Gifts I've knitted for babies have been some of the most enjoyable for quite a few reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, they're so quick! I might slave away over a sweater for a friend for several months, but a baby sweater is finished over a weekend. Secondly, it's a whole lot easier to choose a project - it's unlikely that the baby (or Mom) will object that the booties and hat are just not quite the right color. And third, the beautiful gift will almost always be truly appreciated and really used - maybe through several siblings or even several generations.
Not to mention that sometimes you've procrastinated a little bit and the shower is tomorrow...in that case, boy, do we have some delightful patterns for booties!
If you're interested in knitting a blanket as a gift, take a look at our Baby Blanket Corner for some ideas. Also check out the Baby Gifts section in Interweave Knits Summer 2005 for some great ideas, including amazingly cute baby socks.
The yarn below is some of the most popular for baby projects, which means it's ultra-soft and mostly machine washable - it only seems fair to give new parents some small advantage in the fight against all that spit-up.
Ideal yarns for baby projects range from cotton and cotton blends to luxurious Cashmere and Angora (take a look at our free Anna's Angel Hat pattern for a gorgeous angora choice). Projects vary from more traditional things like a christening dress or blanket to out of the ordinary projects like a handknitted stuffed fish or a felted diaper bag.