all, so that I decided to loosely follow Knit Purl’s Alpha B Basic Baby Cardigan pattern concerning armhole and sleeve shaping (and measurements). I also have added a bit of neck shaping which I took from a Drops pattern. Surprisingly, the sleeves fitted perfectly into the armholes at the first try. The buttons are from La Droguerie in Lille, but they are so tiny, I needed eight buttons to be able to close the cardigan instead of five bigger ones as suggested in the pattern. However, the cardigan looks gorgeous and thus was worth all the effort.

Baby Stuff

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I recently have knitted some baby garments again, namely a cardigan and a pair of tiny mittens.

The mittens are made from 16g Zauberwiese Glitter Sock, the pattern is a loose adaption of a Drops Pattern. I love knitting with this yarn and it adds just a hint of glitter to the result. Lovely!

The cardigan is the one I had planned only a month ago. The Rowan yarn knits up perfectly, whereas I am not completely satisfied with the GGH yarn. But this may be a concern due to my incompatibility with fluffy Merino yarns. The pattern is great and gives a stunning result. Sadly, it took me days and many attempts to puzzle the pieces together. I definitely need to practise sewing sweaters together. Perhaps, I should fully switch to seamless sweaters, but it would be the end of colourwork. Hrm.

However, this is the result:

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I really like it. And it looks all beautiful on the little girl I have gifted it to.