Baby Knits in Brown Sheep Yarns
The spring season officially begins this Sunday. When we think of spring, it conjures visions of fluffy white lambs, chirping chicks, and fresh buds blossoming in the warm sun. Of all the seasons, spring feels the most new. Maybe that’s why when we think of spring, we often think of babies. And, for crafters, baby knits!
There’s a new baby at Brown Sheep, and while he may enjoy a number of handmade hand-me-down knits, he also deserves some things of his own.
Here he is in his newborn photos with his big brother, Walter. You’ll notice plenty of hand-me-downs. On the left, he’s wearing his big brother’s Willum’s Overalls in the now-discontinued Superwash Sport (both Stratosphere and Nature Spun Sport would be good substitutes). On the right he’s wearing the Stripey Point Hat in Cotton Fleece and swaddled in a handwoven blanket in Cotton Fine (details about the blanket can be found here).
Don’t you think he deserves some new knits of his own? As with all new babies, most of the above doesn’t even fit him anymore! Besides, a new season and a new baby demand new knits. What’s more fun than a baby knit? Baby knits are small, light, and finished in no time at all. It surprised us to discover that among our many blog posts, we had yet to write one featuring baby knits in Brown Sheep yarns. So today we’re remedying that with a list of our favorites! Head to toe, these small knitting projects are perfect spring knits—and some are great scrap busters, too!
Knit in three colors of Nature Spun Sport, Fox & Folk’s Laurel Bonnet features an adorable colorwork pattern and beautiful details. We love the little eyelets around the ribbing and the subtle striping after the arrow colorwork. Worked in the round and then steeked, this bonnet feels like an approachable entrée into steeking.
With baby knits, it’s all about matching sets. So we had to include Fox & Folk’s matching Laurel Socks knit in Nature Spun Fingering. Worked top down with an afterthought heel, these wee socks pack in the cute details and require very little yarn to complete.
The Florence Bonnet and Booties set requires only 200 yards of Lamb’s Pride Worsted to complete—so a little over one skein! We love the look of this set. The lace stitch patterning makes it feel like a throwback to Victorian-era baby knits, in the best way.
The Cute As A Button Baby Booties certainly live up to their name! Crocheted in Cotton Fleece, these booties are easy enough for beginners to crochet and come in four different sizes. Also, they’re a great opportunity for showing off adorable baby buttons!
We love the Sunny Skies Cap because it’s designed for warmer weather—so, perfect to knit right now! Knit in Cotton Fleece, this summer beanie is perfect for keeping the sun off of baby’s face. A little geometry, a tight gauge, and double layers create the brim shape without the use of any cardboard.
As the name implies, the Quick Oats Cardigan is a quick knit. Worked in approximately one to two skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky (depending on the size), Quick Oats features classic details. The placket, hem, and cuffs mirror the garter stitch in the yoke, and the whole thing is knit top down in the round.
Swing tops like the Summer Swing Top make great baby knits because they allow your baby to grow into the garment. Make a larger size for your baby girl to wear as a dress, and as she gets bigger the dress transitions into a top. Knit in Cotton Fleece, the Summer Swing Top is a cool, lightweight knit. Tie straps and ribbing in the bodice strengthen the versatility of the garment.
Despite the name, the Busy Baby Boy Sweater in Cotton Fleece would look equally lovely on a boy or a girl. The sophisticated shawl collar and rich textural details elevate this simple sweater design, which is easy enough for even beginner knitters.
Like the Quick Oats Cardigan, the Wee Twist Cardigan is knit in Lamb’s Pride Bulky and features a garter stitch yoke and details. However, it removes the sleeves, so it knits up even faster. And, it includes a sweet little cable design down the back. According to the design page, knitters can finish the Wee Twist in an hour or so. The best part? There are only two ends to weave in once you’re finished!
Are you knitting for a baby this season? What’s your favorite, go-to baby pattern? Let us know in the comments below!
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