More Gift Ideas: What to Knit for Baby

Just as I’m writing Monday’s post about not having to knit any gifts this season…Two of my friends, Katie and Amy, go and have their babies. Sure, in each case I had nine months’ notice, but did I knit anything babyish so that the gifts would be all ready to go when the babies were ready to go? Of course not. So here we are, two adorable babies richer, and no adorable little knitted baby thingies with which to greet them. I feel like a chump.

I’m close to finishing the Camisa, and once I do, methinks it’s time to venture into Munchkin Land to do a bit of baby knitting.

What tiny delight should I make?

Half the fun of knitting a baby gift is deciding what to make. Everyone has their favorite sort of baby thing to knit—my favorite is teeny sweaters and jackets. So I went off in search of cute little baby coverings in the pages of whatever Interweave things I had unpacked already, which was an incomplete set of our magazines and the two books I carried with me on the drive to Canada, One Skein and Natural Knits for Babies and Moms.

I spent a very happy afternoon on a quest for the perfect baby sweater. I started making a list of all the sweaters I could find in those pages, and then some booties snuck in there, and then some hats, and before I knew it, I had a nice list of Interweave Baby Gifts. At that point, I realized that you would probably like to have a copy of this list! That way, the next time someone happily pats her belly and says, “Guess what? I’m pregnant!” you'll be prepared.

So here’s my list. I only included patterns that were for infants or babies, figuring that those for young children deserved their own list. Each item gives the original source, and, if it has been republished, where it is now.  The patterns are from Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knits Gifts, Interweave Felt, and Interweave Crochet, and also the two books I have on hand, One Skein and Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. (Maybe I can expand this list once I am a little more unpacked!) — Sandi

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Sandi's List of Interweave Baby Gifts

Look for the back issues and books at your local yarn shop, if they aren’t in your collection already. And while some of these patterns are already in our online store, look for more to be added in the near future!

HATS

Snuggly Baby Hats by Lora Steil (Knits Summer 04)
New Baby Blanket and Hat Set by Kristin Spurkland (Knits Summer 02)
Cherries ‘N Cream Baby Set by Diane Zangl (Knits Spring 99)
Diamonds and Hearts Baby Bonnet by Judith Durant (Knits Summer 97; buy this pattern online)
Vine Lace Baby Hat by Sandi Wiseheart (download for free on KD)
Oscar Baby by Katie Himmelberg and Lisa Shroyer (Knitscene Fall 06; buy this pattern online)
Beanie Hat by Louisa Harding (Natural Knits for Babies and Moms)
Blanket and Hat by Louisa Harding (Natural Knits for Babies and Moms)
Baby Hat by Leigh Radford (One Skein)

 

 

 

BOOTIES

Baby Bear Poncho & Northwoods Booties by Jennifer Carpenter (Knits Summer 01; Knits Gifts 06)
Barnyard Booties by Sue Flanders (Knits Summer 00)
Better Than Baby Booties by Ann Budd (Knits Summer 05; download for free on KD)
Old World Booties by Gryphon Perkins (buy this pattern online)
Fat Baby Booties by Bev Galeskas (Felt 07)
Boy’s and Girl’s Booties by Louisa Harding (Natural Knits for Babies and Moms)

 



CLOTHING and SETS

Dragon Skin Wrap by Angela Hahn (Knits Gifts 07; buy this pattern online)
Heirloom Aran Baby Set by Lisa Lloyd (Knits Spring 04)
Diamond Seed Baby Jacket by Erica Alexander (Knits Winter 04; buy this pattern online)
Origami Baby Kimono by Bonnie Franz (Knits Summer 03)
Gansey Layette by Veronik Avery (Knits Winter 02/03; buy this pattern online)
New Baby Blanket and Hat by Kristin Spurkland (Knits Summer 02)
Baby Born by Anne Rachap (Knits Winter 01/02)
Baby Bear Poncho and Northwoods Booties by Jennifer Carpenter (Knits Summer 01 and Knits Gifts 06)
Mandarin Baby Set by Cathy Payson (Knits Spring 00)
Cherries ‘N Cream Baby Set by Diane Zangl (Knits Spring 99)
Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Kristin Spurkland (Knits Summer 05)
Buttercup Baby (crochet) by Elissa Sugishita (Crochet Fall 06)

Gansey Layette


BLANKETS and LINENS

Heirloom Aran Baby Set by Lisa Lloyd (Knits Spring 04)
Gansey Layette by Veronik Avery (Knits Winter 02/03; buy this pattern online)
New Baby Blanket and Hat by Kristin Spurkland (Knits Summer 02)
Star Light, Star Bright by Anna Rachap (Knits Winter 99/00)
Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket by Melanie Lewis (Knits Spring 97)
Bobby’s Blankie by Judith Durant (Knits Winter 97)
Bear Claw Blanket by Veronik Avery (Knits Spring 05)
Babette Blanket (crochet) by Kathy Merrick (Crochet Spring 06; buy this pattern online)
Nursery Valance by Lori Gayle (Knits Summer 03)

 


TOYS

Sir Stephen the Bunny (crochet) by Donna Childs (Crochet 08)
Elliot the Dragon by Jill Eaton (Knits Gifts 07)
Classic Teddy Bear by Mary Ann Gebhardt (Knits Gifts 07; buy this pattern online)
Best Friend Bears by Joan Haigh and Patricia Wulff (Knits Winter 99/00 and Knits Gifts 06)
Cat, Rabbit, and Teddy Bear by Louisa Harding (Natural Knits for Babies and Moms; pattern is also a free download on KD)


I hope this inspires your own knitting for little ones! As for what Katie and Amy’s babies are getting…I’m currently in love with wrap-front baby kimonos. Easy to put on, and a nice layer of warmth for the upcoming cold season…so I am eyeing the Harvey Kimono from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms (pictured above). Five teensy little pieces, a bit of seaming, and then the fun of choosing buttons. Sounds like a great excuse to get away from unpacking for a bit!

OK, that’s me–what’s your favorite thing to make for a new baby? Let us know!




Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily.
  She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.

  

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