Knitting Baby Stuff: A Penchant for Chevron

I know. I know. It’s so ‘now’, that it’s nauseating. But, I like chevron. No, really. I do.

I’ve even just bought these to protect the rather impractically highly absorbent straps on W’s highchair (hello, pumpkin goo!).

Strap Covers for Ergobaby carrier and highchair harness by Liddle Berry @ Etsy. I'm in love.

Strap Covers for Ergobaby carrier and highchair harness by Liddle Berry @ Etsy. I’m in love.

There’s just something about those little zig-zaggy stripes that makes me just a little bit happier.

In addition to my chunky cotton chevron (details here), I’ve also been getting a lot of use out of this one. I knitted this before W was born. In fact, before I even knew he was a he. I was after something soft and cuddly and gender-neutral. I love the colours and the texture of this blanket is divine. The main pitfall is that is has a ‘wrong side’, which in a blanket is a bit of a flaw. But I do love chevron. So, I’ll make an exception.

Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket

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Detail of chevron baby blanket. I love the crisp look of a cotton knit.

Source: Espace Tricot Patterns

Price: Free!!

Yarn: Morris & Sons Avalon 10ply (Pima Cotton)

Needle: 5mm – I managed to knit this on straight needles, but circulars would have been far more sensible. I had an aversion to circulars at the time, but my recent spate of blanket knitting has cured me of such ill will.

Pearls: This pattern needs a good blocking to avoid edge curl.

Knitting Baby Stuff: Chunky Cotton Chevron Blanket

Pattern: Chevron Baby Blanket

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Close up detail.

Source: Ravelry

Price: Free!!

Yarn: Rosàrio’s 4 70’s Cotton

Needle: 8mm circular

Rather than knitting with two strands of 10ply, I knit with a single strand of this chunky cotton on 8mm needles. I knit this while pregnant and it quickly became my nemesis. We would face off over a few rows each night as a sort of penance while I completed other more enjoyable projects. What made this a less enjoyable knit was the chunkiness of it all on short little needles and the complete lack of stretch in the yarn made it tiresome to work with. I could never quite get into a rhythm.

However, now that the nemesis is defeated and this blanket is complete. I love it. Love love love it. W spends his floor play time on this rug and it’s super soft, squishy and delicious.

I did have a slight heartbreak moment when I washed it for the first time. The yellow dye ran slightly despite a cold machine wash giving the white stripes a faint jaundiced tinge, but I figured that this blanket is destined for far worse by way of poonamis and projectile spews. So, with that in mind, I tried very hard not to cry about it.

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Just chillin’ on my chevron.

Pearls:

  • If you’re new to circulars, or cotton, or chunky yarn, or large knits or all four, be prepared for some work as you get to know these beasts.
  • I knit colours in pseudorandom sequence (e.g. A-B-A-C-B-C-A-B-A) rather than stripes (e.g. A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C) and think it worked pretty well.

Crochet: The Country Women’s Association & An Owl Hat

So on Thursday evening I did something I never thought I would do. Indeed, it had never even crossed my mind that I would not do it, that’s how much I thought I would never do it. I joined the CWA. Yep, you heard me, the Country Women’s Association.

But before you envisage me in a hall full of purple-haired nannas in tartan box-pleat skirts munching on some egg and lettuce sandwiches and cup of luke-warm milky tea… let me set the record straight.

I have joined a bunch of young mums who have recently revived a local CWA branch as a way of getting out of the house (and away from the kids) once a month and organising social events and learning new skills. So, along I went to the pub on a Thursday, my knitting tucked under my arm.

Five of us (unfortunately, the 21 people who had RSVPed for the planned cheese & wine night—cancelled due to the cheese lady getting the flu—didn’t feel so enthused by a pub meal) met up for a rather good dinner, a glass of wine (thank you Feed Safe) and a natter over some knitting. And, for a CWA meeting, I had a spectacularly nice time!

The only official business of the night was deciding what we’ll enter in the crafty competitions the CWA are running. Competitions are not what our branch is really about. We’re more wine and cheese types, but the call for a “crochet novelty item” has me submitting this little number.IMG_3699

Unfortunately, I made this with left over cotton (from some delicious blankets I made… will have to post about them sometime!) which has very little stretch. Resulting in a fairly unforgiving fit when W was born with a massive head! Even if it had been the right size, the lack of stretch means it sits rather than fits on one’s head. A mistake I would not repeat. Next version will be in wool.

Pattern: Newborn Owl Hat (by Sarah from RepeatCrafterMe.com)

Yarn: Morris & Sons Avalon 10ply cotton (gorgeous yarn… not recommended for this project)

Also on the list of items for entry – a crochet coat hanger! Can I bring myself to do it? Inspiration here. We’ll see.