I have two WIPs this week – the new one is a repeat of the first baby sweater I ever made. When I first started knitting, I stuck pretty much to scarves and hats, thinking I couldn’t make anything as complicated as a sweater. Then I happened upon Marianne Mel, an English designer who offers hundreds of free patterns and every one I have tried has turned out well, even with my limited experience. This is a pattern for a top-down sweater on which the body is completed and then the sleeves are added. I’m doing mine in Knit Picks DK yarn in a pale green shade with a #6 circular needle.
Here is a link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mariannas-lazy-daisy-top-down-with-sleeves
The second WIP is a continuation of my Little Lacy Shawl from last week. It is about 75% finished and is at a stage where I can work on it in the evening while I watch TV (British shows on Acorn and Britbox are my favorites).
I enjoy making baby and toddler clothes for the Lakota/Sioux Children of Pine Ridge in South Dakota. A group called the Sacred Shawl Society collects items through Ravelry.com for young mothers and their children who come to a shelter to escape abuse at home. They can use all kinds of warm knitted items for both mothers and babies.
Marianne Mel on Ravelry.com has so many free patterns for baby sets that are relatively easy for an advanced beginner and turn out beautifully even with limited experience. This little set is in a newborn size using size #6 needles and DK (baby yarn/sports weight) in variegated pastels. I had a chance to use three vintage buttons (always happy when I can find 3 to match in my huge tin of old buttons).
The cap is a basic design sized for a newborn.
My youngest daughter’s 35-year-old rag doll is just the right size to model the sweater, although her head is way too big for the hat.
Here is the link to the free pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fleur-baby-cardigan-jacket
My favorite designer is an English lady who offers pages of free patterns, mostly for babies and small children. She also has some items for teenagers and adults along with a few patterns that are for sale. She can be found on ravelry.com under the name Marianna Mel. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=marianna%20mel
This little vest is called Baby’s Ribbed Vest Top. For a 9-months size the pattern calls for DK yarn (baby yarn/sport weight) and #6 needles. I wanted to make a larger size and used #7 needles with #4 worsted yarn to make a size to fit a 3 to 4-year-old child.
It’s very sturdy and warm, good for the cold North Dakota climate where the Pine Ridge Lakota/Sioux children live. Information on this charity is also on ravelry.com under the tab “groups”.
While I was knitting the sweater, I thought it should have some yellow elephant buttons, maybe because of the grey yarn. Now, what are the chances that I could go to JoAnn’s and find reasonably-priced yellow elephant buttons? But I did and I think they are perfect for this little vest which would be nice for either a boy or girl.
I also made a matching hat, using Marianna Mel’s Ribster Baby Hat pattern except I used some stockinette stitching along with the ribbing.
There were enough yellow elephants to put one on top of the hat, too.
I enjoyed making this set. All of Marianna’s patterns I’ve used so far have been suitable for an advanced beginner with very happy results.