If someone you know has recently had a baby, or if you are expecting yourself, then what better way to celebrate and save some money, than by knitting your own baby items? From bootees and hats to clothes and blankets, there are soft baby yarns and easy-to-follow knitting patterns for you to choose from.
My friend recently gave birth to a baby girl and I have decided to knit her a summer hat and bootees. I discovered the Bergere De France Pattern Book and Mag 167 and found lots of gorgeous knitting patterns! I chose a knitting pattern for a cute summer dress with matching hat and bootees that are classed as ‘Easy’. I’ll start with the hat and bootees and intend to have a go at knitting the dress afterwards. The book has 42 knitting and crochet patterns for children aged 0–10 years old, so it will be an endless source of inspiration! There is a handy Basic Knitting Stitches section at the start of the knitting pattern book too, which is perfect for beginners.
When knitting items for babies, it’s important to find yarns that are soft and washable. A baby’s skin is very sensitive so it is essential to select a yarn with the right fibres that won’t irritate the skin. Merino wool is particularly soft, but mohair and alpaca should be avoided – they may feel soft, but will cause irritation for babies. When knitting a baby hat it is best to use a yarn that has enough elasticity to hold the hat’s shape and keep it secure on the baby’s head. 100% wool or acrylic yarn is best for this, or a blend of plant fibre and wool or man-made materials. I have chosen the Caline Crin blanc and Caline Hochet yarns for my project, but Bergere have a wide range of colours to choose from.
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What will you create today?
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