I'm already thinking about knitting for the new baby. Part of me really wants to knit a little elf hat since the estimated due date is less than a week before Christmas, but I was over a week late with my second. I'd love to see any free online patterns good for beginning knitters, especially hats, you guys are thinking about making! Who else is knitting for their (new) baby?
Knitting for the New Baby
I'm a novice knitter. I've picked up and put down the hobby off and on for years. I know I got an invite for Ravelry a long time ago, but I don't know if I joined. I probably should, since I really really really would love to get something done for the baby (hence my goal of a hat - since at least it's small!).
Right now I'm making a baby cardigan for Wool-Aid, which distributes handmade wool clothes to children around the world. The pattern is called Baby Sophisticate.
I'm planning on making a few things for my bean from Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way. You can see the patterns on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/welcoming-home-baby-the-handcrafted-way
The idea with the book is to make stuff with big yarn and big needles so you can make it quickly. I think the cocoons are the cutest things ever.
Revolting, the Sweet Dreams Hat from this book is super easy, but the yarns make it look amazing.
I get all my patterns from Ravelry or the library. I've been amazed how many pattern books my library has.
The cocoons look so cute! I've kind of decided I'm definitely going to make this hat: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=5433&lang=us. In my fantasy world, I'd like to get something done for each of the kids for Christmas as well as make a few longies: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bulky-weight-longies (I have plenty of diaper covers but none that are wool). I don't think it's all going to happen, but I'll try.
Sorry about the webcam quality, but here is this baby's first soaker. I still need to block it, felt it a bit, and lanolize it, but I'm happy with it! (I've been knitting for littles for three years and this is my first soaker ever!)
Here is the ravelry link for anyone interested: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/gentlemamadoula/frantic-mama-knitted-soaker-pattern
I don't have a pattern, but if you knit or crochet a rectangle (or any shape you prefer) out of wool, you will have a mostly waterproof mattress pad. If you felt it, it will be bulletproof. So just make sure you use non-superwash wool and throw it in the washing machine on hot. Instant mattress pad.
yep. that's exactly what i'm going to do. my mom made a felted floor blanket for my daughter when she was a baby, about 36"x36". it was great when she was learning to sit, because it's so thick that if she fell over she had padding. and i thought i could make a small version to go in the bassinet both for heat regulation and mattress protection. i've seen them on etsy for $40-60, but i can make one for $10 of yarn.
i think i may try crocheting some diapers with organic cotton roving. i think i could make an all-in-two type deal with a crocheted shell and separate soaker pad either crocheted or sewn. i need to play around and see if it will work.
Eeeek! Exciting to see this thread! I get seriously crafty when I'm pregnant for some reason...my mom always calls me the 1950s housewife cause I start cleaning like mad and making homemade stuff for everyone ha!
I crochet mostly and I can't wait to get started on some cute hats and sweaters, and I'd like to make an heirloom quality blankie too. I'm also teaching myself to knit, so hopefully will work some knit stuff too!!