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Knitting: Pacifier Leash Pattern

I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on!  In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips.  Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done.  It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.

oysters and pearls free pacifier leash pattern

Knitted Pacifier Leash

Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn

Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!

PATTERN

Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.

K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).

Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.

Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!

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Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

Yarn pictured: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Grace Kelly colorway and Spud and Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream, both purchased at Fuzzy Goat.  Pacifier clips purchased on Etsy here.  Baby not for sale.

free knitting pacifier leash pattern #oystersandpurls | oysters and pearls

And just a reminder to my readers: Maiden South Knit Night is back now that I am! :)  We’ll be SIPPING and KNITTING at One.Two.Three. Monday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  Come sip and knit with me!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

WIKN: Baby Hats

Because even though it will be early May, erry body knows that babies need hats.  And plenty of ’em.  So I’ve been knitting them.

I sort of previewed on of these baby knits in my last post, as I was working on it at Maiden South Knit Night last week.  This hat is called “Baby Twister,” and it’s a cute little cabled hat.  And a really easy one, too, I might add!

Maiden South Knit Night | oysters and pearls

Baby Twister by Oysters And Purls | oysters and pearls

If you’re wanting to test out cables, this would be a great pattern to try them out.  It looks fancy, but it’s literally just one little set of cables, only held in front, every 8 rows or so.  Easy, peasy!  This photo was taken before I washed and blocked it, by the way.  And I knitted this out of Appalachian Baby Design Organic Cotton, which is washable and dry-able!  It’s a little big though, so naturally, I had to knit a tinier, newborn sized hat with my leftover cotton yarn!

Basic Newborn Hat for Baby Kirbo | oysters and pearls

This photo was taken while this wee hat was still a bit wet while blocking.  But it’s tiny and wee and cute!

This pattern is for a Basic Newborn Hat – visit my Ravelry page (oystersandpurls!) for details.  I made one for Elah when she was just a wee little babe, so naturally I had to knit one for baby K.

Next up, I had told you before about these Tiny Britches I knitted up a while back – I’m obsessed with them!

Tiny Britches for Baby Kirbo | oysters and pearls

I decided that I wanted to knit a matching baby bonnet out of my leftover Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn (superwash, aka machine washable and dry-able, obvi).  So I excitedly cast on this Simple Folded Bonnet with my leftovers a couple weeks ago.

Spud and Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream for Simple Baby Bonnet for Baby Kirbo | oysters and pearls

Well, turns out not weighing my yarn was a poor decision and I quickly ran out of yarn.  Luckily, I texted my yarn dealer and friend, Cadence, to pull me a skein at Fuzzy Goat (and luckily, she had another one in the shop!)  So I had a brief hiatus (in which I casted on the above two hats with stash yarn instead) before I picked back up and finished this little bonnet.  Which is my new favorite thing ever.  I worked on it a bit in the shop, and I’m sharing another in-progress shot because I love this bonnet so much.

WIP: Simple Baby Bonnet in Spud and Chloe Sweater | oysters and pearls

I finished it Masters Sunday morning, and my new skill with this project was teaching myself to knit an i-cord.  Now I also feel like I have a new survival skill – I CAN KNIT ROPE!

Simple Baby Bonnet for Baby Kirbo | oysters and pearls

I read something somewhere that there is no article of clothing that could ever be made with more love than one you knit for your own child.  This little bonnet epitomizes that for me.  I absolutely cannot wait to share pictures of these little hats on little baby Kirbo’s head, and I most especially cannot believe it’s less than a month away. We’re so ready to meet you, Bebe!

PS! I added a KNIT page to the EXPLORE tab up top – click over to peruse all my past knitting posts if you’re interested!  There are also pages for recipes, beekeeping, and more. :)

Until Next Time | oysters and pearls

Weekend Update

It’s hard to believe that this weekend marked one month to go until our due date! It was almost the busiest week that ever was, and still was a pretty crazy week.

Monday night we had Knit Night at Maiden South, as we do the first Monday of every month. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, be sure to join us! Although the first Monday of May is TBD. ;)

 

Tuesday, as I’ve already written about, I went to see Liz Gilbert speak in Tallahassee, which was amazing.

Thursday night we had a hand lettering #CraftyClass at the shop, and class nights are always really fun! And I think the ladies who took Kristen’s class enjoyed it too. :)

I worked at the shop the rest of the weekend while my girl Gracie celebrated her birthday in Tennessee. It was maybe the most beautiful weekend imaginable in Bainbridge! Andddddd of course I have a couple of 35 week bump date pictures to share.



Crazy town, I tell ya. I’m really lucky to still feel really great even though the weeks and days until we meet this little babe are dwindling! I think staying active and busy has really helped with that. That, and good genes. (Thanks, Mama!)

Saturday after I closed up shop, we met a big group of friends in Tallahassee for the Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires concert at Cascades Park. It was SUCH a good show! Not to mention the most gorgeous afternoon for an outdoor concert.

  

And because it’s my favorite, I “filmed” the entirety of Jason and Amanda singing/playing Cover Me Up.  Enjoy.

In my downtime this weekend, I also wrapped up some baby knitting projects, but maybe I’ll save those for a separate post since there’s a few. The best part about baby knits is that they are such quick projects! I finished three this weekend – including one I started on Friday afternoon!  I even managed to sneak in a little knitting at the shop.

 
Sunday was Masters Sunday, and we celebrated by relaxing as much as possible. We were pretty bummed that we had tickets for Friday but just couldn’t swing it (being super pregnant + hours on my feet walking on hills = no bueno, plus aforementioned busy week). We slept in and I never left our house, which was so much needed after such a crazy week. A couple friends had dropped off a surprise package of [non-alcoholic] beer and some Masters koozies for me earlier in the week (they went in our stead last year when Wheat broke his neck and got these for me then), and I enjoyed a “beer” and a la Croix on the patio with my vintage Masters visor on while Wheat smoked a brisket on the Big Green Egg. It was pretty amazing.

 

Things should slow down a wee bit the next 3 weeks or so (relatively) before this babe arrives, and for that I’m grateful. But not too much – there’s still so much to still look forward to! I have a baby luncheon (I’m told the guys in the office didn’t like calling it a shower!) at work this week that I’m really excited about, and a baby shower thrown by a couple of my best friends from high school and their sweet Mom in a couple weekends that is going to be amazing and wonderful.  Such exciting times and such a grateful heart over here!