10.26.2010

baby sweaters

baby sweaters

Lena and I are going to start knitting baby sweaters.  Her baby is due in December, and he needs some snuggly, warm knits.  I've never made any baby sweaters before, only baby booties.  I found some cute patterns on Ravelry, only I can't really decide which one to make.  What do you think?

57 comments:

k_darling said...

The hoodies are too cute.

Emily said...

the two on the far right! those are adorable, especially for a little fella.

Carlene said...

The duffle coat is very Wiksten, don't you think?

Are you *sure* you don't have more news for us?

;)

sarah said...

They all look adorable. I would probably go for knits that are easiest to put on and off. So with that in mind I really like the duffle coat and baby sophisticate.

I also love the baby patterns (and wool) by sublime
http://www.hulucrafts.co.uk/the-seventh-little-sublime-hand-knit-book-640.htm

Carlene said...

this one, too (rav link):

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/latte-baby-sweater

Law of Attraction said...

the two on the right are awesome.

Modern Crush said...

Oh I love the last one.. so so sweet!

saradowle said...

How adorable!
I've been looking for a mustard coloured cardi for a while, so my vote goes with that one!

sarah said...

love that little orange hooded number. cute!

Paulina said...

The red one looks very comfy and big hood can be useful in cold weather.

Sara said...

i've made a sweater from the top right pattern, its great!

good instructions
nice pattern (not too much sewing up)
and super cute (i wanted to sew elbow patches on)

erica said...

definitely yes to the kimono sweater, babies look so sweet in them.

if i were knitting leon something, i would go with a hoodie, and the duffel coat is pretty adorable.

ritu said...

jenny, the elizabeth zimmerman baby surprise jacket is an amazing pattern that i've always wanted to try. and it is worked in one piece!

Arlie said...

gee! I love little people clothes. The red one with the hood is precious and the brown! I love how that one looks like a mini grandpa sweater. So sophisticated for a little man :)

Shayna said...

I have the duffle coat marked as a fave, too...super cute. Currently I'm working on the Zimmerman baby surprise jacket with a hood. It's a totally fast and easy knit...

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitterlyThings/baby-surprise-jacket-so01b

nicole said...

They're all lovely, you won't go wrong with any of them. The stripey one is a great way to use up leftover yarn. It's also a really easy pattern with no sewing up to do, which I like.

The yellow one with the shawl collar reminds me of that beautiful grey one you knit for yourself.

Vanessa said...

I love the camel cardigan! I want my imaginary bebe to look like Mr. Rogers, yes please.

www.looselips-sinkships.com

Kristien said...

What fun!

Jenny, the Harvey Kimono is my favorite, and looks like it would be super easy to get an infant into and out of, which could be a plus considering how often babies spit up, and need to be changed! Also, with sensitive parts like a healing umbilical cord or anything else, you wouldn't want anything too heavy on the body. As adorable as the hooded items are, they might be a lot of weight on a little guy's neck.

I started knitting the Debbie Bliss ribbed baby jacket a while ago for a friend of mine and ran out of steam, mostly because I didn't love the yarn I had chosen and the sweater was shaping up weird. If you decide to go with that one, this schematic is very helpful for conceptualizing how the H shaped item you are knitting will become a sweater! http://redshirtknitting.com/?p=21

I highly recommend Malabrigo yarn if you are feeling splurgey--it's washable, very warm and snuggly, and a dream to work with.

b.a. said...

hoods are great with babes (no messing with hats), so #4 is my first pick. plus, the double-breastedness is awesome.
but the shawl collar on number three is pretty awesome, too. like a little man. a little j.crew man. with great taste in sweaters.

Ella said...

They are all cute, but most practically you may want to consider one without buttons, since babies can chew them off and choke on them.

victoria said...

Aw, baby sophisticate is adorable!

Flora said...

Oh! Clockwise from top left, I really like #3 and #4! I love simple baby clothes and these are perfect. So exciting!

sunshine by sara said...

The red and mustard ones get my vote. I'd wouldn't mind having them in my own size!

Vanessa + Jenny said...

The mustard coloured one & the red one are very cute!

I've also made Manda Ruth by Jane Richmond - which is adorable. And easily adapted via colour choice for a boy or girl. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/manda-ruth

The simpler the design and the more classic looking, the better I've found when knitting for babies and toddlers.

I'm looking forward to my Tova pattern as well :) Will have to wait a bit longer for the shipping to Australia though. Yay! Thanks for working so hard on getting them out to us. Very appreciated, Jenny!

SaraLynn said...

My favorite is definitely the hooded red sweater - could it get any cuter? I also love the first blue sweater with the v neckline.

Jennifer said...

Oh. my. lord. The Duffle Coat. Seriously cute.

abby said...

The duffle coat seems perfect for a baby. Super snuggly with the hood, easy to pull on, not too many buttons to fiddle with and it is adorable. Love the mustard cardigan too. Making things for tiny people is so fun.

Julie, Lee, Noah and Neve Machen said...

check out patterns by six and a half stitches on ravelry too!

eamelia said...

The baby sophisticate and the duffle coat are that great old-man style that i love on babies. I would definitely go with things that button as I always found slipping sweaters over wobbly heads a bit nerve wracking.
I wish they made these patterns in my size! I'll have to go hunting.

the little owl said...

