Posts Tagged 'Milo'

Malabrigo March continues

I think it is baby season at the moment. I have friends – local and all over the country – who are expecting new additions at the moment. So, what better way to welcome a precious new babe than with a gift knit with love? 

37grams of silky Malabrigo loveliness. All knit up, blocked and ready to go.  Yep, another project is knit up from my stash, and while it didn’t make much of a dent in the stash, it was a complete joy to knit.
This is a newborn size Milo, a teeny, soft, and snugly vest knit from Malabrigo Silky Merino in colourway Dill. This was leftover from one of my Christmas gift knits, and seemed to be a bit too little for most projects. However, this seemed an ideal opportunity to use it up. I had a tad over 50 grams, so I have a teensy bit left to stash for contrasts if and when I buy more of this gorgeous yarn in the future.


Yep, there is something about knitting from stash that makes you plan what to stash next. There’s just no stopping some people!

Milo Mitts Pattern

As promised, here is my latest pattern, fresh from pattern testing. A big thanks to all of my testers for their feedback and super knitting. You can check out their projects here.

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My little miss loves to be all matchy-matchy.  Nearly as much as she loves Dora.  So I couldn’t resist making a wee pair of fingerless mittens to match her Milo top.

The cable that I used for my Milo was the horseshoe cable. I will share the instructions for this cable here, the other 4 cables in the Milo pattern can be used on these mittens as well. Or you could substitute any cable that uses 8 knit stitches.

 The instructions are for 3 sizes: 1, 2 and 4.

Size 1 is knit on 3.75mm needles, and utilises the same stitch numbers as size 2, but is knit at a tighter gauge. The thumb should be knit two rows shorter.

Sizes 2 and 4 are knit on 4mm needles, with a gauge of 6 stitches and 9 rows to an inch in stocking stitch.

I love to knit using magic loop, but you could easily knit these mittens on DPNs instead. They have also been tested on a 30cm circular needle.

 Materials: You will need approximately 20-40g of DK weight yarn for each pair of Milo Mitts. Also you will use two stitch markers and some scrap yarn as a stitch holder.

 Abbreviations:

 

2×2 Rib – knit 2, purl 2 stitches

pm – place marker (stitch marker)

M1R – Make one, right leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitches with your left needle coming from in front of the bar and knit through the back of the picked up bar.

M1L – Make one, left leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitches with your left needle coming from behind the bar and knit through the front of the picked up bar.

These paired increases make a tidy thumb increase.

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 There are two options for this pattern as shown below option 1 is shown in “Watermelon” colourway by The Wool Company. It features a garter stitch cuff. Option 2 is shown in a now deleted pink Wool Company colourway and features a 2×2 ribbed cuff.

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You will need to knit a ‘left’ mitt and a ‘right’ mitt as the cable is on the top of the glove.

Horseshoe Cable Pattern:

 Abbreviations:

C4F – slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at the front of the work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

C4B – slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at the back of the work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

 

Round 1-3: p2, k8, p2.

Round 4: p2, C4B, C4F, p2

Round 5-6: p2, k8, p2.

Pattern:

 

Left Mitt

Cuff Option 1:

Cast on 28 (32) stitches, join in the round and work alternating rounds of knit and purl for 1 inch.

Knit one round, increasing 2 (4)  stitches evenly across the round, bringing the total to 30 (36) stitches.

Round 1: sets up for the cable.  k 3 p2 k8, p2,  knit to end of round

Round 2 : knit in pattern as set above.

Knit 8 (10) rounds in pattern, beginning cable as per cable instructions. Then continue on to Round 3 below, continuing to work cable in established pattern.

 Cuff Option 2:

Cast on 28 (32)  stitches, join in the round and work 2×2 rib for 2 (2.5) inches.

You should have 14 stitches on needle 1 and 14 on needle 2.

Knit one round, increasing 2 (4) stitches evenly across the round, bringing total to 30 (36) stitches. *

Round 1: sets up for the cable.  k 3 p2 k8, p2,  knit to end of round

Round 2 : knit in pattern as set above.

Round 3:  knit in pattern to last stitch, PM, M1R, K1.

Round 4: k1 M1L, PM, knit around in pattern.

Round 5:  k2 M1L, Option2 works cable row here [ k2, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, knit to marker] * , knit to marker, M1R, k2

Round 6: knit around in pattern

Round 7:  Knit to marker, M1L,slip marker knit in pattern to marker, slip marker, M1R, knit to end of row.

Continue to alternate rounds 6 and 7 until there are 10 (12) stitches between markers.

Then – knit one round with no increases to final stitch marker. Remove all the stitches between markers onto a stitch holder – I use a piece of scrap yarn.

Cable cast on two stitches and work cable pattern until desired length.

Option one: work one round purl, one round knit, one round purl, and cast off in knit.

Option two: cast off.

 Thumb:

Place the 10 (12) stitches from holder onto needle. Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the top of the thumb. 16 (18) stitches.

