Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


The Matinee Coat

There is something so adorable about the matinee coat, so delicate, pretty and ever so dressy. No matter what the current fashions are for babies most mums do appreciate a matinee jacket for their newborn. This traditional baby attire has been around a long time with its popularity rising in the early 20th century when the use of the pram became more widespread. Before the pram a mum couldn’t take her baby far, and it would be transported in a carry shawl. With the advent of the pram the top half of the baby would be on show so warm and dressy little coats were needed and knitting skills were admired.

After watching ‘Call the Midwife’ I was inspired to knit up a lacy version for a little girl.

DSCN2194This little coat is in white DK with pale green trim and will fit baby 3-6 months.  I haven’t knitted a lacy pattern for a while and this one drove me crazy at the beginning. There was nothing complicated about it, but you do need to concentrate! There was one line of the pattern I couldn’t get into the rhythm of knitting for some reason, so there was the occaisional undoing of a line, but it eventually clicked and the pattern is a pretty one.

DSCN2181The coat was knitted in one piece, then divided at the armholes for front and back, sleeves were added and all were kntted again in one piece to create the yoke. I like a round yoke on baby clothes, it makes dressing babies easier, as you don’t have to bend little arms so much to get them into the sleeves!!

I used little pearl buttons for the fastening to achieve the vintage look. Well no matinee coat is complete without the bonnet (somehow a bobble hat just wouldn’t look right)

DSCN2189The hat is fastened with a strap and matching pearl button, but it would look pretty with ribbons and tied in a bow.

DSCN2191Of course I had to knit some matching Mary Janes to complete the whole ensemble, a girl has to have the right shoes, although traditionally it would have been little booties.

DSCN2197I think there will always be a demand for these sweet little coats which is backed by the growing trade in vintage baby knitting patterns.




I have been working this week on another little outfit for a boy. I rummaged through my stash determined that a departure from the usual shades of pastel blue was called for, so came up with this combination.


I have used this pattern many times and think it is a lovely jacket for a little boy. I used Softspun DK for the body of the jacket, which had multi-coloured flecks of yellow, blue, green and red.


The yarn knitted up beautifully and reminded me of the colours of a childs paintbox. The body of the jacket was knitted in stocking stitch and double moss stitch for the top area. Think double moss stitch is becoming a favourite of mine!


For the collar and edgings I chose a bright cheerful red, matching the red flecks in the jacket which I think brings the jacket ‘alive’ so to speak.

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To complete the jacket I knitted a matching pullon bobble hat. I actually bought the fleck yarn a good while ago and only had a 100g ball, which luckily was just enough to complete both jacket and hat. At one point while knitting the hat I did feel I was going to run out of the yarn, so instinctively started to knit faster! I tend to do the same when I’m sewing, if I think I’m running out of thread I’ll speed up on the machine, which makes absolutely no sense. If there isn’t enough yarn then the speed of my knitting isn’t going to alter that fact but I still knit faster to see if I can beat the yarn!!!

Off to Sheffield this week-end, so will start a new knitting project on Monday




Little Blue Travel Coat

I did a bit of a stock check on my stash recently dividing the yarn into projects, for girls, boys and toymaking, and promised myself I would not buy anymore until some of it was used up, otherwise the stash will be taking over the house! So I have delved into the stash earmarked for ‘boys’ (bit sexist I know!)  and this is my first project which was both started and finished in 2014, a little blue travel coat.

Little Blue Travel Coat

DSCN2103The yarn is a wonderfully soft DK  in a powder blue to fit a baby 0-3 months.  The bottom of the coat and hood were knitted in a double moss stitch which gives a beautiful texture to the fabric, the top part of the coat and sleeves were knitted in 2 lines knit and two lines 1×1 rib pattern which gave an interesting contrast.

DSCN2095Instead of buttonholes I created two loops for the fastening and arranged the toggles in a double breasted position to give a classic or vintage look to the coat.

DSCN2101There is a generous hood to the coat and turnback cuffs which will keep the baby warm and snug while travelling around.

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To complete the coat I knitted some little boots in double moss stitch and added a navy blue trim to match the navy toggles.

DSCN2097Off now to raid the stash for another project. With the miserable wet weather we are having at the moment in the UK the best thing to do is stay indoors when possible and knit, so at this rate I should soon have a decent level of stock built up again!




Little Ballet Wrap and Kimono

Happy New Year, and thank you for reading. January can be an exciting time, with the whole year ahead it’s a good time to set goals and have a plan to bring all those creative ideas to fruition. I’ve made my list for 2014 so feeling quite positive and organised, although I’d be the first to admit that could all change by February!!

During the busy Christmas period I managed to steal a bit of quality knitting time to finish two little projects I had started. So these are the last projects of 2013 rather than the first of 2014. I used the same pattern to create both.

Little Ballet Wrap


This sweet little ribbon wrap is for a baby 0-3 months, done in DK garter stitch it was an unbelievably  quick and easy to knit up. It would look pretty over a special dress or even a baby grow.


The inner front piece is secured by a button fastening, so as the baby grows the position of the button can be altered for the baby to get a bit more wear from it.


The outer front piece is wrapped over and secured by a ribbon fastening. I chose a pink gingham ribbon, which I think looks quite fresh and pretty, and it breaks up all that pink. Of course I had to make some little shoes to match and decorated them with matching gingham bows.

Little Kimono


This little wrap was from the same pattern but to fit a baby 6-12 months. I decided to knit the edging in a contrasting colour so the lacy pattern would stand out more. This one has short sleeves so would be ideal for the summer.


Again the inner front piece is secured in place by a button fastening.


The outer front piece on this garment is wrapped over and secured by another button rather than a ribbon. I thought this would be a better fastening for an older baby as little hands do like to pull!


They were both quick and easy to knit up and turned out quite pretty as well. Just love knitting clothes for girls.

One of my goals for 2014 is to knit more items for boys.