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Shell pattern baby jacket in J. C. Brett baby marble dk

I really rather like the look of this one

I really rather like the look of this one

I’ve made this little jacket for a colleague of Muds, who is expecting her first baby in June and for whom I have a lot of admiration and respect, even though I have never met her. Her story is inspirational and one from which many of our young people could learn a lot. She is a young polish woman who far from coming over to our country to live off tax payer funded handouts, came over and took a job as a NHS cleaner to pay her way through university, with the sole aim of improving her circumstances through hard work and determination. This paid off when, a few years ago, she secured a good job in the same company and department as Mud. She continued to work hard and now has a good position within the department and there are many British Nationals, both young and old, who seem to believe that the world owes them a living, who would do well to follow her example.

Climbing down from my soapbox, I’ll now tell you about this charming little jacket.

The front borders, front sections and back were knitted in piece

The front borders, front sections and back, were knitted in one piece

The yarn is a firm favourite of mine for baby boys and I’ve used this colourway for several little garments now. It’s the J. C. Brett baby marble double-knit, 100g (268m), shade number 5 and is 100% acrylic. The yarn is lovely and soft, handles beautifully while being worked and, I’m told, washes well. I love the blue and brown colour way of this shade and it always looks really effective once knitted up.

The front and back shoulders were knitted together which left a beautifully tidy seam

The front and back shoulders were knitted together which left a beautifully tidy seam

I found the pattern on the freepatterns.com website. A blanket and hat are also on the pattern but I chose to complete the jacket in this case. Please be aware though that there are a couple of revisions at the very bottom of the pattern, to correct mistakes in the instructions which you need to read before you start or, like me, you’ll find yourself frogging the work back a couple of rows in to start again – which was annoying as I knew it wasn’t right but continued anyway, so have only myself to blame and will remember to follow my instinct next time.

Setting the sleeves was the worst part of the whole process

Setting the sleeves was the worst part of the whole process

So with the stitches cast on for a second time, I steadily worked my way through the pattern which was in a new format for me, in so much as the front borders, front sections and back are knitted as one piece until the required length from bottom edge to armpit is reached, at which point, some stitches from each end are placed onto stitch holders, leaving just the centre stitches to be worked on until the neckline is reached. The centre section is actually the back of the jacket and once this has been worked to the neck, the remaining stitches are placed onto another holder whilst the yarn is reattached to each set of end stitches in turn and then these are worked up to create the two front sections, complete with border.

Two little Peter Rabbit buttons finished it off nicely

Two little Peter Rabbit buttons finished it off nicely

As with the remaining back stitches, the two sets of front shoulder stitches weren’t cast off at this point but were kept on separate spare needles, the reason for which became clear when it came to making up the garment and was because:

  • with right sides facing each other, the needle holding the appropriate front shoulder stitches was placed parallel to the needle holding the matching back stitches (left front to left back etc);
  • then with a third needle, the back and front stitches, were knitted together, one pair at a time; and
  • when the second pair was done, the first was passed over the second to cast them off.
And the back of the jacket

And the back of the jacket

And so on and so forth until the 9 stitches for one shoulder were all cast off, 19 stitches for the back of the neck were knitted across and then the second set of front and back shoulder stitches were cast off in the same way. The end result was a tidy and perfect shoulder seam join on both sides.

The rest of the neckband and sowing up was quickly accomplished, two rather cute little Peter Rabbit buttons were sewn on and after a quick press, the garment was carefully wrapped in white tissue paper, tied with a shiny silver ribbon, ready for delivery today.

All in all I think this jacket has become my favourite baby knit to date, as I really love the shell and column detail, and would be suitable for both girl or boy.

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Baby jacket and hat in Marble DK

A slightly unusual colour choice but it works really well

A slightly unusual colour choice but it works really well

With one of the teachers at school due to go on maternity leave in a couple of weeks, I’ve taken a few days off from my gorgeous lace top and, instead, have focused on making this lovely little jacket and hat for her baby boy. Continue reading


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Peter Pan Cardigan in mint King Cole Babyglitz: finished

Pressed and ready to wrap

Pressed and ready to wrap

The beauty of baby knits (which I may have mentioned once or twice before) is that they knit up really quickly and much to Middle Mudlets delight, I have now finished this project. Middle Mudlet is delighted for two reasons, the first of which is that this was for her teacher and the second, that I can now start on her new jumper, the pattern and yarn for which arrived in the same parcel as the Babyglitz. Continue reading


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Peter Pan Cardigan in mint King Cole Babyglitz: pockets

The pocket lining in place and the stitches that will become the pocket border

The pocket lining in place and the stitches that will become the pocket border

So with another teacher at school about to go on maternity leave, I decided to take a couple of days break from knitting for the Mudlets, in order to knit up a little jacket for the expected baby girl. I rummaged through my patterns and came across a pattern I had last knitted up for Little Mudlet when she was five. Continue reading


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A Bonnet and mittens

First size bonnet and mittens

First size bonnet and mittens

I can get quite impatient about lots of things and don’t like to put things on hold, so to speak, and often I won’t happily put a new book down until it is finished and if I do have to, I’m counting down the minutes until I can pick up where I left off. Staying up until the wee small hours to finish my latest 1000 piece jigsaw is another example of my impatience and when it comes to knitting, I am just the same wanting to start a project and then once it is started feeling an overwhelming need to keep on knitting until I have completed what ever it is that I am knitting. Continue reading


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Baby boom – one for the boys

This pattern looks more complicated than it is

This pattern looks more complicated than it is

With the Little Mudlets’ teacher due to go on maternity leave very soon, I needed to decide what I was going to make for the new baby. This baby is a little boy and so the very pretty, frilly and overly delicate, lace type jackets were out for a start and I was struggling to find a pattern suitable for a little boy. I guess that’s what happens when you only have girls yourself. Continue reading


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Baby boom – one for the baby girls

It seems that there is quite a baby boom going on around here at the moment, with two of the four teachers in school both expecting (1 baby boy and 1 baby girl) within weeks of each other, one of the mums due any day (another little girl) and one of the neighbours  with a brand new baby girl.Baby jacket

I love knitting baby clothes – they are beautiful, cute and so quick to knit and so I rummaged through my wools and patterns, got out my needles and on Tuesday night, whilst Mud was surfing the net, I made a start on a baby jacket. I can’t remember the make of the wool I used but I believe it was  described as a ‘marble’ effect baby wool. The needles were size 3.25mm and 4mm and the pattern was Sirdar 1802.

Baby jacket

The finished pieces before I put them together to see what the jacket would look like.

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