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Horsey, horsey {handmade for the baby girls}



Once upon a time, there were two little girls.  Two brand new ever so little little girls in fact.  And as we all know, new little people need knitwear, even if they do happen to be born right in the middle of the summer.

There was only ever going to be one theme for these knits. The girls’ mummy is completely head over heels in love with horses, to the point of choosing exactly which Shetland pony she’d have in the garden for her children if only they could get it to London – and have enough garden.  So I looked and looked and looked around Ravelry for every sort of baby jumper or cardigan ever thought up that was horsey themed until I found Roo Designs Pony Pullover and knew it was the one.

Or rather, the two.


The pattern is written as for aran weight yarn with Takhi Cotton Classic as suggested yarn, but knit on 4mm needles.  I think it’s one of those occasions where only the specified yarn will actually give you the right tension, it falls right between anything I can usually manage for either DK or Aran, but as the smallest size was an age one, and I really wanted a six month sort of size, I went for DK and 4mm needles, knowing that it would turn out smaller than expected.  I knit the back and front and sleeves an inch shorter than the pattern and it all looks perfectly proportionate.

The yarn is Rico Classic Merino, chosen mostly for the gorgeous deep green. Kitty came with me on a wool shopping expedition and she and I went back and forth picking out the colours for the stripes.  I wanted matching but not matching, something that says “little girl”, without saying “never in the world have you seen as much pink as I am wearing right this moment!”, something that could hold its own against the green, and not overwhelm the blue for the horse.


The first combination is strawberries and the yellow of the top of proper clotted cream, pure summer in knitwear, and the second is moving into autumn, blackberries and elderberries, and for some reason it reminds me of Black Forest Gateau, but that may just be association with the place where much of it was knitted.


The front and back are knit flat and then seamed, and in the original pattern the sleeves and neckband are too but I like baby knits to be as seam free as possible so I sewed up the shoulders and side seams first and knit the rest in the round.  It’s a little bit fiddly managing jogless stripes with the first few sets of decreases but after that it’s easy.


I am really pleased with the way they turned out, pleased and not a little relieved because it’s been a while since I did any intarsia, and when I was half way up a horse, with an entire flock of mini balls of yarn tumbling and tangling with every stitch, I began to have serious doubts about whether this had been a good idea.  It’s amazing what a difference it makes to weave in the ends and block it; suddenly what was looking a bit lumpy and bumpy and very much not my best work, becomes smooth and even. Even then, I cheated on the eye, and put it in with duplicate stitch later!


I finished the first in July but the second got pushed back and so it wasn’t until September that I could finally put them in the post and send them off.  It doesn’t matter in terms of their small owners being too big for them, there’s more than enough to grow, but the thing is, there’s an old wives’ tale that babies wait for their knitwear, that the baby will come when the knitting is ready; and certainly my nephew was born only hours after I finished his cardigan.  I’ve always made huge efforts to make sure the knitting for my babies will be ready for them and I try to do my best to be ready for the other babies I knit for.


That the twins arrived before I was finished was no surprise, especially after I had to down needles for so long in July and August.  But I do wonder whether I ought to be extending an apology to their poor mother after the girls hung on for a really, really, really long time, eventually arriving well past 40 weeks.  If it was the knitting that did it, I’m really sorry – hopefully the jumpers make up for it.

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On and Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday



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  • Amber 23/09/2016 at 2:38 pm

    Oh so YOU are the reason that the girls were ten days late, are you? If the jumpers were not so wonderful I would smack you. 😉

    Carie, they’re perfect. You are such a darling to think of us, and I am going to treasure these jumpers forever. Thank you!

    • Carie 23/09/2016 at 10:05 pm

      mea culpa my dear friend! I’m glad you like them!!

  • Tracy 23/09/2016 at 5:55 pm

    I didn’t understand one thing you said regarding the construction, but it sounds like you were a knitting wizard, and the result certainly is perfection. I noticed how nice the eyes were before you mentioned them, and wondered how does she do it?? (I still have no clue 😉 ) Fabulous, fabulous job!

    • Carie 23/09/2016 at 10:06 pm

      If you speak knitting it makes sense I promise! The duplicate stitch on the eye basically means that you knit the pattern as if it isnt there and then embroider it on later – it’s so much easier than trying to make a single stitch join in neatly.

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 23/09/2016 at 7:58 pm

    Those are just beautiful, I love the details and the colours are just perfect!

    • Carie 23/09/2016 at 10:08 pm

      thanks lovely – they were so much fun to make 🙂

  • Heide 23/09/2016 at 8:55 pm

    Adorable sweaters!

    • Carie 23/09/2016 at 10:08 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Jenny Benton 24/09/2016 at 9:20 am

    Carie, you have done it again, two beautiful little horsey jumpers for little ones. Just perfect!

    Jenny from New Zealand, currently on holiday in Australia.

  • Angie in SoCal 24/09/2016 at 2:56 pm

    what precious little sweaters. !

  • Wave to Mummy 25/09/2016 at 1:37 am

    Ha ha ha, well, I certainly think it was worth the wait for these jumpers 😀 They are gorgeous, absolutely lovely! #funkykidfriday

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  • Sabrina @ The Mummy Stylist 26/09/2016 at 12:22 pm

    Oh WOW! I can’t believe you made these, they are gorgeous!!! I thought they were from a boutique shop or something, you’re very talented X

  • Jenni 26/09/2016 at 10:44 pm

    Wowser these are incredible, very talented lady x #funkykidfriday

  • Hannah | Make, Do & Push 27/09/2016 at 10:18 am

    These are perfect Carie! I can’t wait to see Amber’s photos! Beautiful items as always 🙂 You are so talented!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xxx

  • Christine 27/09/2016 at 10:51 am

    These sweaters are so cute! Love them.

  • Stacey 27/09/2016 at 1:34 pm

    These are very cute sweaters! I love the pattern and the colors you chose. I haven’t mastered intarsia yet, but I hope to one day.