Back in… Mmm… When was it? Sometime in the Spring? I was asked to submit some ideas for a Fyberspates baby book. I was chuffed as you can imagine, but I was even more chuffed when one of my ideas was picked!
This project kept me busy during August and September and I am pleased to finally be able to tell you more about it! The book is on its way to shops and resellers, and you can also find it here on the Fyberspates website. It contains 8 beautiful patterns by the likes of Judy Furlong, Belinda Boaden and Kyoko Nakayoshi. It is quite exciting to see my name amongst those! You can preview all the patterns included in the book by going to the Ravelry page.
My (little) contribution was the Ensar Dungarees (Rav pattern page).
When my son was little he used to live in dungarees similar to the Ensar ones. They were so practical and warm. The deep opening on the front and the stretch of the fabric mean that you only need to open the bottom buttons to get baby’s legs out, which makes for an easy change of nappies.
The dungarees have enough ease to be worn over long-sleeved bodysuits, which means baby will always be warm and comfy.
The pattern comes in 5 sizes from birth to 2 years-old. It is knitted flat in pieces, but it could also be converted to be knitted in the round quite easily (just remove 1 stitch on all sides). The cables can also be easily worked without a cable needle. This is how I knitted it (without the cable needle), which saved my sanity – I knitted 2 of these dungarees in quite a short time!
Here it is without the buttons (of which you will need 8, about 11mm in size – I got mines from ebay). The Scrumptious works so well with the reverse stocking stitch and the cables. And it is so shiny and soft, it’s perfect for this one special baby outfit!
I hear Jeni is off to TNNA with the book. It is quite exciting! I’m a bit gobsmacked to be part of something that big – it feels good, I tell you! The pattern has already gathered a lot of love on Ravelry (many favourites and queues!) and I can’t wait to see it knitted up by other people. I will be adding my own projects to the Ravelry database very shortly (with very limited notes, if any, as my memory might not go that far!)
The book is totally worth its small price (honestly, £7.50 for 8 patterns is a total bargain). I am sure I will be knitting a few of the other patterns in the book: I love Kyoko’s Kimono and I might make Judy’s shawl for myself, it is SO pretty!
So go on, get the book! ;)
Small notes: All the pics (except the bottom one) are copyrighted to Fyberspates. The Ensar Dungarees will only be available through the book, they won’t be released in any other shape or form in the future.