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« on: August 13, 2013 08:51:19 PM »





I made this teddy bear ensemble for my grandniece, um, “Cauliflower Swan” for her fourth birthday.

I used a jumper and sweater set pattern (pictured below) from the Winter 96/97 issue of Family Circle Knitting magazine, but modified the Family Circle patterns quite freely. For one thing the set called for worsted, and I used a DK. The pattern was for a jumper but I turned it into a short-sleeved dress. It was have ribbed edgings, but I used moss stitch. It was to be pink, but my grandniece already wears so much pink because her mother/my niece is such a lover of all things pink that I made it in another colourway to give Cauliflower a break from the pink.

The jacket was to have garter stitch trim and it was supposed to have garter stitch pocket flaps with pom poms on them. I changed all the garter stitch edgings to moss stitch, except for around the neck, where I used a crocheted picot edging as I had around the neckline of the dress, and I put a simple button closure on the pockets. I also scoured the internet for the perfect teddy bear buttons.

Then I whipped up a little matching purse to go with the outfit, though there was no pattern for it. I redrafted the teddy bear graph to make it the right size and Swiss darned it on the bag, then finished it off with a brown satin drawstring. Whenever I knit for little girls, I usually do make a little hat or purse to go with the dress or sweater. The little girl who gets it is usually much more excited about the accessory than she is about the dress or sweater.


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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014 07:29:25 PM »

That is so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2014 03:43:51 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2014 12:44:05 PM »

Very cute! I especially like the sweater with the teddybear buttons! Great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014 06:14:54 AM »

What a wonderful heirloom!  Seems not a lot of people knit for children...especially a complete outfit!
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014 09:04:59 AM »

wow that is fantastic work, and so cute.
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