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