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Sunday, March 16, 2008


Nearly two years ago, my blog was born. To celebrate, I'm having my first-ever contest!

Getting straight to business:

What you have to do:

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's been a while since I knit any baby or kids items. And by "a while," I mean, of course, three months. So, my wish for you, dear readers is to suggest for me my next baby/kid knitting project in the comments to this post. Easy, right?

It really is. But read the details below, please.

-I will choose the winner by random draw. That means that I do NOT have to pick the pattern you suggested for my next project. So you don't have to be a psychic :)

-Any pattern, for anything for a baby/toddler/child, aged 0-14 years, and either boy or girl, is fine by me. For some reason, there are tons of kids in my life at all times.

-Sweaters, pants, dresses, socks, mittens, toys, blankets, etc. are all welcome. What I do NOT want is hats. I don't like hats. Hats bore me, both to look at and to make. Please don't suggest hats. Literally everything else is fine.

-No hats.

-The pattern can be available online or in print, free or not. I prefer that the pattern were NOT out of a magazine, though, because back issues are a pain to track down, and please no patterns that are not available without a kit.

-In your comment, please provide a link to the pattern. Either a link directly to the pattern (if it's online) or to its Ravelry page is ok. If the pattern is from a book and, thus, has no direct link, and you do not have a Ravelry account, please provide as much information as possible about the pattern so I can look it up on Ravelry.

-If you've been a regular commenter on my blog (i.e., I've seen you comment before), I'll enter your name into the contest twice. Because I love you :)

-If I absolutely LOVE your pattern and add it to my to-make-in-the-near-future list, I'll enter your name into the contest twice, too (if you're a regular reader, you get yet another extra entry).

-You MUST leave some sort of way for me to contact you. Email, a link to your blog where I can post a comment for you, Ravelry name, something. If I have no way of contacting you right away, I'll pick another winner. Because I'm mean like that.

Deadline: You have until 11:59pm on March 26th to get your entry in. I'll announce the winner on my blogaversary, March 27th.

How the winner is chosen:

I'll determine the winner by random draw. I'll toss everyone's names into a hat and pick (or have one of my nieces pick). I'll notify the winner and post her/his name here on that day, barring some sort of disaster.

The prize!

This is what you really want to hear about, isn't it? Well, I thought long and hard about what my prize should be. I, personally, prefer prizes of yarn. But what kind of yarn? The stuff I have on hand...well, most of you wouldn't want it. Buying a prize yarn involves going to the LYS, which isn't feasible with my always-hectic schedule (and is dangerous, anyway). Plus, not everyone will like the same yarn, and I want everyone to be thrilled with their prize.

So, instead of having a regular prize, I decided to give away a $25 gift certificate to the yarn store of your choosing (provided that I can purchase the cert online). So Knitpicks, Elann, WEBS, Kpixie, or your favorite LYS-with-a-website is fair game. I'll even get you a card for eBay or, if you'd prefer.

So, go ye forth and find me your favorite kid patterns. Enjoy!



At 10:26 PM, Blogger punkin said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My first pick is a sweater pattern where the front is a button-on panel that can be changed to a new panel when it gets damp from drool. I couldn't find the pattern or remember where I saw it. Ratz!

There is a fairly recent pattern called the Botany Baby Sweater that caught my eye. This is the Ravelry link:

At 12:48 AM, Blogger sweetp said...

Happy Blog-versary!

My suggestion is the pinwheel (child) sweater from Elann

I made this a couple of months ago and it was fun to knit and looks great finished. Also really versatile re sizing (fits my 2yo and my baby).

At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversay!

I was bouncing around Ravelry the other day when I saw this pattern and was disappointed when I couldn't think of any babies I could knit it for.

They just look so cute and like they'd actually stay on a little foot. They'd work for a boy or a girl, but there's also the Merry Jane that is ohmygoshtoocute for a little girl.

At 5:46 AM, Blogger MTB said...

Happy Blogoversary! :) I suggest Celestine (, which is a cool stuffed shape toy. I think I saw it first on Mintyfresh's blog.

At 6:15 AM, Blogger sheep#100 said...

I'd suggest Aaron's Aran - I mad eone for my child and it is interesting but still quick.

At 6:18 AM, Blogger Jodi said...

What a great contest! I recommend the Kipling baby sweater by Kim at Yarn Abuse.

I'm making one right now, and it's great fun. I modified it to have ribbing at the hem and sleeves instead of a hemmed edge.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

One of the new moms in my SNB knit Uh-Oh's for her baby... really cute!

