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vintage baby knitting pattern for a dress set 1950s

Amee Dress Set-1: Great vintage baby dress set from 1940s. This super set has instructions for  pretty dress, jacket with waist tie, bonnet with lightly frilled front and bootees. Knitted in 3ply baby wool to fit 17 inch chest, dress length is adjustable but suggested at 16 inches.

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vintage 1040s dress knitting pattern in silk for baby

Amee Silk Dress: Great vintage baby silk dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This lovely dress in knitted in rayon or art silk, but could be knitted in modern silk or a cotton, light weight yarn to knit to a 4ply tension. To fit 6 months to a year. Easy smocked panels at yoke ( rib that is nipped together by a stitch  after completion - so easy and very effective). Back and front are alike and fastened at the shoulders.

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baby dresses knitting pattern from 1940 BA 156: Dress: Great vintage baby knitting pattern from 1930/40s for 4 little dresses. To fit 6-12 months or 18-20 inch chest. All designs shown on front cover. Length adjustable. Try modern 4py for size stated and modern 3ply for smaller. Always work a tension square.

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baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s BA1221: Dress: Great vintage baby knitting pattern from 1940s for 4 little dresses. To fit birth - 3months or 17-18 inch chest. All designs shown on front cover. Length adjustable. Try modern 4py for size stated and modern 3ply for smaller. Always work a tension square.

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baby dress knitting patteres for babies 1940s BA 1258: Dress: Great vintage baby knitting pattern from 1940s for 4 little dresses. To fit 6-12months or 19-20 inch chest. Length adjustable. Try modern 4py for size stated and modern 3ply for smaller. Always work a tension square. There is the pretty on on the cover, which i made last years in modern 3ply merino wool and it fitted a 3 month old beautifully. There are also instructions for gored skirted dress with a collar and small double buttoned placket as well as one with circular yoke and easily smocked decoration, this one is knitted from the yoke down in one piece.

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baby dresses knitting pattern from 1940s BA 1475: Dress: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from late 1940s. This pattern has three styles to fit 6-12months, one with puff sleeves, one with long sleeves and the other with classic short sleeves. Knitted in vintage 3ply, work in modern 4ply and a size smaller needles for a match in size, or in modern 3ply for a slightly smaller size.

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vintage baby knitting patterns

Bairnswear 28: Vintage knitting pattern for baby from the 1930's for 5 different little dresses. From 1 month -12 months for 18" chest to 22" chest and length, which can be altered easily is 14" or 16". They are all knitted in vintage 3ply which knits similar to our modern 4ply. If you want a smaller size use modern 3ply, I knitted my niece a 1st size dress making it 12" long in modern 3ply on 10 and 11 needles and it was just right, the 3rd one down on the left.

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baby dress knitting pattern form 1930s to fit 20 21 and 23 inch chest 12-24 months

Bairnswear 35: Great vintage baby girl's dress knitting pattern from 1930s. Sweet little traditional dresses from a by gone era. To fit toddlers in their 2nd year. 4 designs 20, 21 and 23 inch chest. Mostly 4ply.

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vintage baby dress knitting patterns

Bairnswear 41: Vintage knitting pattern for baby dresses to fit 3-9 months knitted in vintage 2ply and 3ply, (try modern 3ply and 4ply) work a tension square to get size desired. If you want a new born baby size then knit in modern 2or 3ply and down size the needles.

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wartime baby knitting pattern layette

Bairnswear 68. Vintage knitting pattern for baby. At last! Here is a gorgeous layette from the 1930's and this pattern is for sale, not just a photocopy (although you can have lovely photocopy for £2.99!) This pattern has a stunning shawl, easy pattern, cute little retro bonnet and dress with underwear and bootees to match including a sweet little hug-me-tight, all knitted in vintage 3ply pure wool or try modern 4ply (work tension square). The shawl takes 13 oz or 7 x 50gm balls modern 4ply, the dress and bonnet 2x 50gm balls of modern 4ply (makes them a little smaller, therefore more suitable for newborns - have ago is easier than it looks!