I love the Debbie Bliss and Sublime patterns for classic, baby clothes. However, if you know that your recipient's child is going to be a girl, I can't recommend Elizabeth Zimmerman's February Sweater enough! It's amazing, easy pattern with gorgeous results. I've knit it half a dozen times and it's always a hit.

Here's one of mine:
http://lepetithibou.blogspot.com/2008/03/je-mappelle-speedy-gonzales.html

Sense & Sounds said...

yeah, buttons on babies always make me nervous. you could do ties maybe?

Bre said...

Baby Sophisticate! They are born old men and deserve old man woolens...

jeana sohn said...

aww the red one!!

nancy : The Sway Report said...

I like the Duffle Hoodie and Eskimo Hoodie. Adorable picks.

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riotyarn said...

All of them are adorable but the red hoodie is my favorite. Happy knitting!

Amanda said...

The placket neck is fun to knit and very quick. My son wears his all the time. It doesn't have seams to bother babies. The hooded cardigan is so cute, too!

Sarah Eagle said...

I love them all! You have such good taste! The hooded cardigans are my favourites. I love that blue with the yellow/ wood buttons- great combo!

kim said...

Am making the baby sophisticate for my little girl. It knits up super quick & is so cute. Using Jill Eaton Minnow Merino & love it.
Also recommend the easy baby cardi from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, & the pointy elf hat from the same book.

Radostin said...

I would recommend not hooded items for a really tiny baby (he'll need hats, sure, but a hood can get in the way a lot) - and cardigans or kimonos for the tiny sizes so they don't have to go over his head. You definitely don't need to worry at all about him chewing the buttons off until he's quite big, in fact I have had all three of my babies in cardigans throughout with no problem (I just keep an eye on them!). Kimono styles are nice as she can put the baby on his tummy, and he won't be lying on the buttons, but so long as you choose flats ones then regular car dies are great.

Trula said...

I like the red one. Hoods are perfect to keep their heads warm. Hats are just so easy to take off.

Séverine said...

I love the duffle coat very much,
I knitted one for my nephew and he wore it so much, but i did not do the hood that's right, it's not very convenient for a newborn or very little one.
You're such a great knitter, i'm sure the sweater you'll make will be perfect. :)

shiso mama said...

i always love stripes on babies, but i avoided pullovers for my kids when they were infants since it made it hard to get on and off. i made a hoodie for my daughter, but found that we didn't wear it very often because the hoodie needed to be on her head or otherwise bunched up behind her head, which got in the way. ah, this is making me so nostalgic!

Leila said...

Baby sweaters are so fast to make -- they're great! Here's my baby sophisticate that I knit for my friend's baby:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26684469@N06/4960632940/in/set-72157605814862817/

I vote for that one, of course!

Kelly and Kelly said...

I personally don't like hoods on my babies clothes until they are sitting really well - so 6 or 9 month size. They are adorable though, love the one on the top right the best.

Erin said...

So cute! I vote for the bottom right sweater.

Emily said...

The mustard cardigan and eskimo hoodie are adorable!!

Helena said...

I've made Baby Sophisticate for my baby boy in 2 sizes - super fast and super cute. I also made the placket pullover and love it. Also look into the baby surprise sweater ... so warm and cozy and an interesting exercise is shaping. That's my vote!

Lunchie said...

I second the baby surprise suggestion. It's really very satisfying to knit something in one piece, and it's awesome-looking:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68971937@N00/565464664/in/photostream/

Regina said...

I've made the placket-neck pullover before and it turned out really cute. The chunky yellow and blue on the bottom are pretty sweet, however, I agree regarding hoods, so maybe number 1? A tough decision-but so fun and rewarding to knit. :)

well-crafted said...

Baby Sophisticate is awesome! I am almost finished making one and think it’s a darling pattern. I also LOVE the Ribbed Baby Jacket and have made several. You can see my favorite one here.

gretchen said...

hooded jumpers are great since it omits the need for a separate hat which newborns almost always seems to need regardless of which season they are born in... and hats seem to fall over the eyes and need pulling back up but hoodies dont have that issue... maybe the double breasted might be fiddly to close?...me think the last blue one..just like the ones I used on my 3 babies! x

kristina - no penny for them said...

wow! i like the eskimo best. maybe in a soft, light grey or egg shell white?

marion said...

try the elizabeth zimmerman baby surprise jacket, it is so beautiful and very fun to knit in a sculptural kind of way.

WSAKE said...

although i have none experience what so ever dressing a little child, i think the kimono style sweater works best. i bet you can easily put it on and off and if the baby lays on the belly - there are no disturbing buttons in the way.

Naomi said...

I am making the placket-neck pullover right now for a friend's baby, though I really love that duffle coat.

Also, have you seen this pattern?
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/design-f---wrap-collar-sweater-hat-and-blanket

goodlongwhile said...

They all look good!

A friend gifted us the child's placket-neck pullover and we love it. I can also tell you that hoods are pretty great for the little ones.

(here are some photos with the sweater..http://goodlongwhile.typepad.com/good_long_while/2010/10/s-s-sewing-project.html)

Misha Lulu said...

I love the mustard one!