Easy baby knit sleeveless cashmere silk powder pink top

**Post updated on 19th  of September 2015**

 

For my friend AG baby girl’s birth, I wanted to knit a pretty but easy top.

I bought from France some really nice yarn which is 50% cashmere and 50% silk.
It is perfect for babies as it is very very soft, but also 100% natural.
The brand is Phildar. You can find the yarn I have used here.

Cashmere silk powder pink color yarn phildar

The color, powder pink, is sooo beautiful + the silk is adding some shimmery tones to it!

I know, Phildar is french so where can you find similar yarn in Hong Kong?
There are several good addresses for yarns in Hong Kong that I found through internet and blogs. Sometimes you find information that can date back ages and shops are unfortunately closed. So I can testify that I have recently been to the shops below so as of 2015, they should still be open!

 

Double Knit Yarn

1/F 179 Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok
A large choice of wool, Japanese books, accessories and needles. Yarn comes from England, France, Spain, Italy, Japan…
Friendly staff.

 

Paris Cotton Singlets

1/F 15 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay
Mainly Japanese and English yarns, a lot of pattern booklets. No self-service.

These shops have large selections but they sell mostly wool.
And the problem is that in Hong Kong, it is definitely too hot to knit wool for babies! Unless like my friend AG, you go to Brittany for your holidays – the French saying is that Brittany is a very cold part of France 😉 !

This is the reason why I would also recommend two other shops:

 

KPC

Yarn Studio (Knit Purl Crochet) **updated 19 Sep. 2015**
1/F Novel Industrial Building, 850-870 Lai Chi Kok Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon
Take exit D2 at Lai Chi Kok MTR station. It is open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
This place is very nice, they provide space for craft lovers to gather. They also organize some workshops.
They have a great choice of yarn in many beautiful colors and 4 material/blends:
– 100% merino wool
– 100% cashmere
– 100% organic cotton
– 70% merino wool, 30% cotton
Their price is rather on the high side though. They are mentioned on their website, you can even order online.

I bought some chunky cotton over there and the quality is very good. I am excited about my next project with these… most probably some crochet involved ;-)!

They also sell some wool felting kits to make small animals and store wool in many colors.

 

abc knits

Shop 5K-175, 5th floor, Apple Mall, Dragon Center, 37 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po
This small shop in Sham Shui Po’s Dragon Center: they also sell cotton and bamboo yarn! They have some nice cashmere and special yarns as well.

bamboo cotton yarn hong kong summer

You could definitely try this baby sleeveless top with some bamboo yarn.

I have followed this easy and free pattern that you can download here.
Unfortunately for the non French-speaker, instructions are in French…
I have followed the pattern for a 6 months size. Here is the result:

Instead of putting buttons, I have done some crochet buttons using the off-white color from the same cashmere and silk yarn model.

You can follow this very clear tutorial from a creative being to make the crochet buttons. In my case, I have just stopped after step 3 of the magic ring. But you can of course follow the complete tutorial to get these cute colorful buttons. What is great about these buttons is that they can match perfectly the colors of your project!

simple easy crochet buttons

I hope you found this post helpful.
Please take some time to share below in the comments section if you know good yarn shops in Hong Kong too, or if you know any shop selling Phildar yarn in Hong Kong!

You can also find an extensive list of yarn shops on Ravelry Hong Kong knitters’ group.

  • Anne-Gaelle

    Thanks Estelle for the good tips! I have just been to Sham Shui Po and Lai Chi Kok yarn shops. Great places with lots of materials and colors.
    I wonder how you found these shops as they are not easy to see from the outside =)
    I have bought a few meters of yarn and some sticks. Now I just need to start learning ! 😉
    Anne-Gaelle

  • Frankie Wong

    Can’t wait to find these places as I’m going to HK (from Canada) for holidays in November this year. I am hoping to stock up on some nice yarn as cashmere is very expensive here. also some knitting and crocheting supplies like needles and hooks. I will mainly be knitting for kids/babies and a very picky sister with sensitive skin so looking forward to finding some nice soft yarn that’s not just acrylic.

    • Hi Frankie, for the soft yarn, KPC is a nice spot. It is not cheap however the selection of colour is amazing. I hope you will find all the supplies you need 😉 November is a great season to visit our beautiful city (not too hot and quite dry).