Monday 18 May 2020

Some Knitcrate Baby Knits ~ Uru Yarn Silk DK

When I recieved my Septeber 2019 Knit Crate, I adored the yarn straight away. I have to say, I prefer solids and semi-solids to veriagated yarns. I just feel like they are so much more versitile, knit any pattern, shape, stitch you want, without worrying about the dreaded pooling that you often get with hand dyed yarns. (ask me some time to write about the class on knitting with hand painted yarns I took with the Yarn Harlot once upon a pre-covid world some time).

Anyways, the yarn was Uru Yarn in their Silk DK. A rather tightly spun, very smooth 4-ply yarn, made from 85% merino and 15% silk. Just enough silk for shine without giving it that stick to your hands feeling that I get with silk (or maybe this is just from my experiance with spinning with silk, but I describe it as cotton mouth on your hands.... anyone else?). At 300 yards in 100 g it's probably more of a sport weight than a DK yarn. Mine came in the purple Beautyberry colourway, probably the one I would have chosen out of the three options pictured below. And despite the luxary fibre content, I was feeling baby knits.

First up is an adorable baby cardigan that I knit for my friend Sarah's little girl Millie for Christmas this year.

This is the Anker's Jacket by PetiteKnit (link to pattern on Rav), knit in the round and super quick. The pattern is sized from 3 months to 8 years, (I think I knit the 1-2 year one, but I don't have it written down anywhere), and PetiteKnit has a whole line of aAnker's patterns with the same yoke motif. From baby onsies to boyfriend sweaters and back again (check out all of her patterns here), so you could knit a cute family set, although unlike TinCanKnits patterns, you'd be paying for a set of patterns rather than just one. Anyways, that's about all I have to say about this sweater, I don't love the buttons I used, they are a touch too big, but options for button buying are limitted here in Olds, I really need to stock up on some good all purpose button sets. Oh and I used about 95% of one skein for this little sweater.

Alrighty, next up is a sweet little baby dress than I finished last week, and already gifted it to my sister-in-law, who is expecting a little girl in June. The pattern is the Little Biscuit, by Anne B Hanssen, and it was actualy just published this month. I just went searching for a sport weight baby dress on rav that caught my eye and found my way to this pattern (Rav link here).

The lace details at the hem and neckline are really sweet, the picot bind off took way longer than the instant gratification knitter in me would have liked, but is (as usual) totally worth it; and the miles of plain stockinette in the round are just that.

Anyways, the mom to be was very happy to recieve this little number this past weekend. And the taste of lace knitting has gotten me excited for more lacey baby knits. Too bad we are waiting to learn the sex of our baby, because knitting for wee little girls is just way too cute. In fact I've already cast on some more KnitCrate Yarn (Uru Yarns Sugared Sport from April's crate) to knit a lacey baby layette for my neice to be. I'll be sure to share that with you when its done.

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