Sunday, 30 April 2017

nature baby | wild babe knitwear



Just finished knitting this sweet set for baby boy 0-3 months knitted in Uist Wool Canach 4 ply












Now we have a new baby boy coming into the family my love of knitting baby clothes has been re-ignited and oh my the JOY of 4 ply wool, 2.75mm needles and suddenly, sweet little garments.

I started knitting baby clothes when my friends started having babies, back in the late Eighties. Pretty soon I knitted so many baby clothes I had enough to take a craft stall at the Kirribilli Saturday Market in Sydney, Australia in 1993 or so when I was working as a Copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather Sydney. 

I called my brand "Wild Babe" because it was all either wildish-looking {think Medieval-style / Tudor / punk / gothic / fairy etc sweaters for babies and toddlers, see example below} or knitted using natural fibres; wool, silk, cotton. 

Fast-forward 20-odd years, I'm amazed to be in the same groove. I'd forgotten how sublimely sweet a pair of baby mittens could be what with their comforting cords n'all. {Handy tip for mitten knitters: cords should be as long as the height of the baby, child or adult.}

Being in possession of a few skeins of gorgeous Uist Wool Scottish Merino 4-ply wool "Canach" I casted on some stitches and not long after, a darling little set of baby boy 0-3 months Tank Top, Bonnet, Mittens and Bootees with chin strap, pictured above. Ah! I used mother of pearl buttons wrong side up for a more natural look that matched the yarn.

Uist Wool Canach is a stunning yarn; textural and kind of luxuriously rustic, heavenly to knit with. It feels like wool and silk and has very generous yardage. With its neps and soft-feel it reminds me of the beautiful Japanese yarn, Noro Silk Garden. I knitted all of these garments using, I think, less than 120g.

Pure wool, or wool with silk or cotton - all of these and other natural fibres allow our skin to breathe so are wonderful for babies and toddlers. Wool is cool to wear when it's hot and keeps us warm when it's cold because of its natural insulating properties.

Pattern details:
Mittens: Patons Handknits Australia 'Lots for Tots in 4 ply Feathersoft' Book 961 (1991), p25
Tank Top / Vest: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 2 Book 'Argyll Slipover', 2006
Bootees: Patons Handknits Australia 'Lots for Tots in 4 ply Feathersoft' Book 961, p23
Bonnet with chin strap: Patons Handknits Australia 'Lots for Tots in 4 ply Feathersoft' Book 961, p10


my 1993 'Wild Babe!' baby sweater

My own actual vintage knitting! Knitted in black and cream chenille yarn, all the rage back then, well with me anyways, complete with velvet ribbons! The wrist bands are knitted not crocheted. Obviously my own pattern because who would publish such a baby pattern?









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