Spring knitting

April 2018 is all about the Royal birth, with William and Kate’s ‘special delivery’ due to arrive any day now. The Windsors love traditional knitted babywear, so if you need to kit out the little prince or princess in your life, here are our best picks.
Baby shimmer DK from James Brett
Super soft and fabulously textured, this baby shimmer DK yarn from James Brett is available in eight gorgeous pastel shades, with just the right combination of glitter and spirit! Can be machine washed – good to know when knitting for babies.
King Cole dk pattern baby blankets 5101
If you’re new to knitting and are looking for something simple to knit your little bundle of joy, try this baby blanket knitting pattern from King Cole. The pattern will show you how to knit four different baby blankets using stocking stitch and garter stitch.
James Brett Twinkle baby dk yarn
This Baby Twinkle DK yarn from UK spinner James C. Brett will add a touch of sparkle to your baby knits and is available in seven soft pastel shades.
Each shade has gentle silver flecks, making this yarn a super choice for baby’s first birthday or a christening blanket. Choose from white (BT1), pink (BT2), pale yellow (BT3), sky blue (BT4), lilac (BT5), cream (BT6), and mint green (BT7).
Spring knitting baby animal blankets
This aran knitting pattern by King Cole will show you how to create these adorable baby hooded blankets. There are four cute designs to choose from: a one-eyed monster; a rabbit; a shark; and a mermaid.  The perfect yarn for this knitting pattern is Comfort Aran yarn, also by King Cole.
Jean Greenhowe knitting patterns
We all know a willing recipient of a knitted doll, so get prepped for a busy year of birthday presents with this Jean Greenhowe knitted animals pattern book.  Knitting patterns included are:

  • The Duck Family – mother and father duck with hats, baby duckling with hat and baby ducking with eggshell;
  • A puppy dog with moveable head, bowl and bone;
  • Koala, Piglet, Bunny and Panda set;
  • Four little elephants with different outfits: dress, shorts and top, sailor outfit and Santa outfit;
  • A cute little penguin with hat, scarf and lantern;
  • Mother and baby whale;
  • Ornamental mice, representing the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter;
  • Puss in Boots, complete with boots and feather-trimmed hat;

Each character should be made using double knitting wool and good quality, washable stuffing.
Traditional baby knitting patterns
Follow in the royal footsteps with a traditional knitted baby set. This double knitting pattern by Peter Gregory contains will show you how to knit a selection of baby cardigans, a baby hat, and a pair of baby slippers. This would make the perfect gift for a new arrival.
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