Now that you have mastered the basic knitting techniques, iyou might like to try some baby knitting.
Knitting for babies can be very simple and as the garments are usually quite small (excluding blankets and shawls of course) it doesn't take a long time to complete your project.
Most baby knitting patterns are designed for 2, 3 or 4 ply wool and recommend using small knitting needles.
I usually prefer to use pure wool for my baby knitting, it is warmer than acrylic and has fire retardant properties that non-natural fibres do not, and it just feels nicer when you are knitting it.
But a lot of young mothers, including my own daughter-in-law, prefer baby knitting that is easier to care for. Baby clothes can and do get rather dirty, and if your baby knits are made of acrylics they can easily be chucked into the washing machine and dryer.
Pure wool garments need a bit more time and care when washing!
Cardigans and Jumpers
Basic cardigans and jumpers are probably the easiest form of baby knitting as there is generally only limited shaping.
When you are selecting a pattern for a basic jumper you need to remember that it is not always easy to get clothing on and off a baby.
A wide neckline (for example a boat neck, with flat buttons at the shoulder) is far easier to get on and off.
A round neck might look good on your baby, but if you just about have to rip the baby's head off to get the jumper off it will never come out of the drawer again!
I love making very fine matinee jackets with delicate lace patterns, but there is a lot of knitting in them so don't expect to be able to whip one up quickly!
Bonnets, Booties and Mittens
I tend to use the same basic pattern for any booties I make, varying the knitting stitch patterns that I use for the base, top or instep of the bootees.
No two pairs are ever the same, as I am not a big fan of doing the same pattern twice!
The old style bonnets do not tend to be used as much by young mothers these days, but you can get patterns for very cute knitted berets and hats that any young mom would be happy to have her baby wear!
If you are looking for a project that involves a lot of knitting, a baby shawl would be ideal!
Baby shawls are usually either round or rectangular. Round shawls tend to be knitted from the center out initially on double pointed needles, and then on a circular needle as the knitting 'out-grows' the double pointed needles.
Often rectangular shawls are knitted on circular needles because to make it easier to manage the large number of stitches.
Baby blankets tend to be made using a heavier ply of wool (usually at least an 8 ply) on larger needles than most other baby knits.
Most baby blanket patterns are either a square or a rectangle of a textured or lace stitch pattern with a border in a different stitch.
Are you looking for a knitting project that is a bit more fun? How about having a go making some knitted toys!
Knitted toys can be very simple or extremely complex depending on what you want to make. There are any number of different toys or toy accesories that you can make for your baby.
You can make anything from a simple ball with a bell insert so that it make a noise when your baby plays with it, to a jointed teddy bear complete with a full outfit!
Looking for Baby Knitting Patterns?
If you are looking for baby knitting patterns, check out my page on baby knitting patterns. Some of the patterns are free, but most of the really nice ones you will have to buy!
I would recommend that you select a small number of good pattern books that offer a variety of basic shapes and styles of baby knitting - you can always customise your own patterns as you gain more experience as a knitter.
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