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baby dress knitting patterns

Bairnswear73: Delightful vintage knitting pattern for baby dresses from the 1930's.  These dear little dresses are knitted in vintage 2ply and 3ply - don’t panic this is the same as modern 3ply and 4ply. Pattern suggest knitting on size 9  (3.75mm) so if you would like it a bit smaller just knit on size 10 (3.25mm) Try a tension square to see if you need to change needles and adjust length for the child you are knitting for. Chest measurements 23" but easily can be made smaller by using modern 2ply or 3ply on smaller needles and adjusting skirt length. Pattern states 1-2 years, but all toddlers are different.

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vintge knitting patterns for babies

Bairnswear 94: Great vintage knitting pattern for girls dresses age 2-3 years. Knitted in in vintage 2ply (modern 3ply) and vintage 3ply (modern 4ply). There are 4 styles. To fit chest 21"-22" length 16-17" but is adjustable, look great with tights of little trousers, very 'trendy'

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vintage knitting patterns for babies

Bairnswear 113: Vintage knitting pattern for more little dresses for baby this time for 3-9 months. 3 different styles to fit 18"-20" chest, knitted in vintage 2ply which is modern 3ply on size 9 (3.75mm) needles, change needles with modern 3ply to 10's to get an 18" chest and 11 for a smaller size - always work a tension square to see how many stitches you knit to the inch - every ones tension is different, that  is why it is so important to do this at the beginning of every project.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern

Bairnswear 119. Vintage knitting pattern for baby dresses 9-12 months. 4 designs knitted in 2ply (modern 3ply) 3 designs of 20" chest, work extra patterns to lengthen and a 17" chest dress, lovely pattern from 1930's

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vintage baby dresses from 1930s knitting pattern

Bairnswear 145: Another great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from 1930s. This one has instructions for 4 first size dresses to fit 17 to 18 inch chest knitted in vintage. Two are knitted in vintage 2ply or modern 3ply and two in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply for these. Always work a tension square.

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vintage 1930s knitting pattern for bay dress sets

Bairnswear 199: Great vintage baby dress set knitting pattern from 1930s. This super selection of dress and jackets is just what is needed for that new baby. Each set is easy to knit and to fit 18-19 inch chest in modern 4ply, try modern 3ply for a slightly smaller size. Always work a  tension square. Dresses can be made shorter or made as simple classic christening dress.

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vintage baby dress patterns

Bairnswear 200:Fabulous vintage knitting pattern for baby dresses and jackets to fit 3-12 months knitted in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply, easy to knit and so retro in style from the 1930's, three different sets to fit chest 19"-20", again use finer needles  to get a slightly smaller size, and you could use modern 3ply for new born size, adjust sleeve and dress length, and jacket body length for the smaller sizes. Great for vintage baby dolls or reborns.

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vintage bairnswear1248 matinee pram set vintage knitting 1940s

Bairnswear 1248: Great vintage baby knitting pattern pram set and dress 1930s. This is a super pattern with instructions for dress and bonnet, jacket and leggings with lacy skirt to dress and jacket, very pretty and retro. To fit 19 inch chest. Worked in vintage 3ply so if you want the size suggested then try a tension square in modern 4ply as this is nearer the original ply , but if you would like it a bit smaller to fit a new born then knit it in modern 3ply.

