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These are some simple baby hats that are knitted in the round. They are suitable for approximately 0-6 months.
- DK wool
- 4mm double pointed needles
Cast on 54 stitches; Join taking care not to twist your stitches
*K1, P2* rib for approximately 1 inch
Knit straight for approximately 4 inches
Round 1: *K7, K2tog* six times
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K6, K2tog* six times
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K5, K2tog* six times
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K4, K2tog* six times
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K3, K2tog* six times
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K2, K2tog* six times
Round 12: *K, K2tog* six times
Round 13: *K2tog* six times
Round 14: *K2tog* three times
It is really easy to make your own baby footprint and handprint keepsake. The beauty of making your own is that you can personalise it in any way you want – make the dough different colours, different shapes or do different hand/foot combinations. You also don’t have to be arty to make this keepsake and if you mess it up, it’s easy to redo! You can also make it using ordinary kitchen cupboard essentials so there’s no need to spend money on fancy products.
To make the salt dough, you will need:
- Coloured fabric (for the cover)
- Plain fabric (for the pages)
- Coloured felt and/or fabric (for the pictures)
- Various coloured threads
- Toy stuffing (optional)
To make the soft book:
First, decide what pictures you want to use. You want to think about using simple images which are bold and bright, possibly with areas that you can embroider for extra interest in terms ofboth colour and touch. I used six images:
This snake toy is perfect for using up all the scraps of yarn you might have lying around. This snake toy is knitted in the round and uses basic increases and decreases. It is a great project if you want to start knitting in the round on circular needles but don’t want to knit socks. If you get stuck Silver’s Sock Class has fantastic pictures and instructions which uses the same techniques I’ve used for the pattern below.
- 2 x Circular needles (use needles appropriate to your yarn – I used 2.5mm)
- Toy stuffing
This is a really simple knitted toy to make and because it’s so small (the final ghost stands at around 7cm high), it is really quick to make.
- White DK wool (acrylic is probably best)
- Some scrap DK wool (for the eyes and mouth)
- Grey DK wool (optional – depends on what colour you want the chains to be)
- A darning needle (for sewing up)
- A small amount of stuffing (if you don’t want to buy toy stuffing, you can use scraps of wool or material – but make sure it is a light colour so it doesn’t show through)
This is a really easy embroidery project suitable for beginners. It doesn’t take too long to complete and is really easy to do. These hearts also make a fantastic home-made gift.
- Scrap paper or cardboard
- Sharp scissors
- Two different coloured pieces of felt (or suitable material – the outer piece should be fairly robust but the inner piece can be a much lighter fabric if required)
- Coloured thread
- Embellishments such as ribbons, buttons and beads
- Pins or safety pins
To make the embroidered heart:
This is a simple baby hat which requires you to be able to knit, purl, K2tog (knit two together) and be able to knit in two colours. If you haven’t knitted in multiple colours before, this is an easy project to start you off! Just remember to twist the two colours around each other when you change colours otherwise you will end up with holes. All the pieces are knitted flat and then sewn together afterwards.
- Size 6 (4mm) needles
- Black wool
- White wool
- Brown wool
- Some stuffing
- A blunt needle
These patterned handwarmers are a really simple, quick knit and are perfect as last-minute gifts. The picture on the side used a merino wool/acrylic mix to ensure the handwarmers are warm yet hard-wearing however any DK weight yarn will do.
Dec 2012 – Based on Ravelry feedback: If your hands are fairly large, you may want to cast on a few more stitches (in multiples of 4) to ensure a good fit. If you prefer a tighter cuff, knit the cuff on a smaller size of needles before swapping back to 4mm needles for the handwarmer body.
I made a conscious decision this week to attempt to finish some of my WIPs. The square for my first cat blanket have been knitted up and sewn togther:
This was a lovely easy knit. The cat squares are actually a dishcloth pattern however they seem to be a lot larger than the standard sort of dishcloth size. All of the wool used is Sirdar acrylic – hopefully it will be quite hard wearing and easy to look after.