Knitwear designer unveils maternity projects

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A knitwear designer from Jersey City, US, is preparing to unveil her new selection of maternity projects for expectant-mums.

With nine months of waiting on the cards, having plenty of knitting patterns at the ready could be a great use of your time, while also helping you get a little more prepared for your new arrival.

Nikki Van De Car, a keen knitter and mother-of-one, is holding a book signing and demonstration of her title What to Knit When You're Expecting on October 9th, at a local craft centre in the city, The Jersey Journal reports.

With over 30 knitting patterns inside, she revealed to the newspaper that they are each inspired by her two-year-old daughter and her friends.

"It's a collection of knitting patterns for babies. They are all fairly simple.

"All of the patterns are named after or were inspired by my daughter and it's a very personal collection," she explained.

Ms Van De Car first began knitting while at university after being taught by a local, family-owned business, and soon started attempting more exciting and creative patterns.

After starting a knitting blog entitled, she was approached by publishers, keen for her to turn her innovative knitting ideas into a book.

"I loved knitting and designing these sweaters and blankets for my daughter and her friends," said Ms Van De Car. "My hope is that this book can bring that same sense of joy and accomplishment to other knitting mothers."

Baby patterns are a great way to keep you occupied during maternity leave, but these don't have to be all undertaken by you, as friends and family who are keen to help out could also get involved.

Why not find clothing you're keen on and give them the patterns to work from. That way, you're sure to have a collection of baby knitwear you actually like.

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