Pattern review: Baby’s dress and coat set

Vintage baby set

The basic stats

Pattern name: Baby’s dress and coat set

Pattern Book/Booklet: Knitted Garments for the Family

Date of publish: 1950*

Wool required: 8oz 3-ply baby wool

Needles required: 2 No. 9 and 4 No. 11 knitting needles

Wool used: Katia New Babette 50g (less than 4 balls used)

Needles used: As suggested

Would I knit it again: Maybe

Tension: Normal response to tension squares (I only really swatch when it is something for me, I know that is bad) required tension is 7 sts. and 9 rows to 1 inch

Finished measurements: Dress: chest 14in, sleeve length 3in, length from cast on to cast off edge 14.5in. Coat: chest 16in, sleeve length 8in, length from cast on to cast off edge 10in. Note that these are approximate, the pattern also has quite a lot of stretch in it.

More in depth thoughts after the pictures.

Baby's dress 1

Baby's dress

Baby's coat and booties

Baby's coat and dress

The slightly rambling thoughts: Am I the only person that ever knits something because of the baby in the picture? It was the baby in the picture that made me knit this pattern and also because it does look like quite a cute set.

Looking at the pattern compared to the pictures in the book I probably should have swatches it first, as I think I may have wanted a slightly thicker wool or smaller needles because mine looks quite loose compared to the pictures in the book.

The comment under the picture says ‘Warm and cosy for chilly days, this charming little dress is knitted in pale pink wool’ and after knitting it all in white I think that I should have knitted it in a colour now because I’m not quite sure if it looks too much like a christening outfit.

The pattern was surprisingly quick to knit up, although the yoke took more work because of the rib. In the pattern the yoke of both dress and coat are knitted on 4 needles, after trying and failing with the needles, I knitted the yoke of the coat on 2 straight number 11 and knitted the yoke of the dress and circular needles.

The armhole seams weren’t the easiest to sew up, and because all the pieces were knitted individually there were some long seams to sew up at the end.

Overall I think it is quite a cute pattern and would maybe have a go and knitting it in some slightly thicker wool.


Miss S xx

*1950 is the date that is given on Amazon, no date has been printed in the book

** These are the British imperial sizes, these are roughly a 3.75mm and 3mm 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

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.

Baby 3ply Matinee Coat

Over the summer, I knitted a bit, but didn’t have any projects really going on, I made a little cardi and after that, I was left it bit uninspired. But last week I went on holiday with my mum and see gave me a ball of 3-ply and her vintage pattern to make a little matinee coat. Which is really cute, and you knit from the top down. My mum had finished making a different cardi from the same book. It was a Patons and Baldwins book, so quite old and looks like…

The book has four patterns and they are really cute.My mum loved the book, but lost it, and so brought it again on ebay. I made the one in the bottom right.

I think that it is really cute, but I need to go and buy buttons which I always find fun. As you start from the top you dont’ have shoulder seams and you do end up with a few stitches on the needle (around 280 in the end). And you have to be careful with the increasing so that you get the right sleeves and fronts. So I would suggest for the more experienced knitter. But there is a lot less sewing up involved in this. I had most of it done in the first two days, and finished it within the week.

This is what it looks like before you sew it up

 

The green one I made over easter and was given to a family friends baby, but I will have to wait and see who gets this although I definitely think the green is cuter then the cream. What are your thoughts?

Laters

Sus