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Ingrid
04-16-2007, 07:20 PM
I got the general idea for this from a book, but it was knit like a long scarf and sewn. I knit it in the round and did a 3nbo for the bottom, and added the Fair Isle to save me from boredom.

We didn't have any babies to model it, so I used a monkey. :teehee:

I still have ends to weave in.

psammeadred
04-16-2007, 07:21 PM
What a great idea! I love the patterning.

Jill A.
04-16-2007, 08:44 PM
Absolutly beautiful!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

rebecca
04-16-2007, 09:07 PM
:cheering: :cheering: GORGEOUS :cheering: :cheering:

Skater
04-16-2007, 09:43 PM
Awww. The monkey loves it, and so do I! :muah:

Jan in CA
04-16-2007, 10:32 PM
A Monkey! :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: That's hilarious, but very cute! That bag is adorable!

sara_jayne
04-16-2007, 11:26 PM
I love it!!!!!

nuknitter
04-17-2007, 01:08 AM
That's truly cool, Ingrid!! :cheering:

Is this to be destined for a real baby?

nuknitter
04-17-2007, 01:08 AM
That's truly cool, Ingrid!! :cheering:

Is this destined for a real baby? How great a photo would THAT be! ;)

Duckling326
04-17-2007, 01:09 AM
I am making that scarf like one for a friend who didn't want to finish it. Dont' understand WHY man it is boring!!! But hey free knitting can't complain!

YOURS looks great! Love the fair ilse :notworthy:

sig
04-17-2007, 05:43 AM
looks beautiful!! thatīs a great idea!

nonny2t
04-17-2007, 05:56 AM
The sacque is absolutely phenomenal, but honey, your baby....... :roflhard:

Ingrid
04-17-2007, 07:53 AM
:rofl: :rofl: I admit the baby has 'issues.'

Thanks for the compliments, everyone. It is for a real baby, who is still in the hospital since he was a 3 pounder. He's doing fine, though, and is smaller than the monkey, so should get use out of it.

With two little boys around, there's a shortage of baby dolls, but lots of stuffed animals!

marykz
04-17-2007, 09:09 AM
That is just adorable!!! I love it.

koolbreeze
04-17-2007, 10:41 AM
:notworthy:
very nice! where you when i did mine! that thing took forever! and was very boring! i sewed mine! :!!!:

KathyinCali
04-17-2007, 10:44 AM
I love it :cheering:

feminine_earth
04-17-2007, 11:12 AM
Oh my goodness, Ingrid, it's absolutely beautiful! :inlove:

I want to make them for my friends' babies! Would you mind sharing the basics on how to do it? I mean, obviously it's a big tube knit in the round, and I can look up the instructions for the three needle bind off...but that hood! That hood totally makes the whole thing (well, that and your fantastic fair isle, but I'm not brave enough for that yet), and I have no idea how I'd do that (the hood). :shrug: And is it supposed to be for infants through like three months or something? How many stitches did you cast on?

If you're planning on writing the pattern and selling it, I understand, and just let me know so I can buy the pattern! I love it! :cheering:

Ingrid
04-17-2007, 02:45 PM
I used dk weight yarn and cast on 140 stitches, and just knit in the round all the way until I felt it was long enough for a little baby. I kind of wish I had cast on more--maybe 160, which I think I'd do for a larger baby. It can really be as large as you want.

I was going to do provisional cast on for the bottom, but didn't have anything with me to do it, so I just cast on as normal and then picked up the stitches and did the 3 needle bind off on the picked-up stitches.

When the body was as long as I wanted, (about 16 inches) I left the front half of the stitches on a needle and just worked back and forth on the back stitches for about 8 inches and then did 3 needle bind off of the two halves and that made the hood.

Then I picked up stitches all around the edge and knit in garter for a few rows with a smaller needle to keep it from rolling down. It still wants to flip some, but it's no big deal.

It really was rather simple.

Mariblue
04-17-2007, 08:39 PM
That's really beautiful, and I love the fair isle pattern.
I also love the monkey. :teehee: :heart:

Shandeh
04-17-2007, 10:36 PM
Beautiful! :notworthy:

Lieke
04-18-2007, 02:12 AM
That looks absolutely great!

mks22300
04-18-2007, 08:53 PM
That looks wonderful Ingrid, I love the fair isle pattern you used!

jeanius80
04-18-2007, 09:55 PM
wow ingrid! your fair isle is lovely! i am sure the mommie will love it! baby cosies are great!

dewdrops
04-25-2007, 10:01 AM
Awesome work! :notworthy:

samm
04-25-2007, 07:51 PM
This is a terrific idea, Ingrid! And if the cosy was made larger, or even for a teeny baby, and you did two wide buttonholes to accomodate carseat belts, wouldn't it make a wonderful in and out of the car in winter keep the baby warm item!? I think so! I think babies like to be wrapped up, but able to move arms and legs, and your cosy allows that so well. Great job! samm

Ingrid
04-25-2007, 08:11 PM
Thanks!

I thought about adding slots for the car seat, but I didn't want to put them in the wrong place. If I had a seat to 'try it on' I would have.

I have a co-worker whose wife is newly pregnant--after much heartbreak and medical intervention--so I plan on knitting up a storm for them. A car seat-ready cozy would be a perfect start.

wewantmore
04-25-2007, 08:40 PM
:heart: WOW that is beautiful. Wish I understood a tiny bit of you explaining what you did. :?? Maybe by time this baby will need one I'll be a better knitter and can make one.

Michelle

KnittingNora
04-25-2007, 10:15 PM
Goodness, that really is beautiful! I am wondering how many years it takes to be able to make something like that :??

KnittingNat
04-26-2007, 11:44 AM
It's gorgeous!!! And you did the Fair isle out of boredom? How long does it take to learn to knit on that level? Way to go, Ingrid! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Ingrid
04-26-2007, 02:56 PM
Fair Isle is always easier than it looks. If you can switch colors in a row, you can knit Fair Isle. There are only two colors on a row, it's all charted out, and it's just a matter of taking turns with the colors. :shrug:

KnittingNat
04-27-2007, 04:42 AM
So you never make Fair Isle out of your head, always a pattern? That makes definitely easier, then. I should try making that, but it scares me a bit :muah:
I had an idea of that baby sack in hand dyed yarn, so the colours will change. Something like malabrigo, maybe. But the yarn depends on the season the baby was born and the geography :happydance:
Just thinking aloud :teehee:

Ingrid
04-27-2007, 08:03 AM
That would be gorgeous in Mmmmalabrigo, but I'd be concerned about the washability of it, especially as a gift.

And no, Fair Isle is done from the pattern for me--even if I made one up, I'd chart.

KnittingNat
04-27-2007, 10:34 AM
Saw the thread about superwash merino on the General knitting forum... That can be a solution :hug:
Anyway, thank you for the great idea...

kimmie
04-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Ingrid,
That is the most unique, fabulous thing I've seen in ages. You NEED to write up a pattern for knitty or something. Fantastic!!
:heart: kimmie

Ingrid
04-27-2007, 06:54 PM
Thanks--but I did get the general idea from Knitting for Two, I think. Their's was knit flat and seamed, in one color for the body and another for the trim, so I really didn't change it that much except for making it in the round and adding the Fair Isle. :shrug: