December 30, 2009

Seamless Kimono Sweater

I am happy to announce a new addition to my custom order items - the Seamless Kimono Sweater by designer Jacki Kelly. This gorgeous little sweater can be knitted in either short or long sleeves, and is ideal for boys or girls. It's lovely design is both stylish and practical as it is easy to pop over baby's head, yet retains it's shape. It can be knitted with or without the eyelet row and if the eyelet row is included it can have either a knitted i-cord (as pictured) or a ribbon. I can add embellishments such as wee flowers, or kept plain and simple.

This one has been knitted using WOOLganics organic merino yarn, which is luxuriously soft, but can be knitted in any 8 ply yarn of your choosing. Sizes for this adorable sweater range from nb - 3 months to 6 years.  Please contact Ali for further information.

December 25, 2009

Juliette - A-Line Skirty or Skirted Soaker

This wee gem (designed by Tia Novick) is the A-line version of the Juliette (the ruffled version also features here at Coco Kids). It can be knitted either with or without a soaker underneath.

The one pictured is a medium which I knitted for my 5 month old niece. I hope this grows with her though and that it'll be cute for next winter still with some little leggings underneath. I puposely knitted this without the soaker so it can be worn with tights or leggings.

This one features 2 rows of eyelet detailing, as well as a picot edging and 2 separate rows of the pink to tie in the colour of the top waist band. All of these can be tailored to your taste, the picot edging can also be swapped for a little ruffle rather than the full pleats of the ruffled Juliette

I also knit a matching Confection Shrug to go with this

Sizes - newborn, small, medium, large and xtra large. Prices start at $20

Julia has permission to knit these for sale so please email her at or visit her blog to either order one or for more information.

November 12, 2009

Hand knits available for sale

Kate has some hand knit items available for avaiulable for purchase.

~~ Milo Vest ~~ by Kate
Size: 3 months

In 100% wool from The Wool Company in Gelato colourway.
Features giant cable pattern.
$20 plus postage
Email Kate at if you would like it.

~~ Looking Glass Longies ~~ by Kate 

Size Medium (fits my 15 month old) 

In 100% wool Tekapo “Storm” colourway with The Wool Company Navy in contrast bands.
$45 plus postage
Click on this link to see more photo’s of the longies being modelled by Kate's daughter Makayla.
Email Kate at if you would like them.

~~ Vanilla Soaker ~~

Size medium
Price - $26 plus postage

In 100% wool from The Wool Company in colourways Donkey and Ballet.

Designed to go over cloth nappies as a water proof layer. Soaker will need to be lanolised to be effective as a water proof layer. To lanolise the soaker simply dissolve a tsp of lanolin in hot water and add to luke warm tub of water and soak item for a wee while.

Shown here on my 16 month old - at the very limit for use with this size!
Worn over an Itti Bitti cloth nappy which is very trim. 

Please contact Kate for this item at or any of us if you would like one made for your child.

November 1, 2009

Welcome To Coco Kids!

Welcome to our new venture together! We look forward to meeting your custom handknitting needs!

We have known each other for what feels like much longer than about a year and a half, and decided to join together in a custom handknit business when we noticed we were each asking the same questions about gaining cottage licenses. We could've easily become 'competition' to each other, but working together we are able to offer a wide and varied range of items, as well as having support and sounding boards to help us get started.
Introducing Coco Kids - Ali, Julia and Kate

Now we've done all the hard work in getting started and launched - now comes the fun part! The knitting! We're all knitting and yarn addicts, part of the reason why we all get on so well.

So, browse the blog, see what takes your fancy and feel free to visit our individual blogs to get a better idea of who we are and what we can do for you!

October 29, 2009

Cupcake Hats

Cupcake Anyone?

This cute wee hat designed by Wendi Dunlap comes in three sizes - baby, toddler and child.

I've made a couple of these for my new neices to make up a set with little rainbow dresses. I actually had to try one of them on my model to check the size and fit and it looked pretty spot on to me!

I like adding a little embellishment or flower, but they could just as easily be made in boyish or gender neutral colours as a little beanie.

Email Julia or visit her blog for more information or to order.

October 28, 2009

Easy Baby Cardigan

This is a beautiful little hooded cardigan, designed by Diane Soucy, which can be knitted in any colour or yarn to complement every little person's wardrobe. Knitted in wool for winter or cotton for summer, this will be a warm and snuggly jacket suitable for any occasion. It is fully customisable, with either buttons or ties for closure and embellishments can be added as requested. It can also be knitted with or without the hood.

Contact Ali, or visit Ali's blog for further details about this versatile cardigan.

October 27, 2009

The March Sisters and Pinny for a Dolly

This is a wonderful series of patterns that we are able to custom knit for you, again designed and developed by Kelly Brooker

The March Sisters
A Series of Pinafores for Little Women aged 0-5yrs

The March Sisters is a series of Pinafores inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, which tells the tale of the four March Sisters transformations from girls to beautiful women.

The four patterns are similar (like sisters), however each pinafore exhibits subtle differences from one another.

Also available is ‘Pinny for a Dolly’. Little women love to wear pinafores, and adore it when their dolly wears something to match!

The 3 Pinny for a Dolly designs knit below are similar versions of the March Sisters

The designs are:
Beth is a pinafore for the quiet girl in your family; the ‘close to mama’, non-demanding daughter whom is content with plain, but cherishes a wee hint of lace and pretty.

Jo is a pinafore for the tomboy; a simple, non-girly pinafore perfect for throwing over a long tee and pair of jeans, ready to jump around in the muck!

A pinafore exhibiting a clean silhouette accented with simple cable detailing.

This gives the pinafore a timeless, classic feel – perfect for the little miss who desperately wants to be
'grown up'

A pinafore for the girly girl in your life; the girl that loves to spin, twirl, and feel pretty. 
The little girl version has 3 layers of frills (the dolly version just has the simpler one layer)

Please contact any of the Coco Kids team if you'd like to order a March Sisters Dress in 'Little Women' sizing (newborn-5 years) or a Pinny for a Dolly.

Prices are still to be confirmed as each dress uses a different amount of yarn (Amy versus Jo for example) as well as it being dependent upon the yarn used and size knitted.

Pinny's for a Dolly start at $20.

October 23, 2009

Confection Shrugs

I can only guess that it was named as such because of it’s sweetness.

This Confection Shrug, designed by Tonya Wagner is the perfect item for popping on when another layer is needed. With no buttons or zippers, dressing your baby is a breeze. I didn’t believe it myself, but it stays on really well.

This item has gorgeous eyelet holes around the three quarter length sleeves (though I can adapt the pattern to omit this detailing as well as altering the length of the sleeves to suit)

Julia has permission to knit these for sale so please contact her or visit her blog for more information or if you'd like to order one.

Available in sizes newborn to 24 months, prices start at $25.

October 14, 2009

Lilly Hat

This is a cute little hat, designed by Larissa Brown, that is suitable for winter or summer depending on the yarn used. Larissa Brown has written a book, Knitalong, that celebrates the tradition of people coming together to knit in social groups.

The Lilly Hat is available as a one size pattern that fits from 0 - 6 months, but would probably fit most babies up to a year old. If you would like one of these knitted for you, please contact Ali for details.

October 11, 2009

Juliette - Skirty or Skirted Soaker

This wee gem is knit by combining two patterns, the Juliette designed by Tia Novick and Vanilla designed by Kelly Brooker. It can be knitted either with or without a soaker underneath and either in this full and pleated version, or in a straight A-line version.

The one pictured is a medium which fits both my 10 month, 10 kilo babe with chucky thighs (with a nappy) and my 12 kilo, 2 1/2 year old without a nappy (though in saying that she would wear a nappy the same size as my 10 month old it would probably fit fine with that as well)

This one is knitted as a skirty soaker, it completely covers the bottom and nappy or underwear. I think for my 2 1/2 year old for spring I'll knit her a skirty without the soaker part - I am able to knit either option for you.

This is knitted in variegated The Wool Company yarn - they have a good range of both solid and matching variegated colour yarns that I am happy to knit with if you'd like.

Sizes - newborn, small, medium, large and xtra large.

Julia has permission to knit these for sale so please email her at or visit her blog to either order one or for more information

October 9, 2009

All Year Round Vest

I love the idea of this item being able to be worn all year round, over a long sleeved top to add a warmer layer, as a singlet in the summer on it's own, or under tops and onesies as a singlet to keep children warm.

This is the 3-6 month size from the pattern knit in a tencel blend yarn (10ply) by Patons, with a lace edge.

It's evolved to this, 8ply, basic garter stitch (more unisex) hemline, and thicker straps (it could be done with a seed stitch hem if you'd prefer that too). This is knit with Bella Baby Layette, 80% bamboo and 20% wool. It feels lovely and silky!

And while the neck perhaps looks narrow, there's no worry getting these babies over heads. I had to try the one that might fit my *wee* man on him. I'll share a pic but bear in mind he wears size 1 tops and the top I knit was not that size.

And below, what the lace looks like close up

Julia is able to knit these for sale so please email her if you'd like to order one or more information.

