Friday, October 13, 2006

 Maternity Knitting

As I am planning to be pregnant all through winter again ( my son was born in November) and I live in one of the only three cities in New Zealand to snow during winter, I am currently knitting this sweater:

It is called Mommy Snug form summer IK 2006. It is designed by Kate Gilbert and knit for the magazine in a blend of cotton/merino. We have no such yarn here so I am instead making it in a 10ply merino/silk blend made by Naturally Yarns. The yarn I am using is called Merino et soie, 70% NZ merino 30% Silk. I am using shade 110, which is a lovely Tomato red. This sweater has buttons on either side of the bottom so it can be undone as you get bigger. It is also knit in rib all-over and has short-rows in the stomach to make the sweater expand.
I have cast on for this sweater 3 times in different Naturally NZ wools, my perfect yarn having been discontinued.
I am also planning on making a maternity lace wrap cardigan from Erika Knight's Baby Bloom.

Also I was wondering, how many of you mum's and prospective mum's use cloth nappies in any way? Have any of you knit soakers or longies?


Blogger Laura B said...

Looks like a fun knit!

I use cloth diapers full time. I knitted a ton of wool soakers from the various Little Turtle Knits patterns, but it turns out that I haven't really used them that much. Most of the time I end up using Proraps covers instead.

5:35 PM  
Blogger alison said...

So many people have recommended that I knit that sweater! I wish I could work up the energy (or the time) to knit a maternity sweater for myself. I'm thinking maaaayyybe I can squeeze in a hoodie with a two-way zip that I could wear after baby's born as well. We'll see.

I haven't checked out that Baby Bloom book. Is it good??

5:51 PM  
Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

I've been thinking about knitting that sweater too! My baby is due in January. What has me hesitating with starting this cozy looking knit, I wonder how wearable it is after the baby is born....

8:28 PM  
Blogger Jofrog said...

We are planning on cloth diapering and using wool soakers a lot, but always at night. I just made my first one from this pattern. I'll weave in the ends and post it here probably early next week!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Baby Bloom is an awesome book Alison. You would really like it. It has a two way zippered hoodie.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous viviana said...

Hi, I used cloth diapers for my first boy, and I'll do it again with the next baby... I sewed myself all my son's diapers, but I used soakers I bought. Next time, I'm thinking of knitting soakers, I've already found free pattern on the web.

The sweater looks great !

4:08 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

I did not use the cloth diapers very much with my first, and can't decide about what we will do with this second one. We are a family of redheads with very fair skin and keeping diaper rash away was extremely hard with the cloth diapers. If I do more cloth diapers with this next one, I will knit up some soakers. I have quite a few patterns for them in some old knitting magazines that I have collected.
OttobreDesign has a sewn cloth diaper pattern and sewn diaper cover pattern in pdf for free on their website.
scroll through the projects to find them if you are interested.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Jofrog said...

Hey, I just checked out the "Baby Bloom" book, and it's "Knitting for Two" in the states. I was wondering how I'd missed that one!

11:39 AM  
Blogger curlypurly said...

we used cloth with my daughter, and will use cloth again. I knitted pants and soakers for her using my own patterns, which are online (free download)

i loved using wool and didn't start using anything except soakers until she started preschool and they preferred all-in-ones.

the good news is that now that she's out of diapers the extra room the diapers took up leave plenty of room to get one more year out of the pants - so she's got a wardrobe of wool pants she can still wear.

choose good yarns and you'll get a LOT of wear out of them!

7:57 PM  

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