A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting!
I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.
Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!
Some of you might wonder about using alpaca yarn for babies, and we understand your reluctance. But we think the luxury of alpaca should be shared with everyone! Think of this like a silver cup or spoon, a classic baby gift that will be treasured.
And as knitters, we are privileged to be able to make super-special gifts for people we love. Just be sure to include some washing instructions with your baby hat so Mom and Dad can make it last forever.
Kelley featured Claire's Baby Hat in a recent Technique Tuesday broadcast on Facebook Live.
The hat comes in three sizes: baby, toddler, and child. You can knit one for each of the kids in your family!
Skills you'll practice while knitting this pattern include the German twisted cast-on (aka Old Norwegian cast-on), which is a great all-purpose cast-on that's slightly more elastic than the long-tail cast-on.
Kelley designed this hat to use reversible cables so when the brim is folded up, the cables look the same on the back as they do on the front. This is a cool way to make a brimmed hat without using a separate stitch for the brim.
You'll want to know how to knit cables without a cable needle for this project—such a time-saver!
We hope you'll love making this special hat for a special child.
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.