Some dear friends are expecting a baby. Okay, LOTS of dear friends are expecting babies right now — at least six people I know are pregnant or have recently given birth.
Luckily most baby knits are insanely fast.
Isaiah, who was born last week, got a pair of wee socks, and has a Baby Surprise Jacket on the way.
For Lucy, who’s expected to arrive in January (observers unanimously agree, however, that Lucy’s mother is so enormously pregnant already that she won’t make it through the month of December), I used the bonnet pattern from Hello Yarn.
yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport, in Grass
mods: Instead of little ears, I added googley frog eyes.
Details follow, for those who are interested.
After picking up 12 stitches for the ears/eyes, knit one round.
Round 2: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: SSK, K4, K2tog
Round 5: SSK, K2, K2tog
Round 6: arrange remaining 8 stitches on two needles (4 on each)
Graft stitches using kitchener stitch.
Using black yarn, single crochet into knit stitches in a circular pattern.
With tapestry needle, white yarn, and chain-stitch, embroider a circle around the black.
The problem with all this gift-knitting is that I have no babies, and limited experience in dressing and caring for them.
So my question for all of you is this: What are your favorite baby knits?
Keep in mind that my priorities here are:
- Speed: there’s a lot of gifts to be knit, so I’m not interested in fingering-weight colorwork jumpers here. Quickness is key.
- Simplicity: easy on and off — most of these folks are first-time parents, and have too much on their minds to fiddle with dozens of wee buttons and bows.
- Functionality: I want to give gifts that will actually get some use.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and insights!