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Expensive Baby Clothes

GailAnn | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

Hello Miss Starzoe!

You have me all excited about crochet cotton!  I’ve been just a’swatching away here, all week-end, one strand, two strands, three strands JUMP!

Five years ago, I was at the Holiday Mart, a KC area charity event.  There was a booth selling beautiful but quite expensive baby clothes.  They were knitted at a very fine guage, lovely in every detail and very heavy for their size.  They draped so much, they almost drooped around my hand when I picked one up.  I thought they might perhaps, be knitted of linen. 


I don’t have any grandchildren and the least expensive item, in the booth, was $75., so I left them all there. 

I never forgot about those elegant little garments, and now YOU have got me thinking about them again.

Do you think they may have been knitted in multi-strand crochet cotton?

Have you made any baby clothes this way?

I’m so happy!  We just found out that my niece is expecting the very first grand niece or nephew in our family on February 7, 2009.  It will be the first baby on any side of our family in the past 23 years!  Celebrate good times!

I’m going to throw caution to the wind and give it a try.  Is there anything special that I should know or keep in mind?  I’ve never knitted baby clothes from anything but wool or cotton/wool blend.  I have months to unknit failures, if I don’t at first succeed, I can swatch swatch again.



Edited 6/15/2008 2:27 pm ET by GailAnn


  1. starzoe | | #1

    I am happy that you are so enthused about knitting with crochet cotton multistranded or not. I have a top that is of three strands of very fine tatting cotton. I'll see if I can take a picture and post it here. What I remember is that keeping the strands equal was a problem. I ended up winding three separate balls with centre pulls and putting each into a plastic container (yoghurt container) with a hole through the lid to feed the yarn. Winding them together did not work as eventually they twisted badly and became uneven.I didn't have a pattern for this, and knitted it in the round with a circular needle until the underarms. I like to knit in the round and adapt patterns when possible, but in this case the knitting skewed into a sort of part bias, the first time it has happened to me and it was probably because of the light weight. It wouldn't have been very noticeable except I knitted in vertical stripes with a tiny pattern in them. But the top is wearable, very cool and comfortable.I have never knitted baby clothes of crochet cotton but imagine it would be quite simple to do by finding the gauge to the pattern and working from there.Have fun with this, I'll do the photo later today and try to post it.

    1. GailAnn | | #2

      Thanks for the encouragement and also the excellent idea about the yogurt containers.  What a good idea.

      I seem to have found a very nice weight with two strands of #10 on a size 1 needle.  I work it up at a guage of 8 stitches to the inch over stockenette.  Looking through my old pattern books, there are many lovely sweaters, hats, and dresses knitted at 8 stitches to the inch.   I hope it's a girl.

      Looking forward to seeing a picture of your top.  Gail


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