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FO: Birthday Vest

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by annatestadoro

I was able to complete a birthday vest for one of Luke’s little friends: Kiran. And I managed to finish it just before his first birthday on 27th March.  I made the same vest I knitted for my nephew last year.

It’s a lovely pattern that is knitted in the round on 40cm circular needles. As I was knitting it it felt like it was really loose, and that even though I was making the two year size, exactly the same I did as last time. I’m not a big fan of knitting with circular needles that are any smaller than 60cm, it just doesn’t feel good on my hands when I’m actually knitting. And I often feel like I’m getting blisters on my little fingers…which is definitely not good.

I love the effect of the different stitch and I think the stockinette stitch makes the moss stitch look quite fancy. I changed it up a little bit and instead of knitting a rib on the arms I just knitted four rows of garter stitches, I do think it just looks a little better.

I was able to use some buttons from my stash, they are actually from my mom, and I think they finish off the little vest perfectly.

And here’s Kiran, just after waking up from a nap, in the vest. Doesn’t he look adorable?

Birthday Vest for my Nephew

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , on September 18, 2011 by annatestadoro

For my nephew’s first birthday on 25th August I managed to whip up a quick, and dare I say very nice little vest. It’s another great design from the guy’s at Garnstudio (I know I keep on harking on about how great they are, but they truly are!). And the patterns are always so easy and such a pleasure to knit.

I like how the double moss stitch at the top makes the entire vest a little more exciting than if it was just stockinette stitch. And I’m quite pleased with the colour, as it can be teamed with either a white top underneath, making it tres chic, and any other colour really.

Picking up the stitches for the arms was a little bit tricky, as I had to make sure there were a certain number of them. However, it does give the vest a very nice finish.

The entire vest was knitted in the round and for the first time rather than grabbing my double pointed needles I used a size 40 circular needle. It initially felt uncomfortable knitting with the needle, but I quickly got used to it, and I’m sure I’ll be using them again soon. I’m planning on making the same vest for my little man, but in a nice green (I think that’s my favourite colour for him, as I seem to always pick it for any new project for him).

I found some nice buttons in my stash and was able to finish off the vest with those. If you’re interested in the details, they’re over on Ravelry.

Little Honey Bee

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , on July 22, 2009 by annatestadoro

I made this little top quite a while ago, but have only been able to put it up now. It’s another pattern from my really old German knitting magazine and I’ve previously made it. The friend I made it for saw it on here and said she wanted it for her niece or nephew, in black and yellow stripes, like a little bee.
I made a few changes to it, for example I changed how I closed up the sides, which I think makes it look really nice. Also, I decided to use some cotton yarn as the baby is due this summer, and it shouldn’t be too hot in wool!
I’ve already given it to my friend and she really liked it, the baby should be due any day now, so we’ll see if it fits!
And of course I’ve been able to finish it off with one of my lovely labels.


Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on October 14, 2008 by annatestadoro

This jumper was made with the wool I ordered from Angel Yarn a few weeks ago. It’s worked out really well, and I think it looks really cute. The colours also go very well together.

It’s quite small as it is meant for a three months old, but still it was one of the easiest things I’ve knitted as it’s pretty straight forward to make. Again, I used a German pattern magazine that I bought a few years ago.

I also managed to find some really nice mother of pearl buttons, which suit both colours well. Overall I’m very pleased with the finished jumper.

Blue and Red Cardigan

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by annatestadoro

This is the first knitted cardigan for my niece or nephew.

Now, the sleeves look a little funny and I had some problems following the pattern. The original sleeves I made were too small and did not properly slot onto the jacket. I decided to just add some stitches and that seemed to solve the problem. I still like it and I’m sure it’ll fit and look cute.

Stripes Suit You

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on May 9, 2008 by annatestadoro

This is a little vest I made for a friend’s baby. It’s especially useful in summer as it has no sleeves!

It was a very nice and easy project, made from cotton yarn not wool yarn. There isn’t really much else to say about it.

Long Awaited Shirt

Posted in Sewing with tags , , on May 6, 2008 by annatestadoro

My friend in Germany originally bought the material for this shirt about 3 years ago, and shame on me, it has taken me until now to complete it.

It’s made from a really nice material, cotton-like but a little bit thinner then that. Especially suitable for the coming summer months, although I’m sure my friend would have liked it last summer as well.

I followed another Burda pattern, but can’t really remember which one it was. I think it’s worked out quite well, and I hope my friend thinks the same!

Here, to finish off, some nice detail pictures.

Dressed to Impress

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2008 by annatestadoro

The following design is another of my own creation (I might even put the pattern up on here one day!) It’s a little reversible suit on which I even make the buttons myself. I’ve made a few of these, and they’ve always been loved by the parents and the little ones that are wearing them.

I like to make the jackets with reversibly different colours, I’m not a big fan of having blue clothes for boys and pink clothes for girls. I think as long as it fits, it shouldn’t matter what colour the baby clothes are.

Here are the trousers, again reversible, and they can also be extended a little bit, in case a baby has legs that are that little bit longer!

The pattern is incredibly easy, and the sewing itself is also very quick. It’s taken me one evening before to make the entire outfit, so it can be a nice and quick little project that can make a very good present.