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.

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.