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Knitting for baby

(39 Posts)
Beckyanddel Wed 05-Mar-14 20:31:31

Hi everyone
I Have recently knitted a blanket for my sister in law who is expecting any day soon and it has got me thinking about whether mums still knit for their newborn babies...
Just wondering if anyone here is knitting anything for their baby or wants to? If not, what is stopping you?
Really appreciate your views :-)

nc060 Wed 05-Mar-14 20:36:17

im not knitting for my baby purely because so many people already are! !

evertonmint Wed 05-Mar-14 20:37:02

I do! Currently knitting a cardigan for DC3 due in a few months. Have also knitted toys for my older 2 and will do for this one as well. He might get fewer cardigans and hats simply because I have a good selection now, but he deserves something new of his own smile

An old lady once commented on my DD's cardigan, knitted by one of her nanas, and said "It is so wonderful to see a baby in hand-knits. It means somebody loves them so much" Of course it doesn't mean they aren't loved if they have no hand knits, but it is true: they are a labour of love on the part of the knitter. grin

callamia Wed 05-Mar-14 20:40:31

I did. Two pairs of boots and a hat.
I gave the smaller pair of boots to a woman in nicu because my baby was unexpectedly large, and hers was unexpectedly small.

Miriama Wed 05-Mar-14 20:49:07

My mother in law is a fearsome knitter and had started knitting months ago on the off chance! I intend to learn crochet and try my hand and at a crochet blanket, but not sure how I will get on with that!

FirsttimerG Wed 05-Mar-14 21:02:13

I am still knitting myself a jumper, but I am sure I will!

Writerwannabe83 Wed 05-Mar-14 21:04:37

My nan is busy knitting smile

mummytobejuly2014 Wed 05-Mar-14 21:04:59

watching with interest, id like to, our little man is due in july, just not sure where or whats an easy'ish pattern for dk wool

I knitted for all three of my DCs and knit for family and friends that are expecting. I still make hats for my nephews and nieces - I think we come from a big headed family as everyone seems to struggle to get hats to fit. grin

Mummytobe there is a pattern on Ravelry called the baby surprise jacket. If you can increase and decrease then it is a simple pattern that makes a really cute baby jacket.

Roseandmabelshouse Wed 05-Mar-14 21:11:54

Knitty gritty is a fab boom for beginners.

Roseandmabelshouse Wed 05-Mar-14 21:12:01

Or book

Mummyk1982 Wed 05-Mar-14 21:12:18

My mum has knitted our little lady several cardigans, a hat, booties and she's also made about 6-7 smocked dresses as well as given me the ones I wore (that she made) when I was a little girl :-)

coffetofunction Wed 05-Mar-14 21:12:28

Dc3 cooking nicely & for the third & final time I am trying to teach myself to knit... One of my babies will have something knitted by me lol smile

peeapod Wed 05-Mar-14 21:19:38

Well, my los grandma knitted them their first pair of booties in 2 days after we told them of the bfp.

im currently attempting to knit a blanket. literally straight knitting. i can cast on but not off. i feel its really important for baby to have something I made for them (probably hormones lol). It isnt about perfection but love.

its going slow but il get there. If anyone is interested theres a lot of wool and knitting patterns in aldi at the moment..

Misty9 Wed 05-Mar-14 21:22:58

I'm crap at knitting and have forgotten how to (again). But I am making a rag doll from a kit dh got me for our dd due in weeks smile

MrsMonkeyBear Wed 05-Mar-14 21:31:21

I knit and crochet but I'm too busy at the moment to pick up my needles and hooks. I plan on crocheting loads of hats and booties. My mum is already knitting cardigans and jumpers. I made a lot of stuff for my nephews too. I think making a gift rather than buying one is more fun!!!

