Some Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli baby knits happened. Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese film director who has created such gems as Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away.
Little Calcifer Rattle
Totoro Baby Hat
Kiki’s Bow Booties
These cute knits were made to pay homage to the fire demon, Calcifer, from Howl’s Moving Castle; Kiki’s big red hair bow in Kiki’s Delivery Service; and My Neighbor Totoro. Let me know what you think.
Ravelry Project Pages: Calcifer Rattle, Totoro Baby Hat, and Kiki’s Delivery Bow Booties
Patterns: Top Down Bonnet with Anime Character for the totoro ears, My Basic Baby hat, Bows Before Bros, and Blue Flame Special
Needles: Size 1, 3, 5, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel; Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and I Love This Cotton! in Black
Notions: Red satin ribbon; Yellow, white, and black felt; black embroidery floss; needle and thread
These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.
Mushroom or Toadstool Rattle
Baby Fox Hat and booties
Ravelry Project Pages: Baby Fox and Mushroom Rattle 2
Patterns: Woodland Fox Baby for the foxy ears, My Basic Baby hat, Chaussons Mignons, and Toadstool Baby Rattle
Needles: Size 1, 3, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Cotton! in Buttercup, Black, and White; I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and Bernat Softee Baby in White
More baby knitting … But these precious items are for a friend whom I have known since fifth grade and who is expecting her first child. The colors and chevrons were chosen as a surprise to match her bedding.
Grey and White Chevron
Love these booties
Chaussons mignons in light blue
Light blue hat with a beautiful purple flower
An adorable headband to grow with Baby C
My Ravelry Project Pages: HBC Hat and Booties, HBC Fancy Booties, and Baby HBC’s Chevron Blanket
Patterns: Saartje’s Booties, Chevron Baby Blanket, Chaussons mignons, headband based on Baby Headband, Owl: Two Ways, and my basic hat
Needles: Size 8, 6, 3, and 2 in straight needles
Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates Solids in Soft Grey, Bernat Softee Baby Solids in White, and Berroco Vintage in Gingham
Notions: blue and purple felt flowers, white felt and black felt (for owl’s eyes), Shibui Sock Yarn in Orange, and 4 buttons
After finishing the pink earflap hat and booties set, I realized that they would be a perfect fit for a couple that is expecting their second little girl. I started to knit up a cute rattle when I remembered what it was like for me when I became a big sister. When you become a big sister at around three or four years old, it’s like you have lost your audience. All the cute things that you do become eclipsed by the new baby and the cute things that the new baby does. That’s when I decided that being a new big sister deserves a medal.
Finished and big sister friendly
I’m not too proficient in children’s cartoons these days, but I hear that one of the children’s cartoon characters has a badge/medal and this particular little girl is happy that she can be like that character.
My Ravelry Project Page: Big Sister Medal
Pattern: Military Medal Deux
Needles: Size 2 in dpns and straight needles
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpacas Silk in White, Caron Simply Soft Solids in Plum Wine, Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue, and random scrap yarn
Notions: Sticker with ribbon and pin clasp