Knit around, when you get back to 6 cast on stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together.

Knit 1 round without decreases then knit to cast on stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit around until desired length. Approx 2 (4) rounds.

 Those knitting Option One may wish to work one purl round before casting off  in garter stitch.

Right hand

Work as for left hand until * (just after increase round)

 Round 1: k 1 p2 k8, p2 knit to end of round.

Round 2:  knit in pattern as set

[Option 1: Knit 8 (10) rounds in pattern, beginning cable as per cable instructions rather than beginning in Round 5 below. Then continue on to Round 3 below, continuing to work cable in established pattern. ]

Round 3: k1 p2 k8 p2, k2, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, knit to end of round.

Round 4:  knit around in pattern

Round 5: k1, work cable row [p2,  C4B, C4F, p2] knit to marker, slip marker, M1R , knit to marker, m1L, slip marker,  knit to end of round.

Round 6: knit around in pattern

Round 7: knit in pattern to marker, M1R, knit to marker, slip marker, M1L, knit to end of round.

Continue to alternate rounds 6 and 7 until 10 (12) stitches between markers.

 Then – knit one round with no increases.

On the next round remove all the stitches between markers onto a stitch holder – I use a piece of scrap yarn.

 Cable cast on two stitches and work cable pattern until desired length, cast off. Again, you may wish to work a couple of rows in garter stitch before you cast off if you are knitting Option 1.

Work the thumb as for Left hand.

Happy Knitting!

Knitting in the dark

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Last weekend we had to travel up to Auckland so I could got to University for a block course – the third of four this weekend.  We drove up Friday and back Sunday night. I quite dislike night driving, so DH took the wheel once it got dark.  The only problem with that is sacrificing the daylight hours for knitting!

I had a two socks (um, no, not matching, two different patterns) with me, but one needs ripping back a bit, and the other has a lacey panel on the front. Neither was suitable for knitting in the dark.  But I had cast on a wee Milo vest, and so I abandoned putting a cable panel in and knit around and around and around for three hours in the dark. I might even have finished knitting it except DH got tired I had to take another turn at the wheel.  Finished on Monday morning, this wee 12 month size vest is super cute, and surprisingly mistake free.

I am, however, not sure what I am going to do with this vest. My wee one doesn’t seem to suit yellow any more than I do. I was gifted this yarn in a magic yarn ball swap some months ago, and it was intended for socks.  It even tried to become socks, but it just wasn’t working. I have been trying hard to clear the decks recently, downsizing the stash, organising the WIPs I have lying around and so on. So, the sock headed off to the frogpond and rather than having the yarn join the stash, I figured I should knit it up right away. So, I double stranded this 4 ply hand dyed yarn to create a cosy vest.  I used all of the 100g.   And while I was knitting I came across lots of cute surprises: a wee bracelet, earrings, cute stitch markers, extra beads, tasty tea bags, and at the very centre, a wee ball of  (what I suspect is) Luxor Cotton.  Everything was yellow themed too.  How to make knitting even better, eh!

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So, while I’m pleased to have had something to knit in the dark, I’m not sure what the future holds for this wee vest. Anyone out there suit yellow?

Something Matching

I have accepted the inevitable. If I knit something for Miss 1, Miss almost 3 will want that same thing for herself. So, I had been planning a Rainbow Dress for Miss 1 for some time, having dyed up some yarn 6 or so weeks ago for it.  A size 1 dress knits up so fast and after just a couple of days on knitting I had finished a cute wee dress for her.

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Just one problem. When I dyed the yarn I had a few issues – the green I initially used did not dye up well, and the replacement green I used didn’t grab me. I thought knitting it up might fix it, but I wasn’t convinced. So, I test dyed a strand and decided that the answer would be to redye the finished dress.

From this…

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to this…

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I was much happier with the finished result after dyeing, and I think it looks really cute on too. Pity the best shot I managed to get was of little miss acting like a carpet slug though.

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I made a number of pattern modifications to this wee dress. Instead of casting on for the Rainbow Dress, the garter stitch section is actually from the Milo vest, which I think sits better on the shoulders. I had to play with the numbers a little once I finished this section, I had an extra 4 stitches over the recommended number, so not too many at all. I increased every sixth row instead of fifth row, although now I see it on her, I think the extra flare might have been better. I also did a lace section on the bottom of the dress, just for something a bit different. The yarn was Charity 8ply, a cheap as chips machine washable 100% wool that our local yarn shop Knitworld has been stocking this year in an effort to make 100% wool accessible to charity knitters instead of nasty acrylic.

After the speedy size 1, a size 3 seemed to take much longer, plus Miss Almost 3 was agitating to have her dress completed. I  knit this from Wool Company Merlot (bodice and hem) and Orchard for the skirt. Orchard is no longer being made, and this is the last of my stash. The girls have a wee Anouk dress, Boheme cardigan, soaker and legwarmers from it already so I think I have had my fill of this colourway now anyway.

