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« on: September 14, 2005 10:29:26 AM »

I'm looking for "manly" baby BOY patterns.  Most of what I've seen is kind of girly.  Any suggestions?

(I'm an intermediate but brave knitter with a whole lot of pregnant friends and family to knit gifts for.)

p.s. I did a search first and here is a similar, but very old thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25374.0
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2005 05:37:35 PM »

I have been searching for baby boy patterns to knit for my brand new twin nephews.  I have just finished 2 hoodies knit in blue from the Holiday 2002 Family Circle Easy Knitting.  it was written for a larger size in chunky wool and striped.  I knit it in a smaller gauge and didn't do the stripes.  They turned out much more "manly" than the original pattern looked. 

I have decided that I will just have to take out any "girly" elements in baby patterns I like and knit them in more masculine colors.  (ie take out lacey parts or picot edgings). 
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2005 06:21:29 AM »

Thanks!
I agree with you about leaving out the frilly girly elements of pieces to make them less feminine.  It's just that there is such a huge assortment of really cute & original girly patterns and it seems like it's harder to find ideas for boys.  I'll post if I find any uniquely masculine patterns. 

For now I think I'm going to try the Ugg boots and hat
(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14033.60). 
Also, you may have seen this one, it's the froggy hat and socks...
http://www.p2designs.com/images/patterns/set-froggy.html
(I consider them more "boy" than girly.)
I would REALLY LOVE to find the pattern for these cowboy booties too:
http://theswitchboards.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2040&start=0

thanks for replying!  I saw that alot of people viewed this thread, but didn't reply - so they must be looking for BOY patterns too!
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2005 07:20:19 AM »

adorable bear slippers:
http://acmoore.com/Projects/yarnproject.asp?ProjectSubCategory_ ID=38&ID=631

great booties that could be made to look like ugh boots:
http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=1040&PHPSESSID=ae32dfc138a11cb0228e1df3360d9ff0

hoodie:
http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=1189&PHPSESSID=ae32dfc138a11cb0228e1df3360d9ff0

beret:
http://www.knitlist.com/95gift/babyb.htm

zippered jacket:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATTaccordion.html

cardigan and hat:
http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0141.htm

tart hat:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbabytart.html

cargo pants:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcargo.html

striped hoodie:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTchildHood.html

tube socks:
http://www.y2knit.net/babytube.pdf

square hat:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTpinklady.html
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kbig-hat.html

'suede' hat and boots:
http://www.diynet.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3148151,00.html

ugh boots:
http://www.diynet.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3148516,00.html

striped sweater:
http://www.yarnfwd.com/hailey.html

hooded poncho:
http://freeknittingpatterns.lionbrand.com/patterns/kjif-babyPoncho.html

tux:
http://www.geocities.com/jewedyknit/tuxedo.htm

rambo outfit:
http://members.tripod.com/lwalters1-ivil/lilrambo.html

juggling balls:
http://freeknittingpatterns.lionbrand.com/patterns/kms-jugglingBalls.html

coat:
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babycoat.htm

cabled vest:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/7526/babyvest.html

harlequin hat:
http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=6024

star toy:
http://www.lewiscraft.ca/project01.php?innum=400


Phew! I hope there are at least a few links here you don't already have.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2005 07:37:02 AM »

I'm not an experienced knitter but I've been wanting to attempt a "manly" baby boy pattern.  I have a nephew that's ~ 1.5 years old and my sis and BIL would be ticked off if I made him a girly looking sweater or hat.  I saw a post for apple and pumpkin baby hats but they still look girly to me  Undecided   

eternallyeve, thanks for posting the links to a bunch of patterns.  Hopefully, I'll find one that's at my skill level!
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2005 07:50:52 AM »

EternallyEve, thanks for the patterns!  It's nice to have them all in one spot!

I am dying to try the little baby tux, though I don't understand the sizing - 1, 2, and 3?? But it would be so cute for a wedding or special event.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2005 07:51:44 AM »

What defines girl or manly??  This is something I've never understood.  I guess if certain details are girly, then there's a reason why there's not a lot of variety in boy patterns.  I just don't get it, myself.  But that's just me.

