Weaving for Baby: Three Tips for Baby Projects

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  A Spring Baby Blanket pattern for the 4-shaft loom.

imageplaceholder Anita Osterhaug
Editor, Handwoven
weavingtoday.com

I’ve been ready to be a grandmother for years, and I have all the crafty skills to qualify for the job. I can weave and knit and even sew (marginally), and I love doing crafts with kids. My children haven’t been ready for parenthood until recently, but now I am a grandma! Our son married a lovely woman earlier this month, and we became grandparents to a sweet 8-year-old boy who loves math, and games, and Ninja Turtles. (For those of you without young boys in your family, the turtles are back.)

Our beloved Ben is not a baby but I think he might appreciate a cozy throw for his bed, and perhaps I can look forward to weaving something in his college colors someday. And his parents have been hinting that he may have a little brother or sister in the next few years, so there is much to look forward to.

Meantime, if you have babies in your life, here are three tips for weaving projects for the modern baby:

  1. Have fun with color! Forget pastel pink and blue: kids and parents today love color, and bright colors are thought to stimulate developing little brains. Check out the Color Blanket pattern for a great example. If you like pink and blue, why not choose raspberry or a vibrant turquoise? I’m thinking Nina Turtle green for Ben’s throw. (Not that an 8-year-old’s brain needs extra stimulation.)  
  2. Skip the floats.  Long floats can get caught on little fingers, so it’s best to stick with plain weave, waffle-weave, tight lace weaves, and other structures with frequent interlacements.  The Rosebud Baby Blanket in plain and basket weave is a great example of a handsome pattern that will wear well. Even projects for bigger kids face a lot of washing, and a floating thread is more likely to wear or tear.  
  3. Make it washable.  Cotton is a perennial good choice for baby projects, but we also want softness next to baby skin, and there are so many lovely washable wools available. Suzie Liles' waffle-weave blanket in Panda Silk is soft as can be. Sock yarns come in so many lovely colors, they’re washable, and the touch of nylon helps them wear well through multiple infants or the constant use that a favorite “blankie” will get.

If you need more ideas, check out our new Weaving for Baby pattern collection. (And if you want to weave a baby blanket on a narrow or rigid-heddle loom, take a look at Sara Bixler’s No-Sew Baby Blanket.) Weaving is a great way to welcome a new little person to your family and the world.

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