Now that the royal baby has made his first public appearance wrapped in a beautiful lace shawl, the Prince George Effect is officially underway with the clickety-clack of needles and knitters churning out precious outfits for their own tiny arrivals. According to statistics gathered by the Craft Yarn Council, baby gifts are the third most popular knitting projects and not surprisingly, blankets rank the highest in that grouping. Sirdar remains the leader in fashionable knitwear for infants, with a design catalogue featuring a selection of close to a thousand layette sets, christening shawls, booties, onesies, caps, bonnets, cardigans, vests, dresses, soft toys and pint-sized pullovers.
This summer Sirdar goes au naturel with the all-new Snuggly Baby Cotton DK, soft enough for newborn skin and non-allergenic, this all-cotton yarn absorbs moisture while keeping little ones cool, comfortable and dry. Look for these and more designs accompanied by eight pastel shades at your local knitting shop.
Knits Fit For a Little Prince-
Classics stand the test of time, and for babies a raglan cardigan simply has a better fit. A choice of round and v neck styles are included in this easy to knit pattern along with a full range of sizes from preemie to toddler. Heavenly Blue (shown above).
Add a bit of texture to dress up baby’s first cardigan with this adorable design. It has an interesting pattern on the lower half of the body and sleeves with alternate necklines plus a pull-on cap to finish off the look. Lemoncups and Little Hugs (shown above).
Sweaters with a v neck traditionally signified if the baby was a boy or girl. This pattern gives the option of a pullover or vest with garter stitch borders and seed stitch detail. Heavenly Blue (shown above).
Cute as a pixie and cosy for brisk days, this design covers sensitive little ears with a turnback edging. Choose the face-framing hoodie or the shawl collar version for more boyish charm, both feature ribbed raglan sleeves for a sporty look. Impish (shown above).
Knit these up beforehand and stay one step ahead of the next baby shower. Buttoned bibs and a sampler style ABC blanket are an ideal addition to a layette set. Heavenly Blue, Soft Lilac, Cottonbud White and Lemoncups (shown above).