Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Knitting: Soakers and Scarflette for Baby


It is absolutely freezing outside here! To be accurate, it's below freezing. So one might wonder what I am suggesting with this bare-legged attire for baby. I need to state right upfront that these darling soakers and baby-sized Scarflette are intended only for brief photoshoot fun, afterwhich any baby ought to be fully dressed and promptly cuddled! It really is a rather pleasant temperature inside my house so I don't think little Tess was uncomfortable, but I am one of those moms that believes in covering babies from wrist to toes, in something soft, even in warm weather. I am not one of those moms that likes to dress the tiniest baby in the most outrageous of outfits for phototaking, or stick them inside unusual props...so the Scarflette styling is a bit out there for me. Please note that I wouldn't have my little baby (or anyone else's) nap or be left unattended wearing this little Scarflette. While it is not easily pulled tight, it is best worn for a few minutes of "isn't that cute" and then taken off and put away.

Now that I'm finished with the caveats, Tess does look pretty cute in her Scarflette:


I think she looks so much like her older sister, Audrey, in these photos (maybe it's the serious expression) it's uncanny! Except for the blue eyes of course. They are quite crystal right now and rarely blinked.

I have had the book, Vintage Baby Knits, for over a year now but it wasn't until I saw these little soakers knit up by French Press Knits that I had to dive in! There are lots of cute patterns in this book and I learned so much about "soakers." I didn't realize they were traditionally knit out of wool and worn over cloth diapers to, of course, "soak up" the wetness while keeping baby warm and dry. We are not using cloth diapers so they are for us more of a novelty than necessity. I love the look of bare baby legs sticking out of these, when it's appropriately warm of course.

 

I used Bernat "Bamboo" yarn in the Wicker color. This color is one of my favorites. I actually have two suits from my working days in this color, and it looks a bit like the color of yarn I just used for the lacy sweater for Audrey.   I had to modify the Milo Soakers pattern a bit as the yarn is a bigger gauge.

The Scarflette knitting pattern is available in my Etsy shop, along with the patterns for child and adult sizes. (Remember, this Scarflette is just for supervised fun, not practical wear! :-))

16 comments:

Jane said...

Oh what beautiful, beautiful photos! Your girl is adorable :-)

Rachelle said...

I don't think it's possible for you to have a cuter model! She's absolutely gorgeous. You make me want to give knitting another chance!

Sweeter Hours said...

Love that soaker, wish I could knit. Adorable little one :)

emerson-j said...

ur children are just beautiful, the perfect models!

French Press Knits said...

Thanks so much for sharing the link (I would've seen them though- as your blog is one I have on my Google Reader!). All these pictures are completely darling- tess really is a wonderful model. Love the close up with her and the scarflette- I can't get over those perfect little lips- too precious. In our pictures, Elise was not in cloth diapers under her soaker either, so I told one of my friends she was a 'poser'. I do love the novelty of the soaker, even if we don't experience the practicality!

Jacey said...

Adorable !! Such a cute model. xx

The Cottage Mama said...

She is just too cute - she looks SO much like Audrey!! I love soakers too - they are just adorable. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your little angel!!

Talk to you soon,
Lindsay

Jess said...

oh my gosh, that baby is just yummy! I love her name too, just darling! everything you knit is gorgeous.

Penelope said...

Just discovered your blog, your daughter is just too beautiful and I love the soakers and scarflette, really gorgeous xox

Jayna Rae said...

I love them! I have been wanting to make some for E. I have also been considering adding knitting to my resume. It seems to open some doors that crochet doesn't.

@jenhalloran said...

Oh, those adorable pictures of Tess -- be still, my heart! Perfectly old-fashioned, with a modern twist. LOVE!

Erica said...

She is so beautiful! I love the little scarf. So cute!

Rebecca said...

I love, love, love that scarflette! I need to work up something like this for my teeny girl. Too bad I don't knit... I'll have to figure a way to crochet it. :)
Thanks for the inspiration!

dana said...

absolutely beautiful. Love all the pictures and the handmade lovelies!

Kristin said...

Seriously, I am IN LOVE with those little baby bloomers! Do you know where I could find something like that in a crochet pattern? I love your blog. There aren't many places to find such cute crochet patterns. My 2 year old and daughter #2 due in April are well outfitted thanks to your blog! Your daughters are absolutely gorgeous and beautiful models!

Anneliese said...

@Kristin: thanks so much for your nice comment! I'm happy to hear there are more girls benefitting from this--love it! Seems to me I've seen some similar crochet patterns on Etsy...try searching for "diaper covers." Maybe I just saw finished products but I thought I saw a pattern once... Let me know if you don't find something. Maybe I'll add it to my list of patterns to create! Good luck getting reading for girl number 2!

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