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baby knitting pattern

Bairnswear 1265: Another stunning vintage baby layette knitting pattern from Bairnswear, this is for a fabulous dress and cross-over hug-me-tight, little slippers and bonnet and a stunning circular shawl all knitted in vintage 3ply to fit up to 19" chest or in the case of the hug-me-tight will adjust to fit up to 1 year old with the ribbon ties, or the smallest new born. Try modern 3ply ans size smaller needles for new born size. 1940's

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vintage dress knitting pattern

Bairnswear 1281: Vintage knitting pattern for lovely vintage dress pattern for babies 3-6 months 18" chest dress length 14.5", adjustable knitted in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply for size or stick with modern 3ply for slightly smaller size. 1930/40

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern

Bairnswear 1327  Vintage knitting pattern for baby Layette, another fabulous outfit from this famous publisher for new born up to 3 months.  Knitted in vintage 3ply (modern 4ply) comprising of shawl 48" square, matinee coat 18" chest, dress 18" chest, bootees, vest and piltch. Simple pattern, very retro - pattern from 1930's.

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern

Bairnswear 1346.  Vintage knitting pattern for baby layette, consisting of dress, matinee jacket, bonnet, shawl, vest and piltch (pants).  Knitted in vintage 2ply - try 3ply for modern equivalent  or 4ply to bring up to larger size. Chest 18" and 20" long. Work extra patterns to lengthen. 1940's pattern. .

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern

Bairnswear 1416  Vintage baby knitting pattern for Infants layette. Gorgeous layette from the 1930's.  Shawl in two sizes, head shawl or carrying shawl in vintage 2ply (modern 3ply) Dress chest 19", hug-me-tight 18-20", ribbon tied vest 18" chest and pants ..

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baby knitting patterns

Bairnswear 1460:Vintage CROCHET pattern for babies layette, with simple, but effective lattice pattern. There is a shawl, dress, jacket, shoes and bonnet, all worked in vintage 3ply for chest 19"

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baby clothes knitting pattern

Baby Style by Beehive Dress set -1: Lovely dress set to include underwear, to fit 19" chest, knitted in  vintage 3ply, so for this size use modern 4ply but if you would like new born size use same needles and modern 3ply. The instructions are for a dress, bonnet, bootees and vest and knickers.

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vintage baby knitting pattern for baby dress 1940

Bestway 802: Great little vintage knitting patten for baby dress to fit 1, 2 and 3 year olds, with puff sleeves and simple stripes and  cute peter pan collar. The stripes are knitted in a large needle and small needle creating a lace stripe. To fit 22-24 inch chest worked in vintage 2ply, so this will be modern 3ply.

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vintage baby knitting pattern for dress Bestway

Bestway 871: Very pretty vintage knitting pattern for baby 1-2 years, knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square.  Fits 22" chest, knit in modern 3ply for 20" and go down a size in needles for smaller sizes. Nice easy lace pattern, very dainty, make longer for Christening robe.

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vintage baby matinee and dress knitting pattern bestway 1000 1940s

Bestway 1000: Great vintage baby dress set knitting pattern 1930s. This super little pattern has instructions for  long dress, matinee jacket and long top bootees. all worked in vintage 3ply, so to get the correct size stated use modern 4ply, but try a tension square first and change needles or ply to get the correct size., for smaller new born size use modern 3ply. The dress is to fit 18 inch chest and is 22 inches long, but you can make it shorter or longer, if longer don’t forget to buy more yarn. The matinee jacket is for 20 inch chest.

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vintage baby knitting pattern for baby dress set 1940s

Bestway 1100:Very pretty vintage knitting pattern for baby dress set with bootees. To fit 19" chest when knitted in modern 4ply which is the same as the old vintage 3ply. If knitted in modern 3ply it will be smaller and fit a younger baby.

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vintage baby knitting pattern fro dress 1940s

Bestway 1103: Great vintage baby dress and knickers set knitting pattern from 1939. This is a lovely pattern and was reproduced during the 1940s in a smaller austerity format. So sweet as can be seen, I have made the one on right in white cashmere, stunning results. To fit babies 6-18 months, approx 19 and 20 inch chest. The one with the collar is knitted in foxglove stitch - so pretty. The plain little knickers will go with either dress. Knitted in vintage 3ply so work a tension square modern 3ply and 4ply to see which result you like the better, the 3ply will come a tad smaller.

