Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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Millie the Midwife

Well here is a serious little bunny who is very career minded and has become a nurse.

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In fact she is a midwife, would imagine there is a great demand for her services among the rabbit population.

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Millie is 11″ and knitted in DK including her uniform. I know nurses don’t dress like this anymore, but nothing says nurse more than the starched apron, the armbands and nurses cap. I remember as a child receiving an outfit like this nearly every Christmas!

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The little Moses basket is 5″ in length and has  little pillow and mattress and there is a little blanket to wrap around the tiny baby bunny.

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It makes a cute  play set for a little girl, especially one who is about to become a big sister.

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She is a very caring and trustworthy little bunny.


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Here Come the Bunnies

I have been working on some rabbits  over the past few months and I must admit a dressed bunny is definitely my knit of choice.

Poppy

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This 11″rabbit knitted in DK on 4mm needles has a lovely white dress with a fair-isle poppy motif.

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She has a matching cardigan and little shoulder bag.

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So she is ready to hit the town for some serious shopping.

Belinda

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Belinda is knitted from the same pattern.

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Her dress has a pretty check pattern, instead of a cardigan she has a little bolero…

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…and again a matching bag for her shopping.

Summer

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Another bunny from the same pattern, I just love playing about with different colour combinations for the outfits.

Daisy

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This little dancer comes with her own ballet wrap.

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Of course what little girl can’t resist a ballerina bunny!

 


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Teds in Bed

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There is nothing sweeter than a little teddy bear all tucked up in bed. This project was all done in DK yarn on 4mm needles, and didn’t take long at all. The most time consuming piece was the knitting bag which was all knitted in one piece including the attached pillow.

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It’s just the right size for a little girl to play with. The bear is 8 inches, her little teddy is 3 inches and the sleeping bag itself when finished is 9 inches in length.

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The bear has a cute little candy striped nightdress and little bow.

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The sleeping bag has a stuffed pillow at the top and appliqued bears sewn on the central panel. It was knitted in one piece, folded and sewn in place.

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Both little bears fit snugly inside, all ready to be taken on a sleepover at Nana’s


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More For The Toy Box…

With all the crafting and fitting in holidays I haven’t had much time to post lately, but here are a few items I’ve worked on in the last month.

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Hopefully they will all go off as gifts to delight their new owners.

Hannah & Pip

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As Autumn is fast approaching I thought a warm duffle coat would make a good seasonal addition to a dolls wardrobe and one she can use when taking her little puppy dog Pip for a walk!

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The duffle coat is done in a simple garter stitch and I thought yellow toggles would work well with the yellow and green dress and yellow hair bows. The red lead attaches very nicely round the dolls hand.

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Nothing nicer than meeting up with a friend. Both dolls are from the same pattern, just different hairstyles. Love using choosing the colours for the outfits, then seeing how different each one turns out.

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From green & yellow to…

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… to blue and pink…

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and another one in similar colours.

Jack Bunny

Continuing with the duffle coat theme had to make one for a bunny

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This time in turquoise and navy, which teams up nicely with the baggy overalls.

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Baby Bear

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This cute little 5″ bear would delight a little girl who loves putting dolls to bed as it fits beautifully in the 9″ Moses basket.

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and looks very snug wrapped up in her blanket.

 

 

 


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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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Jungle Pals

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I’ve had quite a few requests recently for elephants and monkeys, so imagine jungle themed nurseries must be in vogue.

Both these little charactters are 11 inches in height. I based the monkey’s face on Ala & Ela’s pattern as I think it does produce a cute and cheeky monkey.

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I knitted his little jumper in red and yellow stripes (2 rows each) but when making it up I actually preferred the wrong side, I thought the pattern more colourful so made it up ‘inside out’ so to speak.

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He looks a playful character, ready for mischief!

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Both animals have the same body and outfit, just different heads. I do like making these little jumpers and overalls and seeing them in different colours

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They certainly brighten up the nursery.


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Three Best Friends!

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I do love making dolls, but they are a lot trickier than bears and rabbits. So much time and energy goes on getting the faces and hair just right. If eyes and noses are a fraction out you can easily end up with a ‘Bride of Chuky’ style doll! On the plus side though you can have a ball choosing and matching colours for your project.

Jenny

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For all three of the dolls I used Ala & Ela’s Valerie Doll pattern for the head, I do like the shape of the head and the hair on this doll, although I have given the dolls ringlets rather than plaits.

Jenny is taller than the other dolls, measuring 13 inches. I made her legs and body slightly longer and gave her boots rather than shoes and socks. I knitted her a little duffle coat and and a pull on hat for cold blustery days.

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She does look quite snug and ready to brave the elements.

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Polly is a sweet little doll measuring 11.5 inches, and has a lacy dress with picot edging.

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She is knitted in DK on 4mm needles.

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and has a matching cardigan knitted on 3.25mm needles.

Amy

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Amy is a similar doll, just in different colours

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The hair is knitted as a skull cap and sewn to the head, and you can add plaits or ringlets.

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A great gift idea for little girls of any age.