Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jumper Suit for Baby Boy

All finished and just like the one in the book!  It's a relief to finally do a "completed" knitting post, especially a completed vintage project.  I've been knitting too many things in 4ply wool, everything takes forever and it feels like a long time since I finished anything.  A baby jumper is not so bad, this was a pretty quick knit at 7sts per inch.

The pattern is from the No. 2 Viyella Knitting Book originally published in the 1920s.  The original pattern is knit in the "gansey" method - knit in the round to the armholes, grafted at shoulders, sleeves picked up and knit down in the round.

I knit exactly to pattern with a couple of small mods:

Pattern as written seems to be two rows short in the front, I added in an extra two rows in pattern before casting off for the neck.

Only knit 12 rounds in pattern on cuffs to match the hem and to have less bulky turnbacks on the sleeves (and I got bored).

Finished measurements:
chest 18”
length 10.5”
sleeves 7” (not turned back)

These correspond to sizing for a baby of 3-6 months.

I didn't have enough wool left from 2 balls for “the knickers”, but there may be just enough for a hat or booties.

The neck closes with 4 tiny buttons and crochet loops.

A vintage baby knit daddy will happily put the baby boy in - much as I'm dying to knit some little "frocks" and lacy gowns I don't think I'll get away with it.

Here's the pattern for the jumper (click for a bigger image).  I will add a pdf version of the whole suit and load it onto Ravelry. 

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