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Four terrific hand knit baby gifts

This soft and cuddly baby blanket is made from chenille yarn that feels like velour.
This soft and cuddly baby blanket is made from chenille yarn that feels like velour.
Holli Friedland

Whether you know someone who is having a baby, or you just want to be ready for a shower gift in the future, knitters love creating gifts for babies. No matter what your skill level, there is a gift that can be made for babies, and often with a pattern that is available for free.

Baby booties are a classic. Five Hour Booties are a fun project from someone with limited skills. They are tiny, and the stitches are not complicated. This project is knit either on double pointed needles or using one long circular needle and the magic loop technique. Some beginners may find this a little challenging, but the magic loop comes in very handy. Every knitter should learn it.

Hats are always a big hit. You can add lots of bright colors or create them in muted pastels. They can be extremely complicated or very simple. There is no end to the number of patterns available for baby hats. The easy Baby in Bloom hat is made with bold colors and will make a fashion statement for even the smallest child.

When creating a sweater for newborns, keep in mind that babies do not stay tiny for very long. Mothers will be needed things in slightly larger sizes soon enough and will be thankful that every gift they receive is not in the newborn size. Often baby sweater patterns have a newborn, 3-6 month and 9-12 month size. Use a gauge to make sure the sweater does not end up fitting a 6-year-old instead of a 6-month-old. If you are up for a complete set, this Baby Sweater Set has everything from sweater to hat to booties. For a real challenge, check out the Trellis sweater. This gorgeous little number is made from a soft and cuddly cotton blend.

An afghan may stay in the child’s life for many years and become a permanent fixture in the child’s bedroom. For this reason, a nice neutral color might be a good choice. The Lace Baby Afghan has a label of easy, but it will be time consuming.

Whatever you choose, it will surely become a treasured item for any new parent. Hand made items are all the rage these days. Knowing someone spent as much time as money on a gift, shows the recipient how much you care.


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