I'm knitting a Tomten Jacket for my daughter. I pulled out her old one out last week and put it on her, only to discover that it's getting a bit short. I made this a couple of years ago and it seemed like she could wear it until she was five. Um, nope. I don't mind, though. I love this pattern, and I love garter stitch. I haven't gotten super far on it yet, but I've already had plenty of time to zone out and make plans for other garter stitch projects. I mean, there's Garter Stitch for Baby, and Projects for Baby, and a bunch of the hats in Warm Hats for Wee Noggins. So much garter stitch!
And I'm realizing that these are all baby patterns. I do love garter stitch for babies. There's just something about it. Maybe because it grows with its wearer. Maybe because I just love knit stitches so much. Garter stitch fabric lays flat and looks all cute and bumpy.
I love it so much I've made several hats for my daughter and my nephew that use garter stitch. Several of the hats in Warm Hats for Wee Noggins are just garter stitch knitted flat and then seamed up with some embellishments. Like this Valentine's Day hat! I love this one.
And the booties.
I just....ugh, I love garter stitch so much. If I had to pick a favorite pattern from these, I don't even know if I could. Which reminds me! Well, I'm reminded of two things. Firstly, if you have a Ravelry account (seriously, go get one. You can lose hours of your life looking through patterns! Doesn't that sound like so much fun!?) you need to join the group Fans of Leisure Arts Patterns. It's run by friend of the blog Debbie and it's a fun place where people share their project photos of Leisure Arts patterns they've made. I'm snoopy and love it so dang much.
And! Secondly, there's a thread in the group's discussion board right now for a giveaway! All you have to do is link to your favorite Leisure Arts pattern to be eligible for the chance to win a $10 coupon code for Leisure Arts. Get over there and check it out! Even if you don't win, you'll probably come away with a few more patterns to list in your queue. I love seeing what other people love, and I've had a nice time lurking. The thread will be closed on October 12, so hurry on over and talk about what you like because I've got a lot of garter stitch to work through, and I'm dying of nosiness.