[knitting] Knitting for my wee one – de la layette pour moi, enfin pour lui, ou elle !

Knitting for little ones / Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Yes, I’m pregnant! And very excited about it, I must say… My baby (boy or girl I don’t know yet) is due early June, so it will be a summer baby. For those of you who get the idea I’m 19 weeks pregnant now – that’s one of the many things I’m learning at the moment: so much info going on!


Of course it means that my sewing plans are a little skewed, my main goal will be maternity sewing – I’m just starting to really see my bump growing, so now I only have one pair of trousers fitting and they will probably not last very long. Two skirts have also been put at the back of the wardrobe. I’ve been taking a look at maternity patterns but I’m not too inspired by them yet (might change once I’m more heavily pregnant). If you have recommendations, I will gladly welcome them!

On the other hand, expecting a baby does open a wide range of possibilities sewing and knitting-wise! As a Christmas present for me I subscribed to a year of the Ottobre magazine: it’s really full of very cheerful and useful clothes for kids of all ages. I know – I’m a little late to realise that but bear with me it’s my first baby and I had no reason to really look into that before.

I haven’t started sewing anything yet for two reasons, first I have to wait two weeks for the next ultrasound and maybe know if its a boy or a girl. the other reason is because I need fabric, mostly knits, that I can’t find in my home town: I want 100% cotton knits, I think polyester can wait a little before entering the life of my child. To find cotton knits (not even mentioning organic knits), I have to go to Paris or order online. So that will happen soon, I have found an online store selling beautiful knits for kids (and older ones), some of them are used in the Ottobre magazine (btw, Ottobre have an Etsy store I didn’t know about either!!! Told you, so many things to discover). For those of you who are in France, it’s TyFlorianBoutik. When I went through their website, I had visions of striped bright t-shirts!

Expecting a baby when you’re a knitter also means many many cute things to make in a relatively short time (makes me think I should start knitting the blanket I have planned). I have started a little after Christmas, I have booties already and am knitting cardigans (striped ones, I love stripes and it’s a great way to bust some stash) and a bright red alpaca hooded jacket. You’ll see all that appearing in the next few weeks.


For the crafty mums or aunts here, I’m wondering how many items of each size I should make? I’ve heard that I shouldn’t concentrate too much in newborn size (maybe 3 or 4 onesies, some socks, 2 jumpers or cardigans), but for the rest I don’t know! I want to take advantage of the time I have ahead – even if my maternity leave isn’t until the end of April, I might not have as much time to knit or sew once the baby is here. Again, advice and recommendations very welcomed!
Wow that was a long post, I hadn’t intended it to be so long, I got carried away apparently 🙂

17 Replies to “[knitting] Knitting for my wee one – de la layette pour moi, enfin pour lui, ou elle !”

  1. Congratulations! What wonderful news. I’m an early June baby (June 5) so I can tell you it’s a great time of year to be born. I didn’t craft when I was pregnant so it’s hard to say what’s most practical to make, but I agree that focus on a) cooler times of year and b) 6 months – 1 yr age is likely the safest way to get use out of your hand-made wares.

    1. Thanks a lot Kristin!! I’m sure June is the best, both for the mother and the baby 🙂 plenty of time to get stronger for winter. Thanks also for your advice, I’m taking note!

  2. FĂ©licitations :!
    decidement 2013 est une annĂ©e ) bebes…..
    ce n’est pas bien de me rappeler qu’ottobre publie en français….
    je n’ai mis que des jupes et des robes mais j’etais surtout enceinte en hiver…. j’ai bien aimĂ© la jupe des intemporels pour femme enceinte et la robe j’ai bien aimĂ© la robe Ă  bretelles (tu peux superposer plsuieurs couches selon la chaleur…) et en tunique ma preferee est celle Ă  encolure carree (evite la cache coeur ou refais le patron….)
    noveau quantitĂ© je ne pourrais pas te dire surtout que cela va dependre du telmps qu’il fera cet Ă©tĂ© (et c’est diffiicle Ă  prevoir…)
    j’avais du faire 3 modeles en 3 mois.. 1 ou 2 en 6 mois.. ap^res je suis passĂ©e Ă  1 an (1 modele) et lĂ  je suis au 4 ans….. mais bon j’ai un bĂ©bĂ© hors norme….

    1. Merci Christelle ! Et merci pour tes recommandations, j’irai jeter un coup d’Ɠil Ă  ce livre. C’est vrai que quand on voit ton fils on se dit que la taille naissance n’est peut-ĂȘtre pas primordiale 🙂

  3. FĂ©licitations officielles, Sophie !!! 😀 Pour les vĂȘtements de grossesse, inutile d’en prĂ©voir de trop, ça ne servira pas longtemps… je crois que j’avais 2 pantalons ; par contre, des petits hauts j’en avais plus 🙂 les petites tuniques sont sympa car tu peux les porter aprĂšs avoir accouchĂ©… CĂŽtĂ© layette jette un oeil Ă  ce que te conseille ta maternitĂ© (ils ont des listes), mais pour le fait-main je te conseille de faire 1 ou 2 naissance/1 mois, pas plus ; et davantage de 3, 6 mois, car bĂ©bĂ© les portera plus longtemps, c’est moins frustrant vu le temps passĂ© dessus (mĂȘme si la layette ça va relativement vite) 🙂 Bizzzzz

    1. Merci ma Lucy!! Je pense que tu as raison pour les vĂȘtements de grossesse je vais essayer d’assurĂ© le strict minimum au niveau bas (2 pantalons comme toi) et me concentrer sur les hauts. Et pour la layette en effet j’ai notĂ© ce que demandait la maternitĂ©, ça me fera une bonne base !

  4. Congrats! That’s amazing news. I wouldn’t sew too much as they can be such different sizes. I made baby jackets, and they still don’t fit her (a year after they were meant too). Make yourself maternity stuff 🙂

    1. Haha! So you’re all for selfish sewing then 😉 I definitely need to sew some garments for myself, because I don’t really want to go into RTW for that. You’re so right about babies coming in all shapes and sizing: they’re not very reliable are they? 😉

  5. Many, many congratulations. I’m a mid June baby and it’s great fun. Baby clothes are such fun to knit…and sooooooo cute. Enjoy!

  6. Congratulations! The size thing is hard – and depending on the baby. My son (15 years now) gained 500 g a week for the first couple of months – so he only wore size 56 and 62 for about a week each. It also depends on whether you have a washer and dryer at home..

    1. Thanks you very much Maria!! and thanks for your insight, I might not concentrate too much on the first two sizes 🙂 Yes a washer and a dryer at home will definitely help me keep the few garments in heavy rotation!!

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