Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Cute Little Booties and Sweet Mary Janes

I’ve been taking advantage of this glorious heatwave and doing a lot of the knitting and sewing outside in the garden. As the weather is so warm I thought I’d concentrate on small items, ones that knit up quickly for instant gratification before lethargy sets in and the project is shelved for a cooler day.

Baby footwear is always a pleasure to work on, so I thought I’ll add to my stock of little booties and shoes.

Baby Booties

The booties I’ve knitted with little boys in mind, hence the blue. All are knitted in DK and easy to create from small amounts of yarn from your stash.  The blue booties are for a baby 3-6 months and are from a pattern in ‘Cutest Ever Baby Knits’ by Val pierce.  I do love the little dogs, they are knitted seperatley, very easy to do and attached at the bootie at the  end.

Doggy Slippers

The Teddy Bear booties which are my favourite are slightly bigger to fit a baby of 6-9 months. This wonderful pattern is from ’50 Baby Bootees to Knit’ by Zoe Mellor. Again easy to knit up with nice instep shaping. The ears are knitted separately and attached and the facial details are embroidered on. They are really cute and could grace the feet of any little prince

Teddy Booties

Now something for the girls, this was a good week to indulge my passion for the little Mary Jane Shoe.

Mary Jane Shoes

These are all DK, the two pairs at the back are for baby 0-3 months and knitted from a free Mary Jane pattern.  The ones in the front are slightly bigger for baby 3-6 months.  These can be made in any colour and stitch combinations to go with every outfit and can be adorned with a variety of embellishments, so you can let your creative juices flow.

As well as looking cute all footwear are pleasantly soft and will keep little toes comfortable and warm once this heatwave abates.

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It’s been a busy crafting week but worthwhile when you see everything neatly sewn up and  displayed!

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A knitted Vintage Teddy Bear

I’m back to creating teddy bears again.

Tommy Bear

Tommy Bear

This is my first attempt at designing a bear. I actually started him back in November but after a few false starts and a bit of frogging I managed to finish him in March. To refine the pattern I knitted him a brother and sister with identical style cardigans.

Danny Bear

Danny Bear

Annie Bear

Annie Bear

I wanted to create a classic vintage style bear reminiscent of the old Steiff bears. Didn’t quite achieve that but I was pleased with the way they turned out. I would love them to become one of those bears you hold onto forever and pass on to a new generation.

To creat a vintage look I knitted the bear in reverse stocking stitch. Think I made the arms a tad too long but it does make them very huggable. They are in a seated position and measure 12 inches from the tips of their ears, and have a 15 inch chest after stuffing.

The little cardigan is in garter stitch with little teddy bear buttons and would actually fit a premature or newborn baby.

The Three Bears

Need to tweak the pattern a bit before I write it up, hoping to have it available soon as a PDF download.