Choosing Knitting Patterns for a Baby's Outfit
When you hear of someone having a baby, you want to do something special. As a knitter, creating something from scratch, especially for the little one is a popular option. The trick is to find patterns that will suit the child and your knitting abilities. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect knitting patterns.
Look at the Fabric Needs
While wool and cotton are the two most probably materials you will use, they are not the only ones out there. In fact, there are a number of patterns designed for cashmere and other high-end fabrics in mind. These can be great, as long as you’re knitting with those materials. If not, the shape and style will look completely wrong. Check the fabrics required before you even think about choosing a pattern.
There is nothing wrong with choosing one of the more luxurious fabrics, if you have the budget for them. However, before you do, think about the person you are making the items for. Do they have the money and ability to care for these items?
Will Dressing Children be Easy
Remember that parents need to do everything for their babies. This includes putting the clothes on and taking them off. Check the layout of the patterns to ensure that they are easy for dressing. Garments that simply go over the head and popper at the bottom or have a couple of buttons at the front or back are the most preferred. You want to avoid anything with special ties around the arms or at the back. A baby just doesn’t stay still.
At the same time, you may want to think about the safety for the baby. Check the knitting patterns for any tassels or extras that could cause strangulation or get caught. Buttons can be choking hazards if they come off, so make sure they are secured properly. If you’re really concerned about this, consider a zipper pattern instead of buttons.
Take your time to look through the various knitting patterns available. There are some that are excellent ideas, very simple and perfect for all knitters and families. However, there are some designed for specially crafted, luxurious materials. Choose something that works perfectly for the baby and is within your budget to secure all the materials necessary.