12.31.2006

My New Cousin

At the ripe age of 25, I get to have a new cousin! My Aunt Jen and Uncle Mike are pretty young, have 3 girls and a fourth baby on the way (they haven't any idea if the baby is a boy or a girl)! Since they are John Deere fans and the gender has yet to be determined green and yellow seemed fitting. I made a card and envelope, booties, a newborn hat, and a Knitted Sacque. Yes, a sacque, I had no idea what that meant so good ol' Merriam Webster came in handy.

Sacque: (sak), an infant's usually short jacket that fastens at the neck

So there you go, now you learned a new word too. Well I hope you enjoy these knifty knits!

Peace, Alison


Pattern notes:
For all of the projects, I used "Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp" yarn in the colors "sunkisses" and "grasshopper". The yarn knits very well and doesn't cost much ($4.99 per skein x 3 skeins), another great thing for baby gifts since babies grow so quickly.

Booties:
First Knits: Projects for Beginning Knitters
by Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell (2005)
They are an easy project that requires minimal yarn and all you have to do is knit. If you would like to make them on your own you will have to check out the book at your local public library (or buy it, but hey if you get it at the library it is free to check out!).



Hat:
This pattern came from a Lion Brand Learn to Knit kit but I didn't like how it turned out. So, I changed the pattern to fit my tastes. This pattern is super easy and fast to make. A great project if you need a baby gift in a flash.

Materials
  • Size 6 needles
  • Crochet hook, size H
  • Large-eyed, blunt needle to sew up the seam
  • Yarn
Cast on 76 stitches. Knit 6 rows. Work in stockinette stitch until hat measures 5.25" from the beginning.
Next row: *Knit 2 tog, knit 6; repeat from the * to end.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: *Knit 2 tog, knit 6; repeat from the * to end.
Next row: Purl
Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2.25". Bind off all stitches in pattern.

Cord: Chain 70 stitches with a crochet hook. Break yarn.

Finishing: Join hat seam with mattress stitch. Thread the cord in and out just below the ribbing. Tighten the cord and tie.




Sacque:
This pattern was given to me by a friend and fellow knitter. It is pretty old and I don't know the source but it makes a nice gift. I made a 6 month size, but I think that babies today are bigger so my 6 month size sacque will most likely fit a 3-6 month baby not 6-9 months old. Size 1 are in parentheses.

Materials
  • Yarn (1 4 oz skein of baby weight yarn)
  • 1 pair straight knitting needles No. 6
  • 1 steel crochet hook (H)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inch 7 rows = 1 inch

Pattern Stitch:
Row 1: K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * across row.
Rows 2 and 3: P1, * K1, P1, repeat from * across row.
Row 4: K1, * P1, K1, repeat from * across row.
Repeat these 4 rows for the pattern stitch.



Directions:
Starting at lower edge of back, with No. 6 needles cast on 47 (51) stitches. Work even in pattern stitch for 6 (6 1/2) inches. SLEEVES: At the beginning of each of the next 2 rows cast on 34 (38) stitches. Work even in pattern stitch on 115 (127) stitches until sleeves measure 3 1/4 (3 3/4) inches. Put a marker at each end of work for half of sleeve (I tied a piece of contrasting color yarn to the last stitch on each side, this worked well for me). SHAPE NECK: Work in pattern stitch across 47 (52) stitches; put center 21 (23) stitches on a holder; join another ball of yarn and work last 47 (52) stitches in pattern stitch. Work even on both sides at once for 6 rows. Then at each neck edge cast on 12 (13) stitches. Work even in pattern stitch on 59 (65) stitches of each side until sleeve edges measures 3 1/4 (3 3/4) inches above markers. FINISH SLEEVES: At each arm edge bind off 34 (38) stitches. Continue in pattern stitch on 25 (27) stitches of each side for 6 (6 1/2) inches. Bind off all stitches in pattern stitch. HOOD: With right side facing you, pick up and K 18 (19) stitches on right from neck; work in pattern stitch across 21 (23) stitches on holder; pick up and K 18 (19) stitches on other neck edge. Work even in pattern stitch on 57 (61) stitches for 2 rows. BEADING: * Work 2 (3) stitches, y o, work 2 stitches tog, repeat from * ending work last stitch. Continue in pattern stitch for 6 (6 1/4) inches. Bind off in pattern stitch.

Finishing:
Sew side and sleeve seams with mattress stitch. Fold hood in half and seam across top with mattress stitch. EDGING: (I just single crocheted around the edges of the sacque and the ends of the sleeves. I tried the shell stitch and it looks rather frilly. Since I don't know if my new cousin is a boy or girl I thought it best to avoid the "froo-froo". Also, a single crochet stitch uses less yarn and goes much faster.) Shell Edge. Join yarn at left side seam, ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, * skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch, ch 1, skip 1 stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, ch 1, 2 dc in same stitch, repeat from * on lower edge, fronts and hood. Work same edging on each sleeve edge. Steam lightly. CORD: Make a chain 36 inches long. Fasten off. Run cord through neck beading and sew small pom-pom to each end (optional, I didn't due to not knowing the baby's gender).

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