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who is making things for baby?

post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 

Is anyone else knitting/crocheting/sewing things for baby? Maybe we can have a thread to share patterns and photos and such. I'd love to see what other mamas are making! 

 

So far I've knitted a patchwork baby blanket, which isn't as nice looking as I thought it would be but it will still keep baby warm. Now I'm knitting a sweater for baby. I'm hoping to make sweaters, cardigans, and hats for baby in all the sizes up through 12 months as I imagine I won't have much time to knit with a newborn. 

post #2 of 64

I will definitely sew some flannel blankets for baby. I'd love to make some newborn clothes but am afraid I'm not very good at sewing. Blankets are one thing, clothes are another -- at least in my mind. LOL  I'll probably give it a shot anyway with some organic fabric I've been anxious to order! I wish I knew how to knit and crochet!

post #3 of 64

I knitted a hat for my first while I was pregnant. It didn't turn out well at all (my first knitting project ever) but it was the thought that counted right? ^_^ I want to do the same for this baby. Since it'll be cold when s/he is born it makes more sense to make some warm things for this one. I'm thinking a hat and at least a blanket. I'd love to make more things, but I am not very crafty at all.

post #4 of 64

I haven't started knitting yet, but as soon as this ms subsides I'll be starting.  I think a group would be a great idea!
 

post #5 of 64
I'm knitting a blanket for the baby. I've come to realize that I should have used much larger needles because it's going to end up being one thick and fluffy blanket! Not to mention that it's going to need like 15 skeins to finish it...oh well...I learn a little something with each project I do. It'll be cute and super cozy though. :-)
post #6 of 64

Once I get my machine serviced I will start sewing again.  I need to start crocheting again too :)  I'd love a place to share patterns, ideas, etc.

post #7 of 64
I knit, but all I know is knit and purl. I long to curl up and commit myself to a project for baby. I'm afraid that between DS and a part-time job time is at a premium. Who knows. Maybe I'll find the time somehow.
post #8 of 64
I knit, but all I know is knit and purl. I long to curl up and commit myself to a project for baby. I'm afraid that between DS and a part-time job time is at a premium. Who knows. Maybe I'll find the time somehow.
post #9 of 64
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Originally Posted by JonesiesGirl View Post

Is anyone else knitting/crocheting/sewing things for baby? Maybe we can have a thread to share patterns and photos and such.

 

Ooooh, yes! Haven't sewn anything yet, but worked out a lot of my TTC anxiety by knitting baby things over the past year... I've made several of these and these in various sizes, plus this vest and this blanket. Now I'm thinking I'd like to make another small afghan or blanket, using up all my chunky wool: I've got about 20 balls in different colours (mostly shades of blue) that would actually look pretty nice together if combined in the right way. Maybe this? What do you think? Not sure how it'll look with such thick wool...

 

(And if you're on Ravelry and want to be friends, send me a PM!)

post #10 of 64

ooohhh Granite are you able to post the pattern here for the wool longies? I have some short pants but wanted to knit long ones for next winter for the new baby smile.gif

post #11 of 64

Let's see. I'm knitting a cardigan, while I watch tv. I got some 100% merino wool in the mail today, so once the cardigan is finished, I'm going to knit up some wool diaper covers.

 

I set up a sewing nook in the basement & finally pulled out my sewing machine (I moved in nearly 2 years ago & it's been packed up this whole time)... but the foot has gone missing. I've ordered a new foot, but in the meantime, I've started cutting up fabric. I'll be making wash cloths, doublers/ liners, some dipes.... By the time I'm done with that, we should know if it's a girl or boy, so maybe I'll sew up some clothes.
 

post #12 of 64
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Originally Posted by Emmecat View Post

ooohhh Granite are you able to post the pattern here for the wool longies? I have some short pants but wanted to knit long ones for next winter for the new baby smile.gif

 

It's in EZ's book The Knitter's Almanac... I borrowed my copy from the library, then took photos of the pages with the patterns I liked! It's fairly easy to find... Here's some secondhand copies for sale for cheap: I just bought one for my mom, after she admired my baby cardigans. It's such a classic book, with every pattern having been made and re-made thousands of times by people all over the internet... I never worry about getting stuck with well-loved designs like these, because there's always someone with advice on how to proceed.

