Knitted Baby Shower Gifts

I have two friends who are expecting baby boys this spring.  Along with buying them each some items from their baby registries, I wanted to knit something special for the babies.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know how much I  love Susan B. Anderson’s designs.  I finally purchased her book Itty-Bitty Nursery sometime last year and have enjoyed it as much as her other Itty-Bitty titles.

Baby shower gifts in progress.

Itty-Bitty Nursery is particularly good if you’re looking to make knitted gifts for a baby shower.  The sweet little teddy bear and elephant pacifier tether are two particularly cute designs and the ones I chose to make for my expecting friends.  The book also contains instructions for a flower pacifier tether; a frog pacifier tether; a mobile with little mice; a sweet little bunny; a super-cute tea set complete with cupcakes and plates; as well as numerous baby hats, blankets, sweaters, slippers and mittens.

Along with the teddy bear and elephant pacifier tether, I’m making a hat for each baby.  The hats are just simple Stockinette stitch hats with rolled brims, but in a beautiful, hand-dyed superwash merino wool.1 A rolled brim is very practical for a child’s hat because it can be rolled up or unrolled as much as necessary to fit the child’s head.  I chose a superwash wool for easy laundering; machine-washable is something every new parent will appreciate.

The pattern for the hat is my own and thus not in the Itty-Bitty Nursery book, but the hat is so basic that I’m sure there are lots of patterns for similar newborn hats out there.  When I finish my baby shower gifts, I will write up my newborn hat pattern, so check back if you’re interested in that.  In the meantime, pick up a copy of Itty-Bitty Nursery by Susan B. Anderson and start making your own adorable baby shower gifts!

  1. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, a worsted weight 100% superwash merino wool yarn, in the colorway Composition Book Grey. []
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