Feb 17, 2011

Knitting For Baby: The Pattern List, Part One

Thanks to so many of you who have sent me heart-felt congrats on our little monster! Many of you asked to share my baby knitting as I finish up projects, and so I've had to admit that I haven't been doing any baby knitting yet. Not a single stitch!

At first I thought I wanted to wait until we knew if it's a boy or a girl, but the more I've thought about it, the more I think I was holding off until at least the first trimester was done, waiting for it to become a bit more real.

Baby blanket

Now that I'm officially starting to show a tiny bit {although sometimes I still think it's just a food baby I'm rocking} it's time to start planning some baby knits. We're pretty non-traditional in our house, so I have no problems knitting items out of greys, reds, browns, greens, and even turquoise for this babe before knowing if it's a boy or girl.

Because I'm a planner, I hit up my Ravelry favorites and past knits to start making a list of the items I'd love to knit for baby. Mind you, this is definitely an "in an ideal world" type of list here - I realize I will probably not make everything I'd like to, and that's okay. Right now I'm still starry-eyed at the thought of babe being wrapped in as much handmade goodness as possible!

First and foremost, the items I've knit in the past for other babes and know I want to make for my own:

Project Linus Blanket {it's the first blanket on the list}. I've already got the yarn for this one - a natural cream wool - and am excited to start working on it!

Kanoko Pants. My hope is to have three or four pair of these made out of acrylic yarn for easy washability, so he or she can have warm legs all winter long.

Sleep Sacks. Ah, the sleep sack. After talking to a friend, she recommended I knit these a bit longer so they can be used longer - I'd love to have seven of them so the monster can sleep in on every night of the week!

Cabled Baby Hats. Baby hats are the cutest, and these whip up super fast and easy - I'd love to have two or three to rotate between, but I'll probably hold off until we know the sex so I can gender at least one of these.

Five Hour Baby Sweater. This is one of the quickest baby knits I've come across, and I love to work in a button band to help keep it closed. I know I'll whip up several of these in a variety of colors to help keep the monster warm and cozy in the winter months!

Aviatrix Hat. {Ravelry link} I love that this hat has a strap to help keep it on baby's head, since every kid I know loves pulling their hats off more than they enjoy wearing them! The pattern sizes from newborns to four-year-olds, so I hope to knock out a few different sizes to keep the monster's head warm all winter long!

Next I'll share some of the patterns I've seen other new moms knit up for their babes that I'm excited to try out in the coming months, so stay tuned!

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