Baby gifts

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:

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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:  

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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!

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3 thoughts on “Baby gifts

  1. Hey, I recognize those green leaf ones! So cute. I feel kind of famous, to see an original item from Doug’s wardrobe on your blog! Feel free to practice your hats on him (ha ha), although I do think his head size is an outlier. This weekend I noticed he has outgrown the handknit one my mom made for Luke.

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