I decided it was time to move beyond all those sweaters I've been knitting this winter and onto knitting for the bottom half of this baby to come. Some wool longies were in order, with none other than Elizabeth Zimmermann as a guide (naturally). The pattern is in Knitter's Almanac, as Febrary "Baby Leggings," which starts out like this, "Don't worry too much about size; babies vary, and knitting stretches." Um, how much do I love Elizabeth again? A lot.
So the size ended up being a little larger than newborn, as I wanted to use a double strand of yarn - I'm guessing it's closer to 9-12 months. Just right for a warm wintry woolen pair of paints. Because of the sizing, I left off the bootee foot that the original pattern called for and just did a little ribbing at the ankle. The yarn is a gorgeous Sweet Basil Fiber Works sockweight skein combined with a goldenrod skein from deep in my stash that came from Siri.
I loved knitting these so much, that I immediately cast on for another much smaller, likely to fit right away pair. Because we all know that a new baby can't have too many handknits now, can they? Of course not.
Besides... Knitting stretches, as Elizabeth says. And as I say, so do babies.