Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Bridal Bunnies

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At the beginning of September my lovely cousin Lynn from Birmingham got in touch and asked if I could make two little bunnies dressed as a bride and groom which were to be a gift for a friend who was to be married in October. After a quick bit of research I decided to use the Alan Dart design for Bridal Bunnies. Alan is a genius, his characters are always wonderful, ranging from the really cute to the downright quirky.

We were off on holiday for most of September so I took along a project bag to get started on the bride. Both little bunnies were a joy to knit and Alan’s patterns are so straightforward to follow.

Bunny Bride in the making

Bridal Bunny

The bride knitted up beautifully, she measures just under 11 inches from the tips of her ears.  I used Peter Pan Lustre in white for the dress, which gave it a lovely silvery sheen. The hem and neck frill were knitted separately and stitched in place, I love the way the waist is gathered in slightly which gives her a very feminine look. Instead of knitting the veil I used lace fabric instead and made her a tiara with lilac and white ribbon roses which matched her bouquet. To complete her outfit I made her some pearls for her big day.

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Bunny Groom in the making

Bunny Groom

I loved making the groom, he’s quite a handsome little character, in fact a Mr. Darcy of a rabbit!! He measures 12 inches so slightly taller than his bride. I used the Peter Pan Lustre Dk in grey for his trousers,  a darker grey for his tail coat and lilac for the waistcoat to match the brides accessories. He was actually more fiddly than the bride to assemble as his waistcoat, cravat and shirt collar were all stitched in place separatley along with his cute little bobtail.

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They make such a beautiful couple, they look so well suited! Rumour has it that he owns a fair size carrot patch somewhere in Derbyshire, so looks like Bunny Bride may have done well for herself!!

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I’m going to miss them when they go, but I’m sure they will have a long happy life together. Hopefully one well blessed with lots of little baby bunnies which are just waiting to be knitted!!!

Their Big Day

Their Big Day

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Knitted Nursery Wall Hanging

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As part of a KAL for the Womens Weekly Group on Ravelry we had to design and create a wall hanging. I thought I would join in and make a nursery themed one. Kept it very simple, mainly because I didn’t have the time or expertise for anything too sophisticated!

Used bright nursery colours with lots of white space for little eyes to focus. Any type of yarn could be used and as the shapes are small it’s a good way to use up leftover yarn from other projects. I knitted three background squares 29cms x 22 cms in white, using stocking stitch with a moss stitch border to frame the picure. The numbers and shapes were knitted separatley and the assembled and stitched in place on the background square.

Panel 1

Panel 1

The first panel being a house was simple to do, I just knitted a few geometric shapes in different sizes and arranged them to form a simple house. To add interest and texture I knitted the shapes in a variety of stitches: walls stocking stitch, roof garter stitch with windows and doors in moss stitch.

Panel 2

Panel 2

For panel two I made two little boats in garter stitch, a few increases after cast on produced a ‘kind’ of boat shape and pale blue triangles in stocking stitch worked for the sails.

Pannel 3

Pannel 3

For panel three I decided to make three fishes. Fish are an easy shape to knit with a french knot for the eye and a few stripes to make them quite colourful.

Once the squares were completed it was just a matter of joining them together, I used mattress stitch to give a seamless look. I was relatively pleased with the way it turned out, although it was prettier in my head at the beginning of the design stage!

The project turned out to be quite long and narrow so instead of a wall hanging, it could be slightly padded or quilted and used as a cot bumper. I stopped at number three but it could be continued up to 10 and used to create a nurery freize.

It was fun to create and the best bit is you don’t need a lot of technical or artistic skill to produce something bright and eye-catching.

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