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Louisa Cape

I was thrilled to receive a copy of Rowan Studio 30 recently – I love knitting children’s clothes for my girls!  This latest collection from Rowan designer Sarah Hatton features a capsule wardrobe of knits reflecting Folk influences that are popular this season, for 0-5 year olds.  I chose some Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in the gorgeous Rose colourway 678 to knit the Louisa Cape.  Such a pretty colour, with a real vintage appeal.


I was really pleased with how the cape turned out.  I knitted the size to fit age 4 so that there would be a substantial amount of growing room.  It’s a clever design, and I can see the cape lasting way past Age 4, as my daughter grows.  An adult version would be rather good too don’t you think!?


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The Baby Merino Silk DK was fabulous to knit with.  It’s a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk which I discovered, when washed, has a beautifully soft feel to it.  The quality of the yarn is really important with clothes for little ones – they really appreciate something warm and light but also soft against their skin.  This yarn comes in a gorgeous range of colours ranging from more traditional pale pastels to bright shades that would be popular with toddlers and older children.  In the brochure, the Louisa Cape is knitted in a lovely bright sunflower yellow – I think this would look amazing, but my daughter has an obsession with pink!


You can check out the Rowan Studio 30 Collection here.  Go take a look at those gorgeous patterns for little girls and boys!  There are also two free patterns from this collection to download on Rowan’s website – just sign up for free to become a Rowan member.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of my Tess of the d’Urbervilles rose ( David Austin Roses) – it seemed rather fitting with the Rose yarn!

Happy Knitting

Claire X

P.S, if you love to knit clothes for children, keep an eye on my Facebook page and this blog for some exciting news coming soon about the new Rowan autumn/winter 2014 collection for little ones.

Labour of Love: Snow White Waistcoat

As soon as I saw the book Labour of Love : Over 20 Knitting Patterns for Treasured Girls by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard, I instantly fell in love with it.  Vibe, who was brought up in Denmark by her mother who was a fashion designer, was taught to knit from a young age by her grandmother.  In her book, she talks about how her desire to combine knitting, children’s wear and photography (some of my favourite things…!) sparked the idea for the book.  She describes her collection as an accumulation of ideas of shape, texture and colour rather than a collection with a set direction and it was this combination with some beautiful photography that sold the book to me!

Vibe’s book contains patterns for girls ranging in ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and includes sweaters, cardigans, dresses and tops, skirts and snoods and accessories.  Beautiful techniques feature on every page, such as the fan stitch cardigan, bobble stitch skirt, cable and little branch dress, frost flower lace cardigan, and layered leaf skirt teamed with gorgeous colours such as geranium, pale sky, lemon, moonflower, cottage rose, snow drop, pearl and poppy.  Even my little 3 year old has been lingering over the pages exclaiming at the ‘pretty patterns’!  Are you tempted yet?

I had just enough Mirasol Sulka yarn in Snow White to to try out the simple but stylish Penelope Garter Stitch Waistcoat.  I wanted something quick and warm to knit up (something simple : good TV knitting!)

Here it is nearly finished, with ribbon chosen from the local craft store by Miss F:


Trying for size and showing off the pretty gathered detail at the back:


And finally finished (and Ravelled here):


I love the texture of the garter stitch which is really brought out by the Mirasol yarn, and the combination of knitting with crochet: the sides of the waistcoat are finished in double crochet.  I’m very tempted to try some of the other patterns in the book, they are stunning.

Vibe’s designs have been much admired and luckily for me and those other knitters out there who have been inspired by the beautiful shapes, textures and colours that feature in Vibe’s childrens designs, Vibe has just published patterns for grown ups together with Rowan Yarns: a short sleeved jumper in Frost Flower Lace and a summer shawl.  What a fabulous collaboration!

Happy weekend, whatever you are creating! X