Knitted for a baby GIRL

So after eight boys in the span of eight years (just on my husband’s side – it’s been all boys on my side, too!), our family will finally be welcoming a little girl into the fold this June. My niece, who is expecting her third baby, had thought she might wait until the birth to find out the baby’s sex, but she ended up choosing to find out at her five-month ultrasound, and needless to say we are all thrilled (and we would also have been thrilled to welcome Boy #9!). My own little boys are very excited that they will have a little girl cousin at last. As Little Buddha put it, “This baby is going to be legendary in our family!”

And so, Operation All the Pink Knitting has begun over here. As soon as I got the news, I cast on for a pair of booties:

Oscar Booties

Oscar Booties

For the longest time, this pattern was my go-to baby bootie pattern, but then last year I discovered the Oh Baby! Baby Booties and knit a streak of those. I already made a pair of those, though, in green for this little baby, so I decided to go back to the Oscar bootie pattern. Obviously, I love the look of garter for baby booties.

so wee!

so wee!

You can make an i-cord tie or a single-crochet cord for Oscar Booties (which I’ve done before), but I especially love the look of a ribbon.

I made these in one of my favorite yarns for baby knits – Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport Solid, in “Whisper,” bought, as per usual from Angelika’s.

I have more plans for pink baby knits, but I’m curious – what are your favorite baby knit patterns? I have some standard go-to knits, but I’m interested to know what I might be missing out there.

can't wait to see these on sweet baby feet!

can’t wait to see these on sweet baby feet!

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knitted :: Butterfly Hat

A few months ago, my sweet niece asked if I would knit her a pink hat. I sent her pictures of several options, and she picked the Butterfly Hat, a free pattern by Sofiya Cremin.

I’ve been interested in this pattern ever since my pal Heather made a pair for a couple of sweet little lasses in her family. Heather Knows Hats. So if she likes a pattern, I know I will, too. This one was fun and interesting, and, most importantly, cute. And it’s not just for the kiddos. My niece is a grown woman with kids of her own, and I thought this hat was perfect for her (especially in her favorite color). I had to get it away from my stepson first, though….

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It’s very difficult for me not to make a Zoolander quote right here.

Anyway! I made this hat in one of my favorite yarns, Stonehedge Mills Shepherd’s Worsted. As I mentioned in my last post about this yarn, my local yarn shop closed last spring (sob) and I no longer have local access to this Michigan-made yarn. But this summer, while vacationing on Mackinac Island, I stumbled into what looked like a drug store but turned out to also be half yarn store. What are the chances? The owner (a knitter herself) had a delicious assortment of Shepherd’s Wool; I actually had a hard time settling on which pink.

The yarn was its usual delight to work with – look at the great stitch definition – and the pattern was a sweet one.

work it, baby!

work it, baby!

Total winner.

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(The hat only used about half the skein (125 yards), which left plenty of yarn for a matching accessory. So I designed a new pattern, which I’ll be releasing tomorrow.)