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baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s

Bestway 1119: Great vintage baby dress and knickers knitting pattern from 1940s. This wartime pattern is to fit birth to 9 months, 9-18 months and 18-2years. Knitted in vintage 2ply so try modern 3ply in a tension square. Pretty 'bramble' or black berry stitch with stocking stitch knickers. Great for those retro weekends in the summer - and baby came too!

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bestway 1124 vintage baby knitting pattern 1930s

Bestway 1124: Great vintage baby knitting pattern for dress set 1930s. This little set is for birth to 9 months and will fit up to a 20 inch chest. The top of the dress is rib so will fit a smaller size neatly, this is so pretty and easy to knit, the dress is 16 inches long, but can be made shorter or longer (if longer remember to allow mere wool) there are also instructions for the rib vest and piltch (nappy cover- diaper cover). This style reflects the dresses of older sister and mother with the A line and flare at the bottom - so sweet!

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vintage layette knitting patterns

Bestway 1221: Great vintage layette knitting pattern 1930s. There is a complete layette here, vest, shawl, frock, matinee and and bootees in a simple pattern to fit chest 18 inches, in vintage 3ply, so try a tension square and if you would like it to fit new born try using modern 3ply, otherwise modern 4ply will give a better size as stated.

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baby dress knitting pattern 1930s

Bestway 1469: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from wartime 1940s. This little dress has appeared on Bestway patterns since the early 1930s and continued to throughout the 1940s. It is easy to knit and has blackberry stitch top and chevron lace design skirt, the sleeves are set in. The length is 14 inches and the chest up to 20 inches. The little ribbons set it off and of course would have been silk!

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vintage bestway knitting pattern 1940 dress and jacket

Bestway 1479: Great vintage knitting pattern for baby layette early 1940s. This lovely layette pattern has instructions for dress, coat, vest and bootees all knitted in vintage bay 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and see if you need to change needles or if you would like it to be a bit smaller use modern 3ply. To fit 18 inch chest.

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vintage baby dress knitting apttenf rom 1940s Bestway

Bestway 1500: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This wartime pattern is for little dress with collar to fit 6-12 months and is knitted in 3ply. Try modern 3ply and 4ply in tension square, but to get this size I think that the 4ply will work better. In modern 3ply it will be a bit smaller. Has embroidered flowers at waist. There is a picot edge worked in crochet round collar edge, sleeves and hem, but you can work a knitted picot edge if you don’t crochet.

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vintage baby knitting patten fro dress 1940s

Bestway 1618: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from the 1940s. This little wartime pattern has instructions for an easy to knit yoked dress for 1-2 years. This is such a lovely shape and worked in simple stitches. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. Worked in stocking stitch with fancy moss stitch bands and beautiful puff sleeves this gorgeously shaped dress is just the thing for those weekend re-enactment gatherings. To fit up to 24 inch chest and measures 15.5 inches long.

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vintage baby layette knitting patterns 1950s

BestwayB2267:Very Pretty matinee layette set baby vintage knitting pattern 1940s. This super pattern has a dress, jacket, vest knickers carry cape, bonnet bootees and shawl included in the instructions. Pictures below show the other items. I have knitted this set in modern 3ply and it fits a new born and is absolutely beautiful. If worked to correct tension in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply will fit 20 inch chest, for smaller size us modern 3ply.

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vintage baby dress and bonnet knitting pattern 1940s

Bestway A2406: Great vintage knitting pattern for a dress and cardigan set for toddler from 1940s. This lovely pattern has instructions for this easy to knit dress and simple, button at neck cardigan. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply. Knitted with moss stitch yoke and embroidered panel. The skirt is made of panels of moss and stocking stitch, forming box pleats. The jacket is embroidered round the border and buttons at the neck. Should fit up to a 23 inch chest. From 1-2 years. Dress measures 18 inches.

