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04 August 2008

Cool knitting patterns for babies? [More:]A very close friend just had twins, and I'd like to make something for them. She's not your conventional mum: she loves her shouty music (she named her son after Link Wray, and wears her salt & pepper mohawk with pride at 37), and has chosen to do this on her own. She's also a chef. So here's my question to all the cool craftsters and hip mamas here: where should I look for cool/interesting knitting patterns for babies? Do you have any suggestions for things that would be useful for a new mum? I'm a reasonably skilled knitter, so textured or multicoloured patterns aren't a problem. I'll be buying her some inexpensive preemie outfits, but would like to make something that has a longer lifespan, preferably something she can keep. Thanks!
These are seriously awesome. So is this. No patterns, but maybe you could figure it out?
posted by mygothlaundry 04 August | 13:17
Wow. Those are great! Unfortunately, a pattern drafter I ain't, but maybe I can find a skull & crossbones/sock monkey/toothy monster colour chart and work it into a blanket or snuggly thingy or something. Hee...those disco baby knits would definitely be much loved and used by generations on Gigglyano Island.
posted by elizard 04 August | 13:37
Skull chart?
posted by Hugh Janus 04 August | 13:43
*gives Hugh a big, wet smooch on the lips* Mwah!
posted by elizard 04 August | 13:45
not clothing, and not terribly tricky it appears, but I thought these were seriously awesome:

knitted octopodes
posted by lonefrontranger 04 August | 14:31
and a little less knitting-101 version pattern from etsy.

(I don't knit, so I dunno if knit octopodes are so-five-minutes-ago, but they're still cute)
posted by lonefrontranger 04 August | 14:34
I've always wanted to knit these, but have yet to find a baby whose mother would appreciate them. One day...
posted by esilenna 04 August | 14:38
Toys! Never even thought of that. A whole new world of pattern googling just opened up. Thanks, lfr!

On preview: esilenna, those also rock really hard. I knew you bunnies would come through in spades.
posted by elizard 04 August | 14:39
Here's another skull pattern. If you make it in fingerweight yarn it should come out in baby size.

There are tons of free baby patterns at this site, and a lot of them are cool.
posted by gaspode 04 August | 15:27
I saw "knitting patterns for babies" and thought "damn, they make craft out of anything these days"

I'm a bad person.
posted by dg 04 August | 15:50
That skull hat is nice. I may try that this winter.

Another book you might want to check out is World of Knitted Toys. I found it at Border's and checked out the patterns before I bought it.
posted by MonkeyButter 04 August | 17:05
Go here, seriously, I make these for babies all the time and the parent's LOVE them. The patterns are easy to follow and the woman is very nice and easy to deal with. I highly recommend her.
posted by LunaticFringe 04 August | 18:44
I just noticed the angler fish pattern...I need!
posted by LunaticFringe 04 August | 18:46
Turtlegirl made this skull n bones hat for our friend's baby.
posted by terrapin 04 August | 19:21
Thanks so much for the suggestions, everyone. I'm going to go with the book that MonkeyButter suggested for now, as we don't have a printer here, but as soon as I can I'll be printing off/buying the other great patterns you've pointed me to. Now I've got enough cool knitting projects to last me quite a while. They should pay for themselves in fewer cigarettes smoked while watching TV/BOP's growing domination of the world of Oblivion, too! terrapin, is that pattern of turtlegirl's making? Would she be willing to share it with me?
posted by elizard 06 August | 11:35
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