Sunday, July 22, 2012

Knitting for kids

Back in June, I promised my grand niece Isabella that I would knit her a pink skirt.  I worked like the devil on this but got it ready in time to ship to my mom's house in Florida.  My niece and her family were there have a vacation, and had an early birthday party for Isabella.

I also sent her a big stuffed pug that she want loopy over - and just loved it.







I learned how to do provisional cast on for this piece so that you can fold it over and make a waistband.  It had a little space to put the elastic thru and after pulling it thru and fastening it - VOILA - a lovely waistband.    I also did a different bind off that worked so well, and gave a lovely finished looking edge at the bottom.  


Another grand niece (sort of, her grandmother is my first cousin, we're as close as sisters) had her first birthday so I knitted this funny little way-girly sweater.  I have excess yarn from this so I'm making a matching skirt but who knows when that'll be finished.  They do dress this baby kind of preppy so I hope they like this sweater.  I made it big so that she can grow into it if necessary.


The pattern called for lot's more ruffles, which I changed.  It wanted a ruffle on the neck and two on the sleeves - way too many!   I modified the pattern and think it works well.  I also tacked the pocked halfway closed, as the fronts hung down without something holding up them up. I'm sure there's a trick to making this kind of pocket, but I don't know it.   I also thought I did four buttonholes but can't find the fourth, so I'm going with three, unless someone clever knows how to make a button hole were there isn't one?

So that's my knitting for the month and I plan on taking it easy today on a lovely sunday.

13 comments:

Lynn said...

Mim, the skirt hangs so beautifully. You did a stunning job on it. Doesn't look like an easy pattern either.

The baby sweater is adorable. The idea of the buttons holding up the pockets is cute. And the three buttons is perfect as her little tummy will stick out below. Give her room to breathe. You are right, just enough ruffles especially for a preppy baby! LOL

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wow, a woman of many talents. These knitted items are beautiful. I know everyone loves your work.

sukipoet said...

both of these are adorable. one ruffle is plenty. lucky kids!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Love them both. What talent. Lucky recipients. You deserve to rest. :))

PAK ART said...

Isabella is a doll! I love her enthusiasm in the pics - of course she loves that pug, who wouldn't?! Your knitting is beyond creative - I've never learned. Maybe I will one of these days!

soulbrush said...

The skirt is wow! And she looks great in it too. As for that cardigan, it is just adorable. Hope you are fine Mim often think of you, and thos nephews are now young men!

yoborobo said...

Isabella is so cute, and obviously so thrilled with the pug and that beautiful skirt! And the little sweater! Swoon! You are very talented, and generous. Now go have a cup of tea! :) xox

kj said...

Fantastic, Mim! You are multitalented--so many mediums and you do every one so very well. The pink skirt is adorable and then the sweater--I love the white, green, pink and blue together.

I hope you enjoyed that Sunday. I am on the cape with the rhythm of the sea and the lovely chaos of three little boys and two fine parents

Love
kj

Lori ann said...

beautiful mim, such sweet knits. have you begun using the gorgeous mad tosh you bought here. (still dreaming of that wool...)

supplies overflowing! said...

oh my word, these are beautiful!!
(lucky children!!)

Amanda said...

oh man - i am amazed by your creative talents!! i would LOVE to have a pink skirt like that - guess it must be the hidden little girl in me... haha!! what a sweet and lucky grand niece is little isabella!

~Babs said...

Oh, just look at you showing off another talent!
(I'd be doing it too, if I could)

Both articles are adorable, and my gosh you can even alter a pattern?
Wow.

Katiejane said...

You are a very good knitter! These look professionally done. Real cute skirt and niece.