Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Novelty Footwear

There is something very satisfying in knitting little booties and shoes, they are a quick knit and  guaranteed to bring out a smile and an ahhhh response.

Woodland Booties

Owl booties

I thought this time I would go for owl booties, to make a change from the usual bunny and duck ones

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They are knitted in DK  on 3mm needles They are knitted in woodland colours, a light fawn with orange piping and a green cuff. Sole of the booties are  4.5 inches (11 cm) with plenty of stretch so will fit baby 3-6 months and beyond.  The ribbed cuff gives a snug fit around the ankles so should hopefully stay on without the need to tie in place with ribbons.

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To match the booties I knitted a little owl toy, which measures 7″, a good size to fit in the corner of a cot or play pen and of course for little hands to hold.

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Little Puppy Slippers

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These little slippers were knitted for twins, they were knitted in DK on 3.75mm needles and would fit babies 0-3 months.

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The little puppy heads were a bit fiddly to assemble and attach to the booties, but well worth the effort.

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After knitting  the  slippers for the boy/girl twins I was asked to knit some more for girl twins.

 

 

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A Busy January

Well it’s the last day of January and I do feel quite pleased with myself on the knitting front. January has been quite a productive month but I put most of that down to the cold miserable weather we have had, it just makes you want to stay indoors and knit.

I had an idea of teaming up novelty baby booties with a matching toy and made up two sets.

Duck Set

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This little set certainly makes you think of spring, love the yellow and orange combination, looks very bright and sunny. The duck toy is from Jean Greenhowes ‘Duck Family’, a very quick knit using two strands of DK yarn on 4mm needles. The bonnet is so cute and fits perfectly, and she stands at 4.5 inches.

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I knitted two little duck heads and attached them to a pair of booties. Quite hard to get both heads to look exactly the same, but then it does add to the charm when they are a bit different!

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When all put together they do make for a cute gift, perfect for Easter.

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Rabbit Set

This was a fun set to make, and as you can see I’m making good use of the yellow yarn in my stash!

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I made the rabbit in reverse stocking stitch, which I actually prefer for little little rabbits and teddy bears. She is from a free pattern Rabbit and Bear by April Cromwell and there is a selection of cute little outfits to knit for them.

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In a standing position rabbit is 7 inches, but you can attach her legs to put her in a sitting postion, either way she is a good size for little hands.

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Again a sweet little set for Easter or a gift to welcome a new baby into the world.

More Bunnies

I also managed to finish off another couple of bunnies.

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They are both knitted in a beautiful silver grey yarn from the Debi Birkin pattern. I originally knitted the bunny on the right for the Valentine’s Day KAL on Ravelry and knitted her a red heart to hold.

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To be honest though I prefer her to be more homely in a little cardigan. (what is it about librarians and cardigans!!)

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She looks warm and well cared for in her cardigan!!

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For the bunny on the left I made a dress to be worn for the seaside. Really it was just a matter of putting pale blue, navy blue and red together.

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Must start think about projects for february now!!

 


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Something for Autumn

I thought it was time I made something for a boy, so easy to get carried away with all the gorgeous patterns I have for girls. This week I completed a snug little duffle coat and wellington booties

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It’s a simple garter stitch knit which is quick and easy, in fact easy enough for a beginner, and does look cute when finished.

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The coat fits an 18″ chest so suitable for a baby up to 6 months and maybe beyond. It is knitted in DK and although the photos show a turquoise blue it is actually a jade green. It is so annoying that the colour hasn’t shown up properly as it is quite a striking shade.  I used a cream coloured yarn for the edgings and pockets, and used cream coloured toggles to provide contrast.

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There is a generous hood to keep baby warm, which is knitted separatley and attached.

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I knitted two squares in cream and stitched them in place for pockets, to give a neater look I then chain stitched around the outside edge.

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I knitted a pair of wellington boots to complete the ensemble

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Definately a warm little outfit for the cooler days of Autumn which will soon be upon us.


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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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A New Venture!

After very careful consideration I went ahead this week and opened a shop  on Etsy. Within 24 hours I got my first sale, wow was I excited, but since then everything has been eerily quiet. I am told Etsy is a vast marketplace and you have to work really hard at marketing and promoting your shop otherwise you will get buried. So as my first sale was probably a fluke I will have to get to grips with the finer points of on-line trading. If anyone has any tips or experience I am all ears!

No point in having a shop if I don’t have anything to put in it, so it was hard at work as usual with the knitting. This week I completed my:

Little Dazzler Coat

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This would fit a baby girl 6-9 months and is knitted in DK. I love the way the yarn knits up giving a random spotted effect.

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I used a contrasting yarn, a fushia pink which matches one of the colours in the main yarn for the hem, button bands and collar. I always prefer to use a solid colour alongside multi-coloured yarns to prevent the colours becoming too random.

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I used different coloured buttons to reflect the colours in the main yarn, and of course knitted a matching pair of shoes to complete the outfit.

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Well this is a coat you can’t buy in the shops but you may find it on Etsy!!!

 


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…..And One for a Prince

I have been putting the finishing touches to a hat and coat set for a baby boy due at the end of June. It certainly does help when you know the sex of the baby beforehand!

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Knitted in a lovely powder blue with white trim, I decided to opt for  a size 6-9 months. Babies are given so many gifts in newborn size that some never get worn as  babies grow so fast.

I used the basic pattern for the little pink smock coat from last weeks post and modified it for a boy. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while so was delighted when presented with a perfect opportunity to see how it would work out. I basically made the body shorter and started the cabling at the hem.

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The back is also cabled.

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The cabling does give the coat more bulk so will be a warm knit for the Autumn and Winter months, would be ideal as a car or pram coat.

Made a bobble hat and some matching boots

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So hopefully he will be protected against the elements and look quite stylish in the bargain!

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For a Little Princess

Just returned from a very pleasant little break up in Scotland, amid beautiful countryside and even managed to fit in a bit of knitting, so a successful holiday all round!

I have managed to finish some little gifts a dear friend asked me to make for her little granddaughter due in July. So handy when you know the sex of the baby, you can choose  style and colours with confidence.

I was asked for a Coat and hat set in pink, and a little bunny and teddy dressed in pastel yellow and green. So first I created:

Meadow bunny

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A sweet little rabbit measuring 10 inches from the tips of her ears . She is knitted in DK with a removeable pinafore.

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Shoes and little jumper are in a soft minty green, although in the photos the colour looks more like turquoise! The pinafore was knitted in two different shades of yellow, with hem, bib and straps done in moss stitch.

To complement the little bunny I made:

Theo Bear

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This little bear is also knitted in DK and the same size as the bunny, so they make a really cute pair.

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I used the same colours for ted, but used the yellow for the shoes and the green for his baggy overalls. I did use buttons for the toys clothing but they are very securely fastened in place with a strong good quality thread.

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They do make a cute little pair!

Little Cabled Coat

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I was asked to make this Little Cabled coat, a favourite pattern of mine in pale pink with white trim.  The cabled bodice gives a smock effect to the coat which is really pretty. I made the coat in size 6-9 months which ensures it will fit in the winter months when most needed.

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Couldn’t make up my mind whether to knit boots or shoes to go with the coat so ended up doing both, as they both go so well with the coat.

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They are all packaged now for the journey across the Atlantic to await the birth of a Little Princess due in July!