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 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.
For the past year that I’ve been knitting, I’ve taken advantage of all of the wonderful free patterns available online. This is one of the few patterns I’ve purchased, simply because I thought it was so cute and looked like something I might be able to do. The pattern for this pretty piece was purchased from an English designer, Maybe Baby, in September, 2016, through PayPal at the exchange rate in effect at the time for $2.72. It was an easy instant download and the pattern is very well written. http://www.maybebabydesigns.co.uk/charityvestpattern.htm
I used Bernat Softee yarn with #7 needles and thought the jacket would fit a baby around 3 months old.
I enjoy knitting baby items the most but feel that the charity where my work goes has more need in the toddler and pre-school sizes. My first project for 2017 was a remake of the jacket using Red Heart #4 worsted in the color, Corn Meal. I went to the garter stitch after 7 rows of pattern on each side just to change the appearance a little bit. I think this top would fit a chubby one-year-old.
Since I don’t crochet well, I omitted the crocheted edging in each case.
I used circular needles – Magic Loop (circular needles with long cables) – and am giving a brief outline of how I did the piece using these needles to do the portion where the left front begins and across the neck. I’m not sure this is the way the designer did it, but it worked for me.
After completing the right front, leave the stitches on the cable of the Magic Loop, cut the yarn (leave a 6-inch tail), and just slide the piece down the cable, letting it “hang out” while you complete the left front.
After the left front is completed, do not break yarn and follow directions in pattern to start the back, casting on 12 stitches across to form the center of the neck and knitting across the stitches from the right front that are hanging from the cable.
These are the only two places in the pattern that I found a little confusing.
I think it’s a very cute jacket that could be used with various designs and stitch patterns.
Several of my blogging friends have kindly asked if I am OK since my blog posts have been few and far between this year. I’m happy to report that I’m doing pretty well but moving very slowly and not getting too much done. I have spinal stenosis issues which have forced me to give up quilting (except for very small items) and experimental cooking (which I’ve always loved) but I’m doing fine for an octogenarian, I think.
One thing I’ve been able to do comfortably is to continue my newfound hobby of knitting. About 95% of the knitting is for charities and one of my newer ones is the Pine Ridge Children’s group in South Dakota. I found them through Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge They need and appreciate everything that is warm and comforting which gives me an opportunity to make a variety of clothing. I especially enjoy knitting for babies and preschoolers. These are some of the items I finished in the past couple of weeks which will soon be on their way to a home for mothers and children who have escaped abusive situations.
This vest is the largest size piece of clothing I’ve made so far – will fit a boy age 6-7.
This poncho is for a little girl about 4 or 5 and I hope she likes the doggy buttons.
I have some more projects ready to launder and, of course, a couple of things “on the needles”. I’m grateful that I can be doing something useful that I enjoy.