So several weeks after asking the question "What to Knit for a Baby Boom" I am starting to get some answers. You have seen what I came up with, the Legwarmies and Vertabrae combo and now the Duckie Sweater and today's matching pieces, a hat and mitties.
These little projects were unplanned bonuses, after finishing up the Duckie Sweater with nearly 50g of yarn remaining I thought a hat and mitties would be perfect for the remnants. After finishing up both I still have about 15yds remaining, so I managed to get a nice gift set out of a single skein of DK weight. And with DK being such a good option across some of my favorite hand dyers dyers, Tanis (Yellow Label), madelinetosh (tosh DK or tosh merino DK for a single) and SweetGeorgia Yarns (Superwash DK), and they all happen to be superwash which can make life so much easier for new moms and dads (or whoever gets the short straw and has to do laundry).
So I would say that I have a good answer to my question about what to knit for babies, I enjoy making little sweaters, but not from fingering weight and legwarmies and mitties are a great way to bust some stash without committing to something too large. I will wait to hear back from new mom about what was the best part and what can be improved upon.
- Details -
Project Name: Forest Baby Flying Ducky Hat AND Forest Baby Mitties
Pattern: Aviatrix Baby Hat by Justine Turner of Just Jussi AND Baby Mitts by Susan B. Anderson for Spud Says!
Recipient: Forest Baby
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK in Tourmaline
- Mitties - Did 1x1 rib to match the sweater and hat
- Hat - Overlapping shortrows (ie. eating up some gaps while still creating more), I am not certain I did them correctly but the baby will be cute enough no one will notice.
- Yarn - As seen in my effusive praise on the sweater I am a HUGE fan of the yarn and the color and am excited to use some of the other SweetGeorgia in my stash.
- Patterns - Both were fine, although the Hat pattern seemed needlessly complex in places. I don't love the hat but I will be on the look out for other helmet shaped hats. The mitties were straight forward but the pattern made it easier.
Re-Knit?: Probably not the hat, it was more fiddly than I would like but the mitties are cute but seem super small, I will find out how much too small when the baby is born and I will modify the pattern accordingly.