Melonbreath Wed 05-Mar-14 21:50:48

I made loads of crochet blankets. They were really useful and i loved snuggling dd in something i made for her

evertonmint Wed 05-Mar-14 22:14:28

There is a lovely book which I do most of my baby things from called Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss. She starts with a very simple knit stitch scarf and a simple blanket. By the end you're making a fairly complicated jumper with pockets! It has lots of illustrations to show the techniques and the patterns are excellent. Several are for DK wool including the cardigan I'm knitting at the moment and a cute beanie hat I usually do for friends' babies. There's also a slightly chunkier jumper which has square shoulders so no complicated shaping. I hadn't knitted since I was 10, when the most I did was a scarf, and this book got me back into it and taught me loads. Definitely worth seeking out.

ruth1104 Wed 05-Mar-14 22:20:53

I'm not a knitter but I'm SO excited to tell my gran we're expecting because I know she'll start straight away! She loves doing it for my niece, and I'm looking forward to having a few little heirlooms (I realise they won't all survive..). But you lot are inspiring me to think about attempting a blanket!

evertonmint Wed 05-Mar-14 22:23:49

Ah, they are heirlooms. I still have a hand crocheted blanket that my nana made for me. She died about 25 years ago. It was lovely to use it with my own DC - a little bit of her with them smile

I love to knit & crochet. I'm hoping to have a go at these while on mat leave.

Fairypants Wed 05-Mar-14 22:31:46

My mum and I started making blanket squares when I was expecting dc1...made a few more when I was expecting dc2.
I've since become quite a knitter but never got back to it. Now dc2 is sewing the squares together whilst I finish the last couple of squares for dc3grin
We have already each completed a number of items for dc3 but I haven't yet found the right cardigan pattern. Dd (11) wants a v simple pattern as it will be her first proper item of clothing.

Boogles91 Wed 05-Mar-14 23:10:53

My mums just knitted us a lovely cardigan for our lil boy smile shes also done his blankie smile as i had one when i was little(still have now) and babys arent the same without there blankies hehehe :D i can never get rid of mine holds too much sentimental value :p my hubby calls it a stinky rag hahaha but i dont care :p shes also crotcheting some likul booties . she always made me some lovely cardies aswel when i was little, and is going to make me another scarf smile well crotchet it. I love to do crossstitch, im a master at them, i find this helps past time, though i need to get this one im currently on done soon as it will be sitting away in storage for a long time if i dont xx

babybear2468 Wed 05-Mar-14 23:11:19

I picked up the knitting needles a few months before I got pregnant, I thought it must be some kind of nesting thing. I have made booties, a blanket, a cardigan, a tea cosy and a hat and some burp cloths. There are some great books out there, with designs segmented per trimester, so the longer projects are toward the start and suggested for when you're in your first. Really am finding it quite therapeutic and relaxing.

MrsM2013 Wed 05-Mar-14 23:26:18

I have knitted 3 squares for a blanket. They aren't perfect by any means but I like the idea I am making something for my baby. Got 15 weeks to knit a good 11 more!

Peeapod try YouTube for casting off videos- I didn't have a clue about 3 weeks ago but they're really helpful.

dats Wed 05-Mar-14 23:39:43

I'm knitting! It's so great to be able to finish stuff, rather than the multitude of half-arsed projects in my bag! I've made three cardis and am doing a stripey cotton pram blanket.

Agree YouTube is fab for learning. And can recommend a lovely pattern on Ravelry called something like garter stitch yoke cardigan, which is a top-down, one piece affair, so no horrid making up. Increases and picking up stitches for button band are as complex as it gets. Two and a bit balls of Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino.

Knitting rocks smile (baby's going to hate me, right?)

Beckyanddel Thu 06-Mar-14 06:17:59

Thanks everyone. It's so good to hear that so many other people have a passion for the stitching too! I love the idea that it is a labour of love and that our items will pass down the generations! Good luck finishing all your projects :-)

LavenderFox Thu 06-Mar-14 07:16:06

I have made socks and mittens for most babies in the family, I don't make cardigans because dressing a baby in a zipped tracksuit is about a million times easier....

One of the easiest things to start as a newbie is little baby hat. If you pick a fluffy yarn it is almost impossible to see any mistakes! And the furry ones even more so, you don't need to bother making any patterns or even a rib.

