Knitting For A Baby
Knitting for a baby is the most common reason for people to take up this craft as a hobby. When people are having a baby in the family, they tend to start thinking of making stuff with their own hands, giving their baby something that is truly personal and made from the heart. Knitting for a baby is something that parents, grandparents and even relatives dive into, happily, for the opportunity to do a little extra for the newest member of the family.
There are plenty of things that you can try your hand at when knitting for a baby. From choosing the kind of garment you're going to knit to the materials you are going to make it in, you will have plenty of options to choose from and plenty of reasons for choosing each as well. Deciding what to make can also be as much fun as the knitting process itself, so here's a look at what knitting for a baby could mean for your hobby.
Knitting for a Baby - What to Make
The first step in deciding what to make is to know what your options are. Frankly, anything that a child can wear can be knitted. So, your options begin from the toes, where you have tiny socks or even little anklets, all the way up to the head, where you have tiny hats of all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of magazines and books where you can find dozens of patterns for knitting for a baby, and they are a great place to pick up ideas for your creations.
Sweaters are the most common things that people tend to make while full body suits, in beautiful colours, give the baby a fantastic full-body experience. Babies need a lot more warmth as compared to us, so you can always head on down to the store and get yourself enough yarn to make the most beautiful sweaters of full-body suits. There are plenty of websites and magazines have a long list of designs that you can use and when knitting for a baby, you need to keep everything happy and cheerful.
Here's a look at some of the things you can pick to start knitting for a baby, as well as where you can find information about it:
if you are looking to knit hats for a little one, then there are plenty of options for snuggly baby hats or even hats that match a particular kind of pattern. For e.g. if you are looking for a hat to match the baby when s/he is sleeping, you can get a pattern for a hat and blanket set. Cherries and strawberries are a popular pattern for hats while you can even go with the usual heart-pattern. Books like "One Skein", "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms" and even magazines like Knitscene give you a great look at some exceptional designs when you're knitting for a baby.
There is nothing cuter than a bootie for your little baby and if you are knitting one, check out the Knits Summer guide for some fantastic designs on booties. While most of the designs and patterns will be relatively newer versions, you will find something more rustic or classic in the book "Old World Booties", where Gryphon Perkins takes you through the history of bootie knitting for a baby.
The most common items that your child is likely to wear are regular clothes, jackets, wraps and more. This is one place where you can go a little wild as well, with kimonos and ponchos thrown into the mix. Anne Rachap has some brilliant designs in her "Baby Born" collection, and you can also look at some other designs, like Cathy Payson's Mandarin Baby Set, which gives your entire knitting an Oriental taste.
Baby Knitting Colours
Babies, despite their seemingly underdeveloped senses, react brilliantly to sight. That means, when knitting for a baby, pile on the colours. Grab as many different brightly coloured balls of yarn as you can and try to put in as many colours in as many shapes as possible. Patterns for babies are quite basic because it's not about putting in too much detail - its more about making things a lot more comprehensible.
There are plenty of patterns available online, and in books, that will help you with your knitting projects. These patterns will allow you to use a lot of colours with patterns like alphabets, animals and birds ruling the arena. Once you have picked out your patterns of design, chosen your colours, it's time to start working on the actual garment. Just follow the same rules that you have learnt when learning the craft, and you can start knitting for a baby with the same passion you show for any other aspect of this hobby.