Lately, it seems like the majority of my knitting has been on projects that have to be kept under wraps. Which does tend to make talking about them a little difficult?
I couldn’t resist sharing a sneaky photo on Instagram the other week, but since then I’ve shown total restraint when it comes to flashing these lovely little baby knits.
One of my good friends recently gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy and despite knowing a baby was coming, I’d decided to hold off knitting gifts until I knew which flavour it would be. I wouldn’t usually wait, but my yarn museum currently contains a small exhibit of Wendy Merino Baby yarn in several beautiful shades, including this soft turquoise and a soft cerise. I’d already earmarked it for little people knits because it’s such a beautiful yarn to work with, but whilst you can put turquoise on a girl, I wasn’t so sure my friend would feel the same about pink if it was a boy.
The shade is actually a little lighter than in the photos, but try as I might, the camera is having none of it.
Must be the sun? Yes you did read that correctly. We have sun!!!
Isn’t it glorious?
Although, hands up, I’m definitely one of those in the middle people. Not too hot and not too cold and as beautiful as this sky is, I can’t help but think of the impending pollen explosion that will follow as things start to grow and bloom.
Back to the knitting….
A little layette always goes down well and I knew I wanted to make a pair of booties, a little hat and a cardigan, but when faced with the thousands of patterns available on Ravelry, I found it difficult to choose.
Undeterred, I looked at the designs that were most popular and selected patterns based on the projects listed.
First up were the Baby Hug Boots by Marianna Mel, this pattern or something very similar exists in so many different guises. I’ve definitely knitted booties exactly the same before and I know how well they work. Marinna’s pattern is free to download and includes several different sizes including preemie, so it’s a great one to have in your Ravelry Library.
The Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan by Julie Taylor is another popular little make and again there are several different versions of it available. There’s nothing like a little top knot for extra cuteness is there?
Last but not least I knitted a little Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk. This paid for pattern is ingenious because it’s a frontless cardy and keeps baby’s back and arms warm, perfect for snuggles at feeding time. On first glance, it might seem a little pricey, but the design includes sizes from newborn to two years and has directions for three weights of yarn, 4ply/fingering, dk and worsted.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t photo so well without a baby wearing it, but as the project pages demonstrate it’s a great little design. The generous designer has made the first size in dk weight available free to download, see the Baby Vertebrae and if that wasn’t enough there’s also a Kiddy Vertebrae and Mama Vertebrae (both paid for patterns).
Packaged up in a Crochet Gift Box, ready for gifting. (which is why I made this size one for Olann and)
What are your favourite baby knits? My all-time favourite is probably the Beyond Puerperium, another pattern by Kelly van Niekerk, but I was nigh on sure that the baby would be receiving at least one from our other knitting friends. Although I’m not sure a baby could ever have too many classic cardy’s?
As I look out of my window, I realise it’s just too lovely to sit in my office and type. I’m going to pop out for another little dog walk to soak up the sun while it’s here and then I’m heading off to meet the other members of the Handweavers Guild of Cork in Kilkenny for a little overnight excursion.
Ireland in the sun is just glorious.
I hope the sun is shining down on you and all is good with the world?