Miss May Victorian Baby Chemise
Pattern: Miss May, adapted from Weldon's Practical Needlecraft, Vol. 4
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, light pink, 2 balls
Needles: US 2
Started: September 10(?)
Completed: September 17(?)
Notes: This pattern was adapted by Sarah of Blue Garter. The original pattern, “Vest for a Child of Three," appeared in an edition of Weldon's Practical Needlecraft in 1890! That's Victorian, people! The front and back pieces are knitted sideways and what appears to be sleeve and neck shaping is achieved via a triple crochet edge.
This was my first real experience with crochet. In this sense it shares much with Forecast - it's a sweater with an extremely simple shape where textured stitch patterns provide the illusion of a much more complicated construction. (speaking of Forecast, I've finally picked her up again whilst waiting for the yarn to arrive for my first Zimmermania project)
I think the finished product is darling - I take no credit of course. If there's anything those Victorians knew how to do it's "frilly." And what's more, Baby Cashmerino is machine washable (though not dryable of course), which my sister will appreciate. If you'd like to look at more of Miss May's details, check out the large version of the photo above.
EDIT: the original pattern (and many more volumes of Weldon's books) is available at Interweave Press.
Posted by jess at October 12, 2006 6:56 PM
finally it's unveiled!
Those wacky Victorians certainly knew their 'heavily textured'.
Bravo to you for learning crochet for the edging, you're a model for us all.
That is gorgeous! You did a great job on the crochet.
I want to make one for Girly now. Is there a pattern available to those of us who have no hope of attaining the original?
Wow! How absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job and I'm sure your sister will cherish it in the years to come!
After spending weeks trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with the Debbie Bliss ribboned cardigan for baby pattern in her book (FULL of errors), I am giving up. I have three balls of Baby Cashmerino in pink and I MUST HAVE THIS PATTERN and can't find it anywhere. Can you help?
To-be-adopted baby girl is due in our home by Christmas - she must have this little jewel!
How cute is that?!?! I want to make it! OMG.
Adorable is the only word (I know) for it. You must tell us where to get the pattern! What size is it? Newborn or able to sit up kind of straight? Beautiful work!
Wow!! That is just gorgeous and lovely colour too.
That is really sweet. I'd love to see modeled photos once you give it to the wee one.
that is too cute. i love kid stuff. it's so quick and painless.
It's absolutely adorable, your neice (?) is going to look super, fantastically cute in that.
what a sweet little thing. your sister/her child will so love it.
(i really enjoy your morroco trip photos, btw!!)
So incredibly cute, and so incredibly girly!
So, so sweet! Can't tell a bit that this was your first crochet experience -- you must be a natural!
Ooooh, it is absolutely lovely. I might have to try one out for one of the many babies due in my family this spring.
Beautiful! The stitch patterns are gorgeous!
Now that is a beautiful bit of knitting there. Absolutely lovely -- perfect combination of yarn and pattern.
it's absolutely the perfect little top for a little girl. just the right amount of preciousness and daintiness. a stunner!
That's so beautiful...hell, I want it for myself! I like especially how the very frilly texture is matched with a very square shape. I think it would be interesting on a grown-up person with, say, jeans or a very plain white cotton skirt.
Absolutely adorable. LOVE that ribbon you chose for the neckline.
This may well be the MOST precious and sweet baby knit I have ever seen.
Oh goodness, that's so cute! If I'm having a girl, I'm making that! Stunning baby knit, nice job, jess!
aw jess.. it looks just great! that's gonna be one cute baby! i love the ribbon choice, too.
that is gorgeous! i love it!
Wow... it's beautiful (and yes, the Victorians knew how to do it right with baby clothes... why else do you think they dressed boys in frilly, lacy skirts until they were three?)
now if they only made it for grownups...
That is breathtakingly beautiful!
This is simply too cute to be true!!!
Holy frilliness Batman! Now, that's definitely a show-off sweater for a little baby :) Wow.
Absolute perfection! I want one for myself!
Just beautiful. I'm in the homestretch of sleeve #2 on Forecast and chugging away. Of course, I will completely stall at buttons. I can't get over how silly it looks when it's not on a human figure.
So cute! You picked out the cutest color/ribbon combo!
That is the cutest thing I have ever seen.
wow... that is exquisite! and the ribbon is perfect for it. i love the combination of the intense texture and simple shape; it's such a nice balance.
Jess, this is simply marvelous!
Gorgeous! I love the thought of knitting a pattern that someone created so long ago.
Yes all, I completely agree, my daughter will look absolutely amazing in this come spring which will be about the perfect size then (unless I'm giving birth to a Sumo Wrestler which I doubt considering her sister is tiny like her Auntie Jess). It is incredible (as are all the projects my sister completes but I'm a bit biased). I will certainly have her post pics of the baby dressed in it come spring time, promise! Thanks again Jess.
OMG - that is the cutest baby sweater I've ever seen. I love the texture with the ribbon accent. Absolutely perfect.
Absolutely gorgeous. And I can see from the comment above that your sis likes it too. :) I love this little sweater so much--you did such a beautiful job!
Too cute! And very cool that the original pattern was from 1890.
Makes me want to have a baby girl.
Good golly! I'm using the same yarn in the same color to make a Bliss baby vest with ribbon trim.
Kudos on yours. Well done!
Holy cow, that's so cute you need a "SQUEEEeeeeeEEE!!!" warning. Just adorable.
I am going to die of cuteness. Seriously, you are killing me. I want one in my size.
Well, obviously I have to give this a w00t! ;) I may be able to surreptitiously enable some pattern hunters if they email me. (hint hint) Beautiful job, Jess - your niece will be an edible little bonbon in it!
Wow that is gorgeous!! It will be one lucky baby to get that. When I first looked at it I thought it was for an adult and thought "I have to knit that!". Goes to show great design transcends age.
Wonderful work! And I too liked your Morocco pictures. Can't wait to go!
Marvelous! It is so...cute and precisely crafted.
oh so cute! i want to make one for my little girl so bad. you did a beautiful job.
Wow, wow and re-wow ! so beautiful, and cute color and all !! I'd nearly brak the bank to buy the book right away.. Are the other patterns in there half as good ?
So great to finally see it unveiled...it's adorable! I love the color and the ribbon, too...it just looks so delicate.
what a little gem and so so pretty! and what a great resource. i am so addicted to anything victorian, i'll have to snatch that book up asap!
This is absolutely precious!
Good heavens! That is so lovely! I am not a big fan of the color pink, but you've used it to great effect here. What a beautiful little garment. That's an heirloom piece right from the start.
This is one of the most beautiful baby garments I've seen. I absolutely adore it.
Wow... That is gorgeous... Is there any way I can get a hold of this pattern?
I just started reading your blog - one of my friends introduce you to all her other friends... you know how that works :)
You're projects are absolutely beautiful! I stumbled upon your site in my google search for an easy to make yoga mat bag, and I haven't been able to stop scrolling through all your projects. You're very talented and I enjoy your website!
Beautiful, just gorgeous!
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