They're now in my queue :)

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary :)
Yesterday I came across this little thing - I like it's simplicity, though I realise it may not appeal to everybody. Anyway, the Little Ones are usually so cute there's no point in embelishing them too much:)

All the best and many happy blogging years to to You :)
( oh, my contact -

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

I love this contest! So I'm going to give you two suggestions. One is Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod baby Cardigan, which is free, here:

I've made it and can testify that it is an enjoyable knit.

My other suggestions are the Petal Bib and the Baby Bolero from Leigh Radford' book, One Skein. I made the bib for a baby shower and it was a big hit.

I'm bluepeninsula on Ravelry.


At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though I don't comment, I do enjoy your blog. Happy "blogiversary"!

I suggest Elijah, an adorable elephant pattern:

While I've never made it, I've seen good reports of it on Ravelry, and I adore the decreases on his hands and feet.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I like to make the bib from the Mason-Dixon book--but, I use the slip stitch pattern from their burb cloth. It looks great when two different colors are used.

Here's a blog entry of two bibs in progress:

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

One of my all time faves is the Anouk:

I didn't have a girl though, so I made a tank top version of it for my 9 year old sister... and made the mistake of giving it to her before I took pictures of it.

It's a super cute, and easy pattern - and expandable so the baby can even grow into it, which is nice since they grow out of these things so quickly!

Happy Bloversary!

~ Suzanne
The Froggin' Knitter of "The Frog's Blog"

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Share said...

Happy Blogiversary! :D

I also have 2 suggestions....

First, this buddy bag,, from annypurls. There are actually 4 different designs in this pattern and they're all really cute.

And second, my oldest has asked me to make this bowling set from Vickie Howell's New Knits on the Block book,, for him and his siblings to play with in the hall.

share32006 (Rav name too)

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Happy Bogiversary! The Tulip Baby Cardigan is one that I've been wanting to knit myself. But this one is pretty cute also ... Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February)by Elizabeth Zimmermann from the Knitter's Almanic

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Here's my two-cents. :) I love the Fair Isle Top By Debbie Bliss in the book Special Knits. I want to make it for my little one soon.

Rav Link:

Happy Blogivesary!

At 7:36 PM, Blogger BlackRayne said...

I am suggesting a pattern I had knit a few months ago for my nephew... Daisy:

It was a very quick knit, is highly customizable, and could easily be adapted to be completely seamless (though the seaming was minimal and fairly easy).

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this baby sweater from EZs Knitters Almanac:

It's beautiful! I've seen it in a lovely lavender with rhinestone buttons. Just adorable!

You can contact me at Ravelry: JackieCastsOn

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Umme Yusuf said...

Happy blogoversary.I love this pattern:

At 8:28 PM, Blogger edina said...

Happy Blogiversary! The first sweater I ever knitted was the Baby Aran Pullover from Melanie Falick's Knitting for Baby book:

I made it for a friend's baby and it was easy and turned out perfectly. Here's a pattern for a blanket with a pocket for a little toy bear that looks great:

The bunny or bear booties from Zoe Mellor's Animal Knits or 50 Baby Bootees to Knit are fun:

I also love Blue Sky Alpaca's Bobbi Bear or Baby Bear:

Sorry, that was a lot - there are so many great baby/kid patterns!

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a few to pick from........

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this little pattern for some cute little socks.

Crunch Socks

I'm springplum on ravelry.

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this little cardigan =

and also this dress if you have any little girls running around =

Fun contest! This is a great way to get some personalized ideas!
mbm on ravelry

At 9:14 AM, Blogger cthulhulovesme said...

I really love this child's coat The website that sells it in English has it all the way at the bottom of the page, by the way. Two other suggestions, though-- I know you said you didn't want hats, but I'm in love with Poor Mojo's Squid Hat. At least one of my friends with a podling in the oven is getting one. On a non-garment note, I'm in love with toy knitting. Mr. Dangly is a quick and easy knit monkey pattern I've made twice now. Takes me less than a day. You can see my decidedly non-brown versions on my Rav page.

-cthulhulovesme over on Ravelry.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger knittingpanda said...

I have two patterns that I absolutely love and I really couldn't pick between the two. I have never knit either of them because I don't have any babies to knit for but they would be my top picks if I did have a baby to knit for.
The first one is Katja which is a little halter top for a baby girl. The link is
The second one is Cargo which is the most adorable pair of pants that I think would work for either a boy or girl. The link is

My ravelry ID is knittingpanda87 which is my preffered contact.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Sharon Rose said...

