Maybe the size of an adult sweater is the thing that’s kept you from knitting a sweater so far. Why not start with a baby sweater? Here are a few great reasons to begin your sweater knitting journey with a pint-sized project.
- Baby sweaters include all the skills you need for a bigger version. And as I already mentioned, you probably have all — or virtually all — of those skills already anyway.
- Baby sweaters are usually pretty fast to knit. Especially if you stick with a simple pattern.
- Even a complicated pattern is still over pretty quickly, and those little details are extra darling in a tiny size.
- It’s often good practice for working with smaller yarn and needles (though the patterns in my baby book mostly use bigger yarn).
- They’re adorable. Nearly impossible to resist a knit sweater or a baby in one.
- Even if you don’t have a baby, you can find one who needs a sweater. Save it until someone gets pregnant, or donate it to a charity.
- You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will propel you to knitting larger sweaters.
OK, there’s seven reasons, and I’m sure there are more, but we’ll go with that for now. How about seven easy baby sweater patterns to go with seven reasons?
- Eileen Casey’s Absolutely Basic Baby Sweater over at About is a really simple, square, garter stitch project that should easily work to get rid of your fear of sweaters.
- The Five Hour Baby Sweater is another great option. It may take a little more than five hours, but I’ve knit a couple and it is really quick and easy. This version is from Fiber Gypsy.
- Linden Down’s Baby Sophisticate is a really cute little stockinette cardigan with a shawl collar, perfect for either gender.
- The Easy Baby Pullover from That’s Simply Fine and Fancy is sized for 3 to 6 months and has buttons on the shoulder to make getting it on and off easier (you will note that most of these patterns are cardigans just because they’re easier to get on a wiggly baby. Also, piecing practice is a good thing).
- Keya Kuhn’s Basic Raglan Baby Cardigan Sweater is a great choice if you know you’re going to want to knit bigger-sized raglans, because you can learn the basics of shaping on a smaller scale. I love the stripes on this one but it would be cute in a solid color, too.
- The Baby Sachiko Kimono Cardigan is another cute option that adds just a little bit of shaping and a fun eyelet detail. It’s by Erika Flory.
- And Elizabeth Morrison’s Basic Baby Sweater was born out of a gender-related emergency, but is a great project for learning the basics of knitting a wee pullover, too.
Have a favorite baby sweater pattern? I’d love to hear about it.