Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Cute Little Twin Elephants

 

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I love knitting elephants in pairs, and this little twosome were made to grace the nursery of boy/girl twins with a jungle themed nursery.

Both the elephants and clothes are knitted in DK yarn on 4mm needles and they measure 12″ which I think is a good size for little ones.

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Once you have Knitted one pair, it’s hard to stop!

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Think my favourite are this seaside pair

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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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Little Dazzler Doll: Hannah

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I’ve spent the last month writing up my doll pattern in a legible form and having it test knitted before letting it loose on the public. Hannah is 13 inches (34 cms) in height and knitted in DK yarn. All pieces are knitted flat on two needles and sewn together.

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Her dress and cardigan are also in DK yarn and are removable. I know how much little girls love dressing and undressing dolls so you can easily knit another set of clothes to increase the play value and build up her wardrobe.

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As with most toys gauge isn’t important, I used 4mm needles as I’m quite a tight knitter but if your tension is looser you may want to consider coming down to a smaller needle size. I’ve used Hayfield, King cole, and Stylecraft yarns for these dolls and been happy with the results.

I do like using a flecked yarn for the dress to give a polka dot effect, the King Cole Smarty range has some beautiful colourways.

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The dress fastens with two buttons at the back and has a little sewn on bow at the waist band

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The doll’s hair is knitted in garter stitch and sewn on to the head, with knitted bows at the side.

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You can have a lot of fun with colour combinations for this doll and may find yourself making quite a few!

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The pattern is a 21 page PDF document which gives row by row instructions with plenty of images to help with construction. It is now available on Etsy and Ravelry and if you need any extra support do message me on Ravelry.


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Little Dazzler Teddy Bear

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At long last I’ve managed to write up my teddy bear pattern. It’s been a long time coming, but it is now been tweaked and test knitted and laid out in a form my fellow knitters should be able to follow!

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The bear is in a sitting position and measures 23 cms (9 inches) in height. It is knitted in DK yarn, I used Hayfield bonus DK which I was happy with.  All pieces are knitted flat on two needles, so a bit of seaming to do, but the seams do give structure and stability to the toy. The bear is knitted in a reverse stocking stitch, I do like reverse stocking stitch for bears, gives them a bit of a vintage look.

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The facial features are all embroidered using mainly satin stitch, but safety eyes could be used if preferred.

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The duffle coat is knitted in garter stitch, which is simple and straight forward to do and is fastened using baby toggle buttons.

The pattern is a 15 page PDF document giving row by row instructions to knit up the bear and duffle coat and contains plenty of photographs to help with construction. The pattern is now available on 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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More Easter Gifts

Continuing on the theme of knitting for Easter, nothing conjures up images of Spring more than little lambs in a field.

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This little lamb knitted in white and cream with pink inner ears would make a lovely gift for a spring baby.

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She turned out a good size, 14 inches standing and 9 inches in a sitting position, all knitted in a DK yarn including the dress. The soft feminine colours would be ideal for a little girl’s nursery.

More Bunnies

Well it wouldn’t be spring or Easter without the bunny and these two are my favourite ones to make.

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Both boy and girl bunny are from the same pattern, on the boy I changed to a white yarn for the tips of the ears and the muzzle to add variation.

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Love making the little clothes for these bunnies, you can have such a lot of fun choosing colour combinations.

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They are both 13 inches tall to the tips of their ears, so a good size, and a cuddly little gift to give along with an Easter Egg.


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Knitted Gifts for Easter

Mama and Baby Bunny

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Weather is cold and miserable here at the moment. It is pouring down which is good, as it will hopefully clear the snow we had yesterday.

I find one of the best ways to get through January and February is to focus on Spring and use the ‘bad weather’ days to get creative and knit some gifts for Easter. There are some wonderful patterns out there for rabbits, chicks and little Lambs.

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Just finished this cute little ensemble which would look wonderful as a centre piece in an Easter basket. It was knitted in DK yarn on 4mm and 3mm needles. It was all knitted flat so quite a bit of fiddly sewing involved but it does produce a sturdy enough toy for a little one to play with.

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The mother bunny is 9 inches (23cms) in height and the baby bunny is 2.5 inches (7 cms)

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The pram comes with mattress, little pillow and blanket. It measures 5.5 inches (14 cms) high and 6 inches (16cms) in length.

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just the right size to accommodate the little bunny.

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Although fiddly I think it turned out quite a cute project.

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