Prices are:
0-3m approx 40cm chest - $22
3-9m approx 44cm chest - $24
9-12m approx 48cm chest - $27
12-24m approx 52cm chest - $30
24-48m approx 56cm chest - $34
4-5y approx 60cm chest - $39

October 7, 2009

Looking Glass Longies

Looking Glass Longies are knit with no seams nor grafting, while still featuring a roomy crotch gusset and ribbed panels on the side to ensure a good fit. These are fabulous for those cold days when children need more woollen layers, or just for wearing anywhere! These are also great to use as snuggly pyjama pants and the extra rows in the back allow room for cloth bottomed children overnight.

No two pairs of longies are the same - we are able to knit them with a wide range of cuffs or even lengths if you'd like.

Julia, Kate and Ali are all licensed to knit some LGL for you.

Prices - Nb & Small $35, sizes M & L - $45 and size XL - $50

Note, in the picture, the variegated red and brown coloured longies are knitted using the Looking Glass Longies pattern
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October 2, 2009

Daisy Clutch - A Wee Felted Bag

Doesn't every child need a little bag to keep their treasured belongings in?

The idea for this came about when my daughter was looking for something to put her picked daisies in, but it can also be used for kids sunglasses, wallets, leaves, shells - whatever! Perhaps not a bag full of stones, but a couple - of course.  It might also be handy for your own car keys, pens, nuts and bolts and bits that end up living on the bench.

They have a flat bottom, perfect for popping down and staying upright.  They are a modified version of one of Amanda's bags.

Julia has permission to knit these cute wee Daisy Clutches for sale, please contact her at  or visit her blog if you'd like to make an order or enquiry. They can be made to match other items too if you wish.

From $20 per bag
Embellishing is also offered at a small additional charge 

October 1, 2009

March Sisters Series - "Amy" Pinafore

The March Sisters series of dresses are designed by a online friend of ours Kelly Brooker and are based on the sisters from "Little Women" a classic story by Lousia M. Alcott. The dresses are in test phase but here is a sneak peak of the Amy pinafore modelled on Kate's daughter Ariana who is 4 years old soon. The sizes for these dresses range from NB - 5 years.
Contact: Ali, Kate and Julia to enquire about this item.
Price: TBC

September 27, 2009

Vanilla Soaker

The fabulous Vanilla Soaker, by designer Kelly Brooker, is available in sizes Newborn, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Soakers are used to go over a cloth nappy to add a water proof layer (has to be lanolised to be effective) and provide some warmth and breathability. They look cute too!

Julia, Kate and Ali are all licensed to knit this very cute and well fitting soaker for you.

September 9, 2009

Rainbow Dress

The Rainbow Dress designed by tiKKi is a cute wee addition to any little girl's wardrobe. It provides warmth while being easy to pop on your wee one with no front or back. The Rainbow Dress works well over a long sleeve top or skivvy and teamed with pants for the winter months and can be worn on it's own in summer months.

The new version of the pattern now includes lovely features and options for individualising your own Rainbow dress. A ribbon can be added at the bottom of the bodice to add a real girly touch, a picot edge for the shoulder straps adds a cute wee detail plus there are various hems for the rainbow dress available from the plain understated garter stitch edge to ruffles to lace and picot hem - the choice is yours! :)

The Rainbow Dress is available from New born - 2 years.

NB, 3m & 6m $25* + postage
9m & 12m $33* + postage
18m & 2yr $39* + postage
3yr & 4yr $45* + postage
* Please contact Kate for price as yarn used and size required effect price.

Please contact me if you would like to order a custom order of a Rainbow Dress.
Email me at:

Milo Mania

Available for sale
3 month old size Milo in Gelato from The Wool Company

4 year old Milo in hand dyed yarn

The Milo vest designed by tiKKi is a deviation from the classic vest; boxy, funky and relaxed. It is a slim fit and looks great on boys and girls alike. The cable detail is a cute feature.

There are five different cable patterns that can be knitted to suit your taste. The cable patterns are: giant cable (see green photo), owl cable, horseshoe pattern (see pink one above), XOXOX cable pattern (see above) & aran braid pattern. I find with variagted wool that the simple large cable looks wonderful.

Sizes & measurements: Actual chest meausrements each size is based on.

Newborn: 15 inch/38cm
3 month: 16 inch/40.5cm
6 month: 17 inch/43cm
9 month: 18 inch/46cm
12 months: 19 inch/48.5cm
18 months: 20inch/51cm
2 years: 20inch/53.5cm
3 years: 22 inch/56cm
4 years: 23 inch/58.5cm

To order please contact: