Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dear Baby Francis

You guys have been so patient.  A year ago I blogged about these adorable baby socks. Well, good news!  Today I have not only the socks, but the cutest matching hat to go with them!  Introducing.....

Dear Baby Dex

Dear Baby Feet.1

Dear Baby Dex 2

Okay.  Before we go further.  Isn't Baby Dex beyond CUTE!!!!  Seriously such a good baby and those eyes.  I could just eat him up!  All I want to do is start knitting more baby things so that he and his twin brother (I know!! Double the cute!!!) can keep modeling! 

Dear Baby Dex and those eyes!

Miss Babs Yummy Sport, colorway Roasted Pumpkin for the 6-9 month size

So cute!
The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Fingering, colorways Flannel Shimmy and Pure Calm


I’ve been hooked on making wee baby socks inspired by their matching adult socks for quite some time.  Here the cable pattern from the Uncle Frank socks makes for a perfect unisex baby gift!

This set includes a baby hat and socks.  The socks are a perfect way to use up leftover sock yarns.  Adding a trim of contrasting color gives this set that something extra!

Dear Baby Feet.2

The pattern will be on sale from now until Oct. 3 for $4, returning to $6 on Tuesday, Oct. 4!        

The details.....

Dear Baby Francis Socks

Notes: Instructions are written for a cuff-down sock.  Charts are provided on the last page.  Size can be modified by using lighter fingering weight yarns and smaller needles, or sport weight yarn and larger needles.                                                                 

Suggested Yarns: ~ 75 yards of fingering weight yarn such as The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon fingering, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock mediumweight, Kolláge Yarns Sock-a-licious, Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering, Anzula Squishy
~3 yards of fingering weight yarn for contrasting trim, if desired

Size US 2 (2.75mm) or size to obtain gauge either DPNs or circular needles
Cable Needle
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 28 sts and 44 rows = 4” over st st          

Size: 3-6 months                                        

Finished measurements:  2 ¼” foot circumference, 1 ½” approximate leg length 

Dear Baby Francis Hat

Suggested Yarns: ~ 80 yards of fingering weight yarn as suggested above, or 70 yards of sport weight yarn such as Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sport, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Sunshine Yarns Sport, The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport         
~5-7 yards of fingering weight yarn for contrasting trim, if desired

Size US 6 (4.00 mm) either DPNs or Circular 16” with DPNs needed for decreases or size to obtain gauge for both fingering and sport weight yarns
Cable needle
Stitch markers
Tapesty needle                                                                                                 

Gauge: 22-24 sts and 36 rows = 4” over st st for fingering weight yarn;        
21-22 sts and 32 rows = 4” over st st for sport weight yarn;

Size: 3-6 months for fingering weight yarn; 6-9 months for sport weight yarn                                    

Finished measurements:  5” unstretched (6 ½” streteched) width, 6 ¼” length for fingering weight yarn
5 ¼” unstretched (7” stretched) width, 7” length for sport weight yarn

Dear Baby Cover

Thank you again to my amazing graphic designer, Jill Zielinski, for her assistance with the pattern layout!  I know I've said it before, but I could not do this job without Jill! Thank you!

Dear Baby Dex.2

A very, very special thank you to baby Dex, my good friend Nicole, and Dex's mommies, Annie and Jeannine for making this pattern come to life!  I can't thank you enough!

This is Dex's modeling debut, so let's show him some love you guys!

Happy, happy baby knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Jocelyn said...

Wish the pattern purchase came with one of those super cute and adorable wee babies! Gorgeous new set of patterns, Carrie. Wish me luck as I cast on my first set tonight.

SpinningLara said...

Love the new patterns!

Kathy said...

Dex couldn't possibly be cuter!!! Can't wait to see the patterns you design for him

watercolordaisy said...

That face! So cute!!! Love the color band on the hat and socks. Precious!!

SpinningLara said...

I love the patterns and keep coming back to your blog to see the baby! He is beyond adorable!

Anonymous said...

Any chance you might extend that gorgeous Uncle Frank/Baby Francis pattern to a baby blanket??

(Why yes, I might have several new great-nieces/nephews on the horizon. Why do you ask?)

Please pretty please with fresh cranberries on it?