The imminent arrival of a new person into the world is every knitting hobbyists dream. Here is a chance to put your skills into practice for a human being who you can be sure will truly appreciate your efforts and the gift; no concerns about style or name brands need to weigh heavily on their minds when they don the garment you so lovingly made. For those knitters that have not had the need or the opportunity to produce these gifts for a while or are in need of ideas, visiting a website that offers free knitting patterns will get your needles busy again. Knitting a few clothing items for a new baby means that you will probably be in production for a while and with less concerns when you give the gift than usual, but there are still a few considerations you need to keep in mind when you are knitting for babies. In this article, we will take a look at what you need to think about when it comes to your yarn type.
Is the yarn flexible?
Babies are going to be moving around a lot more than anyone else you are likely to knit for, and that means whether you are making a sleeper, a sweater, booties, or any other type of garment, you are going to need to choose a yarn that is flexible and stretchy. The last thing you need is for that pair of booties to be worn through within a few months after you give them away! It is important to remember when you are working with this type of yarn that it can be stretched out of shape faster than other types, so be extra careful!
How hardy is the yarn?
Natural yarns are appealing when knitting baby wear, but it is important to remember that babies are very hard on clothes. They move about, they spill, their diapers leak. If you are using a yarn that is delicate, you may actually be making things harder on the mother or father of the baby than you thought; delicate yarns need to be hand washed, and the last thing a new parent has time for is extra washing. Try and find yarn that can be washed in a machine.
Be aware of allergies
Most babies, like most people, will probably have no reaction to yarn made from wool and other natural fibres, but in some cases a baby may be allergic to these materials. Avoiding allergies is one of the reasons why so many people are switching to cloth diapers these days. Before you start knitting, find out how the baby is likely to react to the garment. If the parents have wool allergies or the baby has broken out before, check around for some non-allergenic yarns.
It's great to have a baby around to knit for, but you don't want all that work wasted! Make sure you choose the appropriate yarns (as indicated in your free baby knitting pattern) when you start knitting a new accessory for the babies in your life!