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60 More Quick Baby Knits

Today I received an email from Amazon recommending the book, 60 More Quick Baby Knits. I had a good laugh because it contains three of my designs! I just received the book myself from the publisher last Friday and it’s exciting to see the full collection of patterns with mine included.

All of the projects use Cascade 220 Sport Superwash—perfect for baby garments which need to be laundered so frequently. I also like the finer weight for babies because it’s not so bulky on their tiny bodies.

And now, to introduce my designs:

Photography © Jack Deutsch © 2012 Sixth&Spring Books

I originally designed these socks for Devan when he was a baby. I love the really wide stripes juxtaposed with the really narrow ones. I’m also partial to analogous colour schemes.

Photography © Jack Deutsch © 2012 Sixth&Spring Books

Isn’t this little model so sweet in the double-breasted jacket? The one-piece construction for this jacket is really simple: cast on at the bottom fronts and work up to the underarms where extra stitches are cast on for the sleeves and then the knitting continues right up and over the shoulders and down the back to the bind off edge at the bottom hem. It looks like a large “plus” sign before folding it in half along the shoulders and sleeves. Wide bands of garter stitch define the bottom hems and double-breasted button placket. No additional finishing is required other than sewing together the seams and sewing on the buttons.

Photography © Jack Deutsch © 2012 Sixth&Spring Books

The intarsia flower motif is embellished with chain stitches in coordinating colours on this cozy pullover.

There’s an extra little detail below the back neck opening. The oval motif pulled from the centre of the flower is repeated for visual interest on the back. I find that we spend so much time looking at the backs of babies, when they’re being cuddled in someone’s arms or when they’re a little older and are bent over their toys on the floor.

Images from the book © Jack Deutsch and are posted with permission.

Publication: 60 More Quick Baby Knits
Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books (SoHo Publishing)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

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