Miss May Victorian Baby Chemise

Miss May

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.

FO:  Miss May Sneak Peek

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 | TrackBack

finally it's unveiled!
the adorableousness!
Those wacky Victorians certainly knew their 'heavily textured'.
Bravo to you for learning crochet for the edging, you're a model for us all.

Posted by: Carson at October 12, 2006 11:52 PM

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?

Posted by: Dorothy B at October 13, 2006 12:18 AM

Wow! How absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job and I'm sure your sister will cherish it in the years to come!

Posted by: Mary at October 13, 2006 12:41 AM

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!


Posted by: Maureen Haider at October 13, 2006 12:56 AM

How cute is that?!?! I want to make it! OMG.

Posted by: Angela at October 13, 2006 2:50 AM

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!

Posted by: Linster at October 13, 2006 4:41 AM

Wow!! That is just gorgeous and lovely colour too.

Posted by: Kate at October 13, 2006 5:29 AM

That is really sweet. I'd love to see modeled photos once you give it to the wee one.

Posted by: Kirsten at October 13, 2006 6:53 AM

that is too cute. i love kid stuff. it's so quick and painless.

Posted by: pearl at October 13, 2006 7:53 AM

It's absolutely adorable, your neice (?) is going to look super, fantastically cute in that.

Posted by: schrodinger at October 13, 2006 7:58 AM

what a sweet little thing. your sister/her child will so love it.

(i really enjoy your morroco trip photos, btw!!)

Posted by: blossom at October 13, 2006 8:04 AM

So incredibly cute, and so incredibly girly!

Posted by: meg at October 13, 2006 8:14 AM

So, so sweet! Can't tell a bit that this was your first crochet experience -- you must be a natural!

Posted by: Sarah at October 13, 2006 8:15 AM

Ooooh, it is absolutely lovely. I might have to try one out for one of the many babies due in my family this spring.

Posted by: MeBeth at October 13, 2006 8:43 AM

Beautiful! The stitch patterns are gorgeous!

Posted by: Emily at October 13, 2006 8:49 AM

Now that is a beautiful bit of knitting there. Absolutely lovely -- perfect combination of yarn and pattern.

Posted by: Liz K. at October 13, 2006 8:58 AM

it's absolutely the perfect little top for a little girl. just the right amount of preciousness and daintiness. a stunner!

Posted by: carrie m at October 13, 2006 9:07 AM

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.

Posted by: Kate A. at October 13, 2006 9:22 AM

Absolutely adorable. LOVE that ribbon you chose for the neckline.

Posted by: lisa at October 13, 2006 9:25 AM

Just beautiful!

Posted by: Cara at October 13, 2006 9:28 AM

This may well be the MOST precious and sweet baby knit I have ever seen.

Posted by: Gina at October 13, 2006 9:32 AM

Oh goodness, that's so cute! If I'm having a girl, I'm making that! Stunning baby knit, nice job, jess!

Posted by: Aimee at October 13, 2006 9:33 AM

aw jess.. it looks just great! that's gonna be one cute baby! i love the ribbon choice, too.

Posted by: gleek at October 13, 2006 9:36 AM

that is gorgeous! i love it!

Posted by: jess at October 13, 2006 9:39 AM

absolutely gorgeous!

Posted by: allegra at October 13, 2006 9:46 AM

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...

Posted by: jennie at October 13, 2006 9:48 AM

That is breathtakingly beautiful!

Posted by: Erica B. at October 13, 2006 9:56 AM

This is simply too cute to be true!!!

Posted by: julia at October 13, 2006 10:16 AM

Holy frilliness Batman! Now, that's definitely a show-off sweater for a little baby :) Wow.

Posted by: Veronique at October 13, 2006 10:23 AM

Absolute perfection! I want one for myself!

Posted by: jessie at October 13, 2006 10:32 AM

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.

Posted by: JulieFrick at October 13, 2006 10:36 AM

So cute! You picked out the cutest color/ribbon combo!

Posted by: laura b at October 13, 2006 10:51 AM

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Posted by: pd at October 13, 2006 10:53 AM

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.

Posted by: amisha at October 13, 2006 11:03 AM

Jess, this is simply marvelous!

Posted by: Skylar at October 13, 2006 11:20 AM

Gorgeous! I love the thought of knitting a pattern that someone created so long ago.

Posted by: Vicki at October 13, 2006 11:49 AM

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.

Posted by: Dina at October 13, 2006 12:44 PM

OMG - that is the cutest baby sweater I've ever seen. I love the texture with the ribbon accent. Absolutely perfect.

Posted by: Stephanie at October 13, 2006 12:54 PM

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!

Posted by: Jessica at October 13, 2006 1:07 PM

Too cute! And very cool that the original pattern was from 1890.

Posted by: Meredith at October 13, 2006 1:11 PM

Makes me want to have a baby girl.


Posted by: Sue F at October 13, 2006 1:33 PM

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!

Posted by: Karen B. at October 13, 2006 1:42 PM

Holy cow, that's so cute you need a "SQUEEEeeeeeEEE!!!" warning. Just adorable.

Posted by: spaazlicious at October 13, 2006 3:00 PM

I am going to die of cuteness. Seriously, you are killing me. I want one in my size.

Posted by: nicole at October 13, 2006 3:59 PM

That is beautiful!

Posted by: maritza at October 13, 2006 4:37 PM

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!

Posted by: Sarah at October 13, 2006 9:39 PM

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!

Posted by: Nubiancraftster at October 14, 2006 10:06 AM

Marvelous! It is so...cute and precisely crafted.

Posted by: chica at October 14, 2006 11:36 AM

oh so cute! i want to make one for my little girl so bad. you did a beautiful job.

Posted by: jazz at October 14, 2006 12:00 PM

Qute, sooo qute!

Posted by: Elena at October 14, 2006 3:05 PM

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 ?

Posted by: sylvie at October 15, 2006 9:15 AM

So great to finally see it's adorable! I love the color and the ribbon, just looks so delicate.

Posted by: Whitney at October 15, 2006 12:33 PM

I love that sweater!

Posted by: Kristin at October 17, 2006 7:50 PM

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!

Posted by: melissa at October 18, 2006 11:06 AM

This is absolutely precious!

Posted by: Nonnahs at October 18, 2006 4:23 PM

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.

Posted by: Kristen at October 18, 2006 7:48 PM

This is one of the most beautiful baby garments I've seen. I absolutely adore it.

Posted by: kirsty at October 20, 2006 2:03 PM

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 :)

Posted by: jennsquared at November 13, 2006 11:10 AM

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!

Posted by: Melanie at September 11, 2007 10:23 AM

Beautiful, just gorgeous!

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