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Ombre stripy Milo {handmade for Pip}


Once upon a time there was a Milo that got ripped back. A lot.  The first iteration was trying to be snowflakes, and I do still love the idea of a soft grey backdrop to changing colour snowflakes, but it wasn’t what this yarn wanted to be.  Then it was random stripes, here there and everywhere, which was fun, but still not right.  And then at last came the Baby Bear Milo, the one that looked perfect, and the one that has now made it all the way to the hem.  Yes, the latest addition to the Year of Milos is finished.

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

The grey is Rowan Felted Tweed in Maritime, the loveliest of soft greys peppered with blue flecks, and the rest is my handspun; whizzed up from a novelty batt many many years ago; navajo plied to keep the colour transition, and then stored in the top of the stash just waiting for the perfect project with which to show off its prettiness.  The colours run from creamy white down to deep navy but there are flecks of sparkle in there along the way so the whole thing shimmers slightly in the sunshine – just enough to be fun and not too much to rule it out for little boy wear. Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

I followed the pattern pretty much to the letter, I just didn’t knit a cable pattern in the middle section, and started working stripes instead; three of the handspun to every one grey line, using the jogless stripes method to keep it all flowing smoothly. If you really really stare at the back you can just about see the diagonal line (running top left to bottom right) that marks out the join but you’ve really go to know what you’re looking for to spot it – and in this case you also have to catch up with a speedy toddler to be able to give it that close a level of examination.

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

I’ve knit quite a bit for Pip of late, mostly because he keeps growing, and I really ought to know that he keeps growing and not be surprised by it, but all the while I was knitting away I kept thinking to myself, it’ll be time to stop the stripes soon and I’ve only used up half of my blue yarn, and it’s just not going to look right unless I get to the dark blue.  And then I’d hold it up against Pip and realise that actually I can afford to knit a bit more, and a bit more, and a bit more.

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

Even when I was into the last few rounds I was wondering whether I’d accidentally made him a dress, but I finished up with only a couple of yards to spare, washed it blocked it, and put it on him.

And it doesn’t look ridiculously big.  It looks like there’s room to grow, and I really hope it still fits him next winter, but if he keeps going at this rate I might find I have to unpick the cast off to add another stripe!

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

But in the meantime he is warm and snuggly, and ever so slightly sparkly – and he loves it!

Space for the Butterflies - Stripy Milo

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On

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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 14/04/2016 at 8:06 am

    Ahhh I love it! I really want to start knitting / crocheting the kids some clothes, good projects for me too as they are quicker than making adult clothes! I get bored easily 😉 x

  • Eline @ Emmy + LIEN 14/04/2016 at 9:35 am

    It’s fantastic! I really like the colour palette but I especially love the sparkle. I need to have a go at this pattern, as I’ve recently discovered knitting AND how useful vests are for Boys Who Don’t Like Sweaters. Although my first attempt at one did turn into a dress. Whoops. (If he grows only vertically and not sideways from now it will last until he’s at least 5 though!)

  • Kim 14/04/2016 at 11:29 am

    I love the Milo, and knit it often for friends little ones, but I have never done it with stripes…love it!!!! And goodness all of a sudden Pip looks so big 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 14/04/2016 at 7:56 pm

    I can remember you hand spinning that yarn oh so many years ago, I just gasped at how pretty it was. I’m so glad you found the most perfect of projects for it, it really is so very beautiful, but oh so manly of course. x

  • Evelyn 15/04/2016 at 10:54 am

    Oh wow that looks wonderful! I love the ombre effect and milo is such a great pattern for customising like this

  • Chelle 15/04/2016 at 4:38 pm

    That’s a gorgeous top. Beautiful
    Colours too.

    • Carie 16/04/2016 at 5:40 pm

      It was so fun using This yarn, I’ve been saving it for something special!

  • Paige 15/04/2016 at 4:45 pm


    • Carie 16/04/2016 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • karen 15/04/2016 at 9:36 pm

    You really are clever. Ive made a few skirts and dresses for my girls but nothing like you x

    • Carie 16/04/2016 at 5:38 pm

      It’s really not as hard as it looks, it’s just a question of practice!!

  • vickie 17/04/2016 at 3:07 pm

    That is adorable, beautiful and it looks very warm. Nice touch using your homespun.

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push 17/04/2016 at 9:33 pm

    Gosh! It’s so beautiful! It looks fab with the Frugi stripy top underneath too 🙂 You’re so clever 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xx

  • Mimi @ Sweet Sassafras 19/04/2016 at 5:31 pm

    Oh this is cute! I love the colors and the Milo is such a great pattern.

  • Sarah @tobygoesbananas 20/04/2016 at 9:14 pm

    This is so lovely – I can’t believe you spun the yarn yourself! I’ve never heard of a Milo before (other than you mentioning them) – do you knit it upside down then, if you finished with the navy stripes? #FunkyKidFriday