Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baby Knits fit for a Princess (or Prince!)

The Baby Trio - With Flower
Were you invited to the baby shower of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge?  Yea, well, neither was I. But it's "Baby Season" and it seems that there are baby showers all summer long, and every new prince and princess should have some hand knit goodies to greet their arrival!  Amazingly enough, knitting something they will love for generations is not difficult.  A simple baby set is quick to knit and will earn you serious brownie points!

The Baby Trio
My new Baby Trio pattern set has three darling projects in this simple and quick-to-knit baby set pattern: a hat, booties, and thumbless mitts (Why thumbless?  Well you can never get their little thumb in there anyway, so what's the point?). There's an optional flower motif that you might want to add. If not, the set looks very cute even without them.

The Baby Trio - Without Flower
The Baby Trio is knit in Trendsetter's Merino 8 yarn, an extra soft machine washable yarn in 100% Superwash/Preshrunk Extrafine Merino Wool.  Yummy!  Merino 8 is a multi-plied merino superwash, so you should expect crisp stitch definition and significantly more drape than you might get from a more "wooly" yarn. It's machine washability also makes it a perfect choice for baby and children accessories.

Bonus:  The Baby Trio pattern set is FREE with the purchase of Merino 8 yarn!

The pattern set has two sizes, 0-3 months and 3-9 months and two balls of Merino 8 will make the hat, mitts and booties in either size.

Felted Ewe
Felted Ewe Knittin' Pattern and Kit
A special baby needs a special toy - and so does a special mom, a special brother, a special friend, a special co-worker, and a special YOU!

From the exceptional imagination of Designer CiD Hanscom comes the charming Felted Ewe Knittin' pattern. Knit in a feltable yarn held alongside a furry synthetic "wool" for added fluff in the fluffier bits, this little lady is sure to be a happy addition to your office or to the collection of toys of your favorite wee—or not so wee—one.

We put all the yarns and stuffing you need into a kit to make things easy. In the kit, you get 45g of a wool/alpaca blend, 25g of the acrylic "wool" in the shade of your choice, 20 yards of brown wool yarn for hooves, 12g of sock yarn for her scarf, and fill fiber fluff.

Sold separately, the pattern comes with attachable eyes and the miniature knitting needles.  For children under 3 we recommend using black yarn to stitch eyes instead of the attachable eyes, which may be a choking hazard.  Please note that the kit and pattern are sold separately, but there is an easy option on the kit page to add the pattern to your cart along with the kit.

There are five shades of acrylic "wool" to choose from: purple, pink, natural, green and blue.

Princess Charlotte's Bonnet

I couldn't help noticing that the little princess went home in a handmade knit bonnet!  What a lucky little girl!

So what is the scoop on Princess Charlotte's little ivory bonnet?  It was a gift from the mother of Prince George's nanny and she purchased it at Irulea, a high-end children's wear boutique in Spain, as part of a set that included a coat and booties made from the same ivory wool.  And it was on backwards!  According to the boutique owner the finished edge around the face should have gone around the neck.  Wardrobe malfunction or making her early mark as a fashion trend setter? 

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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