One grammy, a set of needles, and 14 great designs

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Easy Knitting for BabyThey say that necessity is the mother of invention—and of great knitting designs, of course! As her family began to grow, grammy and author Doreen L. Marquart got down to work and designed cute and functional knit baby clothes and accessories that parents and grandparents alike can appreciate.

Easy Knitting for Baby is a follow-up collection to Doreen’s best-selling book, Grammy’s Favorite Knits for Baby. With more than 14 easy and inventive baby-knitting patterns including a car-seat-compatible onesie, knitted bomber jacket, and baby sundress, your little guy or gal will be stylish, cozy, and ready for an adventure!

We asked Doreen to share with us how some of her designs came to life through her grandbabies, and she was happy to share. Take it away, Doreen!


Babies are so much fun to knit for. What better way to celebrate the occasion and welcome a new baby into the world than to hand knit a little "love" for them? Whether it’s a cute little cap, a sweater for those chilly nights, or a warm blankie, new moms and dads always appreciate a hand-knit item.

When I wrote my first baby book, Grammy’s Favorite Knits for Baby, I compiled original designs that I’d knit over the years as new little ones came into my life. While putting those designs together, so many more ideas came to life that I just knew another book was in my brain waiting to come out.

Cozy Cuddler

Several of the items that I had knit in the past needed some updating to work in today’s world. For instance, the Cozy Cuddler in Easy Knitting for Baby has an optional opening for the car-seat buckle. My generation usually kept babies in sleepers and onesies for several months, and when my boys were little, the car-seat buckle just wasn’t an issue.

Bomber Jacket

It also seems to have become somewhat of a fashion statement for babies to be attired in more grown-up looking clothing immediately from birth! Hopefully you will find the designs in this book not only fashionable but also designed with baby’s comfort in mind.

Little Blessings Baptismal Set

During the process of this book coming to life, I have been blessed with a second granddaughter. After raising three boys, it is super exciting to have granddaughters. My newest granddaughter, Abbigail, will be christened in the Little Blessings Baptismal gown, and this outfit will then be passed down as a new family heirloom. In Easy Knitting for Baby, you will find baby garments that are sure to stand the test of time.

Whatever your level of knitting, I am sure you will find something that inspires you to pick up your needles and knit a bit of love for a little one!


Thanks, Doreen! If you’re feeling inspired to knit something wonderful for the babies in your life, be sure to pick up Easy Knitting for Baby at ShopMartingale.com. And, as always, when you buy the book, you’ll also get the eBook version for free right away! Have a shower to attend next week? We’ve got you covered—no need to wait to begin stitching your gift.

Tell us about your own little ones—which of the projects in Easy Knitting for Baby would you love to make for them? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a free eBook copy of Easy Knitting for Baby. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and notify you by email if you’ve won.

Baby Blues Winter Set

Baby Blues Winter Set

Every-Which-Way Cardigan

Every-Which-Way Cardigan

Grandma's Garden Blanket

Grandma's Garden Blanket

Ice-Cream Topper

Ice-Cream Topper

Jack 'n' Jill Playtime Tops

Jack 'n' Jill Playtime Tops

Little Blessings Baptismal Blanket

Little Blessings Baptismal Blanket

Nature's Play Pullover

Nature's Play Pullover

Summertime Play Dress

Summertime Play Dress

Tracks Ahead Pullover and Cap

Tracks Ahead Pullover and Cap

Two-for-One Caps

Two-for-One Caps

Waiting-for-Santa Stocking

Waiting-for-Santa Stocking

Zip-Ah-Dee-Do-Dah Blanket

Zip-Ah-Dee-Do-Dah Blanket


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