It must be a knitting week around here. I have another handkint project to share with you that is SO cute that it warranted an overload of pictures. :) I decided to add heart elbow patches to Co-pilot's hand-me-down sweater which I knit while expecting Little Pilot.
I'm going to show you some pictures of the sweater on my model. Isn't he too cute? You can see that the sweater is still a little big, but I'm afraid it won't fit next year as Co-pilot is so much bigger than Little Pilot was. Also, don't mind Tech Guy's hand in the photos. Co-Pilot is not yet sitting on his own at not quite 4 months. I'm glad that I was able to make the sweater new for Co-pilot with the addition of the heart patches. :)
Here are some pictures of just the sweater with its new heart elbow patches. The sweater pattern is "duffle coat" from Debbie Bliss' Essential Baby. It is knit from Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. If you don't knit it looks like this etsy seller has the same sweater for sale (different wool though).
I asked Mummu to help me figure out how to make knit hearts for the sleeves. She ended up knitting both of them. Mummu tends to be like that - gets so wrapped up in a project. :) I did, however, get to do the blanket stitch around the hearts. I used a slightly darker grey wool so that the hearts would have some definition. You can find the pattern for our heart at the bottom of this post.
Back to this, oh so sweet, sweater. I think it is my favourite baby sweater I have made so far now that it has the hearts. I really heart it. :)
Now these final two photos are the obligatory pictures of my pilots. Little Pilot was there to help us out with the photo shoot.
Little Pilot's smile in this photo is priceless! He's responding to reverse psychology/challenges lately. Tech Guy told him, "You don't know how to smile for the camera." - so Little Pilot did of course! Co-Pilot thought it was pretty funny too!
Nalle's House Knit Heart:
cast on 2 stitches
knit 1 row
purl 1 row
right side: knit 1, M1(increase), M1, knit one
wrong side: purl 4x
continue the above increase (2 stitches) every right side row until you have 16 stitches on your needle.
wrong side: decrease row - purl two together, purl 12, purl 2 together (14 stitches remain)
now you will need to make the two tops of the heart: divide the 14 stitches in two to get two- 7 stitch sections (you can leave them on the same needle, but will be working the sections separately)
First heart top:
with right side facing: knit 2 together, knit 5
next row: purl 2 together, purl 2, purl 2 together
next row: cast off 4 stitches knitwise
Second heart top:
join yarn on purl side, purl two together, purl 5
knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together
cast off 4 stitches purlwise
I hope the above makes sense. Let me know if you try to make your own heart(s). I'd love to see what you've created. Happy knitting!