As I may have mentioned before (like here) I absolutely love knitting for new babes. When I found out my cousin was pregnant I pulled out my lovely stash of Tanis Fiber Arts and started plotting a Bounce blanket (Emily had just finished designing it and I really didn’t need much of an excuse to cast on).
I didn’t get very far in my knitting before I was reminded that there are now several ladies in my family who knit, and perhaps they would want in on this knit fest! So I went back to the stash (it’s a big stash, I’ll tell you all about it some time), to find yarns for booties, a sweater, and a hat, all coordinating with my blanket.
While I waffle quite a bit on my own ‘favourite colour’ or ‘favourite palette’ from one day to the next, it is quite helpful when knitting for someone to know when they do have a favourite. For Gillian (the mama) that colour is teal. She has always loved it and always will. So I was confident, boy or girl, teal would fit well in the little bundle’s wardrobe.
And so, while I finished up the Bounce blanket, Holly worked a wee Umbilical Cord Hat from the Stitch and Bitch book, Emily knit the most adorable pair of Little Squirrel Socks, and my mum knit her ‘go to’ sweater, the Baltic Baby Sweater by Lisa Chemery. We wrapped up our package for wee Harrison (Gillian’s happy, healthy boy) and sent our love to Calgary.
Emily and I have always loved baby knits, in fact, it launched us into the world of knitwear design with our first book 9 Months of Knitting! We also created Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe, inspired by my youngest, Bodhi, and Emily’s first, Max.
So, what are your go-to baby knits? Do you prefer an accessory? An heirloom blanket? A sweater for a wee tyke?
September 24, 2016 @ 7:36 am
Love your patterns! Made Flax light a few months ago can’t wait to make more!!!
April 4, 2016 @ 4:05 pm
oh wow, that is going to be one lucky little baby, a bounty of beautiful knits!! that blanket is a showstopper, and I love that sweater pattern, I’ll have to check it out!
April 2, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
When I need a very quick baby sweater, I use In Threes. Love that little sweater. Haven’t figured out a little boy one as yet.
April 2, 2016 @ 6:23 am
I love to make a newborn sock yarn hat for a new baby. It’s so lightweight and simple and perfect for right away.
April 1, 2016 @ 7:37 pm
Love the blanket pattern! I knit for the maternity ward for the local hospital and the hats I do are very similar to your little hat. SO fast and easy!
April 1, 2016 @ 2:19 pm
Beautiful! I love, love the colors!
April 1, 2016 @ 9:55 am
Lucky baby – there’s lots of (beautiful!) knitted love to bless that baby with!
April 1, 2016 @ 3:38 am
My go-to for immediate family and my own still-cooking babies has been lace blankets: I’ve done a Honey Baby and a few triangle shawls turned into square blankets by knitting them in the round (with four panels instead of two). For everyone else it’s clothing: girly girly dresses for the girls (I only have boys of my own) and monster longies or sweaters for the boys. I love me a baby knit!
March 31, 2016 @ 3:56 pm
Love the colours you’ve chosen for that Bounce! Most babies get a sweater-one of my faves is Jennifer Hoel’s Garter Yoke Baby Cardi. It’s especially good for handpainted yarns. Only extra special babies (the ones who took their sweet time finding their way to their mama) get blankets.
March 31, 2016 @ 1:56 pm
For baby boys it’s your pattern Gramps! All the way. For little girls it’s a Sirdar Bolero. Both have been big hits each time I make them.
March 31, 2016 @ 10:19 am
I love this! I have a ‘stripe it yourself’ rainbow set of esopus from Jill Draper that I am using for a bounce blanket, I can’t wait!
March 31, 2016 @ 6:58 am
Man that blanket is awesome! I love the palette. There is nothing like a perfectly well rounded bundle of baby knits. Lucky Harrison!
March 31, 2016 @ 6:22 am
The blanket looks lovely.