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Mini Me Made May

April 28, 2016

Every year, as the month of May approaches, I have a grand ambition to participate in #memademay, a challenge that inspires you to make, wear, and share your handmade wardrobe.  And every year I’ve found some excuse to put it off…

But this year, I’m going for it… at least in a small way!

a mini handmade wardrobe


I’ve been obsessively knitting and sewing little baby things… to add to the excessive number that I seem to already have!  I was overwhelmed by cuteness once I pulled them all out!

This year I have a new ‘memade’… and I’ve had 9 months to prepare her tiny baby wardrobe, taking so much pleasure from the creation and collection of adorable little items!


My first baby design was the Dogwood blanket, and I still think it’s so pretty! And my favourite baby sewing pattern is the free Tiny Harem pants pattern by The Alison Show, as you can see I’ve become a wee bit obsessed…I’ve made a few more than those pictured above…!

Since I will be in my first month post-partem, complete with under-eye bags, new grey hairs, extreme milk jugs and an undefined midsection (so glamorous), I’m not likely to feature heavily in front of the camera, so I’m diverting the attention to the little ones and coining the term #minimemademay for a month of baby knits and sewing projects!


The tiniest sweaters!  A tiny flax light (a great free pattern), the i heart rainbows pullover and two pattern hacks / prototypes!

Want to join in the fun?  I think #memademay is an excellent opportunity to assess your own handmade wardrobe, or if you want to focus on the little ones,  join us in #minimemademay!

Baby knits in your future?

Are you planning for a new baby?  Organizing a baby shower?  Hoping for a grandbaby? We’ve got a load of tiny hat patterns that make for very quick gifts!

Clayoquot Beanie

The free Clayoquot beanie pattern, from our book Road Trip, is a quick knit for DK weight leftovers, and an opportunity to practice (or swatch) colourwork!

Stovetop Hat by Tin Can Knits

The Stovetop hat is one of my fav hat patterns for babies and big people too.  It’s so stylish, unisex, and such a pleasure to knit!  I’ve made more than a few over the past couple years!

Stovetop Hat by Tin Can Knits

Max’s first photo in knitwear, 4 days old

Loch Beanie by Tin Can Knits

I think I need to knit a tiny Loch for the new little one! I don’t have enough tiny hats for her yet… clearly!

Or with a bit more advance planning, you could organize a group of knitting friends to all work a square or two of a vivid, pop, fly away, or dogwood blanket, then have a seaming party to create a collaborative heirloom for a very special baby!

Over the years we’ve designed a LOT of popular patterns for the baby knitters out there, and talked about hoping for a baby (and knitting in hope), the joys of a coordinated set of baby knits, and our top 10 tips for baby knitting!

Max & Bodhi's Wardrobe9 Months of Knitting

We also have 2 baby-centric books of knits.  Alexa’s first baby, Hunter, inspired our very first book, 9 Months of Knitting, and when Emily’s son Max arrived a month after Alexa’s daughter Bodhi, we couldn’t resist another: Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe.  While the knits are mainly sized from baby to big, the inspiration for these collections was our desire to knit fabulous modern wardrobes for our little ones!

Colourful knits from Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe

Bumble Beanie by Tin Can KnitsLittle Squirrel Socks by Tin Can KnitsRocky Joggers by Tin Can Knits

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracey permalink
    May 5, 2016 10:53 am

    I LOVE the coral colored sweater. Would love to see more of that one.

  2. knittedblissjc permalink
    May 1, 2016 3:29 pm

    those harem pants!! so sweet. And I agree, a new baby is always a good reason to knit!

  3. Nikki - Yet Another Crafter permalink
    May 1, 2016 2:45 pm

    I have my first child on the way and I love those harem pants, they’re gorgeous! I do also intend to grab some of your small person knits, quite a few of them are on my Ravelry Baby list!

  4. Rachel permalink
    April 30, 2016 9:48 am

    So sweet and quickly gratifying to knit for tiny people.

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