Thursday, October 02, 2008

Knitting for Ceilli

I love having two boys.  Love! Of course I would love to be putting bows in curly locks too, but when I see the beautiful relationship that is developing between my little guys and how much they enjoy playing together, I'm pretty happy it turned out the way it did ;0)

But every once in a while, I get an urge for cute girly know, with lace and ruffles and flowers and eyelets and picot edges!  Ah, the stuff of dreams!  Luckily, there seems to be a little girly baby boom around us and a sweet little girl was born to friend of Stephen's a few weeks ago and I was more than happy to get knitting on a little frilly knitterly gift ;0)

It's the upside-down daisy hat from Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Hats and the flower pacifier clip from Itty Bitty Nursery (though you can get the flower clip pattern for free here just like I did).  The yarn is stash Knit Picks Shine Worsted and both were knit with US 7 bamboo needles.

Both were quick to knit but long to seam.  I don't mind that because I actually really enjoy seaming and finishing.  I'm strange that way.  I ended up making a few mods to the pattern, some intentional, others quite by accident.  For the hat, I sewed on five of the petals instead of six.  I knit the newborn size and found that there was too much overlap with six much so that it looked like a circle up on top rather than a daisy.

For the flower clip, I found the instructions for the petals confusing and figured there had to be errata there.  I thought I fixed it by knitting one, moving the yarn to the front, slipping one, passing the yarn to the back and continuing this way across the row.  I continued this way and ended up with what I think is double knitting!  Quite by {happy} accident! 

I thought this is what the pattern meant but then the pattern says to turn it right side out with the purl bumps on the inside when finishing and mine didn't have any purl bumps, just nice stockinette that laid flat on both sides.  Tres cool!

For the pacifier clip, I sewed two pieces of velcro on the end instead of dismantling an actual store bought pacifier holder to harvest the hardware.  It just seemed wasteful to me.  I used the clip from an old name tag holder I got at some convention in another life when I had business functions!  Seems like ages ago.  It felt very fitting to be dismantling office supplies to turn them into pacifier holders ;0)

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out and hope that baby Ceilli will enjoy them for a while before outgrowing them.  I guess that's the nice thing about the binky holder, it will fit for a long while!

Now off to knit something blue...


  1. Anonymous11:42 a.m.

    Ok, those are TOO stinking cute! I love them. Girls are so fun to knit for, it's true :)

  2. Adorable! I especially love the non-traditional colours. I wish I could get excited about finishing ... I only love the knitting part and could happily go through life without ever having to do more than just sew on a button.

  3. Anonymous10:42 p.m.

    oh! i have knit two of that very same hat. i too am the mother of boys with a not so secret raging passion for girly things. lucky for me that someone in my circle always seems to have a daughter or granddaughter! don't you just love that hat, though? :)

  4. To do right side out double knitting you knit one,move the yarn to the front and slip one, and that basically passes the yarn between the two layers of knitting. You are working on the front layer of the tube, with the right side facing you, just like in regular circular knitting. It can be frustrating, because you are making twice the motions, for the same amount of knitting. Also, it's easy to make a mistake in the passing of the yarn, and connecting your work. In the case of the flowers this doesn't matter, but in socks it does!

    To work double knitting more efficiently, you can do it inside out...if you knit one and slip the next one across the row, (ending slip one) you are knitting on the _back_ of the tube, so that the purl side is out, and the slipped stitches are the front of the row. You can knit a stitch, and as you "peek through the window" extend the needle point and grab the next stitch to slip it off the needle in that same motion, so it doesn't take any more motions to slip the stitch, making it as efficient as regular knitting.

    So, the pattern is correct, but you stumbled on the other kind of double knitting! I recommend Beverly Royce's Notes on Double Knitting from

  5. That is ADORABLE. Girls are so much fun to knit for because you can make super cute things.

  6. You have lovely and cute knits. Lucky baby I must say :)

  7. the blue is so different and lovely! i did it in the traditional pink and six petals were too much too. then i read the pattern errata and it read to use 5 for the smaller sizes. love the pacifier clip too but it sounds daunting to me!

  8. Anonymous9:05 p.m.

    these are fantastic!! i especially love the flower clip....i just may have to make it for my friends new baby :)

  9. Anonymous3:55 a.m.

    I love the blue that you used for the hat and binky holder, so non-girly, so beautiful!!!! I wish I had thought of stepping away from the pink knitting when I knit for my baby girl!!!

  10. A beautiful job as always! I'm with you on using old business stuff for things on the domestic front - very apt indeed!

  11. You always inspire me, and these are adorable! I have two new babies to knit for too. Perfect!

  12. There are a few secrets to getting a girl next time;-). Surf the web for a few clues. Worked for me I have 5 boys and one girl!

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