Rainbow Brite Socks

I had no delusions that caring for a 4 year old and a 6 month old would be a week of snuggles and hugs. I was not prepared to dedicate a full day to discovering all the different ways you can get covered in bodily fluids (I stopped counting at 8. What creativity they have!). Children should have a warning label. Warning: Disgusting - cuddle at your own risk. Foolishly, I thought I would have time to indoctrinate the next generation with the greatest things of the '80s - My Little Ponies, Rainbow Brite, Lisa Frank. Sparkly, rainbow colored awesomeness. Step one: Rainbow Brite inspired socks for each kiddo. Step two: well... step two got de-prioritized real quick.

My plans to get action shots dissolved pretty quickly, too. I didn't even get a not-on-kid shot of the larger pair and the even the completely immobile child wouldn't sit still.

So, you want me to flail about as much as possible and fuss, right?

But, whatever, these socks are awesome.

Not on a baby.

Rainbow Brite socks

Size

Ages 1-3, 5.5” foot (Ages 4-7, 7.5” foot)

Supplies

  • 55 (65) total grams of Cephalopod Yarns Bugga! [70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 380 yds/ 347 m per 113 g/ 4 ounces] - Sample shown uses the Rainbow 2 mini-skein palettes
  • 5 (6) gr for each stripe, heel and toe
  • 15 (20) gr for foot color
  • Size 1 double pointed needles (dpns)

Pro-tip: If you’re a faster knitter than purler, you can work the leg inside out (specifically, knit 7 rounds for each ridge, instead of purling). Before working the heel, flip the work right side out and work heel as written. This may affect your gauge. Otherwise, just work as written.

Gauge

15 sts x 20 rows in 2”/5 cm square in stockinette

Instructions

Cast on 44 (52) sts using your favorite stretchy cast on. I used the long-tail cast-on.

Evenly distribute the sts across the four dpns (11(13) sts on each needle), and join to knit in the round being sure not to twist the sts. Work 2 rounds of k1,p1 ribbing and proceed to work your first ridge.

Ridge

  • Work 3 rounds of k1,p1 ribbing
  • Purl all sts for seven rounds
  • Break yarn

Join next color and repeat ridge until six ridges have been worked.

Work 3 rounds of k1, p1 ribbing. Break yarn.

Short row heel

Heel is worked across two needles (22(26) sts).

Join color for the heel. Row 1: Knit 21 (25) sts, wrap next st, turn. Row 2: Sl st purlwise, p20 (24) sts, wrap next st, turn.

Repeat the next two rows until 10 sts remain unworked.

  • Sl st knitwise, k to st before wrapped st, wrap next st, turn.
  • Sl st purlwise, p to st before wrapped st, wrap next st, turn.

Repeat next two rows until all sts have been worked

  • Sl st, knit to wrapped st, pick up wrap and knit together with next st, turn
  • Sl st, purl to wrapped st, pick up wrap and purl together with next st, turn

Knit to end of row and break heel yarn.

Foot

Join foot color. Work in stockinette st until work measures 2.25” (4.25”) from the heel color change, or the full length of the foot is 1.25” (1.5”) inches less than the total length required, ending after needle 4.

Toe

Alternate the following two rounds until 20 sts remain:

  • K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before the end of needle 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k to 3 sts before the end of needle 4, ssk, k1
  • Knit all sts

Break yarn with an 8" tail, and use kitchener stitch to close the toe. Weave in all ends.

Make the second sock.

Block with the socks standing upright to allow the ridges to get a good shape.

Let the socks dry standing like this to give the ridges shape.

Jericho Knit Baby Blanket

My four year old niece and 6-month nephew will staying with me and the fella for a week or so starting Friday. I have been stocking up on ideas to make me the best stay at home aunt ever. I have enough to last through day 2. After that: television. Aunts can get away with that. I'd designed this blanket to use up some yarn I've had laying around since 2009, and decided to name it after the impending invasion. Seven days running around a city and then shouting loud enough to knock down city walls? That sounds about right.

This photo was taken on a peaceful morning. So much for those.
This photo was taken on a peaceful morning. So much for those.

This blanket uses the same start in the center and work your way out construction as my lotus and stripe seven baby blankets. I love this construction because you it's very forgiving if you're off gauge or are unsure about the amount of yarn you have. You just start knitting and bind off when you start running low or are sick of working on it.

