Aran knitting is perhaps one of the most beautiful solid color types of knitting I’ve ever come across. The search for a good baby aran knitting pattern has been quite fruitful and I have plans on sharing some of the great patterns I have found with you.
I want to begin this by saying that an aran knitting project is not one to be embarked upon lightly. This is very challenging style of knitting and as such, has the potential to be quite frustrating. If you’re looking for a great place to start, there is an excellent tutorial as well as a sample pattern that can be found at this website: http://countrywool.tripod.com/freepatterns/chart.htm I really like the format as it is divided up into 6 lessons and offers excellent advice on this complicated pattern. I also like the advice someone once gave me on my nervousness at starting a piece that was outside my comfort zone. Every pattern begins with a stitch and I already know how to make a stitch.
Now that I have said that, I want to share with you this really cool piece of software I have found that will help you make your very own baby aran knitting pattern. The software is called Aran Paint and can be downloaded as a free trial version at the following website: http://members.iinet.net.au/~coolhoun/index.html. You can order the full version for $25 but the free version should provide a good idea of whether or not this is something you would be interested in pursuing.
But I did promise you some of the patterns I have found. You can find two baby patterns one for a blanket and one for a sweater at this website: http://www.vintageknits.com/aran2.html. I constantly find myself mesmerized by the intricate details and craftsmanship that goes into making one of these lovely garments. If you go on to the next page of patterns there is another aran sweater as well as an aran jacket for baby in addition to many aran patterns for older children and adults. This website is definitely worth looking into if you feel you are up to the challenge of a baby aran knitting pattern.