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Old 04-07-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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Gender-specific button bands for infants??
I need more advice from the moms out there!

I'm planning to make a layette based on this pattern, and I was intending to knit the front bands in to keep it simpler and minimize the number of seams.

I realized that if I do this I have to decide in advance which side the buttons and button holes go on, and I don't know the gender of the baby-to-be (note I'm also not using pink or blue yarn).

Should I do the bands separately, after the gender is announced, or is this not important to most new parents? I'm not experienced at knitting garments and wanted to get started right away in case I find myself in Do-Over Land (baby not due until Fall)!

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 04-07-2007, 01:56 PM   #2
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I can't imagine that a parent would be concerned that the buttons are on the left or right. You're giving a handmade sweater! If they object to the button placements, snatch it out of their hands!
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:06 PM   #3
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I tried searching for unisex baby clothing to see how they are buttoned, but couldn't find much. Most of it is gender specific. Are you planning on selling these items or is it for a gift for someone you know? If it's a gift I'd suggest waiting or use a gender neutral color OR if you know how the parents feel about color you could go with that.

As for buttoning..as Ingrid says I wouldn't worry too much about it. You could also skip the buttons entirely and put a tie or two on it near the top.
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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I'm not a mom, but I see it this way: Girls can wear boy's clothes, but boys can't wear girl's clothes. I would put them on the right side.
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
I can't imagine that a parent would be concerned that the buttons are on the left or right. You're giving a handmade sweater! If they object to the button placements, snatch it out of their hands!
Exactly!

Having been a new parent... they probably wouldn't even notice if the buttons on a "boy" sweater were on the "girl" side or vice versa. Things get crazy!
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Old 04-07-2007, 03:22 PM   #6
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There are different sides for different genders?

I'm going to go with a no one really noticing or caring about which side the buttons are on for this thing. It's a sweater. Just stick to neutral colors for the sweater itself, and you should be fine.
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Old 04-07-2007, 03:23 PM   #7
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I really don't think a new Mother would care about the side the buttons are on, just so long as it fits and is machine washable.
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:48 PM   #8
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As a mother of two kids (boy age 7 years and a girl 1 and a half) until looking at knitting patterns in the last two weeks I didn't even realize that they even were on different sides for boys or girls. So no I don't think the person is going to care. The fact they are getting something made out of love should be the only thing on their minds.
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in elizabeth zimmermann s book (i forget which) she suggests if the sex is unknown to make both sides button bands and adding the buttons after the baby is born. not sure how that would work..... ijust skip buttons and add little ribbon ties. you could do i-cord ties instead, since ribbons are a bit more 'girly'
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She says that if you don't know the sex, knit the bands plain, no button holes, or anything. Then, when you find out, pick up and knit i-cord button loops, and sew the buttons on. It is in Knitting Around and Knitting Without Tears, as well as in her newsletters.
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