Month: January 2016

Knitting for your toddler

When baby  becomes a toddler, your knitting changes.

Your baby grows up and your knitting needs to follow suit. It was easy when they were babies. They didn’t protest at wearing hand knits. They didn’t protest at wearing a particular colour. They didn’t ruin your hand knits made from luxurious baby alpaca whilst playing. They didn’t run away whilst trying to get the new knit on their squirming bodies.

Toddlers don’t need your hand knits the same as your baby did. There is a huge variety of clothes readily available for your toddler. Clothes made for toddlers are colourful. Clothes made for toddlers are cute. Clothes made for toddlers are reasonably priced, particularly if you buy from the numerous sales.  Clothes made for toddlers are rugged.

But I don’t care about all that. I love knitting for my toddler but I just have to choose the pattern and the yarn a little more wisely. And to make it even more difficult, it is summer here in New Zealand so what can I choose to knit for my toddler that she can wear now.

So a few nights ago I got out my cotton stash (yes, it is all separated from my wool stash) and tipped it all out on the lounge floor (much to my husband’s horror). Then I lugged all of my patterns out into the lounge and started to explore the possibilities.

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And I came up with this. I had lots of partial balls of beautifully coloured cotton from making this little cotton cardigan when our toddler was a baby.

I was lucky enough to get this Bergere de France summer baby and toddler knitting magazine from Trade Me (New Zealand’s eBay equivalent) and it has some gorgeous patterns that are all just a bit different to what you  would find in normal knitting pattern books.

The day after finishing this little cotton summer top, I was lucky enough to baby sit our toddler while Mummy and Daddy went to the movies. She had been wearing a long sleeved “Frozen” princess dress and the day was getting quite hot so I suggested she take off the dress and put on the cotton top.

“Nooooo” she cried in her defiant toddler voice. “But this is a new top that Nanny made for you” replied Nanny. “Ok” said toddler. (She loves wearing things Nanny made for her).  “Phew” thought Nanny and toddler left it on for the rest of the day and was much cooler.

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Pattern book – Bergere de France magazine Tricot no. 162
Pattern – Striped Tank Top
Yarn – Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK / Crucci Cotton / Sirdar Calico / Freedom Sincere cotton / Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine
Link to Ravelry project here

Simply blue booties by Val Pierce

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I must remember next time that Val Pierce’s bootees are “huge”. If I knit bootees, it is usually for a newborn and these are definitely not a newborn size. Her patterns are one size only so next time I will use a finer wool to see if that helps.

When Sebastian was first born, I made baby him a tiny pair of Hooties bootees and these rather large blue ones from my Val Pierce bootee book. I can only hope that Sebastian got some wear out of them before the cold days turned into summer. But then again, I am not sure if they are a very good pattern as they don’t have anything to hold them onto baby’s feet. I think next time I make bootees I won’t let my girls have such a wide selection of patterns to choose from. I think I will select only bootees patterns that look like they will stay on. 

Pattern book – Twenty to Make :Knitted Baby Bootees by Val Pierce
Pattern – Simply Blue Bootees
Yarn – Patons Dreamtime 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here