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I am going to be an aunt in December
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Date: 7/23/09 5:57 PM

So I am that excited that I think I am overwhelmed with excitement and can't figure out what to sew/knit for my first niece/nephew!

Color is a problem. My brother and his wife are not going to find out whether its a boy or a girl.

I am thinking a set of booties, hat, mittens and of course a cardigan. Pattern suggestions please...

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Date: 7/23/09 7:38 PM

Debbie Bliss has some great baby patterns.

For color, I usually use red for babies where I don't know the sex.

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Date: 7/24/09 9:11 AM

Red is a great suggestion! It's bright and beautiful. I might borrow some books from the library.

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Date: 7/24/09 3:10 PM

Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Baby Surprise Jacket" is a popular and easy little jacket to knit for a newborn.

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Date: 7/24/09 4:57 PM

Congratulations on becoming an auntie, Deepika!

As mentioned, Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket would be fun to knit, and good for putting together colors when you don't know whether you're knitting for a boy or a girl. You might also like to look at Elizabeth Zimmermann's Tomten Jacket, which has a nice hood option. About halfway down this page, there are some cool photos of the little jacket under construction.

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Date: 7/24/09 6:18 PM

I made the shawl-collared jacket (really a cardigan) from Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners for my daughter before I knew whether she was a daughter or a son. I chose a pretty green yarn and figured I could choose girly or more masculine buttons if I needed to. It's adorable. It's like a little grandpa/collegiate sweater for a little person. We get lots of compliments on it. The book is for beginners, but I wouldn't think it would be boring for non-beginners. The shawl collar took some fiddling for me to get it right. (There's an error in the pattern in the book, though, so make sure to check the errata on the Debbie Bliss site before finishing the collar if you decide to do this one.)

I've also made the simple hat from that book (the hat is huge, even in the smallest size, but it's super-cute). And my aunt knit up the booties from the book as well. I found them a little complicated.

Congrats on becoming an aunt. It's the best job in the world!

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Date: 7/24/09 7:54 PM

I also want to recommend EZ's baby surprise jacket. Also, you can have fun picking out buttons for it too. Those can really add to the jacket. Have fun knitting!

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Date: 7/26/09 2:53 PM

The baby surprise jacket is a very good and unisex garment - I knitted it in red for my grandchild, but I think it would look wonderful in a variegated yarn - bamboo yarn is wonderfully soft for babies. But I found what I did was much too wide for my quite small and slender first grandaughter until she was at least 6 months. There is useful information at knitwiki on gauge and size and apparently there is a new version of the pattern which may have more information than was available when I did it. Christine's baby booties actually do stay on - I made them in thinish (sock weight) yarn on American size one or two needles. They looked so small I couldn't believe they would fit any baby, but they were just right for my 6lb 2 oz second granddaughter this spring.
Being an aunt is such fun - congratulations to all concerned
Anne Frances

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Date: 7/27/09 11:57 AM

Many of Elizabeth Zimmerman's sweater patterns including the baby surprise and the book with the tomten jacket are available at http://www.schoolhousepress.com/, EZ's and her daughter's yarn & pattern business. Some of the patterns are only a dollar or two and they've got dvd lessons too. I made a tomten for a friend's son years ago and my then highschool age daughter demanded one of her own that she wore to shreds.

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Date: 7/28/09 11:06 PM

The surprise jacket is really cool but I dont think I want to pay $12 for this pattern, especially since I dont see myself making it again. For a baby its cute though. The book is rented out from my library so no scope there either. Is there any other place I can buy this pattern (cheaper) from? Or I should look at the shawl collar pattern. Thats awfully cute too.

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