So far my nieces that have given birth had boys (Marvin and Tyler are exactly 1 month apart!) and my soon-to-deliver niece is also having a BOY! The last niece is finally giving the family a GIRL which is the first one in 3 years! You would think I would jump at the chance to knit little frilly girly items but...BUT...(and here is the problem I mentioned at the start!) I CANNOT STOP KNITTING BOY ITEMS!!!! In particular I cannot stop knitting boy items for the soon-to-be-born great nephew! As of right now I have knit: an afghan, a deer hat, 2 deer stuffies, 2-5 hour sweaters for boys, and 2 camo baseball hats! Today I found myself looking at booties/socks for him AND looking for orange yarn to make him ANOTHER baseball cap! I have to start knitting for the little girl being born soon and I CANNOT seem to cast on anything!
The baby afghan seems to be the favorite among all the family. I made alternating light and dark brown squares with "Deer heads" in the center. Instead of sewing these together using a mattress stitch or some other way of connecting squares I, instead, delved into the scary art of CROCHET! I find it extremely difficult to manage yarn with one hook and prefer to have TWO sticks in my hands when maneuvering yarn. However, my niece decorated her nursery in camo so I needed to incorporate it into the blanket somehow. Thanks to my sister, Lisa, (and YouTube), I learned how to use a crochet hook to connect the squares. Once I got used to only using one hand, the connecting of the squares went fairly easily and I even felt confident enough to add a border! Check my Instagram for close-ups of the squares!
|Camo and deer head afghan-sorry so blurry|
|Dark brown deer stuffie|
|Light brown deer stuffie|
|Camo baby baseball cap|
|Side view of camo baseball cap|
|Smaller version of camo baseball cap|
|Camo baseball cap-newborn size|
|Camo baseball cap in larger size|
|Deer horn hat|
|Large 5 hour baby sweater in brown|
There is also a camo version of this sweater but in my excitement I forgot to take a pic and my niece keeps FORGETTING to send me one! BRIE!!!!!!!
The following patterns were used in this post (all found on Ravelry.com)
* Baseball cap is from: Baby Boy Brimmed Hat by Janel knits
* Afghan is from:Knitted Moose Cloth by Rhonda White
* Stuffies are from: Deer Bean Bag by Katie Startzman
*Antler hat is from: Reindeer Antler Baby Beanie by Ashlee Prisbrey
* 5 hour baby sweater is from: Baby Boy 5 Hour Sweater by Gail Bable