Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear

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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.


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.


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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Spring Knitwear

Baby Set 2With Easter just upon us and Spring on the way it won’t belong before babies can shed the bulky outdoor coats and show off the beautiful hand knitted coats and cardigans mum or gran have lovingly created.

I have a growing collection of baby patterns which I love browsing to select something to knit. I love this little pink set, so pretty and very straight forward to knit.

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Knitted in DK, the skirt gently gathers into the yoke which gives it a lovely shape, and it’s just as pretty at the back.

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The lacy panels are easy to do, they are a short repeat, so easy to memorise and quickly knit up. The bonnet goes well with the coat and I knitted some little booties to go with the coat.

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Instead of ribbon I made two i cords for the bonnet and made two little bobbles for the ends.

Pink Baby

The above little coat is another favourite of mine, knitted this many times especially when my own children were young. For this little set I knitted a pair of Mary Jane shoes embellished with a little lace and embroidered roses.

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Not to forget the boys, here is a little blue set, which has cables in the front panel and finished with some cute little Peter Rabbit buttons.

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A little bobble hat and booties completes the little set.


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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!



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


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


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


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


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




Budding Ballerinas

There is always something so dreamy and romantic about the ballet and here are two little sisters who dream of performing at Covent Garden although the bottom of the garden is more likely to be their venue!

Margot Bunny


She is based on Debi Birkin’s Bunty Bunny.


She certainly likes to practice her moves!!


I knitted the body of the rabbit in White and made three little skirts attching each on top of the other to give a tutu effect


Her little Ballet wrap keeps her warm once she has cooled down after her excercises!


Darcy Bunny

I did say these rabbits are addictive so had to make another one in differeny colours.


Darcy is a cutie as well, she is a lovely grey bunny and loves her pink an lilac outfit.

DSCN4570Any thing Margot can do, she can do as well, nothing like a bit of rivalry to spurr you on!!


Think these bunnies are lovely gifts for little girls who have similar dreams of  becoming ballerinas!!

On the same theme I’ve finished a little Baby Ballet Wrap


This is an 18″ chest so should fit a little girl up to 6 months. The inner wrap is secured by a button

DSCN4561 and the outer wrap fastens with a pretty pink polka dotted ribbon.


The matching hat and shoes also have the polka dot theme.

Off now to finish some dolls I’ve been working on



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


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.


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!


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.

DSCN4157She certainly looks a serious little bunny!  To keep her warm from the bracing sea winds I made her a little bolero or summer cardigan.


Must start think about projects for february now!!



With Spring in Mind

January has been so busy there hasn’t been much time for blogging. Now that I’ve given myself a day off ( oh I’m such and enlightened employer!) I’ll share a few items I’ve been working on. With Easter being early this year thought I would stock up on some more rabbits as I had to say goodbye to most of them before Christmas.


The body of these rabbits are based on the Debi Birken Design Bunty Bunny. Love this pattern, it’s quick and easy and you are guaranteed a cute rabbit at the end. Once you have made a few it’s easy to modify and make a variety of clothes for them.


I love the way they all have their own special character. I prefer to work on each one from start to finish rather then knitting 4 heads, 8 ears etc. that way you feel each one is unique.

I did promise to start knitting more baby clothes so finished this traditional matinee set.


It is knitted in DK in a pretty peppermint green with white edging. It has a pretty lacy skirt and sleeves with a stocking stitch bodice.


It is from an old vintage pattern I have had in my collection for years. To complete the outfit there is a bodice and a pair of cute Mary Jane Shoes.


I think the ribbon roses on the shoes and bonnet give the set such a pretty look.


Must find something to do now with the rest of my day off which doesn’t include needles and yarn!!!