Thursday, 3 October 2013

Vintage Knits: Surplice sweater and bonnet for baby


A couple years ago I picked up a 1942 book called "Sewing for the Baby" for just a few dollars at an antiques store.  Somewhat ironically, I have never actually used any of the sewing patterns (though I keep planning to), but I've loved all the knitting patterns I've tried.  (My knitted elephants are adapted from a pattern in this book.)


Now, I've made up a sweet little layette set for an infant girl.  Both the bonnet and the sweater are really simple to knit.  I made just a few adjustments - the sweater was supposed to have a more compicated border and also some embroidery along the front edges, but I didn't feel like adding that, and the bonnet was meant to have a crocheted border around the face but I felt it detracted from the simplicity and comfort of the design.  Other than those changes though I worked both these garments as written and I think they came out really nicely! I love that the sweater doesn't involve trying to slide anything over the baby's head.  Much as I love pullovers, they're just not practical for wobbly-necked infants!  This wrap style is so much easier.


The yarn is a superwash wool and is SO SOFT.  The buttons came from my stash (specifically, the quart jar full of buttons I bought for $5 at an antiques mall.)  The whole thing knitted up in just a few days and is now available in my shop in case you have a sweet baby girl in your life who needs something warm to cuddle up in!

2 comments:

  1. could you please give me more info an this book Sewing for the baby, I started this sweater and misplaced my pattern. Would like to locate it. Thank you

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  2. Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by! The book is called "Sewing for the Baby" by Kay Hardy, published in 1944 I believe. I've actually mislaid my copy as well (somewhere in the disaster that I call a bedroom) or I'd copy out the pattern for you, but there are several copies available online - I'll put links to one on Etsy and also the Amazon listing. Hope that helps!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/194222411/vintage-book-sewing-for-the-baby?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=Sewing+for+the+Baby&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

    http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Baby-Kay-Hardy/dp/B000NPL858

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