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I have finally come up with a bib design that meets my rather picky requirements. In my opinion, a knitted bib must be:
- garter stitch or some other thick stitch… not stockinette and definitely not lace (lace=holes and who wants holes in their bibs?)
- dense but not stiff
- easy to make because I don’t want to spend hours on something that’s intended to get nasty
- long enough to cover the baby’s chest because short bibs just don’t cut it
- cute, but not fussy… and nothing chunky appliqued to the front to get gunked up with food
- tied (not buttoned) so as to be adjustable
This bib meets all of those requirements, so I will probably be making many of them. It seems that many people are concerned about putting ties on baby things, but I feel that if your baby is being supervised properly it is highly unlikely that he will strangle himself on his bib.
I am writing up a pattern for this bib that I hope to put up on my “free patterns” page today or tomorrow. It depends on how long my babies sleep for me this afternoon!
Click to download! Also available on my “Free Patterns” page.
I figured out a baby sock pattern that is ideal for me. I don’t know if it would be ideal for anyone else, but I thought I’d post it here just in case.
It is toe-up with a short row heel and a rolled cuff. The directions are for magic loop but, of course, you can use whatever method you want.
Here is a link to the pdf file.
(by the way, I also added a new page called “free patterns.” you can see the link at the top of the page.)
So… I “designed” a pattern for a french press cozy. If you’re like me and you take a long time to enjoy your coffee, you may find that the coffee tends to get cold pretty quickly. (No insulation!) This is my solution to the problem. I picked a really bright color that looks cheerful and probably won’t show stains very much. It’s just like the name says: uncomplicated. (As a matter of fact, it’s so uncomplicated that it’s practically not even a pattern.)
Uncomplicated French Press Cozy (to fit a 6″ tall press with a 10″ diameter)
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (or whatever bulky wool yarn you want.) The color I used is “Aztec Turquoise.”
Size 10.5 needles (6.5 mm)
Size N crochet hook (9 mm)
Gauge: 12 sitches=4″ in seed stitch
Cast on 19 sts, work in seed stitch (k1, p1 every row) for 10″. Bind off.
In each corner of the rectangle, chain 10 with size N hook. Find the center of the cast-on side and chain 10 there. Do the same on the bind-off side. (click here to see a picture if you’re confused)
Weave in the ends and you are ready to keep your coffee cozy! You could block it if you really want the crocheted chains to look nice, but I didn’t bother.