Another great and useful thing is to knit or crochet small squares about 15x15 cm with different patterns like some with simple stocking stitch, some moss stitch and then join them at different angles to make an interesting shabby chic blanket. Looks amazing with very little effort made of soft pastel cotton yarns of different colours. Have made several of those upon request as pram blankets.

cathpip Thu 06-Mar-14 08:28:17

I have a very bad knitted blanket (rather odd shape smile) that was knitted for me by my mum. Sadly my mum passed away last year and dad found her one and only attempt at knitting, which we did have a good giggle about. But dc3 who is due in 4 weeks will be coming home wrapped in said blanket!!

SweetPea86 Thu 06-Mar-14 08:45:55

I'd love to knit but I have little patient lol my auntie is knitting for me. I love knitted things x

Roseandmabelshouse Thu 06-Mar-14 08:53:53

I love the idea of getting your family and friends to crochet a square or two each and then joining them together.

BlanketSky Thu 06-Mar-14 09:08:40

I can't knit- at least 3 people have tried to teach me- but I am sewing stuff instead smile I am tempted to go to a beginners' workshop thing at our wool shop, but the next one is 3 days before my ELCS so that might wait a while....

My mum made a lot of cardigans/jumpers for DS (and still does- he's 3 and loves his knits from Grandma, especially when she puts fancy buttons on them; he's got cat buttons today!). She's made so many I haven't kept them all but passed on, however I make sure I get a decent photo of DS wearing each one. Kept his first cardigan that he came home from hospital in, and DD will go in it too smile

Mum is so excited that this is a DD as patterns are more interesting apparently, and I know has made several things already. I don't think this one will lack for knits! DMiL has knitted a blanket I know and there'll be other knitted things appearing from various DH relatives smile

wm3010 Thu 06-Mar-14 10:41:15

I'm knitting, really like doing bits for babies anyway as the clothes are so tiny that they can be done quickly and have done things for friends in the past. I was too tired to knit in the first trimester (that's how my dh knew how rubbish I felt, it's unheard of for me not to knit for a prolonged period of time) but have really got going with things since the 20 week scan. Have now done a couple of blankets and several little cardies, I like the idea of doing things for my baby and it means I can feel productive whilst lounging around eating chocolate! My mum is also knitting so will have a nice selection of stuff.

kally195 Thu 06-Mar-14 15:06:43

I'm teaching myself to crochet - I've started with a pram blanket but am aiming to move onto the Toft animals yet. I am not going to bother with clothes etc, as so many relatives are apparently knitting like mad. I do like the idea of making soft toys for the monster though so mine don't get chewed

hubbahubster Thu 06-Mar-14 15:21:00

I've knitted for friends' babies but not my own, oddly. Maybe because DM has been knitting a storm so I haven't needed to!

Beckyanddel Sat 08-Mar-14 08:19:24

Just bought it thanks! X

BumpNGrind Sat 08-Mar-14 09:01:43

This is a beautiful idea, unfortunately we have very few older relatives left and certainly no one who can knit for us. I'm going to try my hand at crocheting a blanket though. I would love to be able to make something our baby will use. If anyone knows of any easy patterns I'd be really interested to learn more please.

TheOnlySeven Sat 08-Mar-14 13:32:44

There's nothing nicer than seeing a tiny baby in a hand-knitted cardi. I've just started one for DC4 due in September and got some lovely vintage patterns from eBay, also my mum has loads of patterns that she knitted for us when we were babies. The first thing I ever knitted was a teddy bear when I was expecting DS, he's now 5 and still cuddles it at bedtime.

LavenderFox Sat 08-Mar-14 14:06:50

Bump Sirdar does a lovely yarn called Crofter Baby Fair Isle which has a blend of pastel colours that knit or crochet into stripes. It is also nice hard-wearing yarn so washes well etc. I have made a few blankets with squares knitted from that and joined at different angles.

For a posh blanket/cardie Milla Mia is a lovely cashmere yarn and comes in lovely shades. It is so expensive though for a blanket it would be cheaper to buy one probably.

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