Thursday, January 07, 2010

Baby Cabled Jackets, spinning and...




I made these two gorgeous little coats over the Christmas holidays, a very quick knit and a perfect pattern. I love it when a pattern works and I don't have to guess what to do next. Must have been a lovely pattern as I don't usually happily knit a second one!

The pink jacket is made from some machine washable aran with a bit of wool for warmth, surprisingly pleasant to work with. Took about 200 grammes of one of those big 400gram balls.

The other jacket is made from 3 balls of Peace Fleece in Grass Roots colourway. I had these 3 balls left over from Barry's Cobblestone jumper. Perfect for a little boy! I think that Peace Fleece is one of my favourite yarns, rustic but softens and fluffs up after washing because of the 15% mohair content. Can't wait to see the recipients in these garments. Incidentally, the largest size on the pattern is 12-24 months and I wanted to make 2-3years. Peace Fleece is a heavy worsted weight, so I made the largest size on 5.5mm needles, think it may be a little big but it worked out fine. I also made what I think is a good mod to the pattern. Instead of grafting the live stitches from knitting the body and sleeves from the bottom upwards, I simply picked up the required stitches from the yoke and knit downwards towards the hems.

Oh and if you are reading this Kyoko, I have had several comments from women saying they would enjoy snuggling up in a jacket like this, me too!







I also finished off this pretty yarn. It had been sitting on my wheel for far too long. The fibre is some superwash Bluefaced Leicester from Skein Queen in her colourway, Salty Dog. I managed to get about 180 metres of DK wieght, navajo plied, which I have to say is my favourite way of plying.



and I will leave you with this close up of Sullivan's Ziggy Zag, I love the colours and the stitch definition, just hope it fits that special little man...

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Thank you all for the well wishes, I am feeling a lot better now, just the occasional noisy cough, eugh! Let's get busy!!!

13 comments:

Adee aka kiwigirl42 said...

I adore those jackets. You're right. I'd like one too, never mind the kiddies!

Marianne said...

GORgeous little jackets! and the Ziggy Zag is a riot of fabulous colours.
Glad you're feeling better :^)

hakucho said...

I'll second that...I'd like one in my size too ;)

Rani said...

DARLING! This just added and moved to the #1 spot on my Ravelry queue. I'm so excited to make one.

Michaela said...

So just work it out for me will you - what size needle would I need for a 43 yr old? It's beautiful and i want one for me!

Alison Georgia said...

Those jackets are stunning, very squooshy looking! Glad you are feeling better xx

Jodi said...

Such cute little cabled jackets! I especially love the sweet pink one. I'd like to knit one in my size, too.

Emma said...

Oh Marianne those little jackets are fabulous. They look so snug. I love seeing my little ones in hand-knits. The tots who receive these will be especioally smart.

Robin C said...

Marianne,
glad you are feeling better. Those jackets are absolutely to die for. Lucky babies.

Love your work, just perfect! like you!

Kyoko said...

Hi Marianne,
I am SUPER thrilled that you have made TWO!!! :DDD
They are gorgeous and you have made just so perfectly!
It has totally utterly made my whole week. :D
Yep, considering to make adult sizes. The size of the cable yoke won't work for larger size so I have to expand it.
Thank you so much Marianne! x
*big hugs*
Kyoko

Menopausal musing said...

Thank for the comment on my blog. I just LOVE the yarn in that Ziggy Zag jacket!

Linda said...

Lovely knits, the yolks are perfect. your spinning got me going back into my spinning, thank you!

Pixie said...

Gorgeous Baby Cabled jackets and is our Aran? the same as worsted? get confused with these yarn weights lol

Spinning beautiful and I love the Ziggy Zag

Glad your feeling better and here is to you having a fabulous New Year.. ok I am a tad late on this lol

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