Pattern Review: Round Yoke Cargian

Round Yoke Raglan

The basic stats:

Pattern name: Round Yoke Raglan

Pattern Book/Booklet: Two Rangelands – up to nine months

Date of publish: 1959*

Wool required: 3oz Patons Baby wool 3-ply pationsied or 3oz Patons Brilliante 3-ply 100% bri-Nylon

Needles required: Number 11**

Wool used: Katia New Babette (I used 1 50g ball with some left overs)

Needles used: No.11

Would I knit it again: It was a pretty simple raglan cardigan so I think it’s a maybe with a tendency to knit again.

Tension: You will learn that I don’t really tension it out for baby knits

Finished measurements: Chest 18 inches

More thoughts after a couple of pictures

Round yoke cardigan 3

Round Yoke Raglan 2

The slightly rambling thoughts: I knitted this because I don’t really like sewing in sleeves so I went for a yoked cardigan.

The lacy pattern was really easy and makes it slightly different. then just a plain yoked cardigan. It is one of those inoffensive cardigans that could become one of my standard knits, it’s not particularly exciting but was quite easy to knit.

The only change I made was a knitted the fronts and back in one piece until the armholes, because yay less seams!

I also only gave it two buttons because I missed the middle buttonhole in the pattern, so I would say keep an eye out for that.

What does everyone think?

Miss S xx

* 1959 is a date on Amazon, no really reason to doubt this, I have always assumed these were 1950-60 patterns

**This is an imperial size, this would be a modern day 3mm needle, however you can normally get imperial sized needles from charity shops.


Pattern review: Double-breasted Dolman Jacket

Pattern name: Double-breasted Dolman Jacket

Pattern Book/Booklet: Second Size Woollies in P&B wools of 4-ply weight (Booklet number 406)

Date of publish: 1950*

Wool required: 3oz Patons Beehive Fingering 4-ply

Needles required: Number 10 and number 12*

Wool used: Patons Fairytale Soft 4ply (I used 2 50g balls and had some left overs)

Needles used: No.12 and No.10

Would I knit it again: Probably not

Tension: I was naughty and didn’t do a tension square, in my defence it is a baby jumper, how precise does it need to be? I am the school of they can grow into it 🙂

Finished measurements: Chest 19 inches (roundly 48.5 cm), sleeve length 8 inches (roughly 20.5 cm), length 8.5 inches (roughly 22 cm)

More in depth thoughts after the pictures.


Dolman Cardigan 3 Dolman Cardigan 2 Dolman Cardigan 1

The slightly rambling thoughts: So I made this pattern to increase my stock pile of knits because it seemed like quite a cute pattern and also because I actually want to ‘finish’ some of the pattern booklets that I own.

In a discussion with the guys at work they asked me if knitting pattern books were something that you had to complete and knit all the patterns from them, like finishing a computer game. I had never really thought about it before but the seed has been sewn and I thought as booklets go this is a pretty cute on.

The pattern was easy enough to follow and the fact it is not plain stocking stich was nice. As this is a dolman sleeve cardigan it is knitted in a style that I like to call ‘up and over’. You work up the fronts separately, increasing as you go up for the sleeves, you then join the two fronts together at the shoulder seams and work over and down to the bottom of the back edges, decreasing the sleeves as you go. This gives a more baggy sleeve than a set in or a raglan sleeve, but it does mean that you don’t have to battle with sewing the sleeves in (that bit has always been my least favourite part of knitting). The only down side is when you are at the point at the top when you have all the stitches on the needle the knitting can seem to go on forever.

The collar was knitted with the main body so the only finishing off required was picking up stiches for the cuffs.

Overall I probably won’t be knitting this again, not that I didn’t enjoy knitting it, just I feel that I have better patterns, although if you have never knitted a dolman cardigan I would say give it a try if anything just for the small amount of seams that have to be sewn up.

I followed the pattern exactly, for older patterns it was pretty easy to understand, however I may be slightly bias because I have a ton of these little booklets and love then

Miss S xx

*1950 is the date that is given on Ravelry, the dolman sleeve were a bigger trend in the 1950s so I  have no real reason to disagree with this.

**These are the British imperial sizes, these are roughly a 3.25mm and 2.75mm metric needles respectively.

Pattern review: Outdoor pram suit

The basic stats

Pattern name: Outdoor pram suit in first and second size

Pattern Book: Knitted Garments for the Family

Date of publish: 1950*

Wool required: Baby 3-ply wool

Needles required: Number 9 for the second size, No. 10 for the first size**

Wool used: Patons Fairytale Soft 4ply

Needles used: No.9

Would I knit it again: Probably not

Tension: I was naughty and didn’t do a tension square, in my defence it is a baby jumper, how precise does it need to be? I am the school of they can grow into it

Finished measurements: I forgot to measure it, sorry.

More in depth thoughts after the pictures.

Boy's jersey 2

All the garments in the patter

Boy's jersey 3

Close up of collar

Pattern close up

The slightly rambling thoughts: For starters I should point out that I only ended up knitting the boy’s jersey, the pattern also includes a girl’s coat, leggings, cap, hood for a girl, and mitts. The aim was to knit the entire pram suit for someone at work whose wife was having a baby. I started the knitting a little late and so never got round to making the leggings and cap and mitts.