Just enough to keep it interesting.
Just enough to keep it interesting.

This blanket knit up SUPER fast. Size 11's, chunky yarn, and almost all knit stitches. I think it took me all of a week from start to finish.

Those lines of "walls" remind me just a bit of the noise emanating from a temperamental 4 year old.
Those lines of "walls" remind me just a bit of the noise emanating from a temperamental 4 year old.

I'm experimenting with new software, so I actually put this into a PDF. Lucky you!

Download Jericho Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

Malbec Sock Pattern

Malbec Sock Pattern

 

 

Notes

CL2x2 - Slip 3 sts to cable needle, p1, k1, p1, k1 from left needle, k1, p1, k1 from cable needle.

 

Toe

Figure 8 cast on 20 stitches (10 on needle, 10 on cable)

Alternate increase and even rounds until there are 26 sts on each needle, 52 total.

  • Increase round: K1, m1, knit until one stitch before end of needle, m1, k1. Repeat on second needle.
  • Even round: Knit all stitches

Slip one stitch from needle 2 to needle 1.

Leg

On all rounds, knit all stitches on needle 2.

Needle 1: Right foot

Work 8 rounds: *K1, p1*, repeat from * to * to final stitch, k1.

*K1, p1*, repeat from * to * 7 total times, CL2x2, *p1, k1*, repeat from * to * 4 total times.

Work 10 rounds: *K1, p1*, repeat from * to * to final stitch, k1.

Bunny Hugs Baby Hat

I recently discovered that Canadians call hoodies "bunny hugs". As in, newspapers could read "Roving bands of teenagers, dressed in sagging pants and bunny hugs, broke into the local gas station". O, Canada. I've never met you, but I love you. This hat is uber girly. It's made from 100% alpaca and is a baby pink. Softest yarn and the softest color. So what else could I do than put it on my baby nephew?

Hey girl.
Hey girl.

I think this hat would be super cute in brighter, funner colors. But, maybe the world needs a few more super soft, baby pink hats.

Bunny Hugs

This hat is worked top down.

Supplies

20 grams Blue Sky sport weight 100% baby alpaca (50 g/110 yards) in petal

50 grams Blue Sky sport weight 100% baby alpaca (50 g/110 yards) in natural

Size 4 dpns

Notes

Gauge: 22 sts x 32 rows blocked stocknette stitch = 4 inches (10 cm)

Finished size: 14.5" (16") circumference - smaller size should fit 0-12 months, larger would fit a toddler

K - knit

P - purl

M1 - Make one using the increase of your choice. I knit one in front and back.

SSK - slip slip knit

K2tog - Knit 2 sts together

Crown

With the white yarn, cast on 2 stitches onto each of two of the DPNs (4 total). Join to work in the round.

  • Round 1 and all odd rounds: Knit all stitches.
  • Round 2: M1 in all sts (8 total). Spread the stitches across 4 dpns, so you have two stitches on each needle.
  • Round 4: *K1 M1 Repeat from * (16 total)
  • Round 6: *K2 M1 Repeat from * (24 total)
  • Round 8: *K3 M1 Repeat from * (32 total)
  • Round 10: *K4 M1 Repeat from * (40 total)
  • Round 12: *K5 M1 Repeat from * (48 total)
  • Round 14: *K6 M1 Repeat from * (56 total)
  • Round 16: *K7 M1 Repeat from * (64 total
  • Round 18: *K8 M1 Repeat from * (72 total)
  • Round 20: *K9 M1 Repeat from * (80 total) - For infant size, proceed to knit even stitches
  • For toddler size - Round 22: *K10 M1 Repeat from * (88 ttl)

Knit even until work measures 5" (5.5")  from crown.

Not on a baby
Not on a baby

Ear Flaps

Bind off 20 (24)  stitches. This is the front of the hat.

Work 6 rows of stockinette on the remaining stitches.

Repeat next two rows 3 times -

  • K1, m1, k to final 2 sts, m1, k1
  • Purl

K1, m1, k18, ssk, k1, move the worked stitches onto scrap yarn, BO20 (24), k1, k2tog, k18, m1, k1

Work Ear Flaps

Work 4 times:

  • Purl
  • K1, k2tog, k to end

Repeat 2 times:

  • Purl
  • K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

Purl to end

Bind off  until 3 sts remain.

