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For a Growing Family

February 28, 2013

The crafting is continuing, I am switching gears to show off the first in a line of hand knits for some friends of ours. They are expecting their first this summer and I have found myself tickled over the idea of a wee babe wrapped in knitting. This marks the first set of friends from our little college group to have a little one and I may be setting myself up for future failure in producing so much for this one. I can’t help it though, the tiny garments seem to spring forth from the needles at such a brisk pace, it can be a little addicting (darn near instant gratification.) First up is a wee little hat:

KP Felici-Sunny Day

KP Felici-Sunny Day

This hat is so charming and soft, and the colors are pretty gender neutral in my opinion, but also not straight up pastel. It knit up fast enough that I won’t feel too bad when it inevitably gets lost, thrown up on, or whatever other perils hand knits for the tiny humans may face. I’m still on the hunt for a sweater, but am thinking of going up a few sizes for a couple of reasons. 1) the wee one will be born sometime this summer and 2) the parents to be might be over run with newborn items and I would like it if they had some fun specially made items as the wee one grows. Thoughts? I’m shooting in the dark when it comes to knitting for babies. Those of you who are parents, or have knit for the tiny humans any tips or advice?  Thanks in advance.

  1. Awww! Such a cute hat! I love the patterns for babies in the 60 Quick Knits For Babies series by cascade yarns.

  2. Craftie Allie permalink

    I think it’s a great idea to knit a slightly bigger size =]

  3. shellssells permalink

    Knitting for babies. I didn’t do it for my own, but I do it for others. First of all, I had a summer baby, end of July, and she was ALWAYS COLD. Newborns do not regulate heat very well so a tiny newborn cardi would not be out of the question. However, I prefer knitting for sizes 1 or 2 yrs old because then they really do get more than 3 months of use out of them.

  4. Amanda Gerodias permalink

    Pretty! Of course the first thing Andy is probably going to say to me when he sees this is, “You hate the color yellow,” which by the way, is totally untrue!!! Just because I know yellow does not look good on my own complexion. and so therefore have virtually no clothes that are yellow, does not mean I don’t love the color (I am pretty sure Andy knows by now that I do actually like the color yellow, but he still teases me with this anytime the color yellow comes into conversation in some way, lol). And you are right, it is a great gender neutral color for babies, although by this time next week we might know the gender, so if you do make a sweater you would be able to customize that accordingly if you wanted. Thank you for the super cute hat, although I am sure I will thank you again when we get it later 🙂

  5. Angela Hickman permalink

    I love knitting for babies! It is so quick, and so cute, and there are a million patterns. I really enjoyed knitting the Puerperium cardigan, and can also recommend the Garter Yoke Baby Cardi as a satisfying and adorable baby sweater. Both are easily sized up/down by changing yarn weight and needle sizes, and I think the Puerperium cardigan is available in a range of sizes now.

    I would recommend choosing cardigans, though, since it’s pretty hard to wrestle a baby into a pullover. Also, of course, superwash, since goodness knows if it isn’t easy to wash, it won’t get worn.

    Other than that, enjoy the gratification of baby knitting! It is so, so satisfying.

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