Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Anouk of the north
free pattern: Anouk from knitty.com, 3 mos. size
yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in "taupe" and "terracotta"
Cute, huh? I absolutely love how this turned out. I want a grown up version for myself!
It's great because it's a pinafore, so when the baby is little it's basically a dress, but then as she gets older she can open the tabs on the side to the next button hole and wear it with jeans and it becomes more of a tunic.
It's actually still drying in these photos if the colour seems a little blobby. No real mods here apart from changing the "floral" theme altogether. The flowered pockets were cute but a bit loud I thought. I knit the heart from an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern --the heart hat. I had a hell of a time with that and trying to get the right size since she doesn't ever offer size options, but just leaves it to your yarn choice and needles. And given that I needed to use the same yarn that wasn't really helping me. On my SMALLEST needles the heart knit up twice that size. SO I painstakingly de-plyed the yarn. Thank-god I didn't have to de-ply an entire ball as that was no mean feat as it was. (Not to mention the cats thought it was play time through the whole process and were beyond annoying...) But in the end, success!
And then: I noticed at the end of the pattern she actually does give some size options. grrrrr. So the moral of this story is: always. read. ahead. Don't do what Billy Don't does.
I actually tried to make the matching bonnet with my leftover hearts, but they were just too small to be able to effectively pick up stitches all the way around. So, I may still do it. I feel like this little smock needs something to go with it.
Or I can just ride around with it hanging off my bike basket all day.