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« on: March 05, 2011 10:44:10 AM »

A friend of mine is expecting and I would like to knit a Knitting Pure and Simple Easy Baby Cardigan for her. My problem is that I am not sure what size to make it. The baby is due in June and I would like her/him to be able to wear the sweater during her/his first winter. The pattern has options for newborn, 6 months, 12 months & 18 months corresponding to chests of 18, 20, 22, 24 inches and length of 9, 10, 11, and 12 inches.
I tried to look at size charts to see whether or not the average 6 month old fit into 6 month old clothing or even whether the 6 month size of this pattern is the typical 6 month clothing size; but I was having trouble figuring it all out. Huh
I was hoping that maybe someone who has had children or knit for children or maybe even knit this cardigan could help me. I have never made baby clothing before and I would really like this to be a usable garment.

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011 03:27:11 PM »

An average baby can usually wear a 6mo size by the time they're 3 or 4 months, and some larger ones can't wear newborn size for more than a week, then they're into the 3 mo size. So make a large 6 mo size (go up in needle size and make the length and sleeves a little longer) or the 12 mo size.

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011 02:38:33 AM »

I agree with soozeq.  I had a boy in September and by three months, he was wearing 6 month clothing and now, at five 1/2 months, he's wearing 12 month clothing.  I'd suggest the 12 month size - it may be big at first, but depending on where you live, winter can be a long season.  12 months would give the baby room to grow and trust me, the mama will be happier that way. Smiley

« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011 10:06:45 AM »

Thank-you. I started making it at the twelve months size but after finishing the collar it seemed so big that I was not sure. . I will go ahead with the 12 month size  Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 12:19:53 PM »

Another thing to consider (though it sounds like you've already done a good bit of the knitting) would be to wait until the baby is born and then you'll know whether he/she is larger than average.  I have actually had friends whose kids were into 9 month sizes by a few months, in those cases even a 12 month size might not see much wear for a June baby.

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