Finished Handmade Handmade for Baby Knitting

Camilla Babe {handmade for baby}


Let me tell you the worst kept secret among knitters – knitting for babies isn’t fun just because baby knits are small and cute and easy to make and you can finish them almost before you’ve thought of starting them.  It is all of that, don’t get me wrong, but if you’ve ever snuggled a baby in a hand knit jumper you’ll know there’s something just so squishably cuddleable about a wool-clad baby that you’d never want to put them down.  Baby knitting calls for the softest of soft soft yarn and so for the second baby knit of the summer I returned to one of my all time favourites (Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran) in a deep blackcurranty purple that is utterly gorgeous in it’s own right, and will also go nicely with all the dinosaur handmedowns from its new owner’s big brothers.

Space for the Butterflies - Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge

It’s been a little while since I knit for a baby girl (and it was in purple that time too) so I spent many happy hours searching Ravelry for the perfect pattern, one that said “adorable baby girl” without being overly flouncy and frilly, one that was nice and practical both to knit and to wear, and one that would suit her mama’s excellent taste in children’s clothes.

Space for the Butterflies - Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge

I do usually make cardigans as baby knits because for newborns a jumper is a massive faff, you want to be able to get it off and on easily, and unbutton it if they fall asleep and get a bit hot, and leave it unbuttoned if they’re anything like my three and think milk is a gift to be returned as soon as possible.  But once I started to realise that it wasn’t very practical to be planning baby knits for a nice hot English summer either, and that a six month size was a much better bet, suddenly the field of jumpers opened up again.  At 6 months jumpers have always seemed more practical to me, for pretty much all the reasons that they don’t work so well for newborns, especially as my little ones had a well practiced habit of crawling out of their clothes whenever possible.  And so I came back to Camilla Babe, the teeny tiny version of Carrie Bostick Hoge’s grown up Camilla.

Space for the Butterflies - Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge

I had so much fun knitting this jumper it took all my willpower not to dash out to buy the yarn to make a bigger one for Elma (in soft sea green – I’m already planning it for her birthday!).  Even in the round garter stitch knits up a treat and the pattern was easy enough that I could memorise it and carry it around with me.

Space for the Butterflies - Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge

And so this little jumper has been knit in our garden, on the train to and from work, in the car, and even on the beaches of South Devon, and then it was washed (a lot), blocked, and left to dry.  The blocking just pulled the feather and fan pattern into shape and gave it its lovely curvy front and then it was ready to be sent on its way south, to a little girl who, given the weather of the last week, is not going to leave it for some time to come!

Space for the Butterflies - Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On 


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  • Tami Von Zalez 22/07/2016 at 5:06 pm

    Popped by from Finish it Up Friday – that color is so rich and luscious. Beautiful finish!

  • TAMMY STACK 22/07/2016 at 7:47 pm

    Gosh! It’s adorable. Great job!

  • Zeta 22/07/2016 at 8:34 pm

    So cute! And you are so right about snuggling a baby in a squishy jumper!

  • Susan Snooks 22/07/2016 at 11:02 pm

    Dropped in from Finish it up Friday too and love seeing this pretty purple jumper!! It looks perfect for a six month old!

    • Cassie 12/10/2016 at 3:05 am

      De tanto que se lê e se ouve, esta data 10 de Junho, tornou-se tal como o 25 de Abril, alvo de discórdia crónica entre os portugueses.Uns queriam assim outros assado!E, penso que para a maioria, até da nossa faixa etária, não passa de mais um feriado.É dificil aos portugueses coontcerarmo-nns no essencial, e saber onde se encontra o essencial.E, até talvez saibamos, e apenas discordmos do supérfluo.Um abraçoAntº Roinha

  • Jenny Benton 23/07/2016 at 12:17 am

    So pretty – a delightful hand made gift, and knitted with love, of course.

  • Afton 23/07/2016 at 2:14 am

    It is so beautiful and classy. I love the detail down the middle.

  • Sherry Legan 23/07/2016 at 2:27 am

    Your work is gorgeous! Came over from Crazy Mom. Nice to meet you. I’m following you.
    Come over and visit me.

  • Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts 23/07/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Oh wow! This is absolutely fabulous! I love the color, the center detail, the squishiness, everything! Wish I could cuddle and rock the baby wearing this cutie.
    I had to snicker: my boys crawled out of clothes, also. They weren’t particular about it either–public displays were most embarrassing, but it happened.

  • Tracy 23/07/2016 at 6:00 pm

    See there? You’ve done it again. You post a fabulous knit item and I am quite certain nothing in the world would be better than knitting up an exact replica (and I’m not even crazy about purple 😉 Of course, I have still only managed the knit stitch, and I have so many projects in my sewing queue (and lets not even talk about building a house!) that replicas will have to wait…. someday, perhaps….

    • Cheyanne 12/10/2016 at 2:39 am

      I’m rellay into it, thanks for this great stuff!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 24/07/2016 at 11:35 pm

    Oh it is so amazing and super soft and just perfect and I can’t wait until the weather cools and Cora can wear it. It is absolutely perfect, thank you so much and we will have to meet up so that you can give her a snuggly cuddle

  • Evelyn 25/07/2016 at 10:08 am

    Oh what a sweet jumper. Babies and handknits are just the perfect combination 🙂 love that shade of purple too