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Best Free Knitting Patterns for Babies
Favourite Free Knitting Patterns for Babies
I've collected together some of my favorite free knitting patterns for babies.
Some of the patterns are ones I've tried myself and others are knitting patterns which I would love to make if I had the time and the money to buy unlimited amounts of luscious yarn.
Simple Baby Hat
The Simple Baby Hat (featured in the Intro) really is simple to knit.
I anticipate making quite a few of these hats, especially as the knitting pattern has a range of sizes from Preemie to Toddler.
I used this cute rainbow acrylic yarn - I can't tell you what it is because it's been in my stash (without label) for years.
Sweaters, Jackets, Cardis
Easy Baby Cardigan
The little cardigan shown opposite really was easy and was made with same acrylic yarn as the Simple Baby Hat shown above.
The only thing I'm not sure about with this pattern is the little cord ties - I think I'd prefer buttons and I might add buttons instead next time.
This knitting pattern has instructions for newborn - 18 months.
Drops Corner Jacket
Although I love this pattern, this little cardigan/jacket was never finished.
I was supposed to be using Fingering weight but realized halfway through that the yarn I was using was DK weight (King Cole's Riot) so my baby cardigan ended up being more of a toddler cardigan!
The corner effect is so clever and was created with yarn overs.
This is one knitting project that I wish I had finished.
Socks and Bootees
I've only made one of these socks as it came out a bit bigger than I thought it would. I was also given a pack of baby socks and they worked out fine for me.
Even though I only ever made one, this was a really quick and easy knit. If I had had better yarn for this project I would have made more.
If you want to learn how to make socks but are a bit intimidated about just jumping in and making adult-sized socks then this would be a great little project for learning the processes.
Baby socks are a cute gift to knit but you might not want to knit lots for one baby.
We ended up not using a lot of socks as we had a lot of those all in one romper suits that cover the feet anyway.
The pattern for these bootees is so cute and very popular on Ravelry.com - it seems like the majority of people have made them.
These are bootees that can be knit in 2 colors with two straps which fasten with buttons diagonally across the foot.
It's not a difficult pattern and it's a fun one to knit to understand how flat knitting can be manipulated to make a 3D shape.
I've made a few of these bootees as gifts.
In case you don't know, wool soakers are diaper covers - lanolised wool is great for creating a waterproof, deodorized diaper cover.
I love the idea of this little soaker (pictured opposite). It looks like cute knitted shorts. If you need soakers to go with your cloth diapers then I can definitely recommend this cute little pattern. Unfortunately it didn't get much use with us as I was given diaper covers but I still think it's adorable .
Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
The Baby Tree of Life Throw is the first thing I knitted after discovering I was pregnant.
I think this pattern is adorable and it's also a great pattern to get your teeth into with all those cables and complicated bits.
If you're a bit unsure about the trailing pieces of yarn on the flowers, and worried that your baby might get their fingers caught in them, you can always over-sew them. We never had a problem with this one but I did end up using another knitted blanket more than this one as this one was a bit too light for the climate we were in.
© 2011 Rachel Field