End of Summer Treat

End of Summer Treat

Happy Tuesday everyone!

So we are coming to the end of summer, at least here in the UK anyway, and I have been frantically trying to update all my summery patterns before September brings the beautiful Autumn. Yesterday I finally released the last warm weather garment pattern in my catalogue, Effervescence.

Effervescence summer top

I love this top. It’s the last garment I designed before I took a step back due to being pregnant with Rowan. If you followed my other blog you will already know the story of how I thought I’d written a great pattern, only for the magazine to contact me and tell me it was riddled with mistakes. When I read it over it made no sense at all and I realised my baby brain had taken full effect! I had to rewrite the entire thing with the help of the tech editor. It was utterly awful and very embarrassing too! But I know we ended up with a great pattern.

So… I wanted to let you know that until August 31st midnight BST, Effervescence has 50% off it’s usual price. You can currently download it from Ravelry or LoveKnitting.

This top is knitted in the round, bottom up, until the armholes, where it is separated for the top sections. It is worked in DK yarn on 4mm circular needles and comes in a range of sizes from 8 to 22 (UK dress size).

Effervescence top

But why stop at just one pattern for half price when you could have two!

Fauna is also half price until August 31st midnight BST!

Fauna top

Fauna is an intricate lace work top, worked in the round from bottom up and split into two sections after the armholes. Worked in DK on 3.25mm and 4mm needles, Fauna comes in sizes 6-8, (10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24) UK dress size.

Original sketch of Fauna designI don’t have a story to tell you about this one. I’m going to be honest… I don’t remember designing it at all! I’m pretty sure I did since I have all the old sketches and submission sheets! But I have no memory of this one, which makes me a little sad in a way.

Fauna has 50% off until August 31st midnight BST and is available from Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

That’s all from me today. I will be back soon with more of the baby stuff and some insights into knitting design etc. It’s just taking me a while to get everything up to date for you guys, what with school holidays etc!

Until next time!

Kelly x

 

 

Catch Up!

Catch Up!

I have missed a few weeks of blogging over the last month because I made a huge decision in my vision for RowRow and Kades and where I wanted it to go. Originally I had intended it to just be baby knits for you to order from me but I kept looking at all my patterns from the past, just sitting there, and decided that I wanted to include them in the mix too.

So, the last few weeks, I have been busy updating all my patterns, knitting up some adult knits, and generally trying to give RowRow and Kades an over haul. It’s been tiring, and I’m nowhere near finished (will it ever end?!) but it’s getting there.

So let me give you a super fast run down of what we have so far.

You can now order adult hats to be made in a choice of 12 colours.

Hyades Beret hat pictured in Silver yarn
Hyades Beret

Holly Beret in Denim Blue
Holly Beret

Vionette Beanie Hat in Teal
Vionette Beanie

The knitting patterns for each of these hats are also available in my brand new knitting pattern section. More hats for adults will be available as soon as I can knit them up too.

There are also knitting patterns for some baby items like my Butterfly Bonnet and Ophelia Bonnet.

Butterfly Bonnet in Irish Cream
Butterfly Bonnet

Ophelia Bonnet in Lilac
Ophelia Bonnet

I am also going to be adding all my adult knitting patterns to my Etsy shop but as I am re-releasing a lot of them (due to them being out of contract with the magazine they were published in) I am giving most of them a period of time where you can download them for free. So if you are a knitter, the following two patterns are free for a limited time:

Ava shrug pattern
Ava Shurg Free until Aug 18th midnight BST
Capri Sunrise Vest Pattern
Capri Sunrise free until Aug 25th midnight BST

So there are lots of things happening and that’s why I haven’t been here to tell you all about it but I promise to get back to blogging asap. Hopefully in time for the next post due on Tuesday (next Tuesday!) I have one week to get my act together. I’m feeling hopeful!

Until then, tell me what you would like to see added to my Etsy shop in the comments below.

Kelly x

Carolina Headband and Westlake Summer Hat

Carolina Headband and Westlake Summer Hat

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on my summer lines. It’s hard to have a woolly shop at theis time of year because no-one is looking for warm hats and cardigans. People want shorts and t-shirts and the likes, so I needed to rethink my summer stock.

No idea why, but in my notepad for brain dumping, I had a “Spring/Summer ‘ 18” list and it said “long trouser”, “pom pom hat”, “jumper to match feya pixie hat”…. I think I must have been freezing cold when I wrote that and as far away from summer thoughts as I could get! So instead, I’ve got two new items coming out which are a little more summer friendly, even if it’s winter in your country right now (Australia/New Zealand, I’m looking at you!) these will still be great.

