Babies look best in simple designs

12 years ago

Babies look best in simple designs

Fiber Arts

by  Michele Goldman

    Knitting for babies is one of the primary reasons people knit. They’re small, so projects are quickly completed. They’re cute, so you want to knit for them. They’re easy to knit for, since they look best in simple designs.

    The fastest, easiest baby item I’ve ever made is a simple bunting. A bunting is essentially a baby bag. Knit out of a bulky yarn it can be done in 2-3 hours. Make one now and put it away for the next baby!

A Simple Baby Bunting

    Materials: Yarn — this is a great project to use up scraps of any weight yarn.

    To begin, figure out the appropriate needle for the yarn you’re using and the gauge that results.

    You can find needle and gauge suggestions on all yarn labels. You want the bag to be about 18 inches around, so if you are knitting with worsted weight yarn that gives you five stitches/inch multiply 18 x 5 for the number of stitches you’ll need to cast on, in this case – 90.

    You can use a 16-inch circular needle, in which case you’ll knit around, forming a tube. When the tube measures 12 inches knit one more round, placing markers after every 16 stitches.

    On the next round, *knit to 2 stitches before the marker, Knit2Tog, slip marker, repeat from * to end. Knit one round. Repeat decrease round. Continue knitting one round, decreasing one round until you have three stitches left between markers. Break yarn leaving a 10-inch tail, thread it onto a blunt tipped needle and pull the yarn through the remaining stitches. Give it a tug to close the hole and weave in the end on the wrong side. All done!

    To knit flat (back and forth), Cast on half the stitches you’ll need. In the above case that would be 40 stitches. Round 1 – Knit. Round 2 – Purl. Repeat these two rows until your piece measures 12 inches.

    Decrease in the following way: Knit2Tog, knit to the last 2 stitches, slip, slip, knit the slipped stitches together. Purl back. Repeat these decreases until you have 8 stitches left. Leave the stitches on a bit of waste yarn.

    Make another piece identical to the first. Seam the 8 stitches left on each end together using the Kitchener stitch. Sew up the side seams and you’re done.

    Most babies are 19-22 inches long at birth. The bunting is short intentionally, so their faces aren’t covered by the material. Adjust the length according to the baby you want to fit.

    Michele Goldman owns Fiberphilia yarn shop in Presque Isle.