Thursday, May 22, 2008

Double FO: tiny hat and booties

This baby set is for a boy who decided to arrive quite a bit early. There aren't many knitting patterns specifically for preemie babies, so instead I made regular baby stuff, just in a much smaller gauge than recommended. And they turned out so tiny and adorable!

First is the hat. The pattern is Cable Baby Beanie, free from Sweaterbabe. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, in Happy Forest, which is a medium worsted weight superwash wool yarn. Modifications were minimal and included using size 6 needles (not 9), knitting in the round not flat, ribbing in 2x2 (instead of 1x1), doing 2 extra rows of ribbing, and 1 extra decrease row at the top.

It's being modeled by a butternut squash, teehee! This yarn makes gorgeous cables, and the view from the top is especially pleasing.

The booties are from Simple Shoes, by Uniform Studio. The pattern looks simple, but is actually quite elegantly complex--there are no seams, and the toe shaping is done with short rows. It's much harder to design something clean and simple, so I think this is a great pattern. It's also super fast to boot! (teehee again)
They are supposed to be done with size 10.5 needles, but I used size 6, so they are really tiny! Here they are with a lemon, so you can see how small they are. I did no other modifications, which is rare.

After both projects, there's still more of this yarn left! So far from this ball of yarn I've made part of a cat sweater and a pair of fingerless gloves. And the identical ball before that made a pair of toe socks and the other part of the cat sweater. I love this yarn, but why won't it end?!? The hat used 24 grams, and the booties were 10 grams for the pair, leaving 12 grams. So close!


emicat said...

oh wow, I really love that yarn! What a gorgeous colourway.

And who knew butternut squash could make for a good baby cap model? :) I'll have to remember that when I get to knitting a cap for someone's baby, hehehe

Rachel said...

How cute! The shoes are especially adorable.