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!