Pattern round up: for the bebes

June 12, 2013

A pretty common scenario for us is to have mums-to-be come in looking for patterns for an excited knitter in the family to knit for the much anticipated baby. In our experience, the person wanting to knit is accustomed to patterns knit flat and seamed rather than in the round. They are after simple construction and no unfamiliar terms or techniques.

On the other hand, the person who is going to be dressing the baby everyday wants beautiful hand knits in nice yarns. After being asked by a friend on Twitter for some suggestions, I thought the easiest way was to put together a post of great patterns that will work for both parties. My tip: print off the pattern and either buy or make gentle suggestions as to the kind of yarn you would like to use. In the past people knit with acrylic because it was machine washable - these days the wool cycle on the newer generation washing machines is gentle enough for hand wash only yarns. Natural fibres are always, always better than acrylic. Acrylic is essentially plastic, and who wants to wear plastic?

As much as I can i've linked to patterns on public websites. Some are from Ravelry though - which you do need to sign up for. Even if you aren't planning to knit yourself, I highly recommend creating an account and having a browse through the pattern database.

10ply / Aran weight cardigan, free pattern, Ravelry link

10ply / Aran weight cardigan, free pattern, Ravelry link

3ply/light fingering weight, free pattern, pdf link

If you're after a fantastic collection of small-people patterns, you can't really go past Just Jussi's Garter Stitch Plain and Simple booklet. We have copies in-store, or you can download the pdf booklet directly from Justine's site. We've just ordered loads more Cascade 220 Sport which is perfect for these patterns.

Garter Stitch Plain and Simple by Justine Turner of Just Jussi

If you have any questions or need a helping hand making yarn and pattern selections - please ask! It's what we love to help with!



Emjay said:

The baby Yoda pattern is SUCH an easy knit and uses hardly any yarn, plus its adjustable!

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