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.

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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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Little Dazzler Doll: Leah

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Here are a couple of girls who love to dress up! Knowing how much little girls love to dress up dolls I’ve made sure the clothes in my doll patterns are removable which increases the play value.

 

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This doll and her clothes are knitted in DK yarn, all pieces are knitted flat on two needles and sewn together. Leah has boots and stripy tights a warm jumper/sweater and a pretty pinafore.

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The hair is knitted in reverse stocking stitch and sewn in place with strands of yarn threaded at the sides to create the plaits/braids. All very secure so even with lots of boisterous play the hair won’t moult!

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The jumper has a little press fastener at the neck opening to make dressing and undressing easier.

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The pinafore has straps which fasten with two buttons on the moss stitch bib….

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…and crossover at the back.

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You can have lots of fun with different colour combinations for the clothes and hair colour.  The clothes from the Hannah Doll also fit the Leah doll so you can built up a decent little wardrobe for her.

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The pattern is a 20 page PDF pattern with row by row instructions and plenty of photos to help with construction. Pattern is available on Ravelry and Etsy


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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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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.

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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!

 


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Bianca Bunny and Friends

Who can resist a bunny in a little dress and cardigan? Even when knitted from the same pattern each one has their own character, so cute and homely and a wonderful gift to make.

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Bianca is made from a lovely creamy white yarn and dressed in a pretty yellow and turquoise dress, with a navy cardigan.

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Evie is knitted in a fawn colour with a turquoise flecked dress and yellow cardigan.

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This one is dressed in pink and blue. Great way to use up small amounts of leftover yarn in your stash.

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What little girl could resist a ballerina bunny…..

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…..complete with ballet wrap.

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