First up we have the Carolina Headband

Carolina HeadbandAimed for the little girls of course, this little headband comes in sizes 0-3 months up to 2-5 years. It is knitted in a cashmere blend yarn which is lightweight and delicate.

It really reminded me of a flapper style headband from the 1920’s and so I named it Carolina in homage to the origin of the Charleston. According to Wikipedia, The Charleston is a dance named for the harbour city of Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm was popularised in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called “The Charleston” by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild.

 
 
 
 
 

Rose wearing her Carolina HeadbandThe two ties at each end will fasten at the nape of the neck and the beautiful feather and fan pattern wraps across the top of the head and either over or behind the ears. Of course, the RowRow and Kades button is added to add my little logo!

Pictured in Silver and Lilac, these two are on their way to my new Spring/Summer reps. The Silver one has already arrived and just look at the gorgeous little Rose wearing it on her outing the other day!

The Carolina Headband is available from my Etsy shop now priced at £18 plus p&p.

Next we have the Westlake Summer Hat

Westlake Hat and BootiesThose of you who follow my pattern designs will know all about my Westlake beanie and booties. They are also available as a set from my Etsy shop but it has proved to be a very popular knitting pattern. It’s also quite a warm set and not something I am going to go into detail here today when we are talking about summer items…

So, I was thinking of boys sun hats. Boys are sometimes hard to think up patterns for. You have to be careful not to go too pretty, which is difficult when knitting can be utterly beautiful at times and not masculine at all.

The Westlake pattern is ideal for boys and girls though. It has just the right mix of feminine and masculine. I wanted to use it again for something else and settled on a summer hat. I’ve designed adult summer hats before but this one was a lot of fun.

Westlake Summer HatThe Westlake Summer hat is knitted in 100% cotton, so it’s not too warm and still does the job of keeping the sun off babies head.

It has a wide brim that comes down wider to shield the babies eyes and the Westlake (Little Boxes) pattern has just enough spaces to let the air flow through.

Why “Westlake”? Again we go to Wikipedia (my main research tool for pattern names!) The original stitch pattern name for Westlake is called “Little Boxes”. This always reminds me of the song, “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds.  When I researched the meaning of the song I found out this: Reynolds was a folk singer-songwriter and political activist in the 1960s and 1970s. Nancy Reynolds, her daughter, explained that her mother wrote the song after seeing the housing developments around Daly City, California, built in the post-war era by Henry Doelger, particularly the neighborhood of Westlake. And so, Westlake it became. Although my Westlakes are made out of beautiful yarn and not ticky tacky!

Westlake Summer hatLennon in his Westlake Summer Hat is available in sizes 0-3 months up to 2-5 years and a whole range of colours. This one is pictured in Apple and now with my new little Spring/Summer rep Lennon. I think he likes it!

There will be more summer items to come so keep checking back. I promise I’m not thinking up warm things right now!

So which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Kelly x

Spring / Summer Rep 2018 Announced!

Spring / Summer Rep 2018 Announced!

Just a quick post today since I am super busy knitting things for my brand new reps! Hooray!
Some of you might have known already that I have been advertising for a couple of mini reps to help me promote my Spring / Summer ’18 range. I have been posting this little picture about to entice people!
Rep Search Advertisement Graphic

It happened to work and I got lots of people entering their super cute babies and toddlers to help me out!

In face, it worked a little too well as I was completely spoilt for choice when it came down to picking and I had to really nit pick to choose my final three. It’s not something I’m very good at, telling people that, although their baby is absolutely beautiful, I can’t use them this time around. I hate letting people down. But I put my business woman head on, roped in my partner, Terry (who can be pretty brutal when he wants to be) and narrowed them down to this lovely few.

