SE2SE Fiber Challenge: Babes & Tots

Babes and Tots Challenge

Thank you for joining the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Babes & Tots Challenge lead by Margaret Radcliffe.

This challenge is all about choices. It is a Pick 3 challenge. You will make 3 different “Layette” items of your choosing using one or more SE2SE breeds. Qualifying items include: Blankies, Buntings, Hats, Headbands, Sweaters, Leggings, Socks, Booties and Mittens.


1. Create three Layette items for a baby, toddler or a combo.
2. Your projects must be constructed of 100% rare wool from one or more breeds on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List (CPL).
3. Only use wool from sheep recognized as purebred on the Conservation Priority List, meaning no crosses. Buying fiber from registered sheep ensures their purebred status.
4. You may mix or match SE2SE breeds for your projects.
5. You may blend SE2SE breeds for your projects.

Join Margaret LIVE on ZOOM (link below) for 4 non-consecutive Mondays, at 2:00 PM ET, as we learn to use wool from endangered sheep breeds to create cuddly items for the babe or tot in your life!


  • Week 1, Monday, October 23, 2023 – Getting Started: Breeds & Patterns

  • Week 2, Monday, October 30, 2023 – Blankies, Hats and Headbands

  • Week 3, Monday, November 13, 2023 – Sweaters, Leggings & Buntings

  • Week 4, Monday, November 20, 2023 – Mittens, Socks and Booties

All videos will be recorded & archived for later viewing. These videos will be uploaded
weekly to the SE2SE Babes and Tots Challenge private Facebook group and to The Livestock Conservancy’s Teachable site.

Challenge Resources

Babes & Tots Official Rules

Private Babes & Tots Facebook Group

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 817 4271 0307, Passcode: 580577


Babes & Tots Sizing Information

Hat Sizing Information

Garments to Grow In

Babes & Tots Breeds Recommendations

Babes & Tots Pattern Recommendations

Bindings for Enclosed Edges

Baby Olivia Blanket

Wiggle Worms Baby Set

Trumpet Vine Baby Set

Grow As You Go Sweater

Ruffles Sweater

Seashore Sweater

Baby Olivia

Baby Clair

Allegra’s Socks

Ruffles Socks

Seashore Socks

Seashore Hat

Easty 2-Way Mittons

About Margaret Radcliffe:

Margaret Radcliffe is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, Circular Knitting Workshop, and The Knowledgeable Knitter. Margaret has taught knitting since 1991 and began publishing her designs in a line of knitting patterns under the name Maggie’s Rags in 1997.

Margaret’s books explore knitting techniques in a depth well beyond what’s usually presented, in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a publisher, she focuses on patterns that help knitters learn new techniques and improve their skills. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to develop their independence and creativity.

Margaret’s many teaching venues include the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) trade shows, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF), Knitters’ Day Out, Houston Fiber Fest, the Schooner J&E Riggin out of Rockland, Maine, and shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and into Canada.

Like many knitters, Margaret has a varied background. She has degrees in Medieval Studies and English Literature, has been an internal auditor, computer programmer, business executive, research administrator, dancer, and editor.