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Oh baby!

I have always loved knitting baby things. The recipient baby doesn’t need to be closely related or even identified at the time of knitting. On some branch or bud of the extended friends and family tree, there will always be a precious little one coming along, and babies will always be the cutest possible display vehicle for knitwear—if they didn’t exist, knitters would have to invent them.

This year, for the first time, the MDK Holiday Shop includes a very special yarn bundle for a layette set that is sure to make a knitter the belle of the baby shower. The set is called Pop and Treacle, and the designer is the one and only Erika Knight, whose designs for grownups are the star of MDK Field Guide No. 20: Atlas.


Take your pick of four colorways. From top: Mouse, Darling, Bobcat, and Pretty.

This wee set of sporty separates is the platonic ideal of baby knits. Simple shapes that insure comfort for baby and ease for the person dressing the baby, plus well-considered details—the shirt-tail hem and button placket of the top, the rolled cuffs and gusseted bottom of the leggings—that you’d expect to find in tailored togs for a full-size human. Start as you mean to go on—with style!

The yarn is special, too. It’s Erika’s own Gossypium Cotton, a 100% organic cotton yarn that’s baby soft, in a DK weight that knits up quickly. The bundle includes enough yarn to make the set in your choice of sizes 0–3, 3–6, 6–12, 12–18, or 18–24 months. (We recommend making one of the larger sizes, for longer wear before this heirloom-quality set gets handed down to the next baby.)

Also included: buttons and elastic, because baby shouldn’t have to wait while their knitter hunts down buttons and elastic. A handy insert to access Pop & Treacle. External Link. Opens in new window. on and take 20% off the pattern price is also included.

C’mon—if you’ve never won a baby shower, it’s a great feeling!



  • This set really is one of the cutest. But how about us big babies? I could really see climbing into this set on a cozy winter day, any chance that Ms Knight may extend sizes for us grownups? I would love that!

  • I live this cotton – it looks soft and gorgeous.

    • Oops, typo, I love this cotton. It looks soft and gorgeous.

  • Best “funny” of the week! Knitters inventing babies so we could knit for them CRACKED ME UP!

  • I want to make this set for my nephews new baby. They are having a boy and their favorite color is green. Are there two green colors that I could make a kit if?

    • The Mouse combo is grey and a sort of seafoam.

    • Hi Jane,

      We don’t carry this yarn other than in the special kits we’ve put together. My vote is for Bobcat! That will coordinate with baby’s green wardrobe really well.


  • Adorable! I enjoy knitting baby stuff – so quick! And as always Erika Knight’s classic yet stylish approach will result in a win all around! Nice.

  • Is the yarn machine wash and dry ? I find most young parents are not going to hand wash

    • Gossypium Cotton’s label indicates you can machine wash it (cold), but no tumble drying. As with all cotton – I imagine you could, er, baby it through the process a little, though.

  • How difficult are these patterns? Can an advanced beginner knit these without too many problems?

  • Chuckling at “winning” a baby shower!

    • Ha, yes. I’m always unreasonably (quietly! internally!) smug at baby showers.

  • I am new to MDK and took the workshop on the Treeline Cowl. It was so much fun. I have now ordered tons of Atlas yarn and am making four of these cowls in different colors for family members who loved mine. I used to knit a lot many years ago and have rediscovered by love of this art. Thank you for being a part of the wonderful facet of my life. Looking forward to other workshops in the future.

  • Finally! A baby knit pattern that I really love!

  • I have to laugh at “winning a baby shower”! I hosted one for a girlfriend and had her aunt ask if I was a professional planner (nope!). Then presents got opened and when everyone saw mine was all handmade (I’d done a bunch of sewing) I had to comment that I’d made the gift way before I’d planned the party to get the focus back on my girlfriend. Oops! I was just being me!

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