Cute photo of Makayla, a baby from New Zealand

One of my first choices was Makayla. She is 5 months old and lives all the way in New Zealand. This scared me at first. I’ve shipped to NZ before and it takes almost a month from the UK. They must send things there in a rowing boat! But she is so cute and beautiful that I couldn’t resist. I’m working on a few things for her now since she will have the longest wait for them. I’m so excited to see her in the items! You can see more of Makayla on her mum’s instagram @Ophelia_kkkk

Cute photo of baby in the bath

Next up we have Lennon, a 4 month old from the UK. What a total sweetie he is! I have so many plans on things to make him that I don’t know where to start! I have to find the perfect colours to set off his big eyes and gorgeous smile! You can find him on his mums account @_jadebowden

Photo of toddler Rose on a bench

Finally we have Rose. Rose was entered with her twin brother Frazer. They are both so cute and I was gutted that I had no spot for Frazer to fill. I have a new design especially for someone like Rose though, so she needed to be on board. She is very beautiful and cute to boot. You can find her on instagram @little_Rose_buds_big_life or with her brother @Frazer_and_Rose

I am knitting day and night to get these guys some items to wear so keep checking back and hopefully you’ll see some new things very soon!

See you next week x

Feya Pixie Bonnet

Feya Pixie Bonnet

A few months ago, I decided that I no longer wanted to knit items for my shop that had been designed by someone else. I wanted the shop to be purely from my brain (and heart!) Not that there is anything wrong with the patterns from other people. It’s just that other shops can stock those items. Anyone can knit them up for you. I want RowRow and Kades to be a bit more special.
Since that decision, I’ve been working hard on new designs to fill some empty spots.

First there was Chunky Jo, the woolly winter bonnet with huge pom pom. Then I created the Tides Beanie. That lovely lace work spiralling up to the pom pom on top.

Chunky Jo Pom Pom Bonnet
Chunky Jo
Tides Beanie Hat
Tides Beanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I’m bringing you the Feya Pixie Bonnet.

Feya Pixie Bonnet

“Feya” means “Pixie” in Russian (if I am to believe google translate!) It is knitted in a very beautiful cashmere blended yarn and feels soft to the touch. It is a lightweight hat, ideal for a cool Spring/Summers Day, and is suitable for boys and girls alike.

Pixie Hat in cashmere yarn

I’ve been wanting to design a pixie hat for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to doing it, but I am so happy with this. The little diamond edging is just right to set it off from other pixie hats and I’ve already got plans to use it in other items in the future.

This bonnet has little i-cord ties (30 cms in length) to fasten the bonnet under your little ones chin and keep it in place. I actually ran a vote for this on my instagram stories, and although a few people voted for a button under the chin, the majority wanted me to work harder than that and knit ties!

Pink Pixie Hat and Flowers

I have knitted two so far, the gorgeous blue one, which was my prototype, and the pink one above. The blue is called Mallard and is such a stunning colour. I had used it in lots of photos in the run up to releasing the hat so I decided to make a really girly one to show the contrast. The Baby Pink did it so much justice and I can’t wait to see what other colours I get to knit this in.

If you are a knitter, the pattern is being written up and will be released as as possible along with all my others. I will be selling them on my Etsy page as soon as I can get them all down!

Pink Pixie Bonnet with Flowers

So what do you think of Feya? Do you like the pixie hat style or would you prefer this to be a simple bonnet or even a beanie? It’s all possible and all coming soon! Are you Russian and can you tell me if it’s a true translation?!
Feya is available from my Etsy shop in sizes newborn up to 2-5 years. It is £26 plus p&p.

Rowan wearing the Pixie Bonnet

Rowan posed in it for me and was very good! He’s getting to be such a great little model these days!

Talking of Rowan, just before I go, it was his 2nd birthday yesterday and he had such a lovely time! Where do the years go?

Until next time!

Kelly x

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New Baby Hat: Tides Pom Pom Beanie

New Baby Hat: Tides Pom Pom Beanie

Happy Monday everyone!
Here we are again with another blog post, and today I wanted to tell you all about the brand new beanie I have in my Etsy shop, the Tides pom pom beanie.

Circle of 6 colourful beanie hats

Some of you may remember a month or so ago I was asking on Facebook and Instagram whether or not this beanie should have a matching pom pom or a contrasting one. The results were so close! Facebook came back like this:

And Instagram was 50%/50%! So I decided that I would go with the matching pom but offer a contrasting pom pom as an option if requested. I’ve since decided that I like matching the best but don’t tell anyone!

Pink woolly pom pom

The Tides beanie is a cute little hat with a waving pattern running up to the crown. It has eyelets to either side and, although it’s very pretty looking, it is totally unisex too. The brim is ribbed to keep the hat secure and the pom pom at the top is a gloriously large one. You know how much I love a big pom pom!

