Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear


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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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Cute Little Kittens

I discovered a cute pattern for a cat by Ala & Ela and just love the way the little kittens turned out. They are all made from the same pattern but with a few modifications.

Sailor Sue

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Both cat and clothes were knitted in DK on 4mm needles and she turned out to be 10″ in height.

Mimi

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Mimi is dressed in a pale pink and blue jumper and pinafore

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Of course she has a little tail.

Kirsty the Kitten

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Like the rabbits each of these cats develop their own character!

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Ginger

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She looks very fetching in her green dress & bow

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These cats are not just for the nursery, I think they would make a lovely gift for adults, especially cat lovers.


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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

Jenny Doll

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.

 


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Lily Goes to Ballet

Just completed another bunny, she is a  lovely cream coloured bunny named Lily. Ballet Buuny

She is based on Debi Birkin’s Bunty Bunny. She measures 11″ and is knitted in DK.

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She is quite a performer, loves practicing her moves.

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The ballet wrap is in garter stitch and an easy little knit.  I am in the middle of writing up the pattern and hope to publish it free on the blog soon.

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I’m sure any little girl who is into her ballet, would love a bunny like Lily in her room!

 

 

 

 


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Nellie & Neville

Among the projects I completed last month were two more little elephants.

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Not sure why, but whenever I knit an elephant I always feel the need to make a matching one of the opposite sex!

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Nellie is 11″ tall and is knitted in a grey DK yarn on 4mm needles. Thought I would dress her for a day at the seaside, so selected some red and a couple of shades of blue yarn from my stash to achieve a nautical look.

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Dress has a little sailor collar.

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A red bow completes the outfit.

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Neville is just a little taller  measuring 12″ I used the same colours to make his outfit, a blue and white stripey sweater and a pair of baggy red overalls.

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Will have to knit them an ice-cream to complete their day at the seaside!