Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


4 Comments

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

DSCN5952

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.

Owl booties 3

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.

Owl booties 2

Little Puppy Slippers

DSCN5848

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

DSCN5843

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

DSCN6085

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

 

 

Advertisements


4 Comments

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

DSCN4614

She is based on Debi Birkin’s Bunty Bunny.

DSCN4611

She certainly likes to practice her moves!!

DSCN4607

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

DSCN4603

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

DSCN4615

Darcy Bunny

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

DSCN4574

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!!

DSCN4580

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

DSCN4554

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.

DSCN4552

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

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

 


6 Comments

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

DSCN4119

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.

DSCN4115

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!

DSCN4111

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

DSCN4106

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!

DSCN4086

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.

DSCN4093

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.

DSCN4083

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.

DSCN4170

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.

DSCN4138

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

DSCN4126

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

DSCN4150

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.

DSCN4164

Must start think about projects for february now!!

 


3 Comments

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.

Rabbits

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.

DSCN4037

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.

DSCN4014

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.

DSCN4001

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.

DSCN3993

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

DSCN4024

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


Leave a comment

Sugar and Spice

This past week I have been busy reorganising my ‘Knitting Studio’, sounds a little pretentious it’s actually my daughter’s bedroom. Since she has now left home I have been using it as my knitting room,  it is a light and sunny room so  great for taking photographs. One good think about a tidy up is you discover yarns you forgot you had, certainly a good way to cheer yourself up!!

I found I had an abundance of white yarn, whenever I buy any yarn I always buy a ball of white as well as a sort of extra, not sure why, but I’ll have to lessen that habit! So I decided to put the white to good use and knitted two little sets both to fit baby 0-3 months.

Baby Ballet Wrap

DSCN3511

A very simple garter stitch pattern but it does have a pretty scalloped edging. Thought I would break up the white with some pink and add a gingham ribbon  for the outside fastening

DSCN3521

with a little pink button securing the inside fastening.

DSCN3524

A matching pair of Mary Jane Shoes embellished with gingham bows were knitted, and to complete the ensemble a little pull on hat

DSCN3515

Lacy Baby Bolero

 

DSCN3548

For the second project I decided on an equally feminine little top and opted for a lacy bolero. I used Peter Pan Lustre DK which has a viscose strand that gives a shiny sparkly look to the cardigan although it isn’t that apparent from the photos.

DSCN3552

The edging was knitted separatley, I opted for an eyelet edging so I could thread it with ribbon just to give it that extra decorative finish, although it does look pretty without the ribbon

DSCN3532

Again I knitted a pair of matching shoes this time embellished with ribbon roses.

Well that has used up some of the white, I’m now sorting out yarn for some October projects!!

 


Leave a comment

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

DSCN3351

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.

DSCN3332

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.

DSCN3334

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

DSCN3336

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.

DSCN3350

I knitted a pair of wellington boots to complete the ensemble

DSCN3347

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


6 Comments

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

DSCN2914

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.

DSCN2906

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.

DSCN2913

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.

DSCN2904

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!