I love sock yarns – they make the most fantastic socks but are also good for lots of other projects, including baby clothes. The ‘smallness’ of baby clothes (if there’s such a word) makes them an ideal showcase for self-patterning yarns and it’s so easy to get a self-striping or fair isle effect without the bother of lots of ends. The yarns are soft enough for babies to wear and they’re machine washable too.
The One-Ball Baby Cardigan is a simple but effective knit. Made entirely in garter stitch the back and fronts are worked separately from side to side and then stitches are picked up for the sleeves which are worked flat from the shoulder to the cuff. The pattern gives an option for a plain or frilled neck and cuffs so the cardigan is suitable for a boy or girl. I’ve knitted lots of these now – this is my latest in WYS Signature 4ply in Kingfisher.
The sock yarn Baby Jumper is another easy project, knitted in stocking stitch and rib. It’s a popular gift for new mums as the buttons on both shoulders make it easy to get on and off. This one is knitted in Opal, Thelma.
The Domino Baby Cardigan is easier than it looks. It is constructed from individual garter stitch mitred-squares that are joined as you go along by picking up stitches from the previous square. I’ve made lots of these now and they never fail to produce lots of ‘oohs and aahs’. This, my latest, is knitted in WYS Signature 4ply, Rum Paradise.
I’ve just started the Sunny Cardi. This is a pattern for a frilled cardigan is sizes 0-6 months to 8-9 years. Again it’s a simple project: the frill is in moss stitch and the body and sleeves are in stocking stitch. I’m knitting this one in Opal, Claire.
In the smallest sizes, each of these garments take just 100g ball of yarn so are perfect for that odd ball of sock yarn lurking in your stash. Happy knitting x