Carol Turner

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Little Bear Baby Booties

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There is nothing like a pair of baby booties to bring out the aahhh factor, and  add a little teddy bear head and you know you have a winner! They are an easy knit and make a cute little gift for a baby.

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These booties are knitted in DK yarn on 3mm. needles and 2.75 needles for the teddy bear head. They are knitted flat on two needles and seamed at the back.

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The pattern is an 8 page PDF document with instructions for two sizes 3-6 months, and 6-9 months. The pattern gives row by row instructions and plenty of images to help with construction.

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All the boots were made from the same pattern so you can have a lot of fun with different colour combinations and create something unique everytime.

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The pattern is now available as a download from Etsy and Ravelry

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Knitted Teddies & Baby Booties

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Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? Since their creation at the beginning of the 20th century they have become synonymous with childhood and hold a prominent place in children’s literature. Hard to think of a nursery without a little bear sitting somewhere and although they can be made in a variety of fabrics nothing is more appealing than a knitted teddy.

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These teddy bears would make an ideal gift for a new baby especially when teamed with an adorable pair of matching baby booties.

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The bears are knitted in reverse stocking stitch and have a removable duffle coat knitted  in garter stitch. They are constructed to be in a sitting position and are 9 inches (23 cms) so good size to sit nicely in a cot or playpen and be treasured forever!!

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Teddy bear pattern is available from Etsy and Ravelry


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Bears and Boots

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I love teaming up little novelty baby booties with a matching toy. Together they make a lovely gift for baby showers and a good way to show off the knitting prowess!

These teddy bears are knitted in DK yarn on 4mm needles and measure 9 inches (23cms) in a sitting position.

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The clothes are removable. The little duffle coat is knitted in garter stitch on 3.75 needles and is a perfect snug fit.

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As with all little teddies they can become addictive to knit, here is one with a yellow duffle coat.

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The booties have a single rib cuff with plenty of stretch to be comfortable around little ankles, the sole measures  4.25 inches (11cms) with plenty of stretch to fit babies up to 6 months and beyond.

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They can be knitted with a jumper instead of a duffle, this one has a comfy cabled polo neck, which again can be removed for washing. Another idea would be to knit one with a jumper incorporating the baby’s initial.

I’ve recently knitted a teddy bear to go with a little girl’s shoe and hat set.

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This little bear was knitted in a chenille style yarn which was hard going to knit with, but worth the effort as it produced a soft cuddly toy. The hat and shoes were knitted in a matching soft creamy yellow.

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No matter what you knit if you add a little bear with it it becomes an irresistible little gift!

 


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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

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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.