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February 3, 2017
Knitting a hat for my friend's new baby a few weeks ago got me thinking about kid's knits.
Having learnt to knit as a child, my interest was renewed in my late 20s, but it was only when I became pregnant with my daughter that the desire to make things with sticks and string firmly took hold!
Should further evidence be required, here is the very first garment I knitted for my little girl, in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. As a new mum I was very glad it was machine washable and it survived a huge amount of use before being passed onto a friend's new baby.
Fast forward nine years and it's still a pleasure to knit for my daughter, although my last attempt fell rather flat when an angora cardigan I'd spent months and months on was deemed "too itchy". It has still not been worn but looks ever so pretty hanging up in her wardrobe, ho hum.
Happily, I know the Cashmerino yarns are super-kind to children's skin and so it was lovely to see these new patterns on the Designer Yarns website in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals, a yarn I first tried out last year.
This cardigan is leaflet DB103, and uses three shades, but you could mix it up and add more for a really fun look! It would also be a great pattern for using up oddments of different colours.
Another fun pattern which might make a nice stashbuster, is leaflet DB102.
What I like about these designs is that they're not too fussy. I do love pretty clothes for girls, but my daughter is more interested in dressing up as Batgirl or a Pokemon character than a princess these days!
So while this tee looks super sweet with a pretty skirt, I know it would look just as good chucked over leggings and trainers in my house!
Cotton is another safe bet with children, or anyone with sensitive skin, so these two smart options in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK would go down a treat.
This baseball style jacket, complete with zip, is leaflet DB098. I like the way the wrists contrast with the lower edging (plus dark cuffs mean less washing!).
Finally, probably for later on in the year, is this peachy beachy stripey sweater and hat, also in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK. If you want to buy this from your local yarn shop ask them for leaflet DB099.
It's a lovely way to show the tonal qualities of this pure cotton yarn and a nice reminder too, that warmer times are not as far away as they feel on this cold February day!
I'd love to know your favourite patterns for kids, so do let me know in the comments below.
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