Boys Jumpers

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I’ve been making jumpers for little boys. the pattern is from DMC and you can get it from here.

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For this one for my nephew Jacob, I used the yarn and colours suggested in the pattern. Then I did a beigey/browny version for his little brother Harry:

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Lastly I did a navy and white striped one in acrylic rather than cotton for my grandson:

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I love how they have all turned out, especially the collar. The collar shows more clearly on the pale blue version; it is just left as an unshaped rectangle when making the front and then picking the stitches up and doing double crochet. The second row you increase on every stitch so you get enough stitches to fold over comfortably, but then you just keep going until the edges meet at the front, and sew in position. Very easy to do, but very effective. I think a good collar can make the difference between something looking professional or cobbled together!

Here are the 3 jumpers together:

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Congratulations!

We heard my daughter Tess is expecting our first grandchild – great joy! For a crochet addict like me that means only one thing – the best excuse in the world to buy lots of yarn and make all sorts of baby clothes. Of course at the beginning of the pregnancy you don’t know the sex of the baby, but isn’t that just a lovely excuse to make both boy and girl clothes? Some suggested gender neutral colours like yellow and green, but I really didn’t mind the extra “work” involved in crocheting both boy and girl clothes :p !!

So first stop was a baby shawl. It’s a lovely pattern in 3 ply so lots of hours involved but a perfect mix of easy but interesting repeat pattern. Made in Sirdar Baby Snuggly yarn its soft but washable and tumble dryable – a must for sicky babies, but still beautiful enough to be used as a Christening shawl.

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Here it is spread out over the sofa:

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and a close up of the stitch:

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