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Knitting for little men

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BABY-SWOON!!!! This is Cóilín, Ailbhe and Christian’s little man. I knit the Pembroke vest from Petite Purls for his first birthday (March 2011), and here he is wearing it. I knit the 2T, but I guess the cables contract to fit, so it doesn’t look like he’s swimming in it. (Or he might just be a baby-Hulk.)


I also knit one for Lindsay and Trev’s adorable little man, Eamonn, born in July 2010. I love how Lindsay found a shirt to match!

I recently knit a third Pembroke for my nephew for Christmas:


Look! He’s wearing his Petty Magic t-shirt!

quinn the troublemaker

I was working on Cóilín’s vest back in February, during my sojourn in Edinburgh. One night I stumbled upon this little pattern booklet for 50p in a charity shop at the foot of Victoria Street:


That little boy on the bottom left is so dapper!

Of course I snapped it up. Not only am I a total sucker for vintage patterns, but these are some of the cutest children’s sweaters I’ve seen.


That bit about the “Red Indian design” kinda makes me cringe. Oh, before there was such a thing as “PC”…


“Please Clown, DON’T!”

I’m always hazy on when it’s okay to scan and distribute vintage patterns, and when it’s not; a quick Ravelry forum search reminded me that one is not supposed to share vintage patterns unless they’re over 75 years old. (I’m pretty sure this booklet is from the ’50s.) Fortunately, it’s not as rare as I thought at first–Google turned up a bunch of hits (~$1.50) on eBay and vintage pattern sites. (Just search for “Patons” and “jackets for small boys”.)


This pattern is my favorite of the three—love the textures!

3 Comments to Knitting for little men

  1. Kathleen's Gravatar Kathleen
    January 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Those sweaters and children could not possibly be cuter. That clown puppet, however, is HORRIFYING!

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    January 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    There is too much cuteness for words in this post. I don’t like the kid with the chubby face–he screams spoiled rotten.

  3. January 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    SIZE-IST! I bet the dapper kid was the devious one. I could see him stealing his sister’s Easter candy, lying about it and totally getting away with it.

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