Saturday, 11 June 2011

Jiffy bag for a baby

A little while ago I blogged about my love for French knitting patterns...  

This holds especially true when it comes to patterns for children and babies.  I tend to find that French childrenswear combines an element of fun with a great sense of style.  It avoids being overly twee without going to the other extreme of trying to look like miniature adult wear and often takes the form of simple blocky shapes, adorned with pom poms, stripes or tassels, in colour palettes that veer between chic neutrals and quirky brights...   or to put to another way, you don't see many French babies clad in peach acrylic matinee jackets.  
   
Anyway... now that my own little alien is 4 days days overdue, I am pleased to announce that I have finished my small homage to French babywear in the nick of time.  Behold the baby sleep sack...  (or, if you like, the glorified jiffy bag!)


This is made using a pattern called Confortable, which originated in a French magazine and has since been translated into English by a brilliant lady on Ravelry, here.

Having taken advice from others, I made this a few inches longer and wider than the pattern recommends, in the hope that it will fit for longer.  (For now I've delayed blocking it, until I see how well it fits little master   newborn, when he arrives - but I reckon I could probably grow it a fair bit, if need be).  


Anyway I would happily recommend both the pattern and the yarn.  I used Rowan All Seasons Cotton in a silver grey colour.  It has a nice sproingy twist to it that gives it some loft and makes the knitted fabric feel soft and comfortable.  Hopefully boy will agree...


Full details of the pattern, yarn and needle size can be found on Ravelry, here

EDIT:  Since I wrote this post, baby has been born and he fits into the sack with room to spare... pic here:  http://susiefhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/07/9-month-craft-project.html


EDIT:  I have had a lot of requests to share the English translation of this pattern, so I have put it online here:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/95417916/Confortable-English-Translation  (I assume this is ok, given that the  original pattern is available online for free)

9 comments:

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  2. That's so cool, I love the hood! Good plan to wait on the blocking, hopefully that should give you more time to use it ;)

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  3. Thanks Pink :-)

    I should mention that I was pleased to discover your blog the other day, thanks to Tink's Stylish Blogger Awards!

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  4. Do you have the pattern you used to knit this???

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    1. here's a link for you http://www.scribd.com/doc/95417916/Confortable-English-Translation

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  5. Please could you forward me the English pattern? Claresy921@yahoo.co.uk
    Thank you

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    1. hi, here's a link http://www.scribd.com/doc/95417916/Confortable-English-Translation

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  6. Nice post!Glad I found this blog! thanks for this blog post Jiffy bags

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