A present for a Bump

When you go through a folder of photographs, do you find ones that you forgot you took?

That is the case with this one:

Latte baby coat for Bump Pollard with filter

It is the Latte Baby Coat by Lisa Chemery.  I was hooked into buying the pattern by this picture:

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© Lisa Chemery – Photo from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/latte-baby-coat

Yup, ridiculously cute.  Could you blame me?

It was July last year, and a friend of mine had recently announced her pregnancy, providing me with the perfect excuse to cast on.

The Bump’s gender was unknown, and Bump’s parents had decided to keep it a surprise until the birth.  I needed a gender neutral colour, so I chose some Marble Chunky Knitting Yarn by James Brett in Brown/Beige MC9.  I love the earthy tones and the self-striping variegation, and thought it would look nice on either a boy or a girl.

Remembering my mum’s advice about buying baby clothes for other people, I made the coat to the 3-6 month size.  My mum has always advised going a size or two bigger than the child currently is, on the basis that parents usually have enough clothes for right now, but don’t have so much for a few months time when the baby has grown.

The pattern is very clearly written, and very easy to follow.  It was really enjoyable to make, and grew quickly.  The woven basket stitch for the edges is a little tricky at first, but well worth taking the time to get right – it really does transform the coat.

Bump is now two months old (nearly old enough to fit the coat), a healthy girl, and her parents named her Caitlin.  I can’t wait to meet her. (And to see how she looks in the coat.)

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