Our new Knits for Everybody collection couldn’t have come at a better time! My sister is about to have a baby in November which means that I immediately threw out my old queue of knitting projects and cast on for every baby project I could think of. Now, it’s been a long time since I’ve been around a baby and it’s hard to remember how absolutely teeny tiny they are when they’re brand new. Instead of winging it and just guesstimating the size of a newborn baby, I turned to Knits for Everybody to help me find just the right size!
I used the Knits for Everybody Sweater pattern to whip up a newborn-sized sweater in Stroll Tweed Farmhouse Heather and then borrowed the chart from Tiny Owl Knit’s Oh My Bear! pattern to duplicate stitch an adorable little bear face on the tummy. I love the idea of taking these basic patterns and spicing them up with a crazy color, basic fair isle or stripes. The Knits for Everybody Sweater pattern features short rows to get the perfect neck opening, raglans sleeves for a seamless knit and it’s worked top-down so you can get the perfect length every time. What’s not to love? I’ll definitely be knitting a few more of these cute little pullovers in bigger sizes once the baby bear cub is here!
I used Stroll Tweed Oyster Heater, Wellies Heather and Down Heather, as well as Stroll Basalt Heather for the bear face colors. So cute, so rustic. I can’t believe how well this little pullover turned out! Plus, Stroll is machine washable making this the easiest sweater to care for, an important consideration for brand new (sleep-deprived) parents.
And, because I couldn’t help myself, I decided to make what I’ve been calling the “little track suit” in super funky striped Felici! I used Tin Can Knit’s free Flax Light pullover pattern for the top and their Rocky pants pattern from Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe. Felici is a special reserve yarn which means that once we’ve sold out of a color then it’s gone, and while Ever After (the colorway I knit my little set in) is already gone, I think Bubble or Rainbow would also make super cute baby knits. The Rocky pants feature thoughtful short-rows in the bum area to accommodate diaper bulk and the Flax Light pullover has a wonderfully wide neck opening to easily fit those large baby noggins.
Baby knits are the best. Such sweet details in such a small size, I can’t wait to knit a whole wardrobe for my new nephew. Let me know in the comments if you have other tried-and-true baby patterns that I should try!