baby pattern questions
Hi everyone...I'm a lurker. :)
I love knitting baby things, but I hate buying a whole book of patterns when there's only one thing I want to make in the book. My mom is a knitting instructor, but she's old school and doesn't know of any good online pattern resources. I'm a bit wary of spending $ and time on a project, just to find out it's a bad pattern. Are there any tried and true pattern sites online where you can buy just one pattern at a time? I'm looking for mostly baby stuff, but I occasionally knit socks, or sweaters for myself too.
I find a lot of internet pattern sites hit and miss. Make sure you're going from a reputable source, sometimes patterns can have confusing or erroneous instructions!
My favorite thing to do is to find patterns at the local library. Sometimes you can then go and purchase the single pattern on line.
If you can find a pattern that is being done by a blog knitalong, those are the best because they are or have been road tested by literally dozens of people.
Baby items are pretty easy to find patterns for. Leisure arts has lots of books or booklets. I know Michael's has a pretty good selection. You can find stacks of them at Michaels. They often go on sale, or you can you can use a discount coupon on them. I believe Joanne's, Beverlys, Hobby Lobby, etc all have pattern books as well.
Did you check knitty's web site? They have a lot of nice things by many top designers.
One fun baby sweater is Baby Surprise by Elizabeth Zimmerman. You can get the pattern by purchasing her book, or just purchase the sweater pattern alone. There are a few sites that sell just the pattern.
If you haven't signed up for ravelry, you should do that, because it's got oodles of patterns registered on their site, and you can search for "free" and find just the free baby items, or also search for any and find both ideas for things to purchase as well as free ones.
Just curious- when is your baby due? do you know if you are having a boy or a girl? Congrats on the pregnancy btw.
I just saw this pattern the other day. Although I haven't tried it, it looks very cute, and I like the other patterns I've gotten from this designer. It's sold with the yarn, so it's a good deal, yarn and pattern.
Baby Eyelet Ensemble Kit and Baby Blocks Ensemble Kit they both come with yarn and the pattern. I get a lot of cotton yarn from this site too- and I have a hard time resisting their specials. Here's their home page and this lists all their specials.
I also have several books purchased- another cute thing would be to make some knitted toys.
Good luck getting started!
I second the Ravelry suggestion! Its the only thing you'd ever need to find a pattern! You can search for only baby patterns, only free ones if you'd like and after some browsing you will find which designers/sources you like most. You can also see how other peoples projects came out, and any comments if they had any to share. It helps tremendously in finding out if its something you really want to do or not.
Ravelry contains a databse of patterns from all sorts of sources, some are books some are not, but all you have to do is look at the source to determine where it came from.
Ravelry is great, but I also suggest your local yarn store. (not Michael's or Joann's, but a yarn store...) There you can buy single patterns and also get opinions on them from the people that work there. They often can recommend patterns based on your knitting level, etc.
hi Joy!! I was going to suggest Ravelry too. There's lots of really cute things on there!
Okay, I've never been to Ravelry. Sounds like i'll have to join. :)
I've tried my local yarn shop, but it's not a very good one. The one my mom works in (in another state) is soooo much better. The one by me doesn't have individual patterns for sale.
I am only a little over 4 weeks pg, so we don't know the gender yet. I love knitting baby things as gifts though...I think every baby deserves to have something handmade. I especially like knitting sweaters and embellishing them with embroidery.
Thanks for the great links...I can't wait to sit down and check them out!
It's going to take a few days to get into Ravelry so make sure you put yourself on their invite list right away!
I can't wait to see what you make!
Originally Posted by joysiloo
there's a yarn sales board there too. I haven't logged onto ravelry in 2 or 3 weeks (because I've been sick) but because of that board- I've gotten enough yarn to keep me busy for months ;) as a matter of fact, I just filled up 3 plastic bins, and a hanging shoe holder (for the closet) that is full of yarn for projects.
I don't need more yarn.. I don't need more yarn.. I don't need more yarn.
ditto- it took me several weeks, but I think they have caught up with a lot of the backlog there.
Originally Posted by AshnBill