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eatyerhartout
« on: April 22, 2007 06:03:00 PM »

My sister-in-law is having a baby shower in just under 1 month. She's due in July. I've already made a baby blanket for my future neice (so excited to be an aunt!!!) using Lion Brand Homespun. I have a little over 2 skeins left of the yarn and I'd like to make something else for the little girl.

Any ideas? I've never made a sweater, but I'd like to. Or maybe a little coat? Thanks so much!  I've never knit for a baby, so any advice from the mommies and daddies out there would be much appreciated, too!
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007 08:19:19 PM »

My daughter's lightweight sweaters seemed to get the most mileage. Just make sure that you make a big enough size to get through some of the chillier months.
Also, if you embroider, the current Vogue knitting mag has a pretty sweater with simple but elegant embroidery as a border. Of course, for a baby, softness and durability (i.e., able to withstand multiple washings) are more practical. But who wants to be practical when there are so many adorable things to knit? ;)
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007 01:02:34 AM »

A poncho would be good.  It's easy to slip on, and one size could fit her for a long time.  Start at the six month size, too.  I suggest not making anything in "newborn size", babies grow so fast that she wouldn't get a lot of use out of it. 

also, there's a great sweater pattern called the baby yoda sweater (i can't find the link, but you can google it, and it's listed on knitting pattern central).  It's the first sweater pattern I used, and it's easy.  Plus, it's pretty basic, so you could add stitching/embridery if you wanted to make it more individual.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007 06:05:56 AM »

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby.php
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_clothing.php

I just made the Quickie Baby Sweater listed on Knitting Pattern Central (the pdf pattern), you can see a FO pic on my blog (listed below). The only change I did was to knit it on US12's with Bernat Softee Chunkee (instead of 10.5s and the called for yarn). It turned out to be about a 6-9 months, which is good for a baby being born in July (I'm due to pop with my newest in July as well). The pattern is fast and easy. There is also Fran's Hooded Sweater which is pretty good too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2007 06:43:40 AM »

Just keep in mind that typically baby sweaters are outer wear.  I have known very few (including my own) baby who wore their sweaters much besides in transit or in other exposed situations. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007 03:30:20 PM »

Thanks everyone! These are all great ideas and I'll check out those patterns you mentioned.

Just keep in mind that typically baby sweaters are outer wear.  I have known very few (including my own) baby who wore their sweaters much besides in transit or in other exposed situations. 

Yeah, I remember my little cousins always wriggled out of their sweaters as soon as they got in the door. lol. I thought for a long time it was just a male thing, but apparently little girls do it too.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007 06:50:52 AM »

I figure it makes more sense to make them something that they won't outgrow, so I usually make a lovely soft bunny or blanket.
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2007 12:17:30 PM »

I think a sweater would be a wonderful addition to your baby shower gift. There is a wonderful baby sweater pattern that I recently used for some LB Homespun yarn. Here is the link: http://fpea.blogspot.com/2007/01/free-pattern-friday-mossy-jacket.html
It's so easy and seamless construction. I finished it in two days.
I live in Texas where it doesn't get too cold for a coat, but I always carry sweaters for both of my girls in the car. If they are in a resteraunt or building that's a little chilly, I just run to the car and grab a sweater.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2007 04:02:03 PM »

hey eatyerharthout...

If you click on this link, and scroll down, you'll get a ton of links for baby patterns.

http://knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com/2007/03/free-pattern-links.html

Good luck on the baby knitting.  Cheesy
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