Ideas and tips

Knitting for babies is great fun and because the garments are small you can experiment without wasting too much of your wool.  Trendy or traditional?  Well, these days anything goes as there seems to be a revival in knitting and really it’s what you find most rewarding.

-- When learning to knit using baby knitting patterns is great as the project is not too big and you can see the results quickly.

-- It’s a great way to use up your ends of wool but please remember that baby’s skin is soft and delicate so some wool will not be suitable.

-- Booties, bibs, shawls, dresses, jackets, leggings, caps, hats, blankets, ponchos and pillows – let your imagination run riot.  What about an heirloom Christening gown?  Wouldn’t that be cool?

-- Keep track of your row with a little sticky ‘Post It’ pointing to the row you are on.

-- Put a sticky note on patterns you'd like to use again with helpful comments such as 'knit 2 extra rows...'

-- To keep track of complicated patterns use an index card for each row of the pattern writing the instruction out on the card.  Mark the cards 1, 2, 3 etc. and turn them after each row is complete.  You could punch a hole and tie them loosely together with a bit of wool.

-- If you don’t have a row counter just use a piece of paper and each time you complete a row mark a slash /. Do a new slash for each of four rows //// and then cross through on the fifth.  You know the sort of thing you used to do when you are counting down the days for an event.  It works here too.

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