Knitters everywhere welcome royal baby with gifts

Knitters everywhere welcome royal baby with gifts (Getty)

After officially announcing the birth of their first son Kate Middleton and Prince William have been inundated with gifts.

From colourful collages to dolls, toys, clothing and nappies, people around the world have been pitching in to shower the royal baby with presents.

As you can expect the craft community have thoroughly embraced this new arrival and have been making all manner of woollen items for the unnamed child.

The arrival of a new baby prompts the usual knitting of bonnets, baby-grows, socks, cardigans and blankets - all of which are greatly appreciated by parents and can be fun and quick to make.

In London, knitters have been struck by royal baby fever and a group of women in Ruislip have chosen to make their very own gifts for the child.

However, rather than leaving them outside the palace, as many people have done, they actually wrote to Clarence House and received permission from the Duchess of Cambridge herself.

The Uxbridge Gazette reports that the Free Knitting Workshop, which meets at Ruislip Manor Library, made a selection of hand-knitted baby clothes, as well as a patchwork quilt.

Speaking to the Gazette earlier this year, one of the founders, Sheeri Kapada said: "We would be absolutely delighted to see the baby wearing one of our creations. We're so pleased to be given this amazing opportunity."

Even if you don't decide to send handmade baby clothing to the newborn royal, you could use this opportunity to inspire you to hone your knitting skills.

To celebrate the arrival of the royal baby you could try this gorgeous Charles embroidered and stocking stitch sweater designed by Martin Storey.

Using the Wool Cotton 4ply, it features moss stitch borders, full raglan sleeves, a round neck and a beautiful emblem pattern on the front - meaning it is ideal for intermediate knitters.

This could make a great gift for a young baby, or could even be donated to your local children's hospital or premature baby ward.

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