So many friends are having babies right now and it’s been such fun to make some baby gifts. I’ve been trying to find a good baby hat but struggled with hats being too wide or too big or just not looking quite right. It will be easier when I have an actual baby around for try-ons. I’ve used a few different Ravelry patterns and modified others to try and recreate my favorite baby hats that Es wore. But I was really excited to try Saartje’s Bootees. This pattern was pretty much the entire reason I decided to give knitting another try and persevered through a lot of frustration and tears. I still prefer sewing to knitting for the ability to make useful things and to feel more in control of the final product, but I enjoy that knitting is so portable and social. So, a few knitted gifts:
And to go with these gifts, I tried two different baby pants patterns. First I tried the Basic Newborn Pants from Made By Rae. A great (and free!) pattern, these pants were easy to make and I loved using up odd bits of fabric. All of them seem to have left the house before I took pictures except this one, on the left:
The pants on the right are the Quick Change Trousers from Anna Marie Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby. I love that these pants are reversible and have multiple sizes. At first I worried that they were a little bulky (from the double layer of fabric) but then I realized that the recipients would be wearing cloth diapers anyway, so bulkiness wasn’t really a huge concern. I’m excited to try more of both patterns. I love how little time and fabric baby clothes require!