But first: A word about Ravelry. About Ravelry, "Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums." http://www.ravelry.com/about Ravelry is where you
will find today's Indy Designer. You'll miss out if you
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Katherine or Kathok is a mom, knitter, crocheter, knit designer, owns a parrot and "lots of horses". Another reason I like Katherine, I love horses. :) She lives in Queensland, Australia with her 3 children. I was pretty excited to cover Katherine today because I've used one of her designs... a lot add to that the fact that her patterns are well constructed and thought out. Well its a recipe for PERFECT knits!
Katherine's designs are created for babies and children. They are very nicely packaged, some come in the form of ebooks, some in single patterns. I used Katherine's designs as gifts for preemie little ones. Cute! Katherine says "I began knitting in earnest when I became pregnant with my DD1 (dear daughter number 1). I started with simple 4ply baby clothes and progressed into soakers and longies to go over her cloth nappies. Babies and childrens clothing and nappy covers are predominantly what I knit nowadays." Practical experience= practical designs. She tries to make the items seamless... less seams to chafe on sensitive baby skin. Personally I think the fewer seams the better!
I like ALL of Katherine's designs but I'll share the link to two of my favorites; The first is what I consider a gender neutral baby blanket entitled Maple Grove. When you buy the ebook you get the instructions for several sizes of blanket. Brilliantly, Katherine offers a list of yarns which can be used to create the blanket. Find the ebook here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maple-grove-blanket
My next choice is a very sweet pattern entitled the Blossom Bolero. Now I live in the Northern Adirondacks of New York. There are parts of Canada that are SOUTH of where I live so it gets cold here. However, many dresses for little girls are sleeveless or cap sleeved. Seriously? Katherine comes up with a cute answer that isn't exactly bulky sweater but is enough to keep the core warm. The patterns come sized to fit little girls 0-3 months all the way up to 10 years! Really its adorable you have to see it to believe the variety of options she has included in her ebook. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blossom-bolero-baby--toddler-sizes Again, totally seamless, whats not to love?
Now to the pattern I have used for preemie babies. Katherine very kindly offered this pattern for free and I have used it for gifting to my friends who have had babies a little early. Its very unisex and works up beautifully. The Paxton Preemie and Newborn Jacket is adorable and keeps the core temperature of a baby warm but has shorter sleeves so new moms can layer you can find Paxton here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/paxton-preemie-and-newborn-jacket
Here is my version of the Paxton Jacket paired with a little sundress and matching hat:
I want to thank Katherine for her hard work and willingness to allow me to cover her designs for my blog today. Remember her designs are hard work so please give her credit for her work. Also the photos of the designs are the property of the owner as well as any charts that may accompany the pattern.
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