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msoebel 01-17-2007 11:39 AM

Colors for Baby Clothes
My brother in law and his wife have just announced that they are expecting their first baby! :cheering:

Now, on to the important part...what to knit for the baby? :wink:

My other sister in law (married to hubby's OTHER brother) also knits, but knits basically I am thinking she will want to make a baby blanket. Since she is entirely competitive, I don't want to make a blanket (because she will always compare the two, since she lives in the same state, she will know which blanket is used more often and will always bring it up).

I am thinking baby sweater(s) and MAYBE booties. But in what colors? They aren't planning on finding out the it needs to be good for boy or girl. I HATE the usual pastel baby colored yarn...pastel greens and yellows and purples don't work. I don't think the parents would be fond either. The daddy wears a lot of browns, oranges and greens. Mommy wears a lot of purple, black and red.

What colors? I wanted to make a black sweater, but hubby thinks that is too punk. :shrug:


SandraEllen 01-17-2007 11:46 AM

a really soft grey would be pretty. the color that t-shirts are.
or an orange.

of troy 01-17-2007 11:50 AM

jade green
lemon yellow
chocolate (milk to dark!) brown

any solid color, (just leave a place for a pink or blue(ish in both cases) ribbon or color code the buttons.

knit-errant 01-17-2007 11:52 AM

Grey seems like it would be a good gender-neutral color. White or cream would work too, but you'd definitely want to make sure it was washable.

Blue, green, teal, peachy orange, red? Those seem pretty neutral to me as well. :shrug:

jmp3775 01-17-2007 11:53 AM

foerst green

Jax3303 01-17-2007 12:00 PM

I love babies in a nice, deep red. It's gender neutral, and not a 'typical' baby color.

Kaydee 01-17-2007 12:04 PM

I think a minty or lime green is nice for either a boy or girl. My SIL decorated my niece's room in green and I made her a green baby blanket. Its kinda a neutral color that you could pair with other colors later (like blue or pink) to make it more for a boy or a girl.

Julie 01-17-2007 12:18 PM

I made a baby sweater out of Henry's Attic Inca Cotton last year for friends who weren't finding out their baby's gender -- the colors are really cool, IMHO -- they are grown in color rather than dyed. I'm not a fan of cotton AT ALL, and this was really nice to work with. :thumbsup:

Colors: Inca Cotton

My sweater: Camilla's Cardigan

earthchick 01-17-2007 12:27 PM

I love orange - it's so fun.

Or, for a little more sedate/traditional, cream or white are also great.

msoebel 01-17-2007 12:30 PM

I hadn't thought of tan at all. :doh: That would be a great choice...and I could simply weave in a pink ribbon on the bottom if it's a girl. I also really like the suggestions of gray and deep red (a color I am currently using to make my 3 year old daughter a sweater). Those would be so easy to make! And, honestly, I can embroider, so if I need to, I can embellish the sweater later.

Actually, now I want to make several sets in just about all of the colors mentioned.

I will have to buy all cotton, as they live in Houston, TX and won't want terribly heavy clothes (the nice thing is, the baby is due in by 3 months, s/he will need some little sweaters and hats!).

I need to get cracking...just 8 months to go!


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