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

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