Claire Lace Leaf Onesie and Baby Bonnet

Leaf lace baby onesie and bonnet

Claire Lace Onesie and Bonnet

This little number came about after seeing a similar romper. I really liked the way the top edge became a sweetheart type of neckline. But I wanted to add an element to make it even more special.

The leaf motif in knitting has been around for ages and has been used in a million different ways. I think what makes it so popular is that it’s fairly easy to create in knitting, but it makes a definite statement. It’s a unique embellishment that lends a simple beauty taken from nature to the finished baby romper.

I decided to use only one leaf in this lace baby onesie, because I wanted it to remain simple, yet elegant. I also decided to design the baby bonnet with the lace leaf a little to the side. It kind of reminds me of the lovely hats that used to be worn off to the side a bit. Very stylish!

The Mint color shown above is my favorite for this baby lace onesie, maybe because it is green like a leaf, but it can be made in many different colors. Below, I show it in Sky Blue, and I’ve done it in a cheery Sunshine Yellow, too.

Lace Baby Romper and Bonnet

Claire Lace Onesie and Bonnet in Sky Blue

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Flora Lace Romper and Baby Bonnet

Flora Lace Romper and Bonnet

Flora Lace Romper and Bonnet

Have you ever had a lonely ball of yarn left over from another project that you just couldn’t figure out what to do with? That’s what I had. It sat there in it’s little drawer in my craft room, seemingly forsaken for more than five years. It was a beautiful cotton and linen yarn, nothing wrong with it, still pristine as the day it was bought.  But it just didn’t speak to me….until now.

The Flora Onesie and Bonnet came about after many hours of searching for just the right motif for the center of the bib of the onesie and then a few more hours searching for a complimentary stitch for the body. I’m completely satisfied with the way it turned out! And the best part is, the single yarn ball I had was exactly the right amount! Yay!

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Michelle Smocked Knit Romper

 

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Smocked Knit Romper Mint Green

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Smocked Knit Romper Back Detail

I’ve always loved the look of smocked baby clothes, but it’s not often that I see one that is knit. So I decided to make one myself!

Finished with a lovely scoop neck and slightly puffed sleeves, and a cute little button closure in the back.

I named this shortie romper after my sweet cousin, Michelle, because it reminds me of the days when we were little and would play and laugh together for hours. Such wonderful memories!

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Smocked Knit Romper Rose

 

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If you’d like to make one of your own you can purchase the Smocked Knit Romper on Ravelry.

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Bailey Bear Bonnet

Bailey Bear Bonnet Newborn Photo Prop

Bailey Bear Bonnet

Yes, I know. You’ve seen a million newborn photo props bear bonnets, right? Which one should you choose?
Well, if you are wanting a classy sophisticated look, you’ve found it!

The carefully designed ears on this bear bonnet are knit instead of crocheted and have a realistic quality that can’t be found anywhere else. This is a brand new design that will give your baby’s photos a timeless quality.

There are already a few color variations on Bailey Bear Bonnet, but more color combinations are in the works. If you have a preference that is not shown, please leave a comment below!

Sizes Available: Newborn – Sitter

You can learn how to create this beautiful Bailey Bear Bonnet on Ravelry. It is an easy pattern that only takes a few knitting skills.

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Taylor Mini Bump Blanket Newborn Photo Prop

This Newborn Photo Prop Layering Blanket is available in many different colors. It’s a bump blanket that is great for adding texture and color to your photo sessions.
This makes a beautiful addition to your newborn baby’s photo session.
Each of my items are handmade with love and with great attention to detail. Please enjoy looking through the rest of my Knitting Knicely etsy shop for more adorable ideas for your precious one!

Size: 15″ x 15″ laid flat

These soft layer blankets can be easily stretched to form a rectangle up to 21″ x 10″.

The pattern for this photo prop blanket is my own design.
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Cute Little Kitty

Just finished making this cute little kitty to dress up your newborn!

What a fun project this was, from making the little kitty ears to adding the little bits of fluff!

Purchase yours at Knitting Knicely’s Shop.

Or get the pattern to make your own!

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Inspired by my New Niece, Ivy

Baby bonnet
Yippee Skippee! I’m feeling super happy today! Yesterday afternoon my dear sister had her fourth child, an adorable baby girl. She gave her the beautiful name Ivy Noelle. Her cuteness inspired me to make something for Knitting Knicely.