The simple use of camo and orange yarn can be used to good effect.  I made a baby blanket (more of a carriage blanket or car seat cover, really) for my best friend's baby boy.  His daddy is a real good ol' boy; southern, hunter, big dogs, small women...   Very nice guy, but I always, ALWAYS wonder about how secure a man is who has to make such a show of his masculinity.  Ah well.  Anyway, I made the blanket as sort of a joke because I'd been teasing my friend about the testosterone in her upcoming family.  But after the baby was born, it became her husband's favorite gift.  (Much to Heather's chagrine, I think.)

Somewhere around here was a link to a pattern for a knitted dragon sweater or jacket.  I can't find it, but it was really cute....
Ah hah!  Here it is.  I thought I remembered that it was a Marnie Maclean pattern, and sure enough, here it is:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12627.0
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2005 08:08:09 AM »

What defines girl or manly??  This is something I've never understood.  I guess if certain details are girly, then there's a reason why there's not a lot of variety in boy patterns.  I just don't get it, myself.  But that's just me.

The simple use of camo and orange yarn can be used to good effect.  I made a baby blanket (more of a carriage blanket or car seat cover, really) for my best friend's baby boy.  His daddy is a real good ol' boy; southern, hunter, big dogs, small women...   Very nice guy, but I always, ALWAYS wonder about how secure a man is who has to make such a show of his masculinity.  Ah well.  Anyway, I made the blanket as sort of a joke because I'd been teasing my friend about the testosterone in her upcoming family.  But after the baby was born, it became her husband's favorite gift.  (Much to Heather's chagrine, I think.)

Somewhere around here was a link to a pattern for a knitted dragon sweater or jacket.  I can't find it, but it was really cute....
Ah hah!  Here it is.  I thought I remembered that it was a Marnie Maclean pattern, and sure enough, here it is:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12627.0


I'm with you on the girly/manly issue!  Sometimes I find it hard to determine if a wee one is a little boy or a little girl (maybe that's due to the fact that I don't have kids?).  Especially so if the baby is wearing an androgynous-looking outfit.  I'm guilty of saying "Aw, that is such a cute baby!", which sounds lame, but I don't want to offend the parents!  Perhaps that's why some parents feel that they have to dress their little boys in manly outfits?  Perhaps they are tired of dealing with the "Is that a little boy or a little girl?" question  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005 08:15:01 AM »

Honestly, I don't understand it when parents get offended when you guess the sexo f the baby incorrectly.  I understand that it can be frustrating, but I think parents need to cut other people some slack!
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2005 08:30:51 AM »

I have a little girl, and if I liked something that was blue, or had, for instance, little hockey players on it, then that's what Katherine wore.  Still does.  She's going to be three in November.  But I will honestly say that even when she was bald and wearing a little boy's turtleneck with hockey players all over it, jeans and boots, nobody mistook her for a little boy.  I did get some funny "why are you dressing your little girl like a boy" looks, but that's OK.  Kit even had her own little Pittsburgh Penguins onesie when she was a baby.  But, because I dressed her in what I thought was cute and didn't really care whether it was made for a boy or a girl (and it wasn't until she got old enough to choose her own clothes that she got anything pink and frilly), I wouldn't have been offended if someone had asked me her gender.  I probably wouldn't have gotten offended even if she was dressed like a girl.  I just don't understand what there is to be offended about.  Frankly, there is no way of getting around the fact that children ARE basically androgenous in most respects until puberty. 

In any case, and maybe because I'm the mother of a daughter, I don't know, I just don't know where the line is between "too girly" and "manly enough".  And I guess I've been told it doesn't work the same way for girls, who can get away with wearing boyish things but not vice versa.  Ah well, it's all very strange to me.  I've often felt that it's not kind to enforce your own hangups on your children, and that whole "too girly" thing drives me up the wall a little.  Of course, I understand not wanting to put your 2 year old boy in a pink frilly dress.  But some guys take it to the extreme.  The gal I made the camo blanket for... her husband thinks yellow ducks on a blu background are too girly.  Way to give your kid a complex, fellas.
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