After going hiking and on a few late fall walks with Peaceful baby, we were starting to notice something. Her body and head were bundled in multiple layers of fleece and wool, and yet her wee hands were bare. Sure, her coat sleeves covered them part of the time, but by the end of an outing, her little fingers were bright red, and I was afraid to touch them for fear one might snap off, frozen. I am trying to take advantage of Oregon’s seemingly mild fall climate and get outside as much as possible, so a solution needed to be found. An immediate and urgent need to knit mitts for PB swept over me, and after some time combing through my books and Ravelry queue, I decided on this pattern.
- Pattern: Stay-Put Baby Mitts by Sknitty available for free (Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool in color 536, about 65 yards; the green is a mystery remnant
- Needles: US size 6/4 mm dpns
- Mods: Added a crochet tab to cuffs so I could attach them to the mitten clips inside her coat sleeves.
This was one of those knitting projects that I am convinced was meant to be. I had exactly enough yarn kicking around in a partially used skein. The pattern was free and easy to follow, and I could start right away. I loved knitting with this yarn; it is soft and springy and shows each stitch in its best light. The end result is pleasing and useful. What more could a knitter ask for?
True to the name, these mitts stay put! I have to say, I was a little bit skeptical, but when put to the test (and cinched as tightly as I dare) they have indeed stayed on PB’s hands. They also seem to keep the cold out while providing enough maneuverability for PB that she can grab or hold onto objects while wearing them.
Next I started another quick baby project, this time for a friend expecting her baby this winter. It was a pattern I made for PB and have been getting a lot of use out of.
- Pattern: Tubey by Wooly Wormhead (Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in , about 105 yards
- Needles: US size 7/4.5 mm
- Mods: Cast on in brown for a little zip.
This may have turned out a little bit larger than I planned; it’s more of a 12 month hat versus the 0-6 month I was shooting for. Instead of viewing this as a mistake, I’m going with the old knit things for a baby to grow into modicum of thinking. Yeah. PB fighting me for a photo, pulling the hat off and stretching it out each time, couldn’t have helped either. In any case, this is another fast, fun knit that I highly recommend for a little one in your life.
Now, I’m taking a break from baby knits for a bit and focusing on my remaining gift knitting. There may by a project or two just for me lurking in the knitting bag that I’d like to get back to as well. Oh, that there were more hours in the day…