Thursday, November 19, 2009

For a Little Pumpkin

There must've been something in the water or the air in Western Pennsylvania this past spring, because it seems like everyone is having babies, among them some good friends of ours, who are expecting a little girl about 3 1/2 weeks after Rainbow is due to arrive. Naturally, though I've been plenty busy knitting for my own kid, I had to whip up something in wool for this little one. After seeing this post on Lolly's blog, I knew exactly what I wanted to knit.

These projects were not only adorable and fast to knit, but they were good stash busters as well. The orange yarn was leftover from the felted pumpkin bag I made a few years ago, and the green is the same yarn I used for my Central Park Hoodie. Here are the details:

Pattern: Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier (PDF link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool in color 7824 (orange) and Cascade 220 Heathers in color 9461 (green)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) Knit Picks Options, magic looped
Started/Completed: November 15/November 16

I followed this pattern pretty much as written. I think I joined the green for the leaves in when the hat measured about 4.5" from the cast on.

Pattern: Saartje's Bootees, smaller size, with saganaga's modifications found here
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool in color 7824 (orange) and Cascade 220 Heathers in color 9461 (green)
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) dpns
Started/Completed: November 17

Obviously for these I used only one color for the bootee part, and I finished the second one with only inches to spare. (I was even ready to cannibalize some yarn from my New Pathways learning socks.) I whipstitched the I-cord with the leaves to the back of the bootee and used a few running stitches in the leaves to secure them to the front. Easy peasy, and well worth the effort of having to weave in what seems like a lot of ends for something so small.

I'm so enamored of these projects that I just about cast on right away for a hat for Rainbow, in a "tomato" version, until I discovered that I'd lost my printout of the pattern. It must be with the sleeve for my size 2 Addis and the two pairs of black socks that disappeared from last night's laundry. Pregnancy brain strikes again!


Jenn said...

If you find Rufus's harness while you're digging around looking for stuff, let me know, will you? ;)

weezalana said...

Those are adorable! I especially love the leaf mod on the booties.

julia said...

I could just eat these little booties up!!

Laura said...

Those are just so cute!

DPUTiger said...

Very cute! Kids as fruit! ;-)

Jen said...

So cute! I love the mod on the bootees!

marirob said...

SO CUTE! I have to make some too! And I can totally relate about pregnancy brain... I have it big time.

Jess said...

So adorable! You've really been cranking out the cute little knits!

Jen said...

So cute!

Rebecca said...

I agree with Jess! You really have been cranking out a lot of cute knits......the clock is ticking....but then, babies do sleep a lot!

saganaga said...

your baby hat & booties turned out great ! & thanks for linking the pattern to my photo :)