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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Seriously, I'm not great. I can knit/purl but I never finish projects and I suck at complicated patterns.<br><br>
What can I make for my baby? I'm feeling the knitting urge... Babe is due in May and I will be CDing so an easy soaker/pants pattern would be great, or anything else.<br><br>
I don't know gender but I also like to gender bend so I don't mind pink/frilly for a boy or vice versa. In fact I kind of dig it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks knitting guru mamas for any suggestions!
 

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I've only been knitting a week and I've already managed a Little Turtle Knits Ribby Wrap soaker. The entire pattern is just knit and purl, either ribbing or stockinette. For the things I needed help with (increases and decreases), I used the videos on knittinghelp.com
 

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Something that you will love and treasure. I'd go surf the blogring looking for ideas.<br><br>
Or, of course, a teddy bear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Highly traditional, totally necessary.
 

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Congrats, TM (on the babe)!<br><br>
Funny you should ask, this thread came up on my search for "knitting covers" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> cos I totally suck too. I can do the basics and would like to extend that knowledge and also do a cover, with a pattern pref. Any free pattern sites known? I got two balls of fleece from a thrift shop today and some new needles, I'm hip to go.
 

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Baby Blocks. As long as sewing together all those squares doesn't make you batty. Cause it did me.<br><br>
I don't know if the Easy Peasy cardigan from Little Turtle Knits is true to it's name, but you might want to check that out.<br><br>
Booties!!<br><br>
Soft cotton washcloths for that sweet little skin.<br><br>
I didn't know how to knit when I was preggo, I wish I did.
 

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A simple hat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Perhaps the curly purly soaker?<br><br>
enjoy!<br>
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Before I learned the more complex stuff, I knitted every baby I knew one of those simple blankets that you make on the diagonal. Some plain, some with stripes, all different sizes.<br><br>
The pattern is something like:<br><br>
co 3 st<br>
k2, yo, k to end-- repeat this until it's as big as you want, then<br>
k2, yo, k2tog, k to 4 from end, k2tog, k2-- until you're down to 3 stitches, bind off.<br><br>
Super super easy, but if you change up the colors and make stripes, it looks really cool. (and someone correct me if that pattern is wrong, I just do it by sight since I've been doing it for so long! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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I'm a new knitter, too, and so everyone's getting a hat for christmas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hats are pretty simple, check out lionbrand.com for some free patterns.
 

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That title cracked me up.<br><br>
I'd recommend a hat too, I'm liking hats on circular needles. But if it says to use size 8, use size 8, size 7 will make it a bit too small <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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thismama, I didn't know you were a knitter! I'd reccommend some of the soakers mentioned previously. Or if all else fails, big needles, thick-bulky yarn, and knit a blanket. Fast. Easy. and cute.
 

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Well, I'm not much of a knitter! Thanks for all the ideas mamas! I've been really thinking to start soon! I'm wanting to knit a soaker I think. What is an easier soaker to make?
 

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I love the LTK Hybrid soaker. Easy to knit and it works great (and I didn't even bother with the gussets). Also, it knits up *quickly*.<br>
The Giving Pixie hat is super cute and *very* easy and fast to knit up. I started my little one's hat one night and finished it the next morning. It turned out adorable (though I did leave the little topper off). My older 2 dd's want ones now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Her turtle blanket looks easy also (I have the pattern though I haven't made it yet) and you can also make it as a flower (I'll be making the girls these for their birthdays).<br>
Booties would be really cute also. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you're looking for free patterns, the <a href="http://hyenacart.com/FernandFaerie/index.php?c=11&p=69661" target="_blank">Curly Purly</a> soaker has the best fit, I think. It can seem hard when you first see the patter. THe trick is to just follow the instructions, line by line. It should all work out. It's trying to reason it out ahead of time that tripped me up.<br>
I started out with the <a href="http://hyenacart.com/FernandFaerie/index.php?c=11&p=69661" target="_blank">Fern & Faerie free pattern</a>, and it's very easy and works well. E's first 5 or so soakers were all this pattern.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Baby Blocks. As long as sewing together all those squares doesn't make you batty. Cause it did me.<br><br><b>I don't know if the Easy Peasy cardigan from Little Turtle Knits is true to it's name, but you might want to check that out.</b><br><br>
Booties!!<br><br>
Soft cotton washcloths for that sweet little skin.<br><br>
I didn't know how to knit when I was preggo, I wish I did.</div>
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I just finished the Easy Peasy (ok, I still have to sew on the buttons...) and I definitely recommend it! It is the first thing I ever finished!
 

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I recommend a knit hat.<br><br>
Or the perfection pants pattern (with or without shortrows!) from Wooly Wonders. Some people say it's hard, but it's the easiest out there that I have tried! It walks you through everything step by step and you customize the measurements which REALLY helps if your yarn isn't the same gauge as the pattern!
 

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<a href="http://www.knitlist.com/2003/babybib.htm" target="_blank">This</a> is pretty much the easiest thing in the world to knit. I did it when I was experiencing morning sickness because complicated patterns made me nauseated! haha! Here's a picture of mine finished: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anjanetteopal/1537204903/in/set-72157602362022513/" target="_blank">Simple Baby Bib<br></a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.knitlist.com/2003/babybib.htm" target="_blank">This</a> is pretty much the easiest thing in the world to knit. I did it when I was experiencing morning sickness because complicated patterns made me nauseated! haha! Here's a picture of mine finished: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anjanetteopal/1537204903/in/set-72157602362022513/" target="_blank">Simple Baby Bib<br></a></div>
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Your's is so cute! You could easily make that pattern look like a dinosaur as well, with its neck going around the babes neck, just add spots and a tail.
 

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I know you said you wanted to do a soaker but I have a blanket idea!<br><br>
Our little mom's group has done one of these for every new baby that has come along and it's a lot of fun.<br><br>
We pick three main colors and then an accent color.<br><br>
Three people each pick one color then they knit two strips 3-4 inches wide and 28-30 inches long ( I think I have the length right). Basically a "scarf". Each of us picks a different stitch to work in. I particularly like the checkerbaord pattern - knit 4, purl 4 for four rows, then switch and do the opposite, working in 4 row increments.<br><br>
Then someone takes the accent color and knits small narrow strips to go between the main colors. It's really easy to whip stitch it together.<br><br>
After it's together, it usually comes to me to put a crochet border around it in the accent color to tie it all together.<br><br>
We've done some really cute ones and it's fun to have several people make a project together. The advantage of doing it all yourself is that you can consistantly measure length. I've had some real variations on what 28 inches looks like when a few different people are doing the measuring! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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