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vintage baby dress set with jacket and bonnet in simple garter stitch from 1940s

Bestway A2653: Great vintage baby dress, bonnet and jacket knitting pattern from 1940s. This late 1940s baby set is knitted in vintage 2ply, so try modern 3ply in a tension square. Knitted in simple garter stitch with panels of simple embroidery to set it off, sleeves and neck have easy crochet edging. It says on the front 'specially designed for the beginner at knitting or while watching television' as only well off people had televisions at that time it makes you wonder if there were many ready made baby clothes available just after the war! Both wool and clothing was rationed until late 1949.

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hand knitted baby clothes patterns

Bestway A2477: Great vintage baby knitting pattern 1940s. Instructions for delightful romper, dress and matinee set in 3ply for 6-12 months. Minor creases down centre and general wear. 19-21" chest

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baby dress knitting pattern 1920s BD Carole: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from around 1920. These little dresses are from a book left to my by my Great Grandmother over 50 years ago. I have knitted several of them over the years and they work out very nicely - ribbons help with some of the plainer ones. Length is sometimes given but not always chest measurement as the style give freedom of sizing. Mostly knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. This one is for 16 inch length and 22 inch chest. This is a pretty pattern and easy to knit, great for the toddler.

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baby dress knitting pattern 1920s

BD Connie + Daisy: Great vintage baby dresses knitting pattern from around 1920. These little dresses are from a book left to my by my Great Grandmother over 50 years ago. I have knitted several of them over the years and they work out very nicely - ribbons help with some of the plainer ones. Length is sometimes given but not chest measurement as the style give freedom of sizing. Mostly knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. This one is is easy to make longer or shorter and will probably fit 18-20 inch chest. Nice easy wide rib pattern. The one on the right is in the easy snowflake or paw print lace stitch.

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baby dress knitting pattern daisy 1920s
baby dress crochet pattern 1920s BD Dolly + Maisie: Great vintage baby dress CROCHET pattern from around 1920. These little dresses are from a book left to my by my Great Grandmother over 50 years ago. Length is sometimes given but not chest measurement as the style give freedom of sizing. Mostly worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. This one states 16 inches, and will probably fit 18-20 inch chest. Lovely design, makes me wish I could crochet. One on the right is to fit 18 inch chest

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baby dress crochet pattern from 1920s book
baby dress knitting pattern dotty 1920s

BD Dot +Kitty: Great vintage baby dress CROCHET pattern from around 1920. These little dresses are from a book left to my by my Great Grandmother over 50 years ago. Ribbons makes this very delicate and pretty. Length is stated at 16 inches but not chest measurement as the style give freedom of sizing. Mostly worked in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square a lustre type of yarn is good for this one, giving it a silky look. Will probably fit 18-20 inch chest. Nice easy design. The one on the right is is easy to make longer or shorter, but states 14 inches, and will probably fit 18-20 inch chest. Nice easy ridge pattern, plain but very typical of the decades around the Wars.

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babydress knititng pattern from 1920s Book
baby dress knitting pattern peggy 1920s book BD Peggy:  Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from around 1920. These little dresses are from a book left to my by my Great Grandmother over 50 years ago. I have knitted several of them over the years and they work out very nicely - ribbons help with some of the plainer ones. Length is sometimes given but not chest measurement as the style give freedom of sizing. Mostly knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. This one is is easy to make longer or shorter, but states 16 inches, and will probably fit 18-20 inch chest. Nice easy diamond border, which can be worked up to the waist ties if wanted. Very sweet with the little buttons at the shoulders. The one on the right is in a thicker wool that would probably similar to modern double knitting.

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baby dress knitting pattern rosie 1920s
vintage baby dress knitting pattern 1940s Charlotte 4: Matinee Set: Another great vintage baby knitting pattern from late 1940s. This pretty lacy set is to fit birth to 6 months. Dress is to fit 18 inch chest and jacket to fit 20 inch chest for ease of movement. For jackets or coats always measure of clothes. There are bootees to match. Worked in vintage 3ply, if knitted in modern 3ply the set will be a bit smaller if knitted in modern 4ply with a size smaller needles it should be the size stated.

