I started this knitted bear suit four years ago when I was pregnant with Ana (she is now 3.5 years old). Ha!!
Needless to say, it was a nice challenge. For the first time, I attached a zipper to a knitted item. I sewed it on by hand and it was so easy. It’s funny how I can look at something like this and not be intimidated, but then let a little thing like a zipper scare me and derail me for a few years.
I chose orange because, at the time, I didn’t know I was pregnant with a girl. I also didn’t know that I would have two more girls after that. But I really like this melon-colored yarn. Here are the specifics:
Pattern: from Baby Knits by Lois Daykin
Yarn: Rowan Calmer (80% cotton 20% polyester)
Size: 3-6 months
I didn’t knit the hand mitts because I just couldn’t be bothered. I did attempt the booties since I thought they would be functional in the way of keeping the pants from riding up.
But there is something very off about the pattern for the booties. First off, the instructions are horrible, terrible and unnecessarily difficult. After I finally figured out how to fold and sew them up, they were big enough for Ana to wear (again, she is 3.5 years old).
So, I frogged them and I think the suit is perfectly fine without them.
I am so happy with how this turned out. It fits well and is so very cute. I honestly don’t care that I spent dozens of hours knitting this and she will likely spend only a few hours of her life wearing it. I will save it along with the sheep sweater and I will swoon over my grandkids when they get to wear it.