cashmere baby gifts
November 21st, 2012
This cashmere baby set is very quickly becoming my go to baby gift to make. One shrunken cashmere sweater will usually yield one pair of pants and a hat (both in newborn-ish size) with some scraps leftover for a toy of some sort.
The hat pattern is the same martha stewart pattern I've used over the years, but I've redrafted it so many times I don't know if it's the same as hers any more. This one turn out a little helmet-y. I wanted to add ties to it, but nothing seemed to work: the jersey bias tape I made was too janky looking, the braided jersey was too thick, and the cashmere wasn't stretchy enough.
Instead of continuing to fuss with the ties, I just made another hat. This one is made with the pilot cap pattern from Sew Liberated--an excellent pattern. I added a lining to the pattern because the striped jersey fabric I was working with was so thin. I love this one to bits. I don't know why I never made these when my kids were little, but everyone I know who has a baby is getting one from here on out!
Last time I made this ball, I hand stitched it. This time, well, this time there was less time. The ball turned out a little pointy--not really what you are looking for in a ball. Next time I might try hexagons. Jennifer Murphy has a lovely tutorial for pentagon balls that I used for this ball. She had the great idea to add a bias tape handle! There is a little jingle bell inside the ball, so the baby can hold on to the handle and shake it until her mother goes mad.
Do you have a signature baby gift you make?