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Old 07-09-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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What to knit when expecting and don't know the sex?
If you were expecting (like I am) and didn't know the sex of the baby, what would you knit and what colours would you use?

DH requested that we kept finding out the baby's gender as a birth suprise and now I am totally kicking myself in the butt!

So it's due on October 30th. a sweater season baby :D

Now as a first time Mom, what should I knit for it and what colour strategy would you suggest? (2 of everything? boy colour girl colour?)
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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First of all, congrats! Second - I wish i had your patience, i would never be able to wait to find out I don't have kids yet, but i think the moment i can know - i'd like to know. There are many patterns for babies that don't come in pastel, usual baby colours. There's this new book that Quiltlady posted here about. I personally dislike all that girl=red and boys=blue stuff. There's green and burgundy and yellow and lots of other colors! I would knit in different colors and eventually, no matter the sex of the baby - you'll have her/him having really stylish outfits!
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Congrats!! First of all it's not so bad waiting to meet your baby. I didn't know with either of mine, and I have never regreted the decision. I always thought it was like peaking at Christmas presents!

Regarding colors, there are so many. You can go the whole pastel root and do pale yellow and light green. Or, you can go bold. Purples, greens, reds. I think you're only limited by your imigination. Some one just posted a great baby book. Check it out, it may give you some ideas.

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I'm making this blanket for my coming soon grandchild. I don't know the gender so this will work for either girl or boy. Plus I'm not a fan of blue for boys and pink for girls. That's just too limiting.

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Old 07-09-2007, 04:13 PM   #5
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Congrats to you!!! I've always just picked colors that I like. I never really worried about boy colors vs girl colors. There are so many great combinations out there these days. Try not to think in terms of boy or girl, just go with what strikes your fancy.
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What a fantastic pattern for the blanket! I think I'll have to make that soon.

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Did you know babies most like looking at black and white combos? We printed out pictures of stars, bullseyes, etc in black on white paper and the babies LOVE staring at them. (Yeah- cheap toys!) Why not knit a blanket or toys in black and white. It's definitely gender neutral and the baby will LOVE it!

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I would knit a blanket, starting from the center, and then just put a plain knit/purl pattern in there. I would knit a garter stitch jacket, making both in neutral colors, maybe a taupe, brown, white, something like that. Just your basic layette.
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Definitely don't make the willie warmer from that other thread
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I agree with KnittingNat. I like the idea of using unusual colors for baby clothing.

There are some interesting colors that you can use if you are willing to use other weight yarns, not just baby weight yarn.

For example, I would knit purples for either sex. Certain greens are interesting. Golds. Creams. Rainbow color combinations.

I get stuck when it comes to cardigans. Have to know the sex to know which side to put the buttonholes! So I stick to pullovers and non-buttoning cardigans.

For example, look at this BABY OUTFIT...and this THIS OUTFIT and tell me they aren't just adorable...and NOT THE USUAL pink for girls and blue for boys! These outfits would look adorable on either a girl or a boy IMHO.

And BTW: CONGRATULATIONS on your forthcoming bundle of joy!
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