Knitty's Tulip Toes

Also the sweater the first commenter mentioned is Presto Chango

Have fun!
needlegrrl on Ravelry

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Veronica said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I have a long list of baby stuff in my queue, even though I rarely have babies to knit for.

1. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise:

2. EZ's Baby Sweater on 2 needles:

3. Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod set (but don't make the hat!)

4. I was going to suggest Trellis, but I'm pretty sure you've already made that one.

And I'm sure you can find me on Ravelry or LJ or my blog :)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Jen C said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I think the Crumpets dress is super cute.

-jench1n on ravelry

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Alison said...

Well, I have a Kid's Kimon pattern and a Baby Cardigan pattern linked on my sidebar that I designed for Blue Sky Alpacas... but I'm also a huge Debbie Bliss fan and love her Simply Baby book, from which I'm currently knitting a Baby Shrug, it's so cute and little and stylish!

Happy knitting-

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary!

I would suggest the Peace Baby sweater, from Jujube & Lolo ( - cute, includes several sizes, and free with a donation to Doctors Without Borders. And you can totally ignore the matching hat!

(kimianak on Ravelry)

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Kenyetta said...

Happy Blogiversary!
cutie Patootie, made it for a friend- adorable
2. Emma, my first big project
3. Saartje's Bootees- i want to make these but everyone is having boys

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Kris said...

I think this sweater is really cute, but I haven't tried it yet.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I think that the Wonderful Wallaby is just begging for your attention. Happy Blogiversary!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Happy blogiversary!

I think Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod Baby Set is pretty darn adorable. It's free on the Interweave Knits site. I haven't made it yet, but I'd like to. Such a cute gift, imo.

Please find it here:

Or here on Ravelry:

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Aunt Kathy said...

I have several saved but this is one I have been wanting to try.

It's called Cotton Chenille Girl's Jumper

I have also linked your contest on my blog, I love to play and have contests and encourage others to play often.

Congrats on your two years, this is my 1st year.

I am on Ravelry as well as gimpykatk

At 8:59 PM, Blogger SimplyMe said...

Congrats on meeting your 2 year blogoversary. What an accomplishment!! I LOVE CYBERSPACE!

Okay, this pattern is not free. It's a little higher priced than I usually spend, but I bought it with NOONE in mind because I loved it.

It is a bootie pattern for either infants or toddlers and is available as moccasins, mary janes or sweet peas.

Happy Stitching!

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on 2 Years!!

I haven't knit this yet but I really would like to when I have/or someone I know has a child that would appreciate it:

It looks like a great knit, enough cables etc to keep one occupied but enough 'basic' stuff to make it quick.

(I am iriam on Ravelry!

At 2:19 AM, Blogger - Sandi - said...

What a time to stumble upon your blog! Hooray for competitions!

I just love this little dress called 'Ellin Mekko' in Finnish, designed by Jaana. The pattern is available for free in English (or you can try the Finnish version for an extra challenge!).

To find the Ravelry page, just look up 'Ellin Mekko'.

My name's Stefanie and you can contact me via Ravelry as 'elsteffo'.

Happy blogiversary :-)

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Angela said...


i love the debbie bliss ribbed baby jacket, although it lacks button holes (i've used snaps or ribbon ties). it turns out more like a bolero, but i've made a few for my girls, and several for friends who had baby girls in the last two years. easy, cute, and easy to substitute yarns!

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Angela said...


i love the debbie bliss ribbed baby jacket, although it lacks button holes (i've used snaps or ribbon ties). it turns out more like a bolero, but i've made a few for my girls, and several for friends who had baby girls in the last two years. easy, cute, and easy to substitute yarns!

At 11:16 AM, Blogger marina said...

I suggest the Baby Surprise Jacket, it is sold at (an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern). It's a great stash buster, also.

My email is quiltnut1 at comcast dot net

--quiltnut on ravelry

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Sourire11 said...

Happy Blogiversary!

And contests are so much fun. Thanks for doing one!! Ok - I stumbled on this one over on ravelry the other day and I think it has potential:

I'm not a super-huge fan of the bee buttons but I like the lacy detail at the top. That would be adorable for a little girl.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Turtle said...

Some kind of an easy one piece that wraps for coverage but good for sticky summers as well. Kind of like a baby kimono / bib / top..but not. Ya know?

