Friday, March 27, 2009


They're everywhere these days, how could you not smile. It seems like every week there's something to knit or sew for another baby shower or welcoming gift and I'm perfectly alright with this. Last week I had heard of another baby shower and started the hunt for something sweet and memorable for the new arrival and his family.

Browsing through Ravelry late one night as I normally do, I spotted a perfect tiny design and decided to jump on the "owl-bandwagon". After seeing all of the beautiful sweaters that were made from the Owls pattern by Kate Davies I wanted the finished look but an adult sweater was too much of a commitment last month.

Pattern: Owl Baby Vest by Jodi Haraldson
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Stone and Lake
Needles: US #5 3.75mm
Gauge: 22 stitches & 30 rows to 4"

Here's the project page on Ravelry!

I finished the vest in a day and it's already wrapped and ready to go for next week. I made a few changes to the pattern. I made a 0-3 month size by omitting one of the cabled owls in the pattern and going up one needle size. The finished circumference is 16" with a height of 9". I left out buttons for the eyes and embroidered them instead with the trim color.

I'm very happy with how this turned out and how fast it was knitting in the round for a newborn. Lately I've been attempting to use up most of my stash yarn that's been sitting for too long. I haven't used these colors for at least a year. It's a good thing I keep everything in ziploc bags.

On another note I should have everything finished for the Easter Cloths by Monday the latest. Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support. Art and design have always been my life and I feel so blessed to be able to share it with you.


yarnpiggy said...

Very sweet vest! I'll be adding it to my queue...something's in the water, I swear, but there are babies everywhere! :-)

Madame Hook. said...

I'm going to be totally honest.

I'm jealous. I think my knitting wants to be your knitting when it grows up :)

g111y said...

oh my gosh. that is the cutest thing ever!

stitching under oaks said...

oh that is so sweet. I like the owls too but the adult sweater just wasn't, I could do a baby vest. So adorable. Great job.

sue said...

I love the owl vest, what an adorable baby gift.

Silverlotus said...

Wow, that is super cute. I love the addition of the eyes.

I wish the pattern included sizes about 12 months. I'd love to make one for my baby man (14 months), but he's a tall boy. Maybe I should think about playing around with the pattern. Thanks for the inspriation.

Aunt Kathy said...

What did you use for the eyes? I never would have thought of a baby vest in this pattern which i have in my queue, i love those owls

The Knifty Knitter said...

I love this! I added it to my queue right away. My aunt's having a little boy this summer and this would be the perfect thing for him. I'll probably take your suggestions for making it smaller. Love your work!

VictoriaG said...

Very cute little vest! I'm adding to my queue too...and I'm happy about the Easter cloths too...I'll be looking for the posting of those!

Obsidian Kitten said...

What a great pattern! Very nice choice of colours, too.

Jodi said...

Super cute! Thanks for trying out my pattern. I should do a little revamping of that pattern and add more sizes. If only there were more hours in the day!

Ani said...

I LOVE IT!!! SO cute!! :-)

Nell said...

OK. That's adorable.

Baby Beth said...

Wow! Beautiful. I keep waiting for my sister and her husband to tell me that they're pregnant again so I can knit for a baby...maybe I'll just start now and have things ready. hehe

Lynds said...

Wow that's stunning! Great work!

Rene' said...

That is so beautiful. Could you give more detail on the embroidered eyes? I have a friend about to have a baby girl, this would be very cute in pink.

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