Knit cowl (that I finished up as we were pulling into the Christmas tree farm to meet Alicia): pattern: Cole Cowlette; Yarn: Anzula’s For Better Or Worsted in Candied Apple via Fuzzy Goat. Perfect plain pico dress from Bella’s Boutique in Bainbridge. #shoplocal this Holiday, y’all. ;)
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!),
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Moss the Sheep DIY Baby Mobile
I thought some details were warranted on my biggest DIY for baby K’s nursery: this hand knitted Moss the Sheep baby mobile. I actually knitted the little sheep back in November, over my birthday weekend at the beach. :)
I knitted 5 little white sheep and one black sheep, for good measure. ;)
Yarns (all from Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia):
For white of sheep: Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool in White (1 skein)
For the black sheep and for eyes: casa de karma Peace Fleece Worsted in Baku black (available in a mini-skein)
For the “fluff” on all sheep: I held Shibui Knits Silk Cloud in Ivory double with either the Liberty Wool or Peace Fleece.
For the heads and feet: Swan’s Island Organic Washable Aran in Mushroom (available in a mini skein)
I tied them all on to an old basket weaving willow frame/circle I had leftover from a basket weaving goodie bag from the Georgia Basketry Association Convention a couple years ago. I used leftover Shibui Knits Silk Cloud to wrap the basket frame, as well as to tie the sheep on and to hang the mobile itself. It isn’t super sturdy though, and the silk is slippery and the knots keep slipping out, so this may change down the road. But until then, it’s real cute. :)
And that’s it! I can answer any questions in the comments! There’s also a larger, toy sized sheep that I have knit the body for but haven’t added the head and feet yet. :/ We’ll see when and if that ever happens! #7thsheepsyndrome