I have been working on a new pattern for baby knickers, and if you follow me on IG you may have seen one or two photos of them already. But if you haven’t followed me on social media yet you might not have seen these cuties, so let me introduce you now!
Earlier in the year I was busy knitting lots and lots of baby things for the upcoming arrival of a new granddaughter. One of the first pink things I made when I found out the baby was going to be a girl was a cute little dress. It was a pattern called Edyth by Jenny Weibe and I was lucky enough to be gifted the pattern from last year’s Gift-a-Long.
The dress had the most gorgeous ruffles on the sleeves which were so much fun to knit! If you haven’t seen the photos of this cute dress they are in my earlier blog post Recent Knitting Patterns I Have Loved
I enjoyed making the ruffles so much it got me thinking. They are simple to make and yet so effective when they are finished. And what does every little girl need to go with a cute little dress? Knickers of course! And what could be cuter than lots of ruffles on those little knickers?
I set to work with a pair of needles, cute pink yarn and a pen and paper to work out the maths. I tried a few ways to construct the knickers, starting with trying to do part of them in the round. Of course I did! It is my favourite method of knitting everything! In the end I have gone with a construction that starts at the waist on the back, goes down to the gusset and then back up to the front band. This means there is a little seaming to do, but only a small amount on the sides.
And of course you finish off with lots of fun ruffles. This is the bit where you can have a bit of fun. You can use the same yarn as you used for the main part of the knickers, or you could go wild and use a contrast. One of my test knitters did this and I think the effect is very eye-catching. Why not have a look at some of my testers project pages for some inspiration – Erin’s Knickers, Baby Ryan’s Knickers! and Jess’ Knickers Bikini Set.
Cover Up Those Nappies!
Let’s face it, they are a necessity of any baby’s life but that doesn’t mean that we need to be left looking at them. Disposable nappies, although convenient, are not nice to look at. When I had my son I used real nappies and they came with some really cute covers. But he wore trousers which covered them up so you couldn’t see them anyway. When my daughter was a baby I found that with work and the demands of a toddler it was much better to use disposables. But then she was wearing dresses and skirts which showed them off and I ended up needing cute knickers to hide them.
Use All the Yarn!
Really these are a great stash buster project for all those bit and pieces of baby yarn you have left over from making cardigans and blankets. You could go wild and use a different colour for all the outfits, or even a different colour for each individual ruffle!
I will be releasing this pattern in just a few days. Don’t forget to make sure you are on my Email List so you get your excusive subscriber discount for all my new patterns.
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