Until recently, I had no idea that knitting for a baby would be such a joyous experience. Everything is so cute and wee…oh my.
I just finished knitting several garter stitch baby cardigans. Two of them have detaching front panels that you can change out and wash without having to change the entire sweater (I got this idea from the Presto Chango pattern) and the other is just a basic cardigan. The smallest one is a 0-3 months size and the other two are 3-6 months, based off the baby sizing measurements of the Craft Yarn Council Standards. They are all very basic, bottom-up, seamless, dolman sleeved cardigans.
Another great aspect of baby knitting is the opportunity for stashbusting. I’ve had several skeins of Knit Picks Comfy (which is a very soft cotton blend yarn) in my stash for years… Unfortunately, when knitting for myself, I prefer wool. But soft cotton seems like it would be absolutely perfect for baby! The yellow colorway is Crème Brulee and the orange is Sweet Potato (though, I think that color has been discontinued, but the colorway Carrot looks pretty similar). I kept knitting with the Comfy until there was none left – – on the sweater below, I had to finish up the back with a different yarn, but I don’t think baby will mind.
Obviously, I went a little bananas with the stripes, but hey, I love stripes.
Actually, the other day ago, Josh and I went to one of the local baby consignment stores (mainly to satisfy our curiosity, not that we were planning on buying anything) and I ended up buying baby’s first onesie, which has some very stylish stripes. Clearly, our baby is going to be very stylish and well-coordinated!
I also recently finished knitting a maternity-capable skirt for myself, which I hope to photograph and show you soon, but I’m wondering what my next project will be. I think maybe I should cool it on the baby knitting but it’s so satisfying and addictive. I recently scored a couple of beautiful skeins of the Knit Picks Hawthorne (which is a handpainted superwash wool blend) and I feel an overwhelming desire to knit baby a colorwork cardigan. Even though it’s in Norwegian, the Bergen Baby pattern is really calling to me!
Tomorrow morning is our 16 week appointment and I am looking forward to finding out if everything is going as it should. My instinct is that it is, but there is always a small part of me that worries about stuff I cannot control.