Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bring On the Baby Knits!

With one week (one week?!?) until my due date, I figure it's time to start thinking about the "important stuff".  That's right: what is baby number three going to wear home from the hospital?






  

Both had special hand knits waiting for them, I think it only fitting that our third child should expect the same.

About a year ago, I purchased some amazing Merino/Alpaca Swan's Island Yarn.  It's been sitting and tempting me,  but I wanted to save it for just the perfect project- and I think this may just be it.


I've never knit a baby blanket for a baby.  That's right: never.  Working on this has made me realize I should always have a baby blanket on the needles.  It's great to have a project to pick up and knit a few rows here or there without having to think too much about it or dig through my knitting bag to get a pattern out.  

I recently came across and fell in love with this book and plan on knitting the bonnet that's on the cover.


Now comes the challenge.  I have more of the Swan's Island Yarn and would love to do a matching cardigan/hat/booties set for coming home from the hospital, but I'm feeling a bit uninspired.  The yarn is worsted weight, and usually I prefer the lighter weights for newborns- but this yarn is too soft and magnificent to not use.

So, does anybody know of any great worsted weight baby layette sets?  Or maybe just a pattern that you've adapted  for worsted weight yarn (maybe it was originally done in fingering /dk/sport weight?).


Links, pictures, anything- put them in the comments.  I'd love to see any suggestions!

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9 comments:

  1. Beyond Puerperium is a great gender-neutral choice for a sweater. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beyond-puerperium

    I always love the Aviatrix hat, but that may be a bit warm for a May baby :-). http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aviatrix-hat

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  2. What is the blanket pattern?

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  3. I agree with Regency about Puerperium. As for booties, I like these. But you'll start at the cuff so use a super stretchy cast on or they won't fit as long as the feet would. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-booties-knit-2

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  4. You might consider one of my friend Julie's cute patterns : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jules-3 or http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/oscar-9. They could fit the bill with only minor adjustments, what do you think ?

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  5. I'm currently working on "Chaussons Mignons" and "My Sweetest Friend" (booties and bonnet) both garter stitch and free on Ravelry. They're also both quite easy to finagle for a lot of different yarns. I think one is written for worsted and one for DK, but I'm knitting in fingering weight without issues. I think they both really let a special yarn do the talking without too much fuss.

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  6. have you seen this: http://www.churchmouseyarns.com/collections/whats-new/products/classic-baby-cardigan-project#.U34YifldW7w

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  7. I knit this cardigan, hat and matching booties for my little one when she was born. I LOVE this pattern!

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bitty-cabled-hat
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bitty-cabled-cardigan
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-cable-booties

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  8. Could you identify the gorgeous baby blanketattern that you are using? Congratulations on the impending birth.

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  9. I'd love to know what pattern you're using for the baby blanket! It's beautiful. I just had my second baby on Memorial Day and I'd love to make this for her!

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