I've been knitting for baby boys (love my two newborn grandsons!) so much recently, that when Jessica asked if I could knit some booties for her to give a friend's girl baby, I gladly agreed.
This lace bonnet pattern was first brought to my attention years ago, and I knit it once before. The pattern is seamless (wahoo!), and it knits up so quickly. It's a great pattern, ingenious, really, because my seaming is not too good.
The booties pattern is also seamless, knit from the soles and up to the cuff. I modified the instep of the pattern by adding the lace pattern from the bonnet to the center stitches. Now I'm thinking of modifying a cardigan pattern to match....
Has anybody heard of a grandmother's hope chest? After knitting this sweet set for a baby girl, the thought crossed my mind that I don't have any granddaughters to be born anytime soon, but maybe I should start knitting and putting things aside for future grandchildren. Babies are so much fun to knit for--almost instant gratification because the project is finished in short time compared to big people items. Just a thought I had, but truthfully, I can't keep up with all the projects swirling through my mind, let alone knit to hold for the future.
the free hat pattern: Little Shell Lace Baby Bonnet
the yarn: Berroco Vintage, worsted weight
the needles: size 7 (4.5 mm)
the booties pattern: Eviepants All In One Booties
the yarn: Berroca Vintage
the needles: size 6 (4.0 mm)