I've just finished the 2nd of two of my version of Magknit's Blossom
. I used Knitpicks Shine (the dk-ish weight version) and I have about a skein and a half left in each colour (magenta and purple). I thought maybe I could squeeze out matching booties and hats, so I set about using a pattern from my favourite baby-knitting book EVER, Knitting for Baby
. They call for a gauge of 20 sts/40 rows = 4" in garter stitch. I hit this dead on for stitch gauge and close for row gauge (about 38 rows = 4"), and the pattern says they fit a foot size 3 1/2" (which my sources say is a 7-8 lb baby, the size I am shooting for). Tell me why, then, these booties look like they would fit a 1-year-old?? They measure about 4" long (that's an 8" ruler in the photo) and about 4" high with the cuff folded down, and they're pretty stretchy... it seems like they will just DWARF a newborn's foot, I can fit my fist in them. I don't think it is a pattern glitch I just can't believe they are so big.
Can any parents out there (or anyone, really) comment on whether this is a realistic sized bootie for a newborn? I know they aren't meant to be socks, they just seem rather large to me. I may frog and just knit socks with a row of eyelets for a tie.. I dunno. Also could parents (or anyone) advise on whether you would prefer a ribbon-tie closure for the jumpers, or a crocheted tie, or a cast-on-cast-off tie, or something else (not i-cord for the love of my sanity)? Just curious which is easiest to use.
Also, for the embroidery on the jumpers, I'm thinking magenta-on-purple and purple-on-magenta daisy-chain flowers, with stems of grey... how would that look - any thoughts?
Finally, I'm not sure if I have enough yarn left for hats as well since the booties are much larger than I expected. I do have a skein of grey Shine, which I bought to embroider on the jumpers with. I may have enough if I stripe or detail the hats somehow; can anyone recommend a good infant striped hat pattern (newborn size, possibly ribbed)? ( Collapse )