I was also slightly disappointed by the cable because I thought a 4 stitch cable would have looked better but it was an easy pattern to repeat

I was definitely disappointed for the collar, it was the main reason that I had knitted it was to see what I thought of it for making for a stockpile for my sister (call me weird but I wanted a couple of years to build a stockpile for her – she knows this so its fine) and she loves a peter pan collar, but the collar is just a straight rows sewn on, I really didn’t like the raw edges and so tried to sew them down (still not 100% that made it look better)

The reason for not making it again would be because I think that I have better pram suits pattern so I think my time could be spent better knitting something else.

I followed the pattern exactly, for older patterns it was pretty easy to understand.

Miss S xx

*1950 is the date that is given on Amazon, handily they haven’t print the publish date in the front cover, based on the styles of patterns and the fact that some of the pictures are in colour I don’t have any hard evidence to not agree

**These are the British imperial sizes, these are roughly a 3.75mm and 3.25mm respectively. Don’t ask me why but there is no metric equivalent for a no. 9 so you can either go for a 3.5mm or 4mm, tension it out to see what is best for you would be my advice

The knitty gritty

One of my big hobbies is knitting, as you may have already been able to tell, this really comes from my mum, she taught me how to knit when I was around 10, but I was terrible and gave up straight away. I tried again when I was 15, why I’m not quite sure, maybe it was because I always saw mum with her knitting, and I got hooked. From then on I have always had a project on some needles, even if it was left to gather dust for a couple of months. In an aim to give my blog a bit more purpose I am going to post some of the patterns that I make. These tend to be vintage patterns, over the past couple of years I have come to love the fashions of the 1940s and 1950s, and, mainly because they are quicker to knit, baby patterns (this probably has also happened because there has suddenly because loads of people I know are having babies), hopefully you will find this interesting/like the cute pictures. I am always looking to improve this place so any comments are welcome

knitted cardi

Miss S xx

New year’s resolution

So my blog tends to be well, neglected. I could talk about this but then nobody really wants to know about that, so instead I will give two new years resolutions for this blog (I know it’s February but January is a busy month for me) so here goes:

1) I want to blog more, at least once a month is my aim

2) I would like to write another knitting pattern

I think out of this the second on is probably harder but I did enjoy making the mustache knitting pattern (which was posted getting on for 3 years ago which seems like time to have not posted another pattern)

And because I do love a photo here is a picture of a macron I made earlier


What new year’s resolutions has everyone else made? I would love to have taken part in the vintage pattern pledge but I just don’t think I would have achieved it, my sewing skill is too basic.

Miss S xx

You’re My Hero Cookies

How many of you have watched Wreck it Ralph. I know, I know, it was released a while go, but it is a cute movie.

Just a heads up there is a spoiler in the rest of this post, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie I would stop reading now!


When I watched the movie as soon as I saw Vanellope give Ralph the ‘You’re my hero’ cookie medal I knew I had to have a go at making then, although I never really found the time to do it so after over a year since I watched the movie I finally got around to trying to make them:

youre my hero 3


The biscuit recipe I used was taken from here.

For the royal icing I used Tate and Lyle royal icing sugar, because it I find it easier than trying to make royal icing,  you don’t have to worry about raw eggs and I have found it pretty easy to find, I got mine from my local Morrisons.

The hardest part I found was to get the piping right. I have not really had successful writing/piping experience but I thought it wasn’t too bad.

I used a heart cutter for the shape. and once they were cooled piped the royal icing on.

The problem I found was that I let the blue icing set too much before putting on the hundreds and thousands.


And because yay for pictures:


youre my hero 1

youre my hero 2





Laduree Macaron Recipe Review

A while ago I brought myself a present in the form of Laduree Sucre: The recipes. I brought it as a fivlous purchase, it was in a box and I had heard that Laduree was one of the famous patieries from France that were known for their macroon as someone that has tried to master the macaron when I saw the book and has a book voucher it was a no brainer.


I used the raspberry macaron for the shells, they are just plain macaron shells and then I used the ganache from the chocolate cake recipe.

What would I say about the recipe? The ganache is amazing, so tasty, I was unsure about adding butter to the chocolate and cream but it does make it tasty, although try not to think how much fat is going into it….

The macarons, I think came out okish? I always seem to get some cracked tops and just general strange shapes, I have no idea how people make perfect ones (unless they discard the ones that aren’t perfect)


The other thing I would say is that make sure you leave the ganache in the fridge for at least an hour like the recipe says, else it will be too runny and just ooze out everywhere (notice the random blobs of ganache in the above photo)

I also used milk chocolate (Milka to be exact for no other reason that it was £1 in Morrions) instead of dark chocolate as sometimes I find that a really dark chocolate makes the ganache too bitter.

For the shells, make sure that you add plenty of colouring, I actually used a red food colouring but it came out really pale pink, I will have to add more next time or look into getting some of the gel colours (I used a Dr Odker food colouring)

macaron1And as a sign with any good recipe everyone loved them when I took them to work 🙂




Suse xx