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Old 01-17-2007, 11:39 AM   #1
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Colors for Baby Clothes
My brother in law and his wife have just announced that they are expecting their first baby!

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

My other sister in law (married to hubby's OTHER brother) also knits, but knits basically scarves...so 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 sex...so 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.

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Old 01-17-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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a really soft grey would be pretty. the color that t-shirts are.
or an orange.
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:50 AM   #3
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jade green
lemon yellow
coral/orange
chocolate (milk to dark!) brown
red

any solid color, (just leave a place for a pink or blue(ish in both cases) ribbon or color code the buttons.
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:52 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:53 AM   #5
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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I love babies in a nice, deep red. It's gender neutral, and not a 'typical' baby color.
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:04 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:18 PM   #8
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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.

Colors: Inca Cotton

My sweater: Camilla's Cardigan
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I love orange - it's so fun.

Or, for a little more sedate/traditional, cream or white are also great.
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:30 PM   #10
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I hadn't thought of tan at all. 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 October...so 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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