Many knitters, especially beginners, are often scared of knitting clothes for babies and kids due to the delicacy of projects and large scale of aspects that should be taken into consideration. On the contrary, knitting tiny projects for kids has its specific challenges, but it also has plenty of advantages compared to knitting for adults.
Either way, with adequate advice and directions, you should be able to knit marvelous stuff that will bring joy to the little one and stay as a unique memory and a gift. Also, the small size of these projects will, in fact, provide you a great terrain to try new techniques and stitch patterns. If you’re a parent, you’re already familiar with specific needs, wishes and aspects of kids’ lives, but if you’re not, here are just some useful suggestions you might find helpful before you go knitting tiny project.
Sizing and resizing
Babies and kids are not just smaller adults; they have different proportions too. This particularly refers to newborns. Also, kids grow fast, and the clothes tend to last only for a short period. To make it last longer, knit slightly oversized models, especially the sleeves. Also, keep in mind the day of birth if you are knitting the clothes for a baby. The best way is to knit a model for a 6 or 12 months old baby, but do your math to predict the season that’s going to be when the baby turns 6 or 12 months. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that babies have larger heads compared to the rest of the body and the ultimate fact that most kids don’t like to be changed. Come up with the ideas and knit the models that are easy to put on and off, have buttons (but big ones!) on them and are loose enough to enable easy maneuvering.
Tricky choosing of the yarn
When knitting for adults, you usually think about the color of the yarn, type of the fiber, thickness and the price. When knitting for kids, you have to think about many more aspects. One of the basic issues is to avoid light colors, especially white fibers. Kids are sloppy and tend to get messy easily all of a sudden, thus avoid colors and materials that show every single stain. It, also, means that you should choose the kind of material that is suitable for frequent washing. Avoid fibers that are best washed manually, because most parents would gladly just push all of this clothes into washing machine and get it done right before the next changing.
Probably the most important aspect to think about when knitting clothes for babies and kids. First of all, use yarn without open lace patterns to prevent babies from getting their fingers stuck in the holes of fibers. Also, keep in mind that button is a risk because kids tend to swallow various items. Careful with choosing yard type, because kids have gentle and sensitive skin that can easily be irritated.