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merlinnancy
09-21-2007, 07:57 AM
Hooray! We are expecting a new grandchild in Texas!

My dear DIL wants knitted/crocheted things. I'm a Northerner and somehow my many sweater patterns, even for newborns, seem as if they will be too heavy.

I would love suggestions regarding yarns and patterns that are Texas-friendly. They are in Houston.

Thanks so

merlinnancy
09-21-2007, 07:58 AM
Oops, hit the wrong key. Meant to say:

Thanks so much!

nancy

LauraD
09-21-2007, 08:02 AM
Well, it does usually get REALLY cold for about a week...kidding, well sort of.

I don't have any patterns off the bat BUT as long as they can easily layered you'll be safe. I live in Texas and I swear that is how we all make it thru the winter.

sandclove
09-21-2007, 08:13 AM
We live in Houston and the only recommendation I can think of is to knit w/ cotton yarn...sorry if that is obvious.

Congrats on the new addition to your family!

mrslevite
09-21-2007, 08:31 AM
For babies, I would recommend a soft acrylic. It's not going to be quite as warm as wool, but very appropriate for cool weather or cool a/c. And easy, easy care. :)

mrslevite
09-21-2007, 08:40 AM
Ooops! I just skipped the pattern section of the question completely! Sorry!

I lived in southern Mississippi and Louisiana till abour 3 1/2 years ago. The patterns I used usually had some kind of open type stitch. You may want to make something with a stitch that creates a firmer fabric, but you can have fun with other stitches, too. I have a pattern book for sweater sets and layettes from Leisure Arts that I like a lot. I have also found patterns online or on the yarn bands that I like. I'll have to see if I can find links to patterns or at least pics of the patterns that I have used.

And congratulations on the new grand baby. :D

ETA: I made this pattern using Lion Brand Cotton Ease in the 6 month size and it turned out nice. Notice that it doesn't button all the down. This probably makes it more comfortable in warm temperatures.

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/70205A.html?noImages=0

Pixywhispers
09-21-2007, 08:41 AM
We live in South Texas and I use Encore which is part acrylic part wool and washable on my childrens sweaters.

Congratulations on the new baby!

Doublereeder2
09-21-2007, 09:22 AM
There are some great free patterns available on line here (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php) and here (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby.html). Here is one version of the 5 hour baby sweater (http://www.fibergypsy.com/patterns/swtrpatt.shtml). If you don't like this one, there are more modified patterns you can find. Also some adorable knits from Debbie Bliss Baby.

I like a cotton blend here is Texas so lots of times use Cotton Ease for my baby stuff. Machine wash and dry. Have fun - baby knitting is instant gratification.