Monday, July 11, 2011

Boy, Oh Boy! (FOs)

For the little boy who will arrive at the end of summer, there are warm knits for cool fall nights and early winter. More knits will of course need to be made for winter, as he will pass the three month stage of my knitting pattern.
This adorable little sweater is the 5 Hour Sweater for Baby Boy pattern, by Gail Bable. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted in dark blue, and Bernat Cottontots in light blue. I experimented with adding the color right before the increase rows to get the little dots of light blue peeking through (from the knit back portion of the increase stitch). I added color on the wrong row to get the little ridge of color and then added a few rows on right side (before kfb) to get a more solid line of baby blue). The "Little Lamb" buttons I found at Joann's Fabrics and bought before I even had a pattern to make. Do you do that? Buy buttons without having something knit on which to attach them? I do! Upside Down Daisy from Itty Bitty Knits by Susan B. Anderson. Tried to use colors that wouldn't be so "girly". I actually knit this before the sweater, and decided to give it a matching sweater that was a little more boyish to justify placing a flowerdy hat on a baby boy. (Again, Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Cottontots.)
My i-cord stem got an extra stitch in there somehow, and so it gets a tad bit wider toward the top. Still cute! Didn't realize it until I'd cast off and posed the itty bitty little hat, but decided it wasn't that noticeable and that I would leave it as it is.
The last pumpkin head hat I knit was so freakin' cute, that I figured this little man is going to need a pumpkin head hat too! I believe I used Caron Simply Soft for this hat (yarn band gone from stash). These little grandbaby boys will have loads of hand knit hats, as Grandma S. has a large, large stash of washable yarn in assorted colors!

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