I love making Baby Gift Sets. It's so much fun picking out patterns, yarn colors and then the making of it. I wish I could make a living out of it. But then again, maybe it would take the fun out of it.
Remember, the Mirabilis Baby Blanket that I made as a test knit? I knew I would find a home for the blanket. No sooner had I finished it, my friend announced her pregnancy. So, I waited until I got the baby shower invite and then used the leftover yarn to make a Owl Baby Vest and a Bear Rattle to make a complete baby gift set. I work better with a deadline.
This is my 3rd Owl Baby Vest and I still love it. That's saying a lot because I hardly ever repeat a pattern. It's because I love making new things and there is always a new challenge or pattern to try. But this pattern is quick and cute, and only takes a skein of yarn. I actually do see myself making more of these. I used worsted weight again so I could get a 12 month size.
This Bear Rattle turned out huge. In my opinion, it's too big for a baby to grasp. If I made it again, I would reduce the size of the handle part. I inserted a brass jingle bell in the head so that it will make a soft jingling sound when you shake it. Overall, I think it turned out really cute.
Pattern: Owl Baby Vest (Ravelry Link)
Needles: US 5 and US 6
Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gold
Pattern: Bunny Buddy by Vicki Howell ( Crochet Today! May/June 2009 issue), shorten the ears to make the bear.
Hook: 3.75 mm (F)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gold, small amount