Zimmermania

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Need advice for twin babies!

I'm in a complete state of befuddlement. I have twin grand--- what? nieces? nephews? That is, my niece is having twins -- a boy and a girl, in July. I want to make little warm jacket things for them, and want them to be seamless, so of course, Zimmerman rules.

But which way to go? Thinking of doing little matching yoke sweaters, with nice faire isle patterning at the yoke, swiching main colors from one to the other, then steeking up the middle, maybe some i-cord and i-cord frogs. But then there are the baby jackets of Zimmermans that are so cute, and would be fun to do in pairs....

I'm looking for advice from Zimmermaniac mommies who live with these garments... which are the ones you go to over and over again because they hold up, look good, are easy to care for, that seem the most comfortable for your babies? What fibers, which projects?


I'd like to go for a 3-month size first, and then I'll probably do them again at 6 or nine months.

8 Comments:

  • I have an 18 month old boy and he loves his BSJs. It would be adorable to make two BSJ out of self-striping sock yarn, one in "boy" and one in "girl" colors. Then you could make them in double knit, worsted, etc. as the babies grow to make larger sizes. You could even make the girl one with a pretty rounded collar and the boy with a hood. The great thing is that garter stitch really does stretch everywhich way and seems to fit for a long time!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:18 AM  

  • Knitting for two, what a GREAT aunt! Boy I have a hard time finishing second socks... Tomtens are super cuteand if you picked 3 colors, one boy, one girl, one neutral you could do coordinating stripes. Or you could make February baby sweaters- without lace for the boy.

    By Blogger Peggy, at 9:17 AM  

  • Knitting for two, what a GREAT aunt! Boy I have a hard time finishing second socks... Tomtens are super cuteand if you picked 3 colors, one boy, one girl, one neutral you could do coordinating stripes. Or you could make February baby sweaters- without lace for the boy.

    By Blogger Peggy, at 9:17 AM  

  • What a great aunt you are! I-cord works best as edging on garter stitch. If it is edging stockinette, it won't stop the urge to curl.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 AM  

  • i would go for maybe a little bsj for the newborns to three months olds. but i made a tomten out of rowan spun tweed for my great niece and she has worn it every day since january. i did it in a very zimmermann way in light brown tweed with dark brown edges and copperish buttons. she looks soooo cute.

    By Blogger knititch, at 10:40 AM  

  • @anon-- BSJ in self-striping sock yarn sounds wonderful, and would help with my sock yarn stash overload.. Hmm...

    @Peggy -- I know what you mean about second socks (second mittens, second gloves, second booties, so been-there-done-that). I will mitigate the threat of the second jacket syndrome by choosing a yarn so yummy I will crave it in my hands... (heh). Maybe I'll meet you in a two-socks-on-one-needle class in our future.

    @annon: Thanks for the hint about icord and stockingette. What a great blog. I didn't know.

    @knititch -- your BSJ sounds wonderful. Have you posted it?

    By Blogger knittingjuju, at 9:12 AM  

  • oh yes sometime in january as well as a bsj. i have it all on my own blog www.knititch.blogspot.com. probably easier to browse through. i don't really think the picture justifies the look of the jacket. but but.

    By Blogger knititch, at 1:10 PM  

  • Baby longies, sweater and blanket from Knitter's Almanac - they are fun, not difficult at all and everyone thinks you have done something amazing, which, I suppose you have...

    Longies can be made of all sorts of stash - I once made a pair of "Superman" longies out of blue with bright red feet - popular in the extreme, I must say!

    Check out the baby sweaters on this blog - I am sure they are as well-loved as the ones I have made for daughter and grand daughter (each in their turn)

    I LOVE EZ!!

    By Anonymous Melissa, at 4:06 PM  

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