What to Knit When You're Expecting

This book had us all oohing and aahing in the office with its utterly inspiring baby knits, which are sure to make even the most unmaternal knitter feel broody! You don’t need to be pregnant to knit them, of course – any of these would make a wonderful gift. This collection of 28 patterns for babies from newborn to 12 months has simple projects suitable for first-time knitters as well as complex knits for the more experienced. There are clear instructions on basic techniques for newbies too.

What to knit when you're expecting

Ranging from blankets to bibs and cardies to cushions, all the designs are practical as well as gorgeous to look at. The book is divided into trimesters to help match the projects to your physical and mental condition! This is a truly delightful book you’ll want to keep.

What To Knit When You’re Expecting by Nikki Van De Car is published by Kyle Books (£14.99, PB, £3.99 Kindle). Buy it on Amazon here.

Find the best cross stitch kits for new babies

If you love to knit for new babies, do you also love other types of needle craft? If so you might also like our cross stitching round-up of the best kits around to welcome new arrives. We've featured 6 of our favourite cross stitch patterns for tiny tots in this sister post.

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Baby Beanies

This cute collection of 25 hats for youngsters is aimed at all levels of knitter; the designs range from cool head-gear for boys to sweet winter warmers for the girls. There’s also plenty of technical information given to make sure you have all the know-how for any of the projects.

The patterns all have something unique: colours, textures or embellishments, ensuring they're one of a kind and perfect to give as presents.

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys (£14.99 PB, £5.99 Kindle) is published by Potter Craft. Buy it on Amazon here.

Baby Beanies book

Cute Knits for Baby Feet

This set of knitting patterns is packed with the ‘aaahh’ factor, with 30 designs for socks for babies and toddlers. We all know how much fun babies have investigating their feet – they’ll just love these bright colours and pretty patterns. Whether you (or baby) prefer traditional styles, classic, quirky or contemporary, you’ll find something inspiring. How about bobbles, balloons, butterflies or bees? Maybe snakes, ducks, elephants or zebras will appeal.

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Some socks are knitted with two needles and some with four, so don’t worry if you can't knit in the round. The size range is designed to suit feet from birth to age four, so if baby has a favourite, keep knitting in bigger sizes! Skill levels vary, so beginners will have no problem tackling something. If you haven’t got a baby to knit for, go out and find one!

Cute Knits for Baby Feet by Sue Whiting is published by Hamlyn. Buy it on Amazon here.

Cute Knits for Baby Feet book

Baby Love – Knitted Booties for Tiny Feet

You’ll find 20 of the sweetest little baby bootie designs to choose from here, ranging from traditional to quirky to extraordinarily cute. We especially love the little dotty mushrooms, the espadrilles and the two little mice. Some designs feature matching accessories such as a vest, scarf or hat.

Baby Love – Knitted Booties for Tiny Feet by Catherine Bouquerel is published by Sixth & Spring. Buy it on Amazon here.

Baby Love Knitted Booties for Tiny Feet

60 Quick Baby Knits

There’s always a baby to knit for, whether it’s a friend’s or a relative’s, so we’re always on the lookout for more ideas and patterns. And, of course, it’s helpful if the items are made with easy-care yarn. All these items are knitted in the same yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; simple to create coordinating baby and toddler knits, and all easy to care for. Project skill levels vary, and there are several patterns for any knitter of any ability to choose from. Some styles are classic, others jolly and colourful, and all are practical.

As one of our friends has recently had a baby, we’ve divided up a list of must-haves for her newborn. Soon she'll be receiving flower-adorned bootees, Fair Isle legwarmers, a cabled blanket and a sheep-shaped pillow to cuddle. We hope she likes them (and mum, too)!

60 Quick Baby Knits is published by Sixth & Spring. Buy it on Amazon here.

60 Quick Baby Knits book

You'll find a host of baby knitting pattern available for free right here on Gathered, too. Check out our premature baby hat pattern.


Sarah WinsperDigital Assistant, Simply Knitting and The Knitter

As well as spending her working life thinking about yarn, Sarah designs knitting patterns in her spare time, too!

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