Work an i-cord until it is 9 inches long. Break yarn, and weave end through remaining sts.

Transfer the remaining stitches onto the needle for the other ear flap.

Work 4 times:

  • Purl
  • K1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

Repeat 2 times:

  • Purl
  • K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

Purl bind off until 3 sts remain

Work an i-cord until it is 9 inches long. Break yarn, and weave end through remaining sts.

Edging

  • Set the body of the hat aside. With contrasting color, create a 9" i-cord.
  • Join to hat next to one of the existing i-cords, and knit on an i-cord along the edge of the hat (tutorial here) until you reach the cord at the end of the opposite flap.
  • Work 9" of loose i-cord. Break yarn, and weave end through remaining sts.

Repeat to create an i-cord edging across the other side of the hat.

Poof.
Poof.

Finishing

Block hat to 7.25" (8") wide and 8.5" (9") from crown to the tip of the earflaps.

Braid i-cords together.

Make two pom-poms (here's a tutorial), and sew one to the end of each i-cord braid, securing the braid together.

Weave in ends.

Real men wear pink
Real men wear pink

Modern Zig Zag Baby Quilt

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featurephoto

Once the wheels touched down from our honeymoon, it apparently made it officially okay to ask when kids will come. Not for a long time, people. Until we decide that sleep is for the weak and disposable income is for the shallow, other people's kids will do just fine.

A lot of living can be done vicariously. I highly recommend it as a time management technique. Scratch the baby itch by snuggling with a nephew or listening to the sleepless horror stories of a new mom. Travel with no threat of food poisoning by flipping through your high school nemesis' Facebook pics. Enjoy an amazing career with none of the late hours by watching any of the  new entrepreneur reality shows.

Vicarious living is all upside without all that pesky hard work and failure.

So, here's a new quilt to welcome a new little one to one of the cutest families I know. May he bring joy and delight to your lives, and to the lives of all those living vicariously through you. And, uh, please don't hold it against me that I posted this on the internet before giving it to you. I have no patience.

modernbabyquilt
modernbabyquilt

Zig Zags for Baby

Materials

1.25 yards white 44" quilting fabric

.5 yards of each of four different solid or semi-solid 44" quilting fabric. I used Thomas Knauer's  Twirl in Red, Gold, Green and Blue from the Frippery collection

1 5/8 yards 44" backing fabric

3/8 yards binding fabric

Sewing thread and other notions

Finished size: 40" x 55"

Making the Main Blocks

Block A

From each of the colored fabrics:

  • Cut two strips that are 5" x the length of the fabric
  • Cut each strip down to twelve 3.5" x 5" rectangles

Block B

  • From the white fabric, cut sixteen strips that are 2" by the length of fabric
  • From each of the colored fabrics, cut two strips that are 2" by the length of fabric
  • Sew each colored strip to a white strip
  • Press seams toward the colored fabric
blockBpart1
blockBpart1
  • Cut each created strip down in 3.5" pieces, creating blocks that are 3" x 3.5"
  • Cut the remaining 2" white strips down to 2" x 3.5" pieces
  • Sew 2" x 3.5" white piece to the top of the 3" x 3.5" white and colored pieces, making sure the colored portion is on the bottom left
  • Press seams
Block B Finished
Block B Finished

Sew block A to the matching color block B, so that the colored portions are touching.

blocks
blocks

Lay out Top

Lay out the blocks to create the zig zag pattern. Starting at the top left of the quilt, create a column of six blocks. Keep an eye toward making sure you use each color before repeating. If you want to have the color ordered differently, it will likely alter the number of blocks needed of each color.

Lay out the second column while keeping the colors in order and lining up the white zig zags. There will be gaps at the top and bottom of every second and third column.

zigzag-quilt
zigzag-quilt

Go back through and fill in the gaps with the remaining blocks. You will trim off the excess, so this is a good place to use mistakes, or only partially completed blocks.

Sew the blocks into the strips. Press the seams very well.

Pin the strips so that the white zig zags line up, with the bottom of the horizontal white strip aligning with the bottom of the vertical white strip to its left. This can be a bit tricky, so double check that it looks right before sewing.

Press all seams very well.

Trim the top and bottom of the quilt, so you have a straight edge.

closeup
closeup

Back, quilt and bind your piece.

quilt back
quilt back