I wanted it to be something special. Not just a plain knit onesie. And it needed to be extra girly, but also extra delicate, because Ivy is a little doll. So sweet with those chubby little rosy cheeks!

So I looked through my yarn stash and found this super fluffy pink yarn. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute. But it’s a little too much fluffy for a whole onesie. So I decided to use some soft medium weight yarn as a contrast to the bulky fluffiness of the pink yarn. I needed it to be classic, and cream was the color of choice.

So I used the cream as the halter top and then the pink fluffiness as the diaper cover. I loved how this was coming along. But now it needed that little girly something to make it special. Last week I had picked up the cutest ribbon from my local craft store. It looks like a row of delicate roses. Perfect for the trim on this special onesie!

Baby Onesie

Now that I had finished the baby onesie with the cute rose trim, I wanted another piece to go alon with it. Should I make shoes? Maybe a little blanket? Or maybe a cite rose tie back? I decided on making a matching bonnet.

It needed to pull all the elements from the onesie together so that it would “belong” to the baby onesie. So I used the classic cream yarn as the main yarn and then added just a bit of the pink fluffy yarn as a chain to the edge.  Then the adorable little roses went on to complete the look.

Baby Onesie and Bonnet

I absolutely loved creating this special baby onesie and bonnet set in honor of my new niece. If you’d like to make one using your favorite colors or yarns, you can find the pattern here: Ivy Onesie and Bonnet Pattern

Or if you’d rather purchase one of these cute sets for a sweet little one in your life, click here:

I’m happy to change up the colors for you, if you have a favorite other than pink!

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How to Make a Code Blanket

The Code Blanket

This blanket may look random, but it has a code.

This Christmas I decided to make a unique blanket for my brother who loves deciphering codes. I got the idea from Wooly Thoughts, a great website with a ton of really cool ideas for mathematical knitting. But wanted to make something that I had designed myself, so I started from scratch and put together a pretty cool afghan, if I do say so myself! 🙂

There are probably a million ways to put together a blanket like this, but here is the method that I used.

1. Decide on a size for your code blanket. This is an important step because it will directly affect the size of the phrase you will be able to use for the code. I used 3 inch by 3 inch squares for my blanket, but you could use any size you wanted. A 1 inch by 1 inch square would obviously make a smaller blanket with the same phrase.

2. Decide what your code blanket will say. You need to pick something that will have the correct amount of characters to fit right on your blanket. For instance, my phrase was 323 characters long (including spaces), so I was able to make a 19 square by 17 square blanket. If the phrase you choose isn’t quite right, you can play with the number of rows versus the number of columns to see if you can make it work. Or you could add a few “space” squares to either end of the phrase.

3. Decide on the colors of your code blanket. Once you have chosen the size of each square and the phrase you will use, the next step is to pick out colors. I used yarn that was in my stash, so I made sure I had enough for the more frequent letters such as “e” and “s” and “space”. But if you don’t have a large stash, or if you want to buy all new yarn, you can pretty much make whatever colors you desire. You could even theoretically make a monotone blanket, with just different shades of the same color. But bear in mind that you will probably need at least 24 distinctly different shades depending on the size of your phrase and what letters are used in it. (Q and Z are hardly ever used, hence 24 and not 26.) Don’t forget about the “space” squares, either. They need to be a different color than the rest of your letters, too.

In my case, I only used 11 different colors. But I was able to get away with that because I used knitting as well as crocheting. For example, the letter “E” was a bright knitted blue, while letter “C” was a bright crocheted blue. Same yarn, just different method. I also turned the crocheted squares on their sides so that the difference would be even more obvious.

4. Start making the squares! Count out how many squares you’ll need for each letter, and begin making each individual square. Make sure you note how many stitches and how many rows you use, so that your blanket will be uniform. It will be much easier to piece together if each square is the same exact size. If you are using different kinds of yarns, as I did, you will need to adjust the gauge accordingly.