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vintage matinee and dress set knitting pattern from late 1940s
baby dress set knitting pattern from 1940s Charlotte 14: Dress Set: Great vintage dress and jacket set knitting pattern for baby from late 1940s. This little set is simple with little bobbles worked next to the V design. There are instructions for a simple pair of button and strap shoes to match with bobble stitch decoration, bonnet, bootees also included. To fit 18 inch chest or up to 6 months. Dress measures 12 inches, but this could be lengthen if needed. This was similar to a shortening set from the previous decade and set the style for the next decade, 1950s, partially brought about by shortage of wool. Worked in vintage 3ply, if knitted in modern 3ply the set will be a bit smaller if knitted in modern 4ply with a size smaller needles it should be the size stated.

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vintage baby knitting pattern for dress 1940s Charlotte 47: Winter Dress: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This little dress should fit 20-21 inch chest or 12-24 months. Shown here with long sleeves all ready for chillier days. There is a small chart for the embroidery. Length 16 inches. Worked in vintage 3ply, if knitted in modern 3ply the set will be a bit smaller if knitted in modern 4ply with a size smaller needles it should be the size stated.

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Charlotte 49: Summer Dress: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from late 1940s. This lovely lacy dress is all set for that special occasion.  With pretty puff sleeves and full skirt. Could be made with longer skirt as a christening dress. To fit 20 inch chest of 12-24 inch chest. Shown as 16 inch length. Worked in vintage 3ply, if knitted in modern 3ply the set will be a bit smaller if knitted in modern 4ply may turn out bigger.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern 1940s

Copleys3034: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern 1940s. This pattern has 4 delightful little dresses to make to fit 1-9 months. Worked in vintage 2ply and 3ply so try modern 3ply and 4ply, so try a tension square and change needles if needed.  Chest sizes are 19, 20 and 21 inches.

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vintage 1930 knitting pattern for baby dress set Cynthia Dress Set: Great vintage dress and jacket knitting pattern for baby from 1930s. This set is knitted in a fine 4ply and is to fit 21 inch chest. There are instructions for dress with mock cable border and yoke with short sleeves and a jacket with two buttons at neck and bordered in the same mock cable pattern. Very smart and very retro. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s Dewhursts 6013: Great vintage baby knitting pattern from late 1940s. This one is for a dress and jacket pattern knitted in mercerised shiny cotton. Modern cotton can be used (no 5) 10gm balls Always work a tension square.

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layette for baby from 1940s Dot -2 Layette: Great 1940s layette knitting pattern for baby. There are instructions for a shawl measuring 44 square inches, a long dress and matinee jacket to fit 18-20 inch chest. A bonnet and bootees can easily be made to match. (click to see bootee and bonnets) Knitted in vintage 3ply, try modern 3ply or modern fine 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern 1940s Dot-24 Dress-2: Great 1940s dress knitting pattern. This easy to knit style has what was known as gauging or shirred stitch at bottom and yoke. To fit up to a 23 inch chest, can be made shorter or longer. Try modern 4ply for the is one. Always work a tension square.

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1940s baby dress knitting pattern Dot-28 Dress: Great 1940s dress knitting pattern. This pretty little dress is knitted in a modern 4ply.. To fit up to a 20 inch chest or 1 year old, can be made shorter or longer. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby dress set from late 1940s Don Maid 8: Great vintage baby knitting pattern for dress set and shawl from late 1940s. This lovely pattern is to fit17-18 inch chest knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern fine 4ply. There are instructions for dress, jacket, and shawl. The shawl is circular and measures 44 inches in diameter.

