Baby Cardigans

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I really want to post about my foray into clothes making (by sewing and knitting), but I haven’t managed to finish anything in ages. I am almost there with a skirt and just need to make some button holes for my Gertie button-back blouse. I also have a couple of refashions to post about but (rather embarrassingly), I had a bad haircut a few weeks ago (though no-one I know commented on it so I don’t think it was as bad as I feared), so I didn’t want to take any photos! I know, lame, right?

So I have been digging through my computer and old photos of things I made ages ago, and I realised I have knitted 2 baby cardigans (one of which was for my friend’s daughter who is now 2, so I made them a while ago!).

I can’t find where I got the pattern from. I’m pretty sure I must have got it from a free pattern website but I’ve tried googling huge chunks of the instructions but it doesn’t come up. If anyone recognises it or owns it, please let me know and I will be glad to credit the right person. But since I can’t find it online, here it is, all typed out!

Abbreviations:
k- knit
p – purl
skpo – slip (one stitch onto other needle), knit, pass slipped stitch over
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
m – make a stitch
st st – stocking stitch
g st – garter stitch

Size: To fit newborns
Use 4 mm needles

Back
Cast on 59 sts
K 5 rows
Beg with a k row cont in st st
Work 4 rows
Dec row k8, skpo, k to last 10, k2tog, k8
St st 7 rowsRep the last 8 rows 3 times more and the dec row again. 49 sts
Cont straight until back measures 15 cm from the cast on edge, ending with a p row
Shape raglan armholes:
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 41 sts
Next row k2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row p to end
Rep the last 2 rows until 17 sts remain
Leave sts on a holder

Left Front
Cast on 32 sts
K 5 rows
Next row k to end
Next row k 5, p to end
These 2 rows form the st st with g st endge
Work a further 2 rows
Dec row k8, skpo, k to end
Work 7 rows
Repeat the last 8 rows 3 times more and the dec row again. 27 sts
Cont straight until front measures 15 cm from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row
Shape raglan armhole:
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row. 23 sts
Next row k5, p to end
Next row k2, skpo, k to end
Next row k5, p to end
Rep the last 2 rows until 11 sts reamin
Leave these sts on a holder

Right Front
Cast on 32 sts
K5 rows
Next row k to end
Next row p to last 5 sts, k5
These 2 rows form the st st with g st edging
Work a further 2 rows
Dec row k to last 10 sts, k2tog, k8
Work 7 more rows (of st st)
Rep the last 8 rows 3 times more and the dec row again. 27 sts
Cont straight until front measures 15 cm from cast on edge, ending with a k row
Shape raglan armhole:
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row. 23 sts
Next row k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row p to last 5 sts, k5
Rep the last 2 rows until 11 sts remain
Leave these sts on a holder

Sleeves (obvs make 2)
Cast on 30 sts
K 1 row
Beg with a k row, cont in st st
Work 4 rows
Inc row k3, m1, k to last 3 sts, m1, k3
Work 3 rows
Rep the last4 rows until there are 44 sts
Cont straight until the sleeve measures 12 cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row
Shape raglan top:
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 36 sts
Next row, k2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Next row p to end
Rep the last 2 rows unwil 12 sts remain
Leave these sts on a holder

Neckband
With right side facing, k across 10 sts from right front
K last st together with forst st on right sleeve. K 10 sts
K last st together with first st on back. k15 sts
K last st together with first st on left sleeve. k 10 sts
K last st together with first st on the left front
k to end. 59 sts
k 5 rows
Cast off

Make Up
Join raglan seams. Join side and sleeve seams
Sew 3 press fasteners on to the garter st button band (place on at the neck, one level with the bottom of the arm hole and the third between these 2).

Hat
5 mm needles

Cast on 80 sts
K1, p1 rib, repeat to end. Repeat this rib row a total of 8 times
Garter st until the piece measures 13 cm from the beginning
Start decreasing:
(k1, k2tog) repeat 26 times, k2. 54 sts
K 1 row
(k1, k2tog) repeat 18 times. 36 sts
K 1 row
(k1, k2tog) repeat 12 times. 24 sts
K 1 row
(k1, k2tog) repeat 8 times, k1. 16 sts
K 1 row
(k1, k2tog) repeat 5 times, k1. 11 sts
K 1 row
(k1, k2tog) repeat 3 times, k2. 8 sts
K 1 row
Cut the yarn leaving a long end (50cm-70cm) to sew up the hat.
Drawstring finish:
1. Thread the end of yarn onto a darning needle. Insert the darning needle into the sts on the knitting needle
2. Pass the darning needle though the sts remaining on the knitting needle, one by one
3. Pull the yarn tight. Your piece of knitting should now naturally fall into a hat shape
4. Sew it up. Work the end into the back of the knitting

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Make It: Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell Wall Hanging

Norman

Last year I bought my friend Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell by Sue Hendra for her daughter. Little did I know then the pain I would cause my friend because her daughter loved it so much! She literally knows it off by heart! So for this Christmas I decided to carry on the pain by making a wall hanging of Norman.
This is what I bought to make Norman – felt in orange, yellow, and 3 of pink. I also got matching thread for all of this and some beads (for the hundreds and thousands on the doughnut) and some purple cotton fabric for the backing – a metre in total I think (so it could be doubled to hide all the stitching).

Norman-1a

First I made Norman from the orange felt, adding eyes made from a bit of wadding I had lying around (but 2 layers to make it not see-through), and with embroidered pupils.

Norman-3a

Then I sewing him onto the background…..

Norman-4a

….and added on his slime trail.

Norman-6a

I sewed the bead/ sequins to the pink felt, which I had cut out for the doughnut. I had to make it in 2 halves because of the size of the felt, which is a bit of a shame but didn’t show too badly.

Norman-13a

I cut out paper patterns for all the pieces. The doughnut I cut out round, and then cut the pieces out for the irregular icing. I saved the pieces I cut out to make the bread parts of the doughnut for around the edge. I used bondaweb on them as they were so small, so I could stick them to the background and then sew them – pins would have been no good!

Norman-10a

I cut the name out of the same pink felt.

Norman-18a

All that was left to do was to sew it all on to the background, which was 40cm x 40cm.

Norman-16a
Norman-20a Norman-23a

I used a piece of brown wool I had in my stash for the string Norman uses to tie on the doughnut.

Norman-27a

The last thing to do was the loops on the top to hang Norman from. I made them 9cm x 21cm. Sewed them in half lengthways, turned them inside out/ the right way round (the fabric doesn’t really have a back and front) and ironed them so that the seams were in the middle not on one edge. I them placed the loops equally spaced (allowing for the seam allowance), folded in half on top of one of the background pieces, with the raw edges of the loop lined up with the raw edge of the backing piece. I then put the other backing piece (with Norman on) on top of this, wrong sides together, with the loops in between the 2 pieces and sewed almost all the way around, leaving a gap to turn it the right way around. I then sewed this little gap closed by hand.

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(You can just about make out the pins in the corner where I sewed the opening closed.)