5. Sew rows together. Lay out two rows of your phrase and take the yarn that you have chosen for the background color. Using a crochet hook, sew the two rows together. Always start at the same end for each row, so that the ridge of crocheted stitches where you sewed the two rows together will be going in the same direction for the length of the blanket. For now, you will just be sewing in a horizontal direction. Don’t worry about the vertical “holes” left between each square. That will taken care of next.

6. Sew columns together. Now that all your rows are together, your blanket looks pretty much like it will when it is completed. Except that there are lots of holes! So now you will be sewing the vertical columns together. Remember to start at the same side, either top or bottom, to give your blanket a nice finished look.

7. Make an edging for your code blanket. You could just leave your blanket how it is at this stage, after weaving in the ends, of course. But I like to give my blankets a nice edging. It’s very easy to do and gives that added finished look. You can use any edging you like, but for my code blanket, I used a reverse crochet stitch. It’s basically the same as a regular crochet, except that you are going from left to right, instead of the normal right to left.

Guess what! You’re done! Now you get to have the pleasure of giving it to a loved one and watching them try to figure out the code! This code blanket was one of my favorite gifts to give this year, because of the joy I gained from seeing how much fun my brother had figuring out the code.

Here’s a little challenge for all you code busters out there! See if you can figure out what my code blanket says! (I already gave you a clue with the “E” and “C”!) Here are a few more pictures of it to help you see the detail. Have fun!

P.S. If you just can’t figure it out, and are dying for the answer, I’d be happy to give you some more clues. Just contact me or leave a comment. Happy decoding! 🙂

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Adventures in Dog Hair Spinning – Part 5

So now that all of my dog hair had been spun, I was dying to get it on some needles and make something out of it! I didn’t have a whole lot of yarn, so I decided to try socks and see how that went. Since this was my first time spinning dog hair, I was still a little wary of the smell and feel of the yarn, too. So I thought sock would be a good first thing to try.

Sock made out of Dog Hair

My first dog hair yarn sock! Very warm!

Here’s a proud picture of my first clothing item made out of dog hair!

As you can see, the cuff is made from the 100% German Shepherd dog hair, while the rest of the sock is made out of the half dog hair and half wool.

Over all, I’m pretty happy with the finished product, but there are a few things that I think I will do differently the next time around.

First, I think I’ll be more careful about making sure all the guard hairs are taken out of the fluffy hair before starting to spin it. These coarse guard hairs make the sock a little bit on the itchy side because they poke you if you are wearing them next to your skin. It’s not a problem if you have socks underneath, though, and are wearing them more like slippers.

I also think I might try making a sock completely out of pure dog hair, without the wool. But that will only work if I have enough dog hair. Guess we’ll have to see how much I can get off the dogs this spring! I’m looking forward to starting the process all over again to see if I can make an even better product. Maybe I’ll even try making a scarf! Ooooh, daring! (On second thought, I’m thinking a scarf may not be the best choice, what with the smell of dog and all.)

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Adventures in Dog Hair Spinning – Part 4

Sorry it’s been such a long time since I posted about this dog hair spinning adventure I had last year. I’ll try to finish it up here!
Last post I was just picking up the hand spindle and getting ready to start spinning the dog hair. This is the best part!
I had a little bit of wool yarn on my spindle to start off the dog hair. So I put a spin on the spindle and held up one of the dog hair punis so that it would catch on to the wool on the spindle and begin twisting with it. It worked pretty well (whew!) so I continued feeding the dog hair into the spin, a small amount at a time. In contrast with spinning wool, I had to keep my hands pretty close to each other… only about an inch apart, since the dog hair is shorter than most wool. But I was rather happy with the result!

Skein and Spindle of Dog Hair

Skein of Two Ply Pure Dog Hair Yarn

Here is a picture of a small skein that I finished. The yarn that is in the skein has been plied, but the yarn still on the spindle is still single ply.
After I had made a skein of pure dog hair, I decided I wouldn’t have quite enough yarn to make a complete pair of socks out of pure dog hair. So I spun some wool and plied it with the dog hair.

 

 

Pure Dog Hair Yarn and 50/50 Dog Hair/Wool Yarn

Pure Dog Hair and Wool/Dog Hair Yarn

Here is a picture of the dog hair and wool plied together. I really liked the look of this two colored yarn and I also knew that the wool would give a little more stability, as well as elasticity, to the dog hair yarn.

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