Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Violets and Roses

I’ve been back from France almost a week now and was chomping at the bit to get back to the knitting. Looking at baby shops in Paris and Avignon gave me a lot of inspiration and ideas for future projects.

While in Paris I made a visit to La Droguerie, just love that shop it is a haberdashery and yarn shop and an absolute treat for knitters and craft workers. I’ve visited the shop before in Lille and the shop in Paris is very similar, as soon as you enter it’s a feast for the eyes, I felt like a child in a toy shop. Hanks of yarn in varying colours & plys hanging on the walls, floor to ceiling of jars of beads, and threads of all types. Sigh!!! Who wouldn’t be bowled over by a sight like this:

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At least I have my photographs to sustain me until my next visit.

Well this week  I was pleased I did finish a project, one I’ve called Violets and Roses:

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It is from the book Knit leaves and lace for babies which I downloaded to my Kindle, not a bad place to store patterns!! The pattern is a very quick and easy one to knit up, in fact a very clever design of a pattern! It was knitted from the neck downwards, I think a lot of American patterns seem to favour this construction. It was a first for me to knit something this way, thought it was a bit weird at first but quite pleased with the outcome.

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I used a DK yarn and 4mm needles to achieve the size 0-3 months size. I used lilac for the main colour and a rose pink for contrast at the edges, the pockets and the buttons. Love the leaf design on the yoke gives it a very pretty look, and the leaf design is repeated in the matching hat as well.

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To complete the set had to make some matching booties

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As the coat was knitted from the neck down it was knitted more or less in one piece which kept the sewing to a minimum. It was only the sleeve seams which needed stitching, so if sewing isn’t your forte this is a pattern to go for.

 

 

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Little English Rose

This past week I have been working on a lacy matinee set. I do love little lacy cardigans and jackets on babies. The coat of this set is from an old vintage knitting pattern which I inherited from my mother and cost 6d in the old currency!

Little English Rose

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The set is knitted in a pastel pink DK yarn with the edgings in a paler pink. The lacy pattern was easy to follow. I always find the first few lines of a lacy pattern require a lot of concentration (and the occasional unpicking) but once you get into the rhythm of the stitches it can flow quite well. As the pattern builds up you instinctively know when the yarn is to come forward and when to pass stitches over.

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The wide skirt of the coat decreases into a fitted stocking stitch yoke which has a two button fastening, ideal to wear over full skirted dresses.

Lacy Matinee coats always demand a bonnet I think rather than the pull on hat.

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Rather than a  knitted strap I attached satin ribbon for the fastening and attached two ribbon roses at each side of the hat. Instead of booties I made some little shoes to give the set a modern twist. I managed to incorporated the pattern into the Mary Jane Shoes and attached little ribbon roses to match the hat.

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The pattern has to be at least 60 years old and it did make me wonder how many little girls over the years have been dressed in an identical coat made from this pattern. No matter how old the design is, it is still pretty enough to be worn by the modern little girl.

Off to France for a couple of weeks this Wednesday so I will be taking a break from the knitting – just hope I don’t suffer withdrawal symptoms!