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Thursday
Oct182007

boho baby knits - the patterns

I'm so excited to finally share my designs from Kat Coyle's adorable book, Boho Baby Knits.  Kat asked me to design five patterns for the book, and I had such a fun time working with her.  Kat is a good friend and a truly talented artist, and I really value all the feedback and encouragement she gave me.  I am a sappy person, and could gush and gush (I have already), but I know that it embarrasses Kat and I have some seriously cute baby pictures to post!

Honky-Tonk Jacket - Boho Baby Knits

Sigh. That little girl makes me so happy. That's the Honky-Tonk Jacket, and it's a fun little cardigan with toggle buttons and fringe, knit out of Berroco Suede. In the book, it is also modeled by a boy, and I love that it's a nice unisex knit.

Roadie Moccasins - Boho Baby Knits

The Roadie Moccasins, also in Berroco Suede. Originally, I had thought of these with the cuffs rolled down, but when I brought the finished booties over to Kat's, the cuffs had unrolled in my bag. I remember we set the booties up on her kitchen counter and both said, "wait, I like them UP!"

Garage Band Tee - Boho Baby Knits

The cuteness level of the kids modeling the knits in the book is very, very high. I mean, through the roof! The drummer is wearing the Garage Band Tee, knit at a very fine, soft gauge (size 2 needles) out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine. I hadn't worked with this yarn before, and the finished fabric is very nice and soft - and I just love the colors. 

Modernist Strip Sleep Saque - Boho Baby Knits

Oh, the sweetness. The Modernist Stripe Sleep Sacque - this was so fun to knit up! It is knit mostly in the round, so it goes very quickly, even though the body is pretty long. And I just love the look of a baby in bunting. So cozy. You can even see, in the picture above, a hint of my final design:

Mobile Menagerie - Boho Baby Knits

The Mobile Menagerie. I knew, when Kat and I first discussed this pattern, that it would be the most challenging design, and I was right! For that reason, I'm so proud of it. I think that the result was worth the struggles, and I'm pleased not only with the little stuffed hanging creatures (they're detachable, so that little ones can play with them!), but also of the construction - the mobile hangs and moves well from the crocheted ties, and the ties don't pull on the knitted cover for the hoop, so the mobile will look good for a long time.  It felt great when I brought it over to Kat's house - her son (and my little buddy) Felix zoned in on the bee sticking out of the bag as soon as I stepped in the door, and wanted to pull out play with the mobile creatures.  And I didn't even bribe him or beg or anything! 

The other designers in the book are Kat Coyle (of course!), Julia Trice, Marnie Maclean, Edna Hart, and Beth Abaravich.  They all created such wonderful projects, and I am flattered to be in their company.  Also - many thanks to Mandy, who was the tech editor for Boho Baby.  Her comments and changes in the flow of some of the pattern instructions were eye-opening - saying the same things, just in a different way - and I learned a lot. 

It really is a beautiful book.  Congratulations, Kat! 

Reader Comments (17)

Those designs are awesome! Love the sleep sack and mobile.... thankfully I have a couple of new babies coming (not mine) that I need to knit for.....this is one hell of a book....congratulations to you all!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGudrun
Thanks for all your enthusiasm! All your projects are so adorable.
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKat
Those patterns are adorable! You ever think that maybe the kids would be slightly less cute if they weren't wearing such great knits?! That mobile is incredible!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Holy cow, those are some cute patterns! Too bad I can't knit to save my life, as I have another baby due in December. Congratulations on the new book, it looks wonderful. You are so creative and talented, I love it.
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Davis Worth
Mary-Heather! You are a knitting/crochet genius! Congratulations on your boho designs....everything looks knitastic!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Bloom
I just love your projects! There is definitely a Sleep Sacque in my future! Miss you!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
That cowgirl is adorable. Beautiful stuff, M-H! Can a beginner knit the sleep sacque? If so, count me in.
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Congrats! That's awesome!!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbeki
Too cute! I especially like the Sleep Sacque! I need a baby to knit for!
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Mary-Heather, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm feeling a bit burned out on tech editing right now, so this is awfully nice to hear. I really enjoyed working with you.

Your stuff looks fantastic! The stylist and photographer or whoever really know how to show off just what each design has to offer, don't they? I'm so impressed by all the photos I've seen, I can't wait to get my copy... :)
October 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
OH my goodness! I neeeeeed to make my baby this mobile!!! Mary-Heather, now I need to find a few extra hours each week between now and Christmas, because my boy needs this mobile.
October 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteranna
What fantastic and amazing work - I love it all so much, especially the mobile, I think. But the sleep sack pattern is SO great - I wish it'd been around when Tommy was more tiny, because I'm telling you, those things are incredibly handy. Well done, you!
October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
Congratulations on such wonderful work! That mobile is especially adorable - I can't help falling in love with it :)
October 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterann
Wow, that mobile is really really adorable! What a great idea and execution. Love the colors - primary colors really attract babies' eyes. The other projects are great too.
October 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
These designs are all so cute! That little girl in the fringed jacket is working it! ha! She is adorable.
October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary Heather #2
Congrats again! Way to go! And that mobile - wow. Kudos on figuring that thing out...and sharing it with the rest of us.

Is that l'il guy so Kurt Cobain or what? Rockin' patterns!
October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMadge
My sister has been looking for a cool mobile for her son and this is perfect! I can't wait for the pattern to come out!! So so cute!
November 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia
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