Baby


There is nothing sweeter than spying a child in a baby bonnet! When our children were little, there was the most wonderful children’s shop on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. A trip to Amy Janes’ The Viking Shoppe was a time-travel adventure each time I stumbled through the old green Dutch door with four children in tow. Then, there wasn’t much time for knitting, so ready-made traditional baby hats and toddler clothes with vintage style for our little ones were on my list. (more…)

I’ve always been a sucker for bonnets and when I saw Larissa Brown’s new bonnet eBook, Love Bonnet, I wanted to knit them all. Problem is, I don’t have many infants to knit for these days, and needed a larger size.

So, I have created a larger bonnet pattern, based on Larissa’s “Juniper Bonnet”, which is a free pattern.  Hoping that the bonnet for older kids and toddlers in bigger sizes will be the new trend, so I can knit some more….. a natural transition from the earflap hat and sock monkey hat fads this past fall and winter.

Call me “crazy,” but the bonnet is so practical…great hat to wear with ponytails. In the Nordic countries, all ages wear ski bonnets…just because it’s called a bonnet, doesn’t mean it’s for babies.

This one is trimmed in a little dove gray cotton and knit with about one skein of soft grape wool and alpaca for Easter, which is rarely a warm time in New England. The bonnet doesn’t have to be tied, but the ties can hang down, like the older children usually prefer to wear them.

There are five repeats of the feather and fan in this larger bonnet pattern. The finished size of this one is about 17 inches around and will fit up to a six year old.

If you are interested in this larger size feather and fan bonnet for toddlers, kids, and older heads, please subscribe to this blog and let me know by leaving a comment. I also plan to write a larger bonnet pattern for a plain stripe design.

For Larissa’s Juniper Bonnet pattern, written for infants, click here.

As a New Year brings hope and promises of good cheer, I’m wishing “Happy New Year” to all on this eve of 2011. To celebrate…a new Wattery Totteries design for a baby owl hat with three baby owls.

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Thought I would update the blog to include several free baby and toddler knitting and crochet patterns that I have recently written about on Examiner.com and InfoBarrel.com as Sharon Watterson, Knitting in Providence. Rarely do I write about anything other than free patterns, so please subscribe, if you haven’t already. Rose bonnet pattern for little girls and Monster face pants or longies for girls and boys. InfoBarrel subjects are varied, but there are many knitting and crochet patterns there, too. (more…)

Stay on baby booties

These baby booty patterns are great, because they stay on baby’s little feet. This was a much visited article I wrote a while ago, plus a special heirloom pattern and another new crocheted one, just wanted to make it available to you again. Knit and crochet Baby booties free patterns…

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These are just the cutest strawberry baby booties, with little crocheted flowers and will be the hit of any baby shower. They will fit a baby 0-3 months and can be knitted in cotton or a wool blend, when the gauge of the yarn is the same. This free knitting pattern is an original by Hrönn Jónsdóttir, Knit Strawberry Baby Booties. (more…)

This is a great free  baby hat pattern for beginning knitters, it’s quick and easy. Also a terrific free pattern to knit lots of baby hats for charity. With so many charities in need of infant hats: hospital maternity wards, women’s shelters, the homeless shelters, for those of you who do charity knitting, here’s an easy, quick baby hat pattern, it’s free and I’d better get to work myself. Winter’s coming again!

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