Baseball jacket for a little girl

 

Baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Putting to one side the image of one so small (3 months) actually playing a game of baseball and the feeling that culturally this garment is a bit alien to my personal image of childhood that involves smocked dresses and pram coats, I have had my eye on this Debbie Bliss pattern for sometime, admiring it for its neat collar and restrained stripes.  Happily, the look of the end product has not disappointed. The collar was a bit of a challenge and I’m not to enthusiastic about the poppers instead of functioning buttonholes (perhaps I would make buttonholes should I make the jacket again) but all in all, it was an enjoyable knit in which I learned (or attempted to learn) something new.

Baseball jacket : back view (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

The collar which I love the look of so much was quite stressful and involved a fair amount of lengthy counting. I’m sure I went wrong a couple of times, not quite understanding the instructions for some of the collar row ends but I decided to plough on and undo it all at the end should that be necessary. Surprisingly – and I know I did go wrong – the end result looked fine, so I resisted the urge for perfection and, pleasantly confused, left it as it was.

Baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Knitting small garments is ideal for me at the moment as  sorting possessions after our move and a succession of welcome visitors, make a bit of knitting particularly relaxing and enjoyable, especially when you can sit and talk to people too.

Neck detail: baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Detail of baseball jacket showing popper (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

The pattern comes from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4.

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Lace edge cardigan for baby of 6 months

 

Lace edge cardigan (from Debbie Bliss’ s book Simply Baby, Quadrille, 2006)

My second knitting of this charming Debbie Bliss pattern in baby cashmerino (Lace edge cardigan (from Debbie Bliss’ s book Simply Baby, Quadrille, 2006; the first one I made can be seen here), though this time it’s in the next size up. A lovely simple pattern is transformed into something quite beautiful by the lace edging. The lace knitting on the pattern stops at the bottom of the front edges but I think it’s so much nicer continuing it all round the bottom edge of the jacket as well – a length of almost 4 feet, but with both this and the one I made previously there was sufficient wool left to do this. (My garter stitch needs this distraction as it’s not as even as it once was. Curious, I’ve always thought garter stitch was the easy option. I am, however much happier back with stocking stitch which I seem to manage to do with more finesse!)

Lace edge cardigan (from Debbie Bliss’ s book Simply Baby, Quadrille, 2006)

Lace edge cardigan (from Debbie Bliss’ s book Simply Baby, Quadrille, 2006)

Just photos today as we’re expecting family for lunch who are camping in Herefordshire. The nights have been horribly wet recently (and the days more showery than sunny) and whereas I quite like rain at night tucked up in a warm house, I can’t believe it will have been particularly wonderful under a tent. We shall try to persuade them to camp under our roof for the next few days but they’re a tough lot these inhabitants of Aberdeen and we may not be successful.

Lace edge cardigan (from Debbie Bliss’ s book Simply Baby, Quadrille, 2006)

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