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I made almost exactly the same mods to this dress, except in a size 3. I did a garter stitch hem, making it nice and long to stop it from curling up.

Now, I had visions of having a cute picture of the girls wearing these together. I didn’t even manage a nice photo off Miss almost 3 in hers, let alone a shot of them together. Endless rain has meant no outdoor photo shoot, so excuse the telly-in-the-background shot.

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I adore this on her, it fits beautifullly, and even a complete stranger stopped us in the street to admire it. Gotta love appreciation!

Something Small

I am stunned (and delighted!) at the number of friends I have who are expecting new additions at the moment. Many aren’t due until next year,  and I am hoping to keep up with creating gifts for each of them. This wee vest is for a friend who is due somewhat sooner than that, and is winging its way to her house as I type.

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Yep, it’s another wee Milo, and I suspect I’ll be churning them out with regularity over the next wee while. I chose to do the aran cable on this one.

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This is the 3 month size, and it used a paltry 66g of DK weight yarn. Fabulous! The yarn I used was Cleckheaton Country, an oatmeal sort of shade. I was gifted two balls of this yarn in a swap I did, and it was intended for dyeing. I cast this on fully intending to dip dye it when it was done, but I lost my nerve. It was so cute the colour it was. And as my friend didn’t find out the sex of her baby, I was worried that it might not suit if I used my purples, or my blues. Annnnyway, I held off on the dyes, and I think it’s super cute as it is.

FO for WIP

My beautiful baby turned one yesterday!

From this…

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to this…

 

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It has been a good year too – what a change to have a baby who sleeps during the day (but not so much at night). She has an amazing disposition, and – like many third children I suspect – just fits right on in…

We celebrated her first year with a smallish party at our place – the winter rain has set in here, so we didn’t want too many small people squished into our wee house. As it turned out, the sun came out and the kids all piled outside to enjoy swings and the trampoline.  Our wee lass was feeling a little under the weather but managed to party until the last guests left.

And as you can see, she wore neither of her babydoll dresses. After knitting the Milo for a pressie the other day, I decided a ball of red tekapo yarn would make a perfect for a Milo for little miss. Finished on the morning of her birthday ( I hid in the bedroom casting off just so it got done), I am really pleased with it – so much so that a really good FO pic will have to wait for another day as she’s wearing it in bed for her nap as I type.  I decided on the owl cable, which is really cute, but needs some buttons for eyes to really pop I think.

Her first birthday has caused us to reminsce about her arrival, and how lovely it was to welcome her into the world here at home.  What a wee blessing she is.

FO: Socks and more

I am loving all of this finishing! Another pair of socks are complete 🙂

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These are the socks I began back in the last holidays when we went away visiting. The first sock wasn’t the biggest success ever, so it made it difficult to want to knit the second one. The pattern is Staccato Socks from Knitting  Socks with Handpainted Yarn. The pattern uses stripes of colour to utilise the waves the stitch pattern makes to its best advantage. I didn’t have stripes with me when I cast on, but maybe it I had it would have distracted from the unattractive way the sock seems to pull on the plain stocking stitch panel between the patterned panels. To rectify this I knit the second sock on a larger needle (2.25 for the first, 2.5 for the second). It seemed a little wrong to do so, but given the stripy socks I just knitted, I think I should get over the need to ‘match ‘ things, especially if I’m trying to match something ugly! I am much happier with the second sock!

These socks are knit from the toe up, and had an unusual gusset construction (well, it was new to me anyway!) but it resulted in a very well fitting foot. I’ve been finding socks knit from the toe up are always too long on me if I use the measurements provided. These were perfect. The heel is a slip stitch heel, which I really like the look of.

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I enjoyed knitting with Vintage Purls yarn again – this colourway is JOY, exclusive to Joy Of Yarn. I knit a fairly short leg, so I have about 35 grams of this yarn left, enough for a pair of toddler socks anyway 🙂

Now, Nyree is hanging out for a picture of my latest FO, so it is squeezing in here too. This is a newly released pattern, Milo (Rav link). Written by the ever clever Tikki, I resisted buying it for, ohhh, 36 hours. This cute vest pattern has sizes from newborn through to 4 years, and is beautifully unisex. The perfect pattern for gift knitting! So, my first blast at the pattern was a 3 month size.

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Knit from stashed yarn, this is Utiku DK Donkey. I usually like knitting with this yarn, but this small vest had 5 joins in the yarn! Shocking. Just as well it’s a cute colourway. I hope the wee recipient of this fits it 🙂

The pattern has 5 options for cables, I chose the ‘giant cable’ option which I like but it didn’t allow for many repeats in the length of the 3 month size vest. Nevertheless it’s cute I think, and I will be using this option again when I knit a bigger size.

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I love the fact that this pattern will be able to be knit for my girls as well as newborn gifts. It’s such a quick and satisfying knit. Highly recommend this one 🙂


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