Close up of lace pattern

Sizes start from newborn and go up in my usual increments; newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-5 years. I am thinking of adding some bigger sizes to this one as well since it has been so popular already! Maybe an adult version could be in the shop too!

Set of 3 Beanie hats in white, pink and yellow

As always there is a huge choice of colours to choose from. Thirty-six in total! I like to give you options! Currently (at time of writing this) there are some ready to ship options available in the shop. They are the colours listed in the photos above and more will be getting added randomly. So if you don’t have the patience to wait for a made to order one, you can just go ahead and get one that will be shipped the next day.

Three beanies in blue, green and brown

I think that’s all I can tell you about the Tides beanie for now. Thank you to @meekmousemichaela over on Instagram for choosing the name for me! You can order your Tides beanie in my Etsy shop here or go to the ready to ship section of your sizing choice to see if any are available this second!
So anyway, which colour would you have?

Kelly x

 

FAQ: Sizing

FAQ: Sizing

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is about sizing, esp when it comes to hats. It’s always better to go by the measurement of the hat rather than the size stated. Just because one baby is 2 months old and wears 0-3 month clothing doesn’t mean the next 2 month old is in the same size. They could have already made the jump to 3-6 months or even be in newborn size because they are still a lot smaller.

We are all different and it wouldn’t do for us to be the same.

I know all about sizing issues from experience. Although Kaden travelled along with growing at the same rate the sizes change, Rowan is different. He is currently (at time of writing this) 20 months old. He wears 18-24 month trousers, the correct size for his age, but most of his shirts and t-shirts are 12-18 months and some are 9-12 months. In fact his coat is a 9-12 month. His torso is growing at a slower rate than his legs. I’m sure he’ll catch up with himself but if he doesn’t, he will manage. We all do.

So this sizing issue made me think. I really hate it when a customer buys an item and it doesn’t fit their child correctly. It makes me sad that they have bought something that can’t be used. And although there is obviously a return policy in place, some people don’t want to have to spend the return postage back to me to change things. It’s a wasted expense that could be avoided if the sizing was right.

So here are my tips on sizing. I hope they help in deciding which age range to choose when buying a hat from me.

Bonnets

The first measurement I need for a bonnet is the ear to ear measurement.  Place the tape measure at one earlobe, run it up and over the childs head until you reach the opposite earlobe. Measurements are always more accurate with a smaller unit of length so centimetres are the ideal.

  • newborn = 28cm
  • 0-3 months = 30.5cm
  • 3-6 months = 33cm
  • 6-12 months = 35.5cm
  • 12-24 months = 37cm
  • 2-5 years = 39.5cm

The next size needed is head length. This is taken from the front, centre of the forehead (around where you want the front of the bonnet to sit) and over the head to the crown (the flat part at the back of the head). The measurement must end in the centre of the crown. Again, centimetres are the most accurate for this.

  • newborn =13.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 14cm
  • 3-6 months = 14.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 17.5cm
  • 12-24 = 18cm
  • 2-5 years = 19cm

These are the average sizes but it doesn’t mean your child is exactly this size. If you feel that you can’t pick a size because your child doesn’t fit in with the set sizing them please contact me. I can make items to order which means I can customise them for you child.

Beanies

Beanies, aviators, ear flap hats etc have a different sizing method. This is basically anything that isn’t a bonnet!

For this style of hat we need the head circumference because this hat travels all the way around the head rather than from ear to ear. Measure at the widest point which is usually around a finger space above your childs eyebrows. Keep the tape snug and bring it all the way around the head and back to your starting position. This should encompass the bottom of the crown at the back of the head, which is the lumpy bit that sticks out.

  • newborn =33 – 35.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 35.5 – 38cm
  • 3-6 months = 38 – 40.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 40.5 – 46cm
  • 12-24 = 46 – 48cm
  • 2-5 years = 48 – 50.5cm

As for the bonnet, I would then need the head length. This is taken from the front, centre of the forehead (around where you want the front of the bonnet to sit) and over the head to the crown (the flat part at the back of the head). The measurement must end in the centre of the crown.

  • newborn =13.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 14cm
  • 3-6 months = 14.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 17.5cm
  • 12-24 = 18cm
  • 2-5 years = 19cm

So there you have it. The measurements needed to get your perfect baby hat. I really do hope this helps when trying to decide what size to get. I am in the process of adding these little graphics and info to all of my Etsy listings, just to make choosing a little easier.

