Friday, January 14, 2005


A woman at work just adopted a baby girl, so I went out and picked up a couple balls of "cashmere luxury aran" in mauve from AC Moore thinking I'd whip up a little hat and call it good. However, in my travels looking for a good newborn hat pattern, I stumbled upon this pattern for a garter stitch elephant. I work at a university whose mascot is an elephant, so this seemed much cooler to me than a boring little hat. The only problem was I couldn't stop at just one! I went and got some more yarn and made two more for two other friends babies who I'm overdue on gifting.

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The "Cashmere Luxury Aran" (45% merino, 49% microfibre, 6% cashmere) is *so* soft and smooth and makes a really nice touchable baby-friendly fabric. I just love it. The colors from left to right are "denim" "mauve" and "olive" but I think the olive is named wrong, its less olive to me and more spring green. The denim elephant is acutally in a chunky weight (3.5st/in vs 4.5) and I think it came out the best - the fabric is more dense and he just seems more sturdy and well-propotioned overall. All three were knit on Denise #6 needles.

These are a very quick (1 day of sporadic-toddler-watching-knitting) and require only a little yarn: just over one 100yd ball of aran weight and 1.5 70yd ball of chunky weight. The only part of the pattern I altered was the tail, the pattern knits it flat and I made my tails with a 4 stitch I-cord, reducing it down to 3 then 2 stitches to taper it.

Hoping my latest Elann order arrives today so I can start on Devan.


Blogger Jo said...

How cute are those! I'll bet they're the babies' favorite stuffies!

9:55 AM  
Blogger General Ginger said...

I love your heard!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Oh. My. Goodnes. Those elephants are the CUTEST things I've seen in a loooonnngg time. So, so, so, adorable. [can you tell that I like them ;-)]


8:45 PM  
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8:12 PM  
Blogger Ashik0 said...

Oooh, those're gorgeous!! Good job! I'll have to knit some for myself, seeing as I am without child or friends-with-children. But gawd, they're cute!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Me said...

These are gorgeous! I think I will need to knit some!

8:49 AM  

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