Patterns For Baby | 2 Sweet Projects For Little Ones

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Celebrate this Royal occasion and stitch some fantastic craft projects for newborns?

Yes, it’s true – after much speculation and anticipation, the most famous royal couple in the world are expecting a baby! And what better way to celebrate than by trying out some of these fantastic patterns for baby! Maybe someone you know is sharing this exciting time with Kate Middleton and going through their own pregnancy – show them how much you care and knit some baby booties to take their first steps in!

A quick & easy pattern for baby that we know you will love comes from a brilliant book, The Knitter’s Bible: Baby Knits, by Laura Long, who makes and sells her knitted creations to boutiques and galleries all over the world. The perfect gift for any newborn baby has to include baby booties and below are the step-by-step instructions you need to start creating your very own.

Baby Booties

The shoes will vary in size depending on the yarn you choose. Using this pattern and yarn, the shoes will fit 3–6 months

You Will Need…

Less than 1 x 1¾ oz (50g) ball of any plain or fancy light-weight (DK) polyester yarn (122yd/112m per ball)

Needles and Notions
1 pair of size 6 (4mm) knitting needles
for blue fuzzy shoes
2 buttons
Gauge
This will depend on the yarn you choose

Knit your basic shoes…

Left shoe

Cast on 31 sts.

Sole of shoe
Row 1 Purl.
Row 2 K1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1. 35 sts.
Row 3 Purl.
Row 4 K1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1. 39 sts.
Row 5 Purl.
Row 6 K1, kfb, kfb, k14, kfb, kfb, k1, kfb, kfb, k14, kfb, kfb, k1. 47 sts.
Rows 7 and 8 Knit.
Row 9 Purl.
Repeat rows 8 and 9 three more times.
Row 16 K15, (skpo) 4 times, k1, (k2tog) 4 times, k15. 39 sts.
Row 17 Purl.
Row 18 Bind off 8 sts, k4, bind off 26 sts to end of row. Cut yarn and rejoin it to the 5 sts remaining on the needle.
Row 19 K5 (these 5 sts form strap).
Knit a further 19 rows (or to the required length).
Row 39 K2, yfd, k2tog, k1 (buttonhole).
Row 40 K5.
Repeat row 40 twice more.
Bind off.
Sew in end and sew up along the centre of the sole and up the back of the shoe.
Sew button on side of shoe.

Right shoe

Work as for left shoe until row 17.
Row 18 Bind off 26 sts, k4, bind off 8 sts to end of row. Cut yarn and rejoin it to the 5 sts remaining on the needle.
Row 19 K5 (these 5 sts form strap).
Work strap as for left shoe.


Patterns For Baby

Nursery Toys Wall Art

Alternatively if you have a little more time to spare, you could opt for a lengthier project, such as the beautiful nursery

wall art from Freehand Machine Embroidery, by Poppy Treffry. This project would look great on any nursery wall and is extremely versatile, suiting either a boy or girl’s bedroom.

You Will Need…

Get The Template

Templates (can be found here)

Procedure

 

  1. Cut out your appliqué pieces using the templates. Spend a little time laying out your squares and appliqué bits to make sure you’re happy with the colour combinations.
  2. Once you have your squares how you want them, place your appliqué pieces to one side and gather up one row of squares at a time. Stitch the squares together down the longest side with a 1cm (⅜in) seam allowance. Press on the reverse, opening up the seams and pressing flat.
    Press the seam open
  3. Sew the three rows together, again with a 1cm (⅜in) seam allowance and making sure the seams line up as best as they can – though a little quirky wonkiness is always fine! Press your seams flat.
    Sew rows together and press seams
  4. Working on the reverse, fold in the side edges by 1cm (⅜in). Press the folds and trim the corners then fold in the top and bottom edges by 1cm (⅜in) and press.
  5. Sew your squares onto your base fabric using a contrasting thread and stitching around 3mm (⅛in) from the edge. This stitching will form a border around your wall art.
    Sew squares onto base fabric
  6. Hoop up with the 20cm (8in) hoop and stitch your motifs on one by one, always making sure you are choosing your thread colour so that it really contrasts with your appliqué fabric and your stitching stands out.
    Stitch motif onto fabric
  7. Press the whole piece on the reverse and place onto your backing board (if you are framing it yourself). Stick down with strong fabric tape (such as gaffer tape) making sure the tape won’t show under your mount. Place your board and mount inside your frame. Now find a big strong man to put a nail in the wall so you can hang it up!

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