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vintage baby knitting pattern dres set 1940s

 

Dorette baby dress set-1: Great baby dress set vintage baby knitting pattern 1940s. This is a super little pattern with instructions for dress, jacket bonnet and bootees. To fit 18 inch chest in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply to get this size. I have knitted this one and it turns out simply beautiful, I worked it modern 3ply pure merino wool and it came out at 16 inch chest, just right for coming out of hospital in or a first visit to granny. Always work a tension square and change needles if needed.

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dorothy Dress knititng pattern from 1949 Dorothy Dress-1: Great little baby dress knitting pattern from 1949. This sweet little dress with smocked yoke and lacy skirt is to fit up to a 22 inch chest and is knitted in 3ply, or 1-2 years. Try modern 4ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. I have made this one in 3ply cashmere and it fitted a 20 inch chest beautifully.

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dorothy dress set knitting pattern from 1949 Dorothy Dress Set-2: Beautiful knitting pattern for baby dress and matinee jacket from 1949. This super design is so dainty and is knitted in 3ply, if you want to use modern 4ply use a size smaller needle. To fit 20 inch chest. This little set has crochet edging that is easily worked to create picot edging.

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DreamFlower Layette: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. This set has instructions for dress, coat, bonnet, bootees, mittens, helmet and little knickers or nappy (diaper) cover. To fit 3-9 months or 18-20 inch chest. Work in fine 4ply for size noted or in modern 3ply for smaller sizing.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern for baby dress 4 designs 1940s

Dunbar 65: Great vintage baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This super pattern has 4 different designs suitable for the first year, 2 have collars and 3 have short sleeves. All are knitted in vintage baby wool that would be similar to modern 4ply, always work a tension square. Dress 1, with collar on baby is 14 inch length and 22 inch chest, no2 the one with lace bands in an A line, is to fit 21 inch chest and is 14 inches long. No3 is the one with tie at waist  and neck to fit 21 inch chest and 14 inch length, and the last one with collar and embroidered flowers is to fit 21 inch chest and is 13 inch in length. All length is adjustable and if knitted in modern 3ply they will come up smaller.

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vintage baby layette knitting patter from 1940s FWH-402: Layette: Gorgeous 1940s knitting pattern fro baby layette. There are instructions for dress to fit 20 inch chest, jacket, bonnet, bootees, vest and knickers. Easy to knit and very pretty to wear, retro and cute. I have made the bonnet and bootees from this set several times. Always knit a tension square.

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vintate 1940s dress set knitting pattern

Garland -2 Dress Set: Great vintage baby dress set knitting pattern from 1940s. This pretty set has a coat with a collar and unusual yoke, bootees and bonnet as well as a dress. The length of the dress can be adjusted to suit modern fashion or lengthen as a christening dress. Worked in a 3ply baby wool, if you use a 4ply adjust size with a smaller needle - work a tension square. To fit up to a 20 inch chest.

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vintage baby dress set with shawl knitting pattern 1930s

Golden Eagle 40: Great vintage for matinee set from late 1940s. There are instructions for  dress, jacket and bonnet and scull cap for boy, also crossover vest, tie neck vest, piltch, bootees, binder and shawl all knitted in 'pearlsheen' yarn which knitted to a modern 4ply yarn - always work a tension square. To fit up to 22 inch chest.

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vintage dress set knitting pattern from 1940s Golden Eagle 622: Great vintage baby knitting pattern for dress sets from 1940s. This lovely pattern has instructions for two different dresses with matching knickers. To fit chest 20-21 inches and knitted in a wool that would be similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square, for smaller size us modern 3ply.

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vintage baby dress knitting pattern 1940s

Golden Eagle 633: Great vintage baby dress and jacket set knitting pattern 1940s. Instructions for a sweet little dress and jacket to fit 19 inch chest for the dress and up to a 24 inch chest the jacket. The patterns says Golden Eagle wools economise coupons and cash!  The instructions also warns that 2 coupons will be needed for the wool! Vintage 3ply is used so try  modern 4ply for sizes stated, but for smaller size use modern 3ply and a size smaller needles. Always work a tension square and change needles if needed.

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