Is there anything else you would like to know about sizing? Did I miss anything? Please let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, Kelly x

My top 5 Customer photos

My top 5 Customer photos

I absolutely love seeing customer photos. I really do. They fill me with so much satisfaction that there is a child out there, somewhere in the world, actually wearing something that was made, by me, in my front room while I watched Netflix or Now TV. It’s just so lovely and almost unbelievable. I know what I am making when I am making it, but, once it gets wrapped in tissue and placed in its little white box, it is out of my hands and almost forgotten about.  So, when a customer gets back to me with their joy over what they have received, and then shares an actual photo! My heart goes all a flutter.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, I want to share my top 5 customer photos from 2017. I must add that I have been given permission to share all the photos you see here. The RowRow and Kades watermark has been added to stop anyone else sharing without permission. Cos those naughtys are out and about, lurking in corners!

One of the first customer photos I received was this one from Vienna! It has a warm place in my heart because I hadn’t had many reviews left for me and then this popped up in my Etsy inbox. I was over joyed. Look at that beautiful face! All warm and snug in her Butterfly Bonnet.

This is Lily in her powder blue bow headband. The colour looks fantastic against her gorgeous auburn hair! And those eyelashes!! I love it and she looks so beautiful too.

This little girl in the sandpit fills me with joy! Her mum was the first customer to send me a photo of her Butterfly Bonnet and, when I had finished bursting with joy, I asked if I could use the photo. She said that of course I could and would send me more when she could. A few weeks later I received a set of gorgeous photos of her little girl in the sand pit. All aimed at the Butterfly Bonnet looking it’s best! I couldn’t believe it! They are beautiful and definitely in my top 5 favourites for life!

The autumnal feel of this photo just amazes me. I love it. This little girl wears my Butterfly Bonnet with pride on Instagram quite regularly! Her mum always tags me in the photos, which makes me so happy. This has to be one of my favourites from the bunch.

Finally, just how cute is he!!! This is a little boy from America in his Aviator hat. It was knitted in the newborn size and he is so tiny he has plenty of room to grow. Absolutely gorgeous and fills my heart to the brim.

I LOVE customer photos. I don’t just say it to sound good. Honestly, it really makes me happy to see them. If you have a RowRow and Kades item you would like to share with me, remember to use #rowrowandkades or just send me a message through the website or my Etsy shop. I will get back to you as soon as I finish my happy dance!

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Oakland Cardigan Late Launch

Oakland Cardigan Late Launch

I know, I know! I’m not the best blogger in the world right now. In fact, I’m probably one of the worst! I told you to come back and see my Oakland cardigan, only to not post about it. My only excuse is that I just got too swamped with other things and I’ve left my poor little blog by the way side. I am hoping to change that if I can… but, like I said, I’m not the best blogger.

Oakland Cardigan

Anyway…the Oakland cardigan. It’s one of those absolutely beautiful pieces of clothing that you would want to wear for a special occasion. It’s just that pretty.

Oakland Cardigan Close UP

With the leafy neckline, which, incidentally, is perfect for the Autumn months ahead, and it’s eyelet edges, Oakland is actually a unisex cardigan.

Oakland Cardigan Edging

Now, I can’t prove this, because I’ve knitted both samples in a girly colour… eye rolls all round at me! But I WILL prove it soon. Not only will I prove how stunning this looks on boys too, I’ll show you the winter version. With sleeves. Oh yes my friends! I’m going there!

Oakland Cardigan Back

This cardigan comes in three sizes; 6 months, 12 months and 24 months. It can be knitted up in a choice of snugly, soft merino blend yarn (see the listing here) or in a beautifully soft 100% cotton yarn (listing here). For the purposes of this post, the merino blend is the purple (Heather) cardigan, and the cotton yarn is the pink (Rose Petal) cardigan.

Oakland Cardigan

You can also already order this with long sleeves if you wanted to. I have the customise option available for all my designs. You just have to let me know.

Oakland Cardigan Sleeve Close Up

The Oakland Cardigan was launched in my Etsy shop on June 26th (Wow, so long ago!) and those VIP’s on my mailing list got to hear all about it first, plus they had a 10% discount code too! If you would like to be a VIP you can join us here. We’d welcome you with tea and cake! (and a 10% discount off your first order of anything in my Etsy shop).

And that long-sleeved version I talked about… I PROMISE, I’ll be back with it in a few weeks! Pinky promise!

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Coming soon to the RowRow and Kades Etsy shop.

Check back Monday 26th June!