I get asked so many times, why does it not show what age a baby pattern give, instead it will be in cm or ins or both. The easy answer is because each baby is different in size at any given age. However, lets solve for the average standard size as referred to in any pattern, be it vintage or new
I know facing the dilemma of which size to knit suitable for prem babies or does it start from 3 months, dilemma is glaring you, causing unnecessary frustration on starting a lovely pattern you want to create. This is the same for children and Adults. It is expected you just measure the chest, but I hear you, you do not always have that on hand, after all we often make things for others
Standard pattern instructions normally refer to Chest measurements, but can also include:
Sleeve length (underarm to cuff)
Body length from underarm to hem
See the chart given below to match up to international standard sizes from 0 to 4XL
It is obviously always better to have a perfect fit, say if you making for yourself, have you noticed, some patterns, when completed you would have preferred shorter or longer sleeves or length.
This is extremely easy to adjust. Taking this example, if you fall under the M size category, it shows the sleeve will be 19ins long, but ideally, I would like one inch longer. So, what do you do now?
Extending or shortening the length
This is where Gauge verification is vitally important. The Pattern says 23 sts and 28 rows over 10 cm and/or 4 inches square swatch
As I need to lengthen by 2.5 cm (1 inch) simply divide the 28 rows by 4, even if you are working in cm, as 2.5cm x 4 gives you 10cm
This then gives you 7 rows, so all you do is continue to knit another 7 rows
Shortening the length
The same, except instead of adding you will deduct the 7 rows from the number of rows indicated in the instructions
I hope the explanation will now help you with your next project correct, just as you want it
Here is an exclusive cutie pie of a teddy called, Teddy Marcello which is all knitted in stocking stitch on the flat, and therefore fairly novice knitter could create this adorable bear
The knitting pattern comes with lots of close up photos with clear written instructions
Although yarn used and size given, the pattern is so versatile Teddy Marcello can easily be made smaller or larger by simply using thicker or thinner yarn and needles. The original measures: SEATED appox. 21cm (8 ¾ ins) / STANDINGT: approx. 27cm (10 ½ ins), using:
Knitting needles: 3mm / UK 11 / US 2.5
1 ball of 50g Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots Baby Fashion DK (Shade 0958 – STONE) – Main color
Here is a lovely pattern specially whimsical, super cute yet so practical and quick to make. The pattern, Ladybug Baby Beanie Cap and Booties instructions are given for : 0-3 months | 3-6 months | 6-12 months
(The Sample image shown is knitted for birth-3 months old)
Quick & easy to knit in DK yarn (sample knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton DK)
The pattern is knitted on the flat (not in the round) with single pointed needles, and so easy to make
American terminology with metric measurements included
Using Size 3 & 3.5mm(US 11 /9-10, UK 2/3-4) Single pointed Knitting Needles & Crochet Hook Size 3mm(US D3, UK 11)
Oh Baby! Booties and Baby Beanie Cap with peek was knitted, using this yarn. However any DK yarn can be used to make up the pattern to look just as unique
The pattern instructions is for 0-3 months | 3-6 months | 6-9 months | 9-12 months
The shades & quantity used to make up this sample set in the image is: 100g Natural White (251) | 50g Navy (358) | 50g Red (215)
Rowan Handknit cotton DK
How great will it look with these color combinations to complete as a sailor set. However change the colours & this unique pattern is so versatile it will look just as cute and for any outfit for your precious boy or girl
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One of my very first designs I put into a knitting pattern for miniaturists to buy under my shop called Tom Thumb Miniatures. I have 2 other I made, in 1990’s. I will get around to someday upload it to my blog
Obviously you need to be comfortable to use small hair pin needles, ultimately I use .8 and 1mm needles and fine 1-ply wool/yarn from say fine knitting machine yarn cone