Knitting for a new baby is so special and exciting.The initial gasps of surprise and congratulations on hearing the words, I’m pregnant, soon turn to questions. Wow! When is your baby due; are you hoping for a girl or a boy or twins. Talk of cots, prams and nappies fill the room, along with ideas for clothes and toys.
Anyone who has ever wrapped wool around two needles, knitting a pot holder would love to make the new mother something. Booties, hats, coats or shawl, baby knitting has a magic all of its own. The feel of the soft yarn, the anticipation of tiny fingers and toes in mittens or booties you have created with love is wonderful. A new life so precious you just want to bundle it up in a knitted shawl and cuddle it safely in your arms. Smiling down on this new life, safe in the item you lovingly created.
Selecting the knitting patterns to make the first pair of booties or being ambitious with a shawl project fills you with love and hope for the future. Whether you are knitting for a baby boy, baby girl, or twins it does not matter. New parents delight in tiny knitted garments for their new arrival.
The extra soft yarn in traditional white, blue, pink or neutral pastel shades can soon be turned into delightful little garments, just right for the new arrival. A layette of matching coat, bonnet, booties and mittens make a welcome gift as would a knitted shawl for cot or pram.
Visit any craft store or fair and the selection of yarn is fantastic, with multiple tones, subtle pastel shades and bright vibrant colors like red, orange and purple. Choose patterns from classic styles to modern and novelty garments. Anyone with a little skill with knitting pins could make beautiful baby clothes in a couple of clicks. Trim your garment with novelty buttons, ribbon or embroidered patch, turning a plain and simple garment into something special.
A search on the internet for inspiration and tips for knitting for a new baby, and cute little cardigans can be found, hats and booties to and for the more experienced there are several sites with patterns for knitted toys.
Remember to check out the sizes for the item you want to make. A thick cable pattern jumper for a six month old is not a good idea for a baby in July when the temperature rises. Nor is a thin cotton vest in the winter months when temperatures drop. A little coat for a three month old should fit a newborn for six to eight weeks. The next size the same. Babies are unique and a perfect fit is difficult to judge, just think of the time of year baby is due to be born and knit accordingly.
It is also worth noting that lacy patterns look cute but little fingers and toes can get caught making dressing and nappy changing difficult.
If an item is to go over babies head, make sure it stretches and has an opening down center, back or on the shoulder for easy stress free dressing. When finishing your garment check buttons and fastenings are sewn on securely.
A word too about knitting for a new baby, your garment will spend a lot of time in the wash. Consider enclosing the ball band with your items, helping a busy new parents care for your hard work. Have fun with your creations and enjoy knitting for that special little someone.