Bib ‘O Peace

I have found a fun new game to play with my knitting.  It’s called “Grab some leftover cotton from the stash and knit crazy bibs.”  Sound like fun?  It is!

Not only is it fun, it’s a practical way to use up leftovers of all that cotton from my washcloth phase and channel it into a new phase.  Plus, I am challenged to come up with interesting combinations of colors and patterns, some of which are more successful than others.

A winner:

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  • Pattern: Baby Bib ‘O Love from Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne (Ravelled here)

  • Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton, more red than turquoise, approximately 50g.  I used up every strand of the blue; didn’t even have enough to sew on the button!

  • Needles: US size 7/4.5mm

  • Mods: I slipped the first stitch of every row purl-wise to keep the edges neat.  Added an embroidered embellishment.

This pattern is very easy– any level of knitter could churn one out in no time.  It could be adapted to play canvas to a variety of stitch patterns and color combinations.  I did a button hole for the closure on this one, but I am guessing it would be more practical to use a snap or Velcro underneath a cute decoy button.

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I am deep in the throes of a love affair with garter stitch.  I love the texture and ease of the fabric.  I love the way you can choose to show off a color change and add a bit of spunk to an otherwise plain piece of knitting.  I love how it is so basic and beautiful at the same time.

I use hand-knits every day, whether it be in the bathroom washing my face, or in the closet or sock drawer getting dressed.  I look forward to forcing sharing this practice with the wee one, and I’m amassing quite a collection of functional and charming little knits for him/her.

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One drawback to garter stitch: it is not an ideal surface to embroider on.  But like the ineffable Tim Gunn says, “Make it work.”  Are you as happy to see Project Runway back on as I am?!

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5 thoughts on “Bib ‘O Peace

  1. I’m so excited for Project Runway as well – and I do wish they would do more “All-Star” episodes!

    Love the bib! You’ll find out which type works best for your little one – I found that all the bibs we had (except for 1, that was over the head turtleneck style) were velcro. After one washing the velcro was shot and was therefore much easier for L to pull it off. My mom has one bib (that was my baby brother’s, circa 1984) with string ties. That one stumped Lorelai. I think the button-covering-snap is a great idea!

  2. Love the bibs! Too bad/glad it’s not me I don’t have anyone to knit them for.
    And I’m delirously happy that Project Runway is back! I love watching the construction and the creativity.

  3. cute! Love the symbol. I plan to make a few to foist on my niece. My sister doesn’t ‘get’ bibs. I think she will if I make them!

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