Baby knitting - what you need to know to get started
What could be better than a baby's knitwear, knitted with love, in natural wools, all soft and warm. Real cocoons for the first few days, baby's clothes must protect his skin, provide him with all the comfort he needs and be easy to put on and care for.
Because it is naturally very soft, knitwear is perfect for newborns. Unlike fabrics that are stiff, knitwear has an inherent elasticity, which is provided by the stitch. Knitted garments follow the baby's shape and give him ease of movement. This is why knitting layette is perfectly suited to the needs of the baby.
Among the garments to knit are bras, jumpers and cardigans, rompers and bloomers, and of course booties.
Knitting a bra is the most important part of a layette. Generally crossed in the back, it can be buttoned or closed with a tie. Some models are knitted in one piece: you start with the front, then the sleeves are made by adding stitches and finally the back. Knitting a bra takes little time and it is advisable to plan for at least three patterns in sizes 3 months and 6 months.
Learn to knit for baby's arrival
Who can resist the urge to knit beautiful clothes for the arrival of baby? Making your own baby clothes is a real pleasure for all those who knit and even more so for those who want to start knitting. A birth is an excellent opportunity to learn how to knit for baby, a challenge that many parents or grandparents take up to satisfy the desire to participate in welcoming the baby.
To take your baby's first steps in knitting, choose a very simple pattern, such as a bra, a baby sleeping bag or a bathrobe. If you don't have a lot of time to spare, start by knitting a bib. It's easy to make and so practical!
Don't try a complicated stitch: stockinette or moss stitch are two basic stitches that give a nice result.
Look at the baby knitting kits made for beginners. In addition to containing everything you need to make the pattern, they also offer a detailed pattern with all the explanations.
Finally, you should know that knitting for baby during pregnancy is a soothing and relaxing activity. Sit comfortably with cushions on your back and let your imagination wander... you will soon be able to see your baby wearing the clothes you have knitted for him.
What material should I choose for my baby's knitwear?
Baby's skin is fragile, so give him the best to protect it. In the first days of life, contact with clothes is a new experience. The baby may react to certain materials and develop skin rashes.
To prevent this from happening, choose natural materials such as cotton, merino and alpaca, and avoid synthetic wools, which can be allergenic and cause reactions.
Cotton is still the most recommended material for baby knitwear. This yarn has many advantages:
- it is smooth
- not very fragile
- easy to care for
- and can be knitted without difficulty
And its only disadvantage is that it is not warm.
With cotton yarn, you can knit various indoor and summer garments, such as bras, jumpers, bloomers and overalls. With Sponge yarn, a 100% natural and very cotton yarn, you can make bibs or a bathrobe. If you have learned to knit by making a bib, it will be easy to make more than one, it is a very useful pattern. Plan to have at least five.
Alpaca and merino are two quality materials for warm knitted baby clothes. They are also soft to the touch. However, they are more delicate to care for than cotton. For baby knitwear, Tricotez-moi offers Méridou, a 100% natural yarn made from machine-washable merino. This knitting yarn withstands successive washes without shrinking.