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Le Petit Prince - Knitting For A Little Boy.



These colors remind me of the Little Prince story even though the main character had green clothes. But I think these colors would fit nicely on the pages of the story book. 

We now know that we are having a little baby boy (or as surely as they can say at this stage of the pregnancy, but it was quite evident in the last ultrasound) and even though it didn't come as a surprise and I'm perfectly happy about having a boy, the knitter in me sighs sadly not being able to knit all the cute little dresses and lacy hats I already had in mind. Boys' clothes are so much more basic and traditional and the "acceptable" colors more conservative than those for a girl. It's socially more acceptable to dress a little girl boyishly than make a boy wear girly clothes: a girl can wear navy blue and car prints but pink and glitter are considered unconventional on a boy and a dress would be unthinkable! Looking through patterns for baby clothes on Ravelry there's a vast variety of girls clothes but only a few that are specifically meant for boys. Most of the "boy" patterns are namely unisex. 

The same trend continues if you compare men's and women's fashion with the former being more traditional and classic than the latter. I actually often envy men's wear because I feel like it's usually better quality and less "trendy" in the sense of cut and color so that the pieces last longer than just one season before going out of fashion. But what works for adults doesn't always translate to kids: they don't necessarily need a classic high-quality pea coat that lasts for years - hey, they've outgrown it in just a couple of months!


I just wish there were more colors, variety and playfulness available for little boys the way there is for girls. 

But the most important thing is that the baby seems to be healthy and growing normally with the right amount of everything in the right places. Magnus even had time to count his tiny fingers!

PS. I've taken the habit of making matching sets for the baby combining cardigan patterns with smaller projects such as hats and socks. It's a great way to avoid those walnut size dollops of leftover yarn. Also I thought my Ravelry project page was getting messy when e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e little baby sock had it's own page, so I decided that incorporating them to sets is the key to keep my projects in line.



Pattern: Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #25 lavender
Needles: 3.0mm


Pattern: Henrik VIII by Drops Design
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #23 light beige
Needles: 2.5mm





Pattern: Alladin by Drops Design
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #25 lavender
Needles: 2.5mm



Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #23 light beige
Needles: 2.5mm

Comments

  1. Congratulations on your healthy baby boy!

    When I had my girl(I have boys too) I found there's actually more variety in store-bought boys' clothes. The girly clothes tend to be more purple/pink with flowers/princesses/kittens! Somehow the boy clothes (or at least the ones I've been looking at) come in a wider variety of colors. And if it's any consolation dapper vests and shirts replace dresses and skirts :) I do agree on the knitting patterns being either girl or unisex though.

    (PS: I've been reading your blog for a while. I love seeing your knits and I'm so happy for you about the pregnancy!)

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    1. Thank you for all the well wishes!

      You might be right about the wider color variety for boys now that I think more about it. However, as I wrote, I don't think any color is "off-limits" for girls but there are many colors that only girls can use, like many pastels. And maybe I'm just sad that I don't get to knit all the cute dresses I had in mind, such as this one: Dancing dress by Ministrikk

      And thank you for commenting! It's always nice to hear from people who are reading my blog! It's often quite lonely on this side of the screen ;)

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