not a very nice title - so we just call them obi's! when my kids were little, I had piles of vintage knitting patterns, including the intriguing "umbilical band" a strip of knitting which wrapped around the tummy - I suppose to give some support to the umbilical region, I just liked them for the idea that the wrap covered that draughty area where the pants and top came adrift. I made a couple in soft wool for Blaise who wore them happily under her clothes and stayed warm and draught free.
This past fortnight I have been knitting every spare minute, trying to keep up with the actual queue of testing, and the virtual queue lining up, both in my head and on paper - trying to be diciplined, to finish one thing before I start the next, but still day-dreaming while knitting "I wonder what would happen if..." The day-dreaming has led this week to a couple of fairisle and intarisa obi patterns, a plain panel in front and button up ribbing at the back to ensure a snug fit.The judo suit pattern (with wrap cardigan or sweater options) will be available soon, with bonus charts for the obis you see here, and maybe a couple more...once some more of the queue has been tamed.
fairisle circles in self-striping yarn fans in self-striping yarns cherry blossoms
From the testing queue I bring you the Horatio vest - a sleeveless v-neck version of the Horatio sweater. I loved knitting this - very simple and quick, and the intarsia goes quickly as the outlines are added later, this time I embroidered "Teddy" on the front - I'm so pleased with the result. This pattern is free when you buy the Horatio sweater pattern (or the sweater pattern is free when you buy the vest pattern!) and comes in 8 sizes from birth to 5 years. The pattern can be purchased from the website for $5.00 US.