We’re in the midst of a baby boom here at Stitch Craft Create! No fewer than six members of staff have just had babies or are expecting in the near future – I’m starting to think there’s something in the water!? And of course, when we hear the pitter patter of tiny feet all our thoughts turn to what we can make as handmade gifts for newborn babies.
Of course, there is no shortage of inspiration in our office, but for those not lucky enough to work in such a creative and crafty environment, here are some of the ideas we’ve been looking at to welcome six new bundles of joy to the Stitch Craft Create fold!
Making something from snuggly and soft baby yarn is probably the ultimate present for a new arrival, and something that will be treasured forever. We’ve got some great yarn projects for babies on the blog – from a rustling baby ball to adorable crochet baby booties made from a simple granny square, but my current favourite knitting pattern for baby is this exceptionally cute pinafore dress for 0–3 month olds.
It is made using lightweight (DK) 100% cotton yarn. to make it you need:
- 104yd/95m per 1 3/4oz (50g) ball in the following colours:
- A – 2 balls in purple B – 1 ball in pink
- C – 1 ball in light purple
- 1 pair of size 6 (4mm) knitting needles
- 2 buttons
- Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows to 4in (10cm)
Knit your pinafore dress
Back and front (make 2)
Using A, cast on 31 sts.
Rows 1 and 2 Knit.
Row 3 Using light purple, k1, (sl 1 purlwise, k1), rep to end of row.
Row 4 K1, (yf, sl 1 purlwise, yb, k1), rep to end of row.
Rows 5 and 6 Using pink, knit.
Row 7 Using purple, k2, (sl 1 purlwise, k1), rep to last st, k1.
Row 8 K2, (yf, sl 1 purlwise, yb, k1), rep to last st, k1. Repeat rows 1 to 8 2 times changing the colour every 2 rows.
Row 25 Using A, kfb into first and last st of pattern. Cont with pattern increasing every other row to 47sts.
Rows 41 to 47 Using A, knit.
Row 48 (Increase for skirt) k1, kfb, (k2, kfb), rep to end. 63 sts.
Row 49 Purl.
Work in st st for 49 rows ending with a p row.
Row 99 (would usually be a k row) Using light purple, purl.
Row 100 Knit.
Rows 101 and 102 Using pink, knit.
Rows 103 and 104 Using light purple, knit.
Row 105 Using purple, purl.
Work in st st for 4 rows.
Row 110 Purl.
Row 111 Knit.
Row 112 Purl.
Sew in ends. Sew up seams.
Armhole edging (make 2)
Using purple, pick up 21 sts from the top of the patterned bodice to the armhole seam on each side. 42 sts.
Knit across the 42 sts for 3 rows.
Straps (make 2)
Pick up 8 sts from each end of the top back.
K on each set of 8 sts for 34 rows.
Row 35 (Buttonhole) k3, bind off 2 sts, k3.
Row 36 K3, cast on 2 sts, k3.
Knit 3 more rows.
Sew in yarn ends and attach buttons to the top edge of the front to match the buttonholes.
Tip When you pick up the stitches round the armholes and top of the dress, use the bodice texture pattern to help you pick up the stitches evenly.
To complete the look, knit the cutest ever shoes in a coordinating colour – you can find the pattern for these here.
More great patterns for gifts for newborn babies
This pinafore dress project was found in The Knitter’s Bible: Baby Knits by Laura Long, along with a host of other snuggly projects including the adorable rabbit on the front cover – seriously cute!
I’m also rather smitten with the strawberry shoes on the cover of Val Pierce’s book
Lisa Richardson’s baby knits patterns in the Rowan bookare just scrumptious too! In fact, whether it’s Debbie Bliss’ Ultimate Book of Baby Knits or Susie John’s cute and Easy Baby Knits – you’re really spoiled for choice in our bookstore when it comes to making gifts for newborn babies!