Cherry Berry Baby

This post is a little late since I have been trying to post on Sundays, but our internet was out all day yesterday. Therefore, this week gets to have a Monday post! I was recently asked by my mother-in-law (who is a great supporter of my shop - thanks Mary!) to make some baby outfits. I thought that I would find some patterns to knit (versus crochet, which is how I have been making all my baby sets). I found some patterns that I thought looked really cute together. They are all sized for a 6-12 month old, and made with acrylic yarn. While I have been learning about and using a variety of fibers, I like to stick with acrylics for baby patterns. The reason for this is simple - it is machine washable. I figure, babies are messy and their moms are probably not going to want to hand-wash their clothes. Here is the end product:

I started with the hat which was a really simple pattern on double-pointed needles. The yarn was Bernat Baby Jacquards in the Cherry Berry colorway. The yarn made a self-striping pattern that turned out really nice looking.

For the dress I used TLC Baby yarn in the Powder Pink colorway and a pattern called Baby Sweater Dress found on the Lion Brand Yarn website. For the bottom garter stitch rows and the two rows in the middle I used the same yarn that was used for the hat.

The booties are made out of the same yarn as the dress and are called Mary Jane Booties. I decided to omit the buttons on the sides to reduce the chance of the little one pulling them off and attempting to eat them.

I also started working on a matching blanket. It is a dark pink and I am using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in the bubblegum colorway. The plan was to knit a blanket but after many attempts at many patterns and much ripping out of yarn, I made the decision that it will be crocheted. All the knitting patterns were fairly difficult lace patterns. I would get to the end of a row and not have the right number of stitches on the needle. Then I would have no idea where I lost/added a stitch. Maybe someday I will attempt another lace knit blanket, but for now I'm sticking with the much more forgiving crochet pattern.

This pattern is very similar to the very first crochet pattern that my mom ever taught me, but with a different edging. I haven't made it very far yet, but here is a sneak peek: