Saturday, November 19, 2011

Baby-Wearing Coat Extender

Baby-wearing coats, with special removable panels to make the coat fit around the baby in the front or on your back, are a little too expensive for my taste. Like everything else in life, I simply said, "I could make that." And this time I was actually successful!

Problem: My coat doesn't fit around the baby.


Solution: A cozy knitted panel attached to the outside which keeps me and the baby warm.


One drawback: I still can't button/zip the coat on the top, so my chest and neck are exposed. However, a properly wrapped scarf should suffice until it starts snowing.


Best part? It's super easy. I finished it in approximately 4 subway rides.

Super Bulky Yarn. I used "Lionbrand Wool-East Thick and Quick."
Size 15 needles
4 or 6 buttons

(I used 4 buttons, but you can also do 6 for a more secure panel).

Put on your carrier with your baby (or a stuffed animal/pillow surrogate the matches the shape and height of your baby in the carrier) and your coat. Measure across the widest part (probably baby's bottom) and from baby's neck to wherever you want the bottom to sit (either to match your coat length, or to just below baby's legs and bottom, it's your choice). I zipped the bottom of my coat like in picture #1 above to help determine where the buttons should go, and made sure I measured the width with enough room on each side for the buttons. Mine ended up measuring about 15" wide X 19" tall.

Cast on 40 stitches.

*[S1, K5, K1P1, rib 28, K5, P1]
(for the remainder of the project, slip the first stitch knit-wise and purl the last stitch of every row. This makes a nice flat edge up the side).
Repeat from * for about 1.5 inches.

Button Hole Row: S1, K2, yo, K2tog, K2, K1P1 rib 28, K2, yo, K2tog, K2, P1.

*[S1, K5, K4P4 rib until the last 6 stitches, K5, P1].
Repeat from * until the pieces measures about 1.5 inches less than your desired height.
(Insert a button hole row in the middle of the piece if desired.)

2nd Button Hole Row: S1, K2, yo, K2tog, K2, K1P1 rib 28, K2, yo, K2tog, K2, P1.

[K6, K1P1 rib 28, K5, P1] for about 1.5 inches.

Bind off.

Sew the buttons onto the outside of your coat. Tip: Sew the top buttons first and try it on with your baby or baby-type lump in your carrier. Use this to pinpoint where the bottom buttons should go (I had to move the top ones twice, and I STILL have to adjust the bottom ones).



Note: this thick yarn and large needles creates very large button holes. If your buttons are too small, use an extra piece of yarn and sew part of the hole shut to make it smaller.

Put on your baby and head out into the cold!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Santa Pants

Santa Pants

CHANDLER: Your pants!
PHOEBE: Oh, yeah! You like ‘em? I went to a used clothes store and got a bunch of maternity stuff. These are so comfortable! 
JOEY: Uhh, Pheebs, those are Santa pants.
PHOEBE: What? 
CHANDLER: Santa pants ... Santa Claus’s pants.

Santa has the best pants. Clearly, they are the most comfortable pants ever. What baby doesn't deserve some Santa Pants, especially for their first Christmas?

Goal: to make Santa Pants for the baby, perhaps with a jacket and hat . . . though, my focus will be on the pants.

Pattern: I am going to modify the overall pattern I used for his Camouflage Overalls, which I found here. I just won't do the bib, and I'll extend the suspenders so they go all the way to the belt.


Red, of course.
Will need to pick up more next weekend.

White, fuzzy. I have a few choices for this. 
This is nice and fuzzy, but a very thin (better for adding some "fur" to the edge of something, but maybe not for knitting a whole cuff)

This is very soft and thicker than the Devine, but is it too thick?

This is a worsted boucle, so it's the same weight as my main color, and it's got some texture. I also have a TON of it and would love to use it up. Might not be white though.

Black and Yellow, for the belt.

I would love to get it done before taking our Christmas card photo, but we'll see.

Too many projects

I have a problem. I have combined Pinterest and New Mom Brain.

Pinterest = so many fantastic ideas!!!
New Mom Brain = the inability to remember anything, like all the fantastic ideas on my list, therefore I add more. I have to update my Knitting Calendar!

**** Also, I've updated this two or three times after publishing. Seriously, mommy brain ***

Ok, projects, in "due date" chronological order ...

1) Hat for knitting group "Hat Swap"
Hat swap is due tomorrowtoday, so I have to get cracking and finish it and I just finished it last night. I've frogged it like 4 times already!

2) Winter hat for myself
(not actual photo, just haven't taken one of the finished product yet). Done. I made draft 1 of the Hat Swap hat but hated it, so I tried again with this one. Much better.

3) Thanksgiving Hat for Baby
Little Turkey
Due for Thanksgiving of course. I think I have the yarn that will work, and he's got a small head, so it shouldn't take long.

4) Baby Wearing Coat extender
Pinned Image
Due ASAP. My coat doesn't fit around the baby when I wear him in front. This is an easy extender for a coat -- just sew some buttons onto the coat (or use the existing buttons on a double-breasted coat) and knit a cozy panel with button holes. Might add a little hood too.

5) Gift for Emily
I need more yarn. It's gonna be awesome, but I need more yarn. Next weekend is Mommy & Baby's day out, so I'll pick up some then.

6) Gift for Stephanie
Same as Emily's.

7) Baby's Christmas Stocking.

Haven't decided what I want it to look like, but he definitely needs one! (my mom is big on stocking stuffers)

8) Santa Pants for Baby
Pinned Image
Not like this exactly, maybe some overall type with a black "belt" like santa.

9) Sock Monkey pants for Baby
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! But they're going to have to wait until everything else, Boo!!!

One fun discovery -- if I have a great knitting project to do on the train, it keeps me from going to Dunkin Donuts in the morning, since I can't hold my coffee and knit at the same time. So every day, knitting saves me like $3.00!