Pattern Review: Raglan Jersey Suit

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The basic stats

Pattern name: Raglan Jersey Suit (note this is just the jumper)

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

Date of publish: 1950s

Wool required: 3 oz Patons Beehive Fingering 4-ply

Needles required: Two No.12 and No.10* Beehive or Queen Bee needles measured by Beehive gauge

­Buttons: Four

Wool used:  Around 1 and a bit balls of Patons Fairytale Soft 4 ply, I ran out of wool and so also used some Berger Ideal because that is the closest thing I could get my hands on at the time

Needles used: Two No.12 and No.10

Would I knit it again: No – the pattern is a bit plan, I think would rather try a new pattern

Tension: As this is a baby garment I did not check my tension, the tension required is 7sts and 9 rows to one square inch on No.10 needles, measure over stocking stitch

Finished measurements: Chest measurement 18 inch measured flat

Sleeve length 7 inch from underarm seam

The sleeve length matches the booklet however it is meant to fit an 19inch chest, although there is some stretch in the knitting.

More in depth thoughts after the pictures…

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More in depth thoughts:

There isn’t much to say about this project it was quite an easy knit. I ran out of wool which was irritating, I was on holiday at the time and the while wool was the closest wool that I could come across, although I think it looks quite nice with the contrast collar.

As styling goes I think this is quite a timeless jumper, and so could be given to someone who was a fan of more modern clothes as not everyone wants to put their babies in matinee coats and pram suits.

I know quite I few baby’s due to be born in 2016 so this is a good jumper to have in the stockpile.

This is the second knit from this pattern book, the first pattern can be found here. I also have plans to make the final top in the pattern booklet – Bears in his Pockets later this year. Personally I think this one is the cutest pattern, so it will be interesting to see how I feel after I have knitted it.

Miss S

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*Note that these are imperial sizes, a No.12 is approximately 2.75mm and No.10  is approximately 3.25mm

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Pattern review: Ely

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The basic stats

Pattern name: Ely

Pattern Book/Booklet: Patons Fairytale Cheeky Cherubs

Date of publish: 2008

Wool required: Patons Fairytale DK

2 x 50g balls for 3-6 month size (there are a total of 4 sizes available in the book)

Needles required: 1 x 3.25 mm (UK 10) and 1 x 4mm (UK 10)

Wool used:

Rico baby classic DK colourway 023 Eisblau

I ended up using just under 2 50g balls

Needles used: UK 10 and UK 8

Would I knit it again: This is a quick knit and looks quite effective, I have made it before and I will probably make it again, I would also recommend it as a introduction to cabling

Tension: I’m half tempted to leave this out because I will always say ‘It’s a baby’s so I just went for it’ but I feel like I should acknowledge that checking tension is Knitting 101

Finished measurements: Chest measurement (unstretched) 14 inches

Chest measurement (stretched) 20 inches

Sleeve length to underarm 6.5 inches

This matches the measurements in the book

More in depth thoughts after the pictures. In the pictures the cardigan is unstretched but due to entire pattern being a 1×1 cable the whole cardigan is essentially a fancy 2×2 rib so has a lot of stretch in it.

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The only change I made on the pattern was that I knitted the button band up with the front pieces (I made the right side first so I decided where I wanted my buttonholes on the left hand side. The only thing to remember with this is that you have an extra 5 stitches when working the armhole decrease.

I do this because:

  1. I try to minimise the amount of sewing up I have to do
  2. I always seems to knit the wrong length for sewn on button bands, so when I sew it on it ends up being too loose or too tight.

Other than that I followed the pattern.

This is a really easy pattern to follow, and the cable is really simple for anyone who is new to cabling as it doesn’t need a cable needle.

Miss S xx

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

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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.