Baby Talk…

Last Saturday, we were lucky enough to welcome Erika Knight to The Knit Club for the second time! In timing with the launch of her beautiful ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern. Erika signed copies of her pattern, as well as giving a talk about knitting for babies.

Erika Knight Baby Talk at The Knit Club

 

Here’s some of our picks of Erika’s purls of wisdom…

Baby-Fur-Gilet

(Fur Gilet and Legwarmers from ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern)

On talking about her British Blue DK, Erika explained where her yarn finds its spot amongst the many other baby yarns available. Championing the best of British wool, she has selected the softest sheep wool in petite 25g balls. It’s a luxury yarn, perfect for little projects – or little people! At £3.95 per 25g ball, it’s at the higher end of baby yarns – but the sumptuous colours and super soft texture, as well as the British support, make this yarn seem well worth it.

Erika Knight British Blue Wool 42-Pretty

(Erika’s British Blue DK)

Erika talked about her background and raising her daughter in a design-led world (Erika previously designed for Rowan), “Bella learnt all her colours from the Rowan shade cards. She would call orange ‘mango’! “And on picking the palette for her own yarn, Erika said she went for “colours that work even with your eyes shut. They work together or on their own.” And we’d quite agree! Modern, chic but with a smidgen of cuteness for the little people. And for chunky garments, Erika says “Pick two colours and knit the strands together. Really on trend to make a mix. ”

Erika Knight British Blue DK

 

(Erika’s British Blue DK)

Erika gave a lovely run through of the designs now available in her poster pattern. “Hats, blankets leg warmers are good starters. And also make perfect presents.” Her poster pattern also contains a jumper design and a cardigan design. She joked “that one [jumper] has a pocket for their mobile phone – because babies do have mobiles now”.

Erika Knight 'Knit for Baby' Poster Pattern

(Some items from ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern – excluding bootees)

With any tops, jumpers or pullovers for babies – its “important to have easy opening for neck or you could pull off their ears and find ears all over the place! Buttons or press studs are perfect. If you don’t want to make a button hole, don’t – sometimes you can just shove then through! I love dark grey or cream mother of pearl buttons. They have colours that match everything, all you need. ”

Erika Knight Buttons

When showing the moss stitch short sleeve cardigan from her poster pattern, Erika explained “do it in any stitch you want. Easy. And avoid seams if you can. If you can work out how to knit in the round or as one flat piece, then the garment will be much more comfy for baby.”

Erika Knight 'Knit for Baby' Moss Stitch Cardigan

(Moss Stitch Cardigan from Erika’s ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern)

Teaming her knitted garments with cotton dresses and silks, Erika has a keen eye for detail and beautiful taste in tailored garments. She brought along a little vintage silk dress, which commanded oohs and ahhs from everyone in the shop!

Erika Knight's Vintage Silk Dress

On showing one of her past designs, Erika talked about a red cardigan with hand stitched patterns and pictures stitched onto the knitting. “Personalise things. Scribble embroidery. I copied a wrapping paper pattern for a jumper, very cute.

A cushion is a nice present for a new born – experiment with stitches. Stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch can be used to create monogrammed squares with baby’s initial.

Erika Knight

The day was such a success, with our knitters leaving feeling everything from nostalgic to inspired and raring to knit! And of course, completely in love with Erika’s yarns and patterns.

Kathryn at The Knit Club

Erika kindly signed some items for her fans, including The Knit Club tote!

Erika Knight at The Knit Club

Lavanya, a regular visitor to The Knit Club, said “It’s nice to knit something when you know the designer has put care into the design and thinks about it from your point of view.”

To see the full range of Erika’s yarns and patterns, you can visit our website or pop in to our shop.

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All Rippled Out

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I have finished all the ripples on my rainbow blanket.  Woo hoo!  This project has been on and off my hook for a year, I think.  I started it for a friend’s baby but did my initial maths all wrong (never mind my maths degree!) so it ended up larger than intended and then Son1 decided that it was to be for him.

I have really enjoyed the project despite how long it’s taken (and it’s not done yet!).  It’s definitely an example of comforting crochet rather than counting.  It’s rhythmic and relaxing and a perfect evening activity after a frantic day with two small boys when your brain doesn’t want to do much thinking.  You can pick it up and immediately know where you are and what to do next.  It fits perfectly in to any amount of time – twenty minutes for a little sit down and a cup of tea or an hour or two on a rainy afternoon.  It grows quickly and looks great right from the start.  It keeps your lap warm while you’re working on it during winter evenings.  You can put it away for a time when you need a change, do other projects and then come back to it and love it all over again.

Most importantly, you can work on it while you’re nattering with your knitty friends and eating cake and biscuits without worrying about going massively wrong!  You can still go a bit wrong but it’s easily spotted and easily fixed.  I learnt that lesson the hard way when I had to pull back a couple of hours of crochet on a hat because I’d missed an increase right at the start of Knit Night!.  I always choose which project to take very carefully now!

Now I need to sew in all the ends.  I really should have done that in sections as I went but it’s a bit like how your mum always told you not to leave your homework until the last day of the holidays but you did it anyway.  Hmm.  I hate it when Mum’s right!  There will be a border too.  A first round in yellow, I think, and then something else – maybe red.  What do you think?

P.S. The yarn is Rico Design Lisa.