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary!

my choice is hansigurumi's toy owls.

i haven't tried the pattern yet, but I've knitted her other patterns and they're incredibly adorable (but not incredibly complicated)

At 9:37 AM, Blogger helenlam said...

Happy blogiversary! Here's a link to a pick up sticks felted boot that I love:

At 7:57 AM, Blogger ArtsyAndi said...

My favorite baby knits are a collection called Cleckheaton - 10 simple baby knits in 8 plys

If you do a google search it is easy to find. My favorite pattern in it is design 1... the Jumpsuit with raglan set-in sleeves. It is adorable, soft, and oh so cozy for a baby. :)

Contact me at

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Mari said...

It is not a free pattern, but so cute. I have been wanting to make one since I first saw this cute little guy.

Elijah (Ravelry link)

Happy Blogiversary!

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Sue said...

I vote for Baby's First DNA Model.

I'm just about to make one myself. I think it's adorable!

I'm Spudd on Ravelry.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger craftivore said...

Every knitter must knit at least one of these in their knitting lifetime, Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket. I had absolutely no idea what part of it I was knitting as I went along, and then I folded it and "pouf", it was the cutest cardigan ever. She's a genius. It appears in several of her books including The Opionated Knitter. You can also buy the pattern solo from Schoolhouse Press:
Many lovely examples can be seen on Zimmermania.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Katie O said...

I love doing booties. I usually make a hat to match, but since you hate hats, then just do booties!! :) they are fun and you can make a bunch in different colors and they are so cute!! Happy blogiversary

At 8:19 AM, Blogger jooney said...

Congratulations on another year of blogging!

There are a few baby/child patterns that are on my Ravelry queue (my Ravatar is jooney):

Easy Yoke Baby Sweater, because it's so easy and uses one of my favorite yarns (Blue Sky Cotton):

Cardigan for Merry, because it's just pretty:

Baby Merry Jane, because they're just so cute:

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Taylin said...

I know someone already mentioned these, but I definitely have to second Saarjte's booties. Precious!

At 6:29 PM, Blogger kasiaiscarly said...

Hi There! I found your blog on Ravelry! My suggestion is the Debbie Bliss Hooded Baby Sweater. It is in a back issue of Knit Simple, but also in 'Special Knits'. The Ravelry link is
Though a close second is Pea Pod (you can skip the hat!). My friend made it with the cutest little bunny buttons. . . here is the Ravelry link for hers.

Happy Blogiversary!


At 7:10 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi there, LTNS and happy blogiversary!! I hope you have been well.

I've resurfaced after a long hiatus and not a moment too soon ;)

My vote is for the "Counting Sheep Afghan" by Amy Bahrt

I actually love all her baby stuff, but this was too cute, and what better thing for a knitter than a blanket covered in sheep!

At 9:54 AM, Blogger ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary!

My suggestion is the Devan cardigan from Knitty (, just because I think it's really cute.

(My e-mail is in my profile.)

At 5:34 PM, Blogger llamalady said...

hi - happy blogiversary!

I like the Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman

The Baby Albert Coat is also a cute one. It is a mini version of the Einstein Jacket for adults - matching Mom and Baby knits?

from llamalady on Ravelry

At 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Here's a pattern for girls from toddlers on up. Quick, easy & cute. I'm making it for my sweet little granddaughter.

I'm SCole on Ravelry.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Bethany said...

I love the Lace Panelled Baby Blanket by Sarah Bradberry.

I also adore the Festive Fish blanket by Paula Levy. So cute!

But I've gotten so many other ideas from the comments to this post! Fantastic!


At 12:49 PM, Blogger CrocheterFrmCA said...

Happy Blogiversary! Yay!
This is a nice contest you have here. I would love to see which one is going to be the winner.

My Pick(s) - I love the pattern for the
Heartbreakingly cute one piece baby kimono --
from te book -

Also, some other patterns from this book that i really love becoz of their simplicity are the Baby Bib O'Love,Baby Genius Burp Cloths and the Baby Keepsake Blanket. These make excellent gifts.
This book has a lot of patterns that are easy and also just in time for Spring/Summer

Enjoy your Contest!

At 11:25 AM, Blogger craftivore said...

This is to bolster my earlier suggestion...Hello Yarn just posted an incredible Baby Surprise Jacket. Check it out:

At 5:00 PM, Blogger A said...

Free Lion Brand Pattern:

Toddler poncho with a hoodie.

I thought this was SO adorable and given the time of year, chill of early Spring, it would be a great project.

Congrats and all my best!

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Cayenne said...


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