There are still a whole lot of little baby things I have not written about, and at this rate, I’ll not get to the end of them. So I’m going to swosh in and do several this time, by showing off some sets I’ve made up of many pieces. First, some kimonos and hats in newborn size:
I was not sure what to do about knitting for a newborn. They are a bit tricky sizewise. You don’t know if they’ll come out on the tiny side of size zero or already be chubby little cherubs that fill out a 3 month size at birth. Either way, they will grow so fast that the tiniest clothes will get little wear. However, in this climate, it is absolutely necessary to have some warm wool ready to wrap the little baby bundle in regardless of his or her size. So I decided to go for something simple and quick to knit that I won’t get too disappointed if it only gets two weeks of use. Also, i picked yarn that is easy care – because it could happen that it will need several rounds in the washing machine if the baby is tiny and I have no other woolen options in the right size. I made three of these baby kimonos, from a free pattern by Elizabeth Jarvis. The yarn I used is from Garnstudio, their DROPS Merino Extra Fine.
At that point I didn’t know for sure if I was knitting for a boy or girl, but I did fall into the trap of pink since the ultrasound tech was leaning that way. This also gave me a little dilemma when making hats to go with the kimonos. I started out doing the plain pink and green ones from the Little Heaume pattern by Solenn Couix-Loarer, but getting to the grey, I wanted to make something different. I used the Wee Leafy Baby Set hat pattern as basis. It’s a free download by Pamela Wynne. It has leaves on it and can be very unisex. The first hat came out a bit smaller than intended, so I made two and decided to decorate one of them girly and leave the other plain. Having made the leaves I found this free knit rose pattern by Eileen Vito. It is simple and easily modifiable for size. I think it is great, and after several failed crochet roses, I will definitely recommend this to any knitter looking for a wee rose detail.
The next set I put together is in the 3 month size. It is the gift wrap romper and gift wrap bonnet by Carina Spencer. My sister pointed out it looks very 70s, and I am sure that if a 3 month old were to go disco dancing, this would be an appropriate outfit. It was a quick and easy knit, although I did have to rip back a bit and do trickery to minimize the pooling. The finishing took a long, long time. There are a million buttons and it took me a day to get them on.
The yarn I used is an aran weight sock yarn called Järbo Raggi. It’s not super-soft, but definitely acceptable and machine washable. I still had a ton of yarn left over in both the variegated and the blue. (I still have quite a bit, so it will pop up in at least one more project someday.) I decided there are really only two more options, either something for the feet or something for the hands. Since it’s sock-yarn I decided to go with feet.
The pattern is Little Chausses, and came bundled with the Little Heaume hat pattern I knit for the kimonos above . The original pattern is garter stitch, but I modified it to stockinette to go with the style of the romper and hat and I think it turned out quite well. I think this pattern – in original garter – might easily turn into a favorite for easy baby gifts. (The price for the two patterns was 3 euros, so it is a very affordable set.)