Expecting a baby, especially your first (you know, when you have a little more time on your hands) is, at least for me, a crafter’s dream. Baby things are super quick to knit, and sew, and with so many ideas and independent designers out there coming out with the next cutest thing, you are not at a loss for inspiration.
I didn’t get into baby knitting for the first couple of months, there was plenty of work on the farm keeping me busy, and I felt like I had the time to go over all the patterns I had squirreled away should this moment happen, and make some plans. It was in fact when we had our 20 weeks that the urge to knit small teeny things really kicked in! I decided to have one baby project on the go at any one time, to be a light hearted project alongside the many others I seem to accumulate.
Even still, I have kind of lagged here and there and I haven’t worked up most of what I though I would have done by now. But I do have a little pile going, and now, as my input on the farm becomes less and less, I have some time to catch up.
The first project I finished was from the book What To Knit When You’re Expecting by Nikki Van de Car – a book I sought out to get as soon as we knew a baby was on the way. It turns out, however, that most of the patterns I adore are available for free via her blog. Anyway, having picked up some yarn whilst away with friends over New Years, (who, not only were expecting – they now have their baby in their arms – but another knitter-mumma-to-be!) I worked up the sweet hooded Hannah Jacket in Cascade 220 Superwash. The worsted weight yarn and larger guage made it a really quick knit and the icord trimming just perfects this sweet number. Instead of a crocheted button loops I knitted three small lenghts of icord instead, which allowed me to select some heftier leather buttons which have a shank. Quite the vintage look!
Next up was the ever popular Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker, and for this I dove into my stash and found some long forgotten handpainted superwash merino. I wasn’t super in love with the colourway, but I like how it knitted up. Scared of running out of yarn I decided to knit the short sleeved version which I think will look great over a long sleeved onesie. I’m a little dubious of all those buttons though… I feel like it will take 20 minutes to get that sweater on a wriggly baby!
With plenty of green left over from the hooded jacket, I took fancy to the Organic Guernsey pattern by Fawn Pea. My guage was a little off – the Cascacde 220 Superwash coming in a little ligther than the suggested Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. I didn’t do anything to adjust the pattern and so I have a long skinny jumper, oh well, I’m sure it will fit at some point.
You might think, looking at these projects, that we are expecting a boy. Actually, we don’t know, it will be a surprise, yet my attempts of keeping things ‘unisex’ had gravitated towards being a little masculine. I had to rectify that and whipped up something a little more girly… in a colour way I’m still swooning over! More soon.