Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s

Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s

Kristen Rengren

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: B009SG8202

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


While working as a vintage clothing dealer, combing through estate sales and eBay listings, longtime knitter Kristen Rengren amassed hundreds of knitting pattern booklets from 1920 through 1960. Now a knitwear designer, Rengren brings us the result of her combined passions in Vintage Baby Knits, a charming collection of more than 40 contemporary updates of timeless baby patterns.
Projects range from small, quick-to-knit items like hats, booties, and shrugs to larger, more challenging designs for sweaters, onesies, and dresses, including a lace christening gown. Beautiful photographs capture a bevy of adorable babies and toddlers wearing these knitted treasures. Also included are sidebars on baby fashion and knitting culture in this bygone era, and a complete reference section. Destined to be a classic itself, Vintage Baby Knits promises family heirlooms for 21st-century babies.

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65) sts. Work even until piece measures 6½ (7, 7½)" [16.5 (18, 19) cm] from the beginning, ending with a WS row. Shape Cap (RS): BO 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then 2 st at beginning of next 16 rows–17 (21, 25) sts remain. BO remaining sts. Begin Garter st. * Work even for ¾" [2 cm], ending with a WS row. Next Row (RS): Knit, increasing 12 (14, 17) sts evenly spaced across row–85 (103, 122) sts. Repeat from * once–97 (117, 139) sts. Work Garter st for ¾" (2 cm). BO all sts loosely. Set in

booklets—loaded with black-and-white photos of babies in handknits, as well as lively illustrations of frolicking tots, friendly zoo animals, and smiling storks—always intrigued me most. The projects were classic and simple in style, yet detailed enough to hold even a highly distractible knitter’s interest, and I could easily imagine modern babies wearing them. 4 vintage baby knits I spent months studying those patterns. Most called for a long-forgotten yarn, such as 5 ounces of Lady Betty or

first and last 5 sts in Garter st, decrease 4 sts this row, then every other row 4 times, as follows: Knit to first marker, sm, [k2tog, knit to marker, sm] 4 times, knit to end–180 (200, 220) sts remain. Work even for 3 rows, removing markers on first row. Shape Neck Decrease Row 1 (RS): K5, *k2tog; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k5–95 (105, 115) sts remain. Work even for 1 row. Decrease Row 2 (RS): K5, [k15 (17, 19), k2tog] 5 times, k5–90 (100, 110) sts remain. Work even for 4 rows. Knit 1 row.

Block pieces to measurements. ALL SIZES Work even until piece measures 4 ½ (4 ¾, 5)" [11.5 (12.5, 13) cm] from the beginning, or to 1¼" (3 cm) less than desired length. 112 vintage baby knits vintage baby knits 113 Ducky Onesie kniTTeD oneSieS were ConSiDereD an eSSenTial ParT of BaBY’S warDroBe in The 1940S anD 1950S. ThiS one-PieCe jUMPer woUlD haVe Been workeD in SofT BaBY wool when iT waS originallY PUBliSheD in The laTe 1940S, BUT i’Ve ChoSen a Cool CoTTon PerfeCT for SUMMer DaYS.

from below, then into the wrapped st; k2tog; if st to be worked is a purl st, insert needle into the wrapped st, then down into the wrap; p2tog. (Wrap may be lifted onto the left-hand needle, then worked together with the wrapped st if this is easier.) g g Cable Co: Make a loop (using a slip knot) with the working yarn and place it on the left-hand needle [first st CO], knit into slip knot, draw up a loop but do not drop st from left-hand needle; place new loop on left-hand needle; *insert the

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