Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Ugg Booties for Baby!

The last of the holiday gifts for 2004 is now unveiled! It was a pair of baby Ugg-style knit booties for some friends in Colorado...just in time for the winter months :D

Pattern from DIY (do it yourself) network's Knitty Gritty show.

Yarns used: Carron (upper and sole) and Red Heart (for contrasting decoration) Acrylic Yarns.

Comments: I went with these yarn choices because I wanted a pair of functional and easy to care for booties - the household they were going to is an active one :) and provided the baby doesn't grow out of em too fast, they should see plenty of use. The pattern was easy enough to follow, finishing was a breeze. Instead of weaving the contrasting yarn in and out to produce the "seams" I opted for doing duplicate stitches. I only wish I had figured out how to bind off more loosely. These were definitely a fun and quick knit.

Hugs all around!

Alright, not plural. Hug.

Sorry for the poor quality photos, I was just not having much luck getting a good shot!

Pattern from MagKnits

Yarns Used: Lion Brand Homespun in Edwardian, Gothic and Williamsburg

Comments: Please note that the pattern (as of this post) is wrong in MagKnits. I've notified Jen and she's notified the editor of MagKnits. The shrug is done in K2P2 ribbing - beware the repeat * marker, it's placed wrong in the pattern. And the first sleeve is short 11 rows...after the last increase, work 11 more rows before beginning the armhole shaping. Comments from the designer are posted on Craftster. Anyway, once I got that straightened out, I knit it up and it flew off the needles. I should point out that I knit this pattern in the round for the sleeves, going flat for the armhole shaping and back, and rejoining into round knitting for the 2nd sleeve - I hate seaming - and it seemed to come out just fine - plus, it meant less finishing as I just carried all the yarn right up inside the sleeves as I did color changes, so there were hardly any ends to weave in! As for the yarn, Homespun, while it makes a nice relatively soft drapy fabric, is a rather splitty yarn. I'm not real thrilled with it, and the boucle texture made the hug look rather chunky. I'm happy to have it though, and may even knit up another!