Five for Friday: Baby Gift Projects

I recently learned that some good friends of mine have adopted a baby girl from Kenya. Of course I want to knit something for the baby! The question now is what to knit. Here are the top five projects that I am deciding between. It is a tough choice! If you have an opinion about any of these, please post to the comments. I’ll be happy to take votes, advice, and feedback.

1. Hippo Toy from Itty-Bitty Toys book by Susan B. Anderson

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Seriously, people, look how cute this guy is! Doesn’t it make you wish that all knitting was gifts for babies?  I think the hippo is the front runner in this list, but check out the other four to see how tough this choice will be.  Hippo calls for fingering weight yarn, by the way, but Ravelers have successfully made it in various other weights.

2. Elijah by Ysolda Teague

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Another very cute toy. This one calls for DK weight yarn and is worked entirely in the round.

3. Princess Squares Blanket by Pam Allen in Early Fall Vogue Knitting

This is a very cute worsted weight blanket made up of modular mitered squares. The pattern was a freebie as part of an advertisement for Classic Elite yarn and is not available online (and thus it was impossible to find a shareable photo for you! Sorry!).   I love this blanket but I am not sure I can take on another blanket project at this point. One blanket at a time is probably enough for me.

4. February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman

This is an old standby. The one pictured is one I made as a gift last year and by all reports it was a huge hit.  This works up fast in worsted weight and is almost seamless, so when I’m done, I’m really done.

5. Budgie sweater by Grumperina

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Amazing knitblogger Grumperina has been cranking out these adorable sweaters for gifts since this fall and she has graciously made the pattern available to the rest of us too.  Who wouldn’t love those cute stripes?

See why this is going to be a tough choice?  What should I make here?

Five for Friday is a series of posts that feature lists of my top five favorite fiber-related items in a specific category.

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