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Finished Knittin': Kid Chimera & Locksley

Andrea Sanchez

My needles were blazing this weekend! Not only did I finish one Knittin' Little Summer KAL piece, I finished TWO! That's a lot (for me, at least. And those of us with very limited knitting time)!

The first piece is Kid Chimera by Elizabeth Green Musselman. 

I was in love with this the day her sample arrived last fall and I'm in love with it even more now. For our Fall 2015 launch collection I pretty much said, can you design something? and let the designers have at it. She came up with the fantastic idea of a cowl that can also be worn as a hat. 

The resulting fabric is super stretch and being knit in a DK makes it warm, but not too heavy.  I used all matching buttons that D picked out at the fabric store the other day (even though I wanted a cute little froggy for one. He vetoed the idea).  I think this will be a great addition to D's winter wardrobe!

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My second finished piece is Locksley by Emily Ringelman from the Winter 2015 collection. 

Now, let me start by saying, I've knit A LOT of sweaters for my kids. And I've used some pretty cute patterns. But this is by far one of my favorites. Of. All. Time. Between the vintage/modern colorwork and the shawl collar it is my idea of perfect.

I went with the 2 years size. N is growing at a rate very similar to his big brother. I looked back at sweaters I knit for D the summer before he turned one and they were all a size 2. N is 5 months old now and about 20lbs so assuming he will be able to wear this when he's about 10 months (in December) I figured better safe than sorry. 

Also, because I only had one skein of the main color (and an extra 10g) I modified the sleeve length and yoke depth to the measurements of the size 18 months. Little kids need their sleeves kept out of their way anyway so I just shaved off a half inch or so. I also used 3 different DK weight yarns since I am using the KAL to stash bust. 

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There is still plenty of time to join the KAL! We have prizes for people participating in July, in August, and for people who finish projects! Check out the Ravelry group for more details.

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Finished Knittin': Baby Socks

Andrea Sanchez

I wrapped up a super quick knit this weekend: a pair of baby socks! I'm still having a hard time believing a little pair of feet will fit in these. 

I did most of the knitting (the leg and heel) in the car while we waited for a car wash Sunday (50 degrees in January in Ohio screams car wash) and the foot was done by bedtime. These are the speediest knit ever! Perfect for a last minute baby shower gift add on. 

I used this baby sock recipe I wrote 3 years ago (!!!) when I knit these tiny Anzula socks for my niece. I think a lot of people have used this recipe, but always want more detail on how I actually worked the short row heel. So I it's time I finally update the instructions and I will have a free download for you by the end of the week! 

In the meantime, the yarn is Lolo Did It in Abracadabra on her Everyday Sock. I LOVE this color. They used about 50 yards of the leftover half skein I used for D's little socks. Now that he's had them for a while I can say that the yarn has held up pretty well. We aren't very gentle on our hand knit socks over here but there has been only minimal fading and pilling. I just shaved them this weekend and they look good as new! 

You can view my Ravelry project page for these Baby Socks here. If you decide to knit some baby socks, please share them with us on Instagram using #knittinlittle. I'd love to see them. 

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Finished Knittin': Toddler Socks

Andrea Sanchez

Talk about instant gratification project! I cast on sock #2 of the little socks I was working on for D on a little day trip Saturday and cast off that night after we were all in bed! 

I'm really happy with how these socks have turned out. D wore them Sunday and so far it seems like they are a much better fit than any of the other socks I have knit him. What I did in the past (for these and these) was to kind of guesstimate what was going on. For the green socks, I did a top down version, guessing at how many to cast on. I used a standard short row heel that turned out too narrow and never really fit. For the two tone socks, I started toe up, then again with the short row heel, and some Stockinette stitch cuff and a little bit of ribbing. 

Where I think I kept going wrong was the short row heel (and probably the whole guesstimate thing in the first situation. Guessing in knitting doesn't generally turn out well). I mentioned before that D has pretty thick feet and what I think is a wide heel. This in turn was causing the short row heel to not fit properly on his foot. All the socks I made for him were slouchy and constantly coming off. 

This time I started toe up again but instead of doing a short row heel, I opted for a heel flap and gusset combo. That seems to fit much more snugly and will hopefully keep the socks on better. So far so good!

I love the colorway I chose from Lolo Did It. This is Abracadabra and I purchased and used a half skein for these. I definitely have enough left for another pair of little socks. I love the feel of the yarn. It's soft but feels sturdy enough to last a while. I may be dipping back into her Etsy shop soon to pick up more. Her colors are really fun and vibrant. Perfect for kiddos. 

I'm thinking of putting together a tutorial on how I did these and how to get a custom fit for your little's feet. Let me know if you're interested!

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