Monday, September 26, 2011

Tummy Warmer Vest

The Petite Purls Fall 2011 issue went live on Friday. It's another fabulous issue full of great projects (knitting, sewing, crochet) and articles. The 2 articles on photography was very educational and written by 2 awesome photographers, Brandy Fortune and Caro Sheridan. And how cute is this tutorial on making friendship bracelets?

I am really excited to have a 2nd pattern published by Petite Purls. My Tummy Warmer Vest would be a perfect Fall garment for a new baby. It is knit in the round, seamlessly from the top down. This vest uses a honeycomb pattern that is made with twisted stitches. By twisting the stitches, the thickness of the fabric is doubled and the air trapped by the stitches makes it very insulating.
Tummy Warmer Vest
I learned a lot from this project. Photographing babies are hard, especially when they are not your own. Baby Arden was such a trooper. She let me dress her in 100% alpaca in the middle of August! And not only once, but twice. The first set of pictures were not satisfactory, so I had to ask Arden's mom for another photo session. One of the things I learned is that there is only a small window of opportunity to photograph a baby. And once it has passed, it's over. The baby will let you know it's over. Don't push it. :-)
Tummy Warmer Vest
Thank you to Blue Sky Alpacas for the yarn support. Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight is lovely to knit with. It is a well plied yarn which gives great stitch definition to your projects. This is not the first time I knit with it. I have made a few scarves in the past as presents and everyone always comments on how soft it is. Alpaca is similar to sheep’s wool, but it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. It is also naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite.
Tummy Warmer Vest
You can get the Tummy Warmer pattern here or Ravel It for your Ravelry queue. Enjoy!

20 comments:

Lissa said...

I am queuing this up for Someday Bebe, Angela. The Tummy Warmer vest, the owl vest, and one of Rima's little top-down sweaters -- Shameka and I should start our promise chests together!

Miss Julep said...

So sweet and adorable!! Congratulations on a wonderful design!!

Liana said...

So cute! I have a funny feeling that one of my five pregnant coworkers will be receiving one of these.

Rima said...

This is SO cute, that you should write up an adult version. I will totally wear it.

radioactivegan said...

I have to agree with Rima! This is too cute! And your model is fantastic :)

Muddling Through said...

That is such a pretty top! You do the most beautiful work.
And what a sweet baby - perfect model!

French Press Knits said...

Way too cute- I just love the buttons!

Sayschnicklefritz said...

Prfect! There are three new babies in my world and they all need new knits. Another winner, Oiyi!

Sue said...

Congratulations Oiyi! I saw that pattern and printed it out right away - ready to knit up for some little babies that are due soon.

grandmastatus said...

Cute! And that baby looks so squishable! :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I love top down knitting.
Linda

Ulla Røjkjær said...

Hello from Denmark.
I am knitting your beautyfull Tummy Warmer.. I just love it.
Thanks for share..

emicat said...

What a cute pattern! I love all the textured detail and I love that green!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh, what an adorable little vest! Nice work!!

Meganne Fabrega said...

What a great idea! I especially love the color. I have had such a wonderful experience with Blue Sky, especially knitting article for the wee ones.

Knitterella said...

This sweater is adorable! Love that it's top-down and seamless. Great design!

Stephanie said...

congrats on the publication! that is absolutely adorable and i know several folks with little girls that this would be perfect for!

kim said...

My friends are adopting a new baby maybe this week if all goes to plan. I would like to surprise her with this sweet knit. Great job!

caiming said...

top of queue for nephew-to-be!

Julia said...

Very cute! I would love to be able to make such an adorable vest for my baby. Unfortunately I'm not that skilled as you are :(

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