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What to Knit/Crochet when you are expecting(32 Posts)
Hello, hope it's okay to start a thread here. We've been talking about knitting and crochet on our antenatal thread and we've probably scared some of the non-crafty types.
I've pinched the thread title from a book I recently purchased... but it's not limited to that book only as I also have tons of patterns bookmarked on Ravelry as well.
I already have a DD  that I knit for, she's slim so still knitting 1 year old patterns for her at the moment. I am due in April and we aren't going to find out if it's a boy or girl, so I'm knitting in lots of bright colours.
So, any ideas on some lovely patterns to share with us? links would be helpful and maybe a note if it's free/paid. Here are some of my go to patterns when someone say's I'm having a baby.
This Puerperium Cardigan is one of my favourite patterns to knit for little ones. The newborn size is free, but loved it so much I bought the pattern that covers larger sizes. DD loves her's still, though it's now a 3/4 sleeve.
And from the same designer newborn vertebrae which is also lovely to knit up. It's free in newborn size too.
[[http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aviatrix-baby-hat aviatrix hat] a free hat pattern that's quite cute and a quick knit, the pattern was easy to follow, though may not be suited to really new knitters, it has short row shaping and picking up stitches, which really isn't that hard. Looks very cute on a baby though.
what to knit when you are expecting picked this book up last week in the Works for £3.99, it's a fab little book with some lovely patterns to build new skills. I bought it in store, but you can buy online.
Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners picked this up years ago when friends were having babies. The hat pattern in here looks lovely in any yarn [inc stylecraft dk] and I've knitted dozens of them. I also found the socks very very easy as an introduction, they look lovely knitted in sirdar baby crofter and as they are on two needles they are easier to get your head around, you just sew up the underside.
I also love the crochet blanket patterns from attic 24 they are bright and fresh, I crochet them up in smaller sizes for buggies/cribs. DD has quite a few that I've made her now and she loves stroking them.
Looking forward to getting some fresh ideas.
That's the right link Kellestar.
My knitting go to for babies is a pair of Saartje's booties with some sort of strap but often not the one on the pattern. I knitted a pair of red sparkly mary-janes for my niece when she is born because I told my sister "every girl should have a pair of ruby slippers once in her life".
I'll look at those later, I am on my phone too. I've bought quite a few PDF patterns now, cheaper than A knitting magazine.
All tikki patterns (search on Rav.....)! I'm currently making Elizabeth, but have made a couple of Olearias, a Ziggy and an Annie. Haven't made a Milo yet though. I wish I could do links, but I'm on my phone. I do think pdf patterns in multiple sizes are good value, and they are spaced well and have the time to explain things properly rather than trying to squash it onto a couple of sides of A4. I bet your puerperium will be lovely KelleStar - sounds like a gorgeous colour.
Now knitting another puerperium cardigan in some of the new super soft peter pan DK in a self patterning green and blue colourway. It's so soft and snuggly I keep wanting to rub my face against it
I am back to working on the attic24 hexagons blanket though wish I'd made my hex's sit in more random positions, but I am too systematic to allow for randomness
it's nice to have more knitty friends and Mrs your almost local
pleiades if only I wasn't so round in the first place... I loose patience knitting for me. I love knitting for babies and toddlers as it's short projects and suits me as I am just so distracted all the time.
I finished knitting DD's poppy hat which is rather lovely but has come up quite small, she has a small circumference but ears are set low [sounds odd] so though it fits round, her ears are exposed. The pattern was an easy knit in an evening and would knit the next size up again for her.
Pleiades I should really carry on with the jumper I stopped when I found out I was pregnant, but its more motivating to knit things like mittens that I can wear as soon as finished!
tribpot and kellestar I've added you on Ravelry, hope you don't mind.
Should have said that the Milo vest is knitted in the round & has a small cable panel but would be a good 1st project for anyone who's never worked in the round before as it is quite straightforward I would say
The brioche jacket is probably not suited to absolute beginners as the brioche stitch, variations on cast on/cast off and magic loop (for sleeves) might be a bit much to get the hang of all at once. But for a more experienced knitter it would be a quick knit.
Don't forget to make something for yourself that you can look forward to getting into.
Bootees with ribbed cuffs are proving very useful for keeping feet in the right place right now
Magi I am tempted by maile cardi in bigger sizes for my toddler. I've bought a few other Kelly Brooker patterns... they are well written and do the various sizes for a reasonable price. I think most magazines cost £4.99 these days, so getting a pattern I want for less than that in a good range of sizes is good.
This is rather lovely t-shirt (sized for 6-9 months). Came across it today.
I have the What to Knit when you're expecting book too. I am doing a test knit on Rav for that designer right now too Have added you there, Kellestar.
I also gave in and bought the paid version of vertebrae a few weeks ago - it's lovely.
Moonlight was good, I love SF series like that, though i end up buying them as the tv is pants unless you have sky. Love things like firefly and Fringe. Prefer trueblood and vampire diaries in their original book formats, just never bonded with the tv versions
tribpot some lovely patterns there, I've added a few to my epic queue.
Popped to the library this morning and ended up spotting some king cole melody [in a grey/teal/red colourway] in the window of the Wool Shop and ended buying two balls to do the puerperium cardi, more than enough.
which pattern? there are so many
Yes, it's a lovely pattern, Mama, and there are a number of variations on the theme as well.
It got two thumbs up from the baby's parents - because it's a wrap jacket it's a lot easier to get on a small wriggly baby than a cardigan!
Love the baby kimono tribpot definitely going on my to do list!
Carina Spencer has some gorgeous things - you can see some examples on my Ravelry projects page - Theo jacket and Max jacket.
I love the Kanoko pants, would totally do those for myself if they came in big sizes Also the Super Simple Baby Tunic.
My latest project was the very lovely Nancy Baby Dress, not quite finished in the pics at the mo.
And of course nothing beats the Baby Surprise Jacket. It is a legend. You can see three different ones on my Ravelry page. I'll be doing one of these soon for my DH's cousin's first baby, trying to persuade my mother-in-law to do one too as a Knit-along!
Also in my faves but not yet done:
Garter Stitch Baby Kimono
What sort of things are you making? My daughter polices my craft/wool purchases these days though you can never have too much .
Usually I knit but because it takes longer do several crochet bits at the same time.i am halfway through a knitted Rowan cable pattern which is very complicated but that's been put aside for now im just too tired to concentrate at the moment. Tis gorgeous though.
I've also made some crochet Star Wars figures for my ds for Christmas and some flower brooches for my daughter.
The pattern looks lovely do you think it would be easy enough to make to a bigger size?
Also saw on your revelry profile that you like moonlight, just had to say yay! I loved that series but no one else seems to have heard of it.
Are you a crochet person more than a knitter? I have some crochet patterns for simple tops too. I did a few baby jackets from this pattern hexagon jacket
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