Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Outdoor Snuggle

Pattern Notes

Outdoor Snuggle from Nursery Knits by Zoe Mellor

I gave this to my best friend at her baby shower, along with the Wild Stripes blanket.

Yarn: Rowan Wool Cotton; some random unknowns for the motif and edging
Color: blue (color # SH933), orange, yellow
Needles: US 5
Zipper: white, from Walmart

I bought this yarn at the Whippletree Yarn Shop when I was on a business trip to Woodstock, VT. I ended up needing an extra skein which I ordered from them later. I just received the errata for this book (thanks, Andy!) and it turns out that I was supposed to need that extra skein! The shop did have the same dye lot (yay!) and I ended up buying 2 extra skeins, just in case, and so I have an extra skein and a half of this yarn left.

The yellow and orange yarns were tiny partial skeins that the shop was selling for 25 cents each, and since they were about the right weight, I figured I would save money, instead of buying full skeins in those colors.

I knit the pattern as written, for the most part, but had to "fudge" some spots. I didn't document very well the exact modifications I made, but I seem to remember them being around the neck and flaps. After seeing the errata, I now know that I am not as bad at counting stitches as this pattern had me thinking, lol. As a side note, in case anyone is thinking of buying this book, there are only 2 patterns that had any major changes in the errata (it just so happened that I was knitting one of them).

I had bought this book since I am at the age where a lot of my friends are having kids. Of the choices of knitting books geared mainly towards babies and toddlers, this one seemed to suit my tastes the best. It features more unique and interesting patterns than many of the knitting books for kids, and as a plus the patterns are diverse (and so will cover my kid-knitting needs for the forseeable future). My favorites are the kitten and puppy sweaters, the outdoor snuggle (of course), the zoo toybag, and the luxury lettered coat (very cute in tweed!).


cristina said...

oooh MY GOD!! your killing me with's ADORABLE!!!

Kirsten said...

Adorable!!! I love the chickie and the star shape of the garment!!

Anonymous said...

The snuggle looks great! And thanks so much for your help. Best wishes for future projects!


del said...

That is SO CUTE!!! And you put a zipper in, I'm so impressed! Great job!