Cutie for a Baby

With all the fun of sorting out the Knit-Room, the only knitting that has been done has been a gift for a baby – Let me tell you how that started…

While working together,my friend and colleague, James, made the fatal mistake of complimenting my laptop wallpaper and asking what it was…

This picture…

From Double Vision Cushion

It is, of course, a close up of the back of my Double Vision Cushion. Poor James didn’t know what he had let himself in for and got chapter and verse on how it was only 4 colours, combined in 10 combinations…yadda…yadda….

I helpfully emailed him a link to my on-line pictures of the cushion ….

He was actually rather impressed with my knitting (bless him!) and asked me to make a little something for his new baby. ..

Flattery. Works every time.Ā  How could I say, “No”?? !!

I turned to my Debbie Bliss baby books . Strangely I don’t like her women’s patterns (kinda shapeless and baggy on me) but I think she does wonderful baby things.

I made the Matinee Coat from the first Baby Cashmerino book.Ā  It’s the on on the cover – “Tsk” to me and that habit of mine of knitting the cover shot!

From Baby Jacket

Here’s the finished little sweetie of a jacket….

From Baby Jacket

I have to admit at this point – As someone who really isn’t “baby oriented” (give me a kitten any day) That I hadn’t appreciated how much knitting there was in a baby garment. And they have all the same parts as a grown up garment!! Don’t laugh at this revelation – this is my first knitted baby garment.

I remembered my Mum once saying that you needed to make sure there weren’t bulky seams in a baby thing because they would chafe the delicate skin,Ā  so I short-row shaped the shoulders and was very careful setting in the sleeve…Good enough?

From Baby Jacket

The finishing touch that really makes this cutie is the picot edging around the bottom…

From Baby Jacket

I really wanted to sew in one of my little “Hand Made by Susan Crowe” tapes but was worried it would irritate the baby so I opted for a safety pin – Yes, I know I’m a show off….

From Baby Jacket

I hope James, and his Wife and his daughter like it!!


Completed Knit Report
Name: Matinee Coat
Pattern: Debbie Bliss – Baby Cashmerino
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Pattern Problems: None – very easy
Pattern Modifications: Short row shaped the shoulders.
Washing and Wearing: Yet to be gifted!
Knit It Again???: Very possibly if a suitable recipient found!
Difficulty: Easy
Rating: 4/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: None

11 Responses

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  1. CraftyCripple
    CraftyCripple November 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    Such a pretty little garment. I’m sure it will be very joyfully received! By the way, where did you get your “made by” tapes. I’ve been meaning to get some but have been inordinately lazy about looking LOL.

  2. Terri (terdotty on rav)
    Terri (terdotty on rav) November 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm |

    Lovely baby garment and re your knit room post – congratulations on setting that up so well – let’s hope it stays that tidy?!

  3. Jo
    Jo November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |

    It’s gorgeous, I’m sure James and his wife will love it. I wish I had someone to knit little garments for.

  4. josiekitten
    josiekitten November 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm |

    Lovely! I know exactly what you mean about the amount of work involved, having just knitted three DB stripy baby cardigans for various babies. So much sewing up, and I had to match the stripes too!

  5. pip
    pip November 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    that is very, very cute… I’m sure they will love it šŸ™‚

  6. James, Jasia, Eva and Tomasz
    James, Jasia, Eva and Tomasz November 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm |

    Thank you so much Susan.

    It made it home…..couple of close calls mind šŸ˜‰

    Truly awesome workmanship. Jasiaand I are so pleased with it. We have already held it up against Eva. Its quite late and she was asleep so photo to follow in the morning.

    Re your completed knit report – easy??? My wife is still mastering the joys of knit one, purl one for my scarf…Expected completion date Christmas 2012 – her words not mine, although she is getting faster. Rating….5/5 šŸ™‚

  7. Sara
    Sara November 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm |

    It’s lovely. As someone else who is “not baby oriented,” I have also been surprised by the challenge of baby knitting. Everything is so small, you’d expect it to be over in a flash. But instead it just drifts to the bottom of the knitting bag . . .

    I’m glad yours stayed on top of the heap.

  8. wool free and lovin' knit
    wool free and lovin' knit November 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm |

    cute. I’m knitting her garter stitch version of the same — I agree, her baby knits are great.

  9. Kimmy B
    Kimmy B November 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm |

    I love Debbie Bliss’s baby knits so much. I’ve got her Baby Knits For Beginners book and I did the Garter Stitch blanket and it was fun but took so much time.

    I love this little thing. I love the look of moss stitch but attempting it frightens me lol

  10. Charlotte Beddoe
    Charlotte Beddoe December 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm |

    The cardigan is gorgeous and I love your choice of ribbon. It would be lovely to see a pic of the baby wearing it (if the parents are agreeable obviously).

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