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Jun 8, 2012

What's more precious than a new baby? In my family we call them "newbies" and when there's a newbie on the way, I start knitting as soon as I hear about it!

I have a trove of baby knitting patterns that I love to use, and since it's baby season (at least that's what I've been hearing, but I think every season is baby season!), I thought I'd share some of them with you. All three of these are from Leigh Radford's book, One Skein, which should be a staple of any knitter's library.

Brace yourself, here are the cuties!

Baby Hat Baby Bolero Petal Bib
I know!! Too precious.

The first little project is the Baby Hat. This is so perfect for the girl newbie or toddler; it's sized for head circumferences13¾" and 17". The yarn called for is DK or light worsted and a 125-yard skein will make both a newborn and toddler hat, so you can give both and there's something to grow in to. I've done this and it's so fun—moms will be thrilled.

Just look at the Baby Bolero! It's so darling. Leigh included an optional lace pattern on the back of the bolero because, "According to Eastern folklore, the eyelet motif brings luck and protection to the wearer, no matter his or her size." If you're knitting for a boy you can easily omit the motif, but everyone needs protection and luck, so I always leave it in and share the story. Parents love it, whether they have a girl or a boy. And you'll need just one skein of a worsted-weight organic cotton.

And now, the Petal Bib. It's fantastic, isn't it? This is such an easy knitting pattern, you can make several and package them up as a set. I usually knit at least three and package them flat in a box so parents can see the cuteness as soon as they open the gift. There are always lots of oohs and aahs about this project because it's SO DARLING. Seriously, right? One skein of 90- to 100-yard DK-weight mercerized cotton yarn will make one of these bibs.

Leigh is a groundbreaking designer and one of the most creative people I've ever met. I took a workshop from her several years ago and she was wonderful at making her students think about different materials to knit with and different techniques to use. You'll see lots of her creativity and inspiration in One Skein.

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on Jun 12, 2012 10:32 AM

I purchased this book a couple of years ago and had a plethora of newbies born that year!   The bolero and hat were so easy to work up (I'm a Medium Experienced knitter) and thought that most of what we see when holding a new baby was their worked in a little lace type stitch halfway and then reversed the directions to make it look like a medallion... it came out so perfectly and sweet to see some design on the back!  (that 's about it for my Improvising....!  8-)

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on Jun 11, 2012 11:37 AM

One Skein is the best book ever! I have about wore it out with all the great patterns. I particularly love the Spiral Rib Bag....very easy and fun to make and it works up quickly which is the best part! So glad you suggested this book  and I hope others will pick it up and give it a try! Thanks for letting me put in my 2 cents worth~~

on Jun 8, 2012 9:42 AM

Packaging the bibs flat...great idea. You could even have fun with the wrapping...maybe carrying the yarn color into the paper. Using scrap yarn to tie up the present. All sorts of possibilities.