 

I love these longies! In the Ravelry comments on the pattern, people say that they have to lower the rise and narrow the hip portion, but then others point out that this pattern was designed in a time period when cloth diapers were the norm, and are meant for babies wearing bulky butt-covers... Love it!

post #13 of 64
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Originally Posted by Saara687 View Post

Let's see. I'm knitting a cardigan, while I watch tv. I got some 100% merino wool in the mail today, so once the cardigan is finished, I'm going to knit up some wool diaper covers.

 

 

What pattern will you use, Saara?

post #14 of 64

i knitted up a storm with #1, in fact i really learned to knit actual stuff during that pregnancy. my attention to detail was out of control i was so into it. so far i've started a knit bonnet thing but hope to knit up more longies and sweaters and goofy stuff. i really enjoy knitting and crocheting stuff for kiddos!

post #15 of 64
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What pattern will you use, Saara?


You know, I'm not sure yet. I've seen one cute free pattern online that I'll have to track down again, but I've also asked my mom to look in her old pattern books.

post #16 of 64

Granite, there are 2 different patterns on this site that both look fab:  http://www.littleturtleknits.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_77&zenid=b93c3a354036b211dfe8236863674758 <-- Caveat: costs $8....

post #17 of 64
Thread Starter 
It's lovely to hear that so many other mamas are crafting for baby! I'd love to see photos of finished projects as well.

The Knitter's Almanac sounds really interesting. I found it for sale on Amazon UK but will have to check that patterns are adjusted for the UK first. At the moment I'm working through Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners. I'm not sure if it's available in the US though.

Granite I think that blanket would look lovely with thick wool!

Here is a photo of the blanket I made for baby. It's a machine washable cashmere and merino blend. I'm not super excited about how it came out but it should be lovely and warm in any case.

post #18 of 64

I am crocheting some booties for when we have to travel out to family md. I want to make a blanket and a hat to match ones I made for the other kiddos this past winter.   I have to order some merino to make some shorties/longies. 

 

I will sew some wipes, burp cloths, maybe some shirts/pants (I kind of wish we were finding out boy/girl so I could make dresses if girl)  

 

I wish I could knit but I have tried and its so much harder for me to get... I can do it but have never finished a project. 

post #19 of 64

Aw you guys all sound so good at making stuff! I can knit dishcloths and scarves etc lol and technically I could probably knit longies or a cardy but as I have 2 wee girls, I keep getting interrupted and losing my place lol. Maybe I'll head to the library when I'm feeling better and see if they have any books on knitting for baby. We have a lot of stuff already but it's ncie to have things that you've made yourself :)

post #20 of 64
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Originally Posted by Saara687 View Post

Granite, there are 2 different patterns on this site that both look fab:  http://www.littleturtleknits.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_77&zenid=b93c3a354036b211dfe8236863674758 <-- Caveat: costs $8....

 

Great resource, thanks! I think the same designers contributed this soaker pattern that I was thinking of using, from the book 100 Knitting Projects... Which, again, I found at the library.

 

I think it's great to support indy pattern designers, and though $8 seems like a lot for just one pattern, it's worth it if you'll use it. (Full disclosure: my sister is an indy knitting pattern designer, and I do a lot of her web stuff for her!)

 

If I had a big budget for indy knitting patterns, I'd totally buy *everything* from Tin Can Knits, though of course given the circumstances start with "9 Months of Knitting"... I adore all these designs! And especially for our little queer-offspring, I think we *need* the "I Heart Rainbows" sweater and hat, LOL... I'm trying to get my mom or sister to make it, though, because I've never done Fairisle before and it looks like more than I want to take on right now.

 

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Originally Posted by JonesiesGirl View Post

Granite I think that blanket would look lovely with thick wool!

Here is a photo of the blanket I made for baby. It's a machine washable cashmere and merino blend. I'm not super excited about how it came out but it should be lovely and warm in any case.

 

Thanks! I actually got distracted by booties all of a sudden, so that's what I'm working on now... Using this (FREE) pattern as recommended by mama friends who say they are the best booties ever.

 

Love the blanket, love the fibres! Warm is important, and baby will later treasure it simply because you made it.

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