My First Knitted Baby Clothes – Sweater and jump suit

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These sweater and jump suit are the very first clothes I  have knitted. This was 20 years ago. When yarn began to attract me. You may feel that attraction yourself. You walk innocently on a sidewalk when you realise you just passed a yarn store. Your feet are directing you to the entrance even before you made a conscious decision to enter. Once inside, you see and touch the sweetest and softest yarn. And while going through the magazines you find the perfect pattern for that yarn!

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My First Ever Knitting Project

My first (and imperfect) quilt - francenadeau.com

My First (and Imperfect) Quilt

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My First Paper-Pieced Blocks

My first paper-piecing pattern

My First Paper-Piecing Pattern

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Knitted, Crocheted and Sewn Dresses

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The first step is knitting the top and making a crochet border. The second step is to sew the skirt and the ribbons. This dress is for a 1-2 years-old girl.

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An old t-shirt was used to make the skirt and the ribbons. Look at this raspberry color!

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The crochet borders are made of scallops (three double crochets).

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There are three different textures: the knitted white yarn, the little squares on the cotton and the crocheted scallops unifying them.

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This dress is for a 4-5 years-old girl.

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Again, an old t-shirt was used for the skirt and the ribbons. You can see it was a twin to the raspberry t-shirt.

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When crocheting the borders with a sweet-green yarn (the same I used for the Sweet Summer Scarf), a hole appeared at the armpit. (If you want to discover any mistakes you may have made, take a picture!)

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I like this mix of colors. And, again, the various textures.

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Knitted and Crocheted Dress Tops - francenadeau.com

Knitted and Crocheted Dress Tops

Pink Knitted Pouches

Pink Knitted Pouches

Romantic Heart - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Romantic Hearts

 

Pink Knitted Pouches

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Two little pouches made of pink baby yarn. Soft yarn that glides smoothly on the needles. Each pouch is basically one rectangle that is folded in two. I used cross-stitch patterns to make the hearts and rosebuds.

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After having joined the sides, sewn the lining and sewn the zipper, I embroidered a green line along the top edge with the coral stitch.

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Then, I crocheted Eight-Petal Crochet Flowers and leaves. I could not resist adding beads to complete the look.

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More knitting:

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Owls

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I first saw knitted owls at Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl has made beautiful owls and I could not resist making a few myself. When I started my first one, I struggled many minutes with my needles as I had not knitted in a round with four needles for some time. And the pattern starts with only 6 stitches. To divide on three needles. Not easy. While attempting to start the project properly, without success, I had an increasing urge to throw everything away. Needles and stitches kept slipping in the wrong direction and twisting. I simply was not able to join after the casting. After a calming breath, I decided to divide the 6 stitches on two needles only and to add the third during the next row. This idea saved the project.

Once started, the owl took me two hours only to make (knitting only). One per evening. Five days later, I had five owls. A Christmas gift for my 4 years-old niece. I am happy to report that she was delighted.

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I added a little handle on top (with a crochet hook), so the owl can be carried or hanged, which was not in the pattern. I used old t-shirts for the eyes and sew them by hand. I embroidered the nose and ears by hand with yarn (the ears are also an addition I have made to the pattern).

While making the owls you can see above, my two sons expressed a wish to have one too. To be made in specific colors, if you please. I rummaged in my scraps and managed to follow their wishes. They were added to their Christmas stockings.

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The pattern was written by Jenna Krupar and you can find it here for free.

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