Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear

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:





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:


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.



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.


To complete the set had to make some matching booties


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.




Author: Carol Turner

Hello and welcome. I love knitting baby clothes and creating nursery toys and this site is a showcase for my little creations. Thank you for visiting and do call again soon

2 thoughts on “Violets and Roses

  1. Wow that looks like an amazing shop. Never been to Paris, but also just back from France, did manage to find 2 yarn shops in Narbonne but nothing to inspire me

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