Tips for Knitting for Babies and Toddlers

December 23, 2020 2 min read

Tips for knitting for babies and toddlers

One of the most fun parts of knitting is creating tiny baby booties and lovely infant blankets. Not only are baby garments adorable, but they are pretty quick to knit. Knitting for little ones is a bit different than knitting for the adults in our lives. We put together a few tips to help you knit the best possible garments for the babies and toddlers in your life.

1. Carefully Consider Your Yarn Choice

Babies and toddlers have skin that can be more sensitive to fabrics and dyes than adult skin. Wool simply isn't the best yarn to use for baby garments. No matter how high quality and soft it may be, it is likely still too scratchy for baby skin. Instead, opt for cotton or acrylic yarn, which is very soft and breathable.

2. Functional is Best

You put a lot of love and labor into your knitting, so you want the garments to be functional. Baby blankets, baby booties, and warm sweaters are always welcomed by new parents. Keep in mind that babies and toddlers spit up and make lots of messes. Work with a fiber that is durable and machine washable. New parents are probably not going to hand wash their baby's clothes or blankets. 

3. Break Free From Stereotypical Color Choices

Knitting for Babies

Many new parents are ignoring traditional gender stereotypes when it comes to color choices for their babies and toddlers. Don't assume that "blue is for boys" and "pink is for girls." Either ask the parents what their favorite color choices are for their little one or stick to a more neutral color. 

4. Safety First

Adorable embellishments and tiny buttons are lovely to look at, but can pose a danger to little ones. Try to keep poms and bobbles to a minimum. If buttons are required, make sure they are sewn on very securely. Simply designed, super soft garments are always best for babies and toddlers. 

5. Have FUN!

If you are lucky enough to have a baby or toddler in your life, enjoy making countless booties, blankets, and tiny sweaters for them. Knitting baby and toddler clothes is so much fun!

Consider these five tips when knitting for little ones and your gifts will surely be received with joy and gratitude. 



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