Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Alice Matinee jacket, dress, bonnet and booties




I found a vintage pattern (circa 1960) in my sister’s stash for a baby’s matinee jacket.   i hadn't seen the pattern before and my sister couldn't remember where it came from.  To add to the mystery, on the back of the pattern the name Alice was handwritten in large letters -  hence the name Alice Matinee jacket

It’s a lovely design but as I haven’t got any babies to knit for, decided to alter the pattern for Baby Annabell Doll and include a dress, bonnet and booties.  The pattern would also fit a premature baby.

As its an old fashioned pattern, the jacket is knit in separate pieces from hem up then joined to complete the yoke.  The dress is knit in 2 pieces and joined for the yoke. The skirt is in a simple 4 row pattern, the yoke in stocking stitch.   There are only 2 seams to sew from the sleeve cuff to the hem.

If you find any mistakes or have problems with this pattern please let me know either by commenting below or using the contact form.


To fit:  14”/36cm Baby Annabell doll

Actual measurements:
Dress:    Chest 12”, sleeve seam 3”, length from shoulder to hem 7”
Matinee Jacket:   Chest 12”, sleeve seam 3”, length from shoulder to hem 6.5”
You will need: 
Dress:    100g dk yarn, 4mm and 3.25 needles, 1 small button
Matinee Jacket:   100g dk yarn, (I used Stylecraft special sherbet) 4mm needles, 3 small buttons
Bonnet and booties: 25g each dk yarn, 3.25mm and 4mm needles, 3.50mm and 4.5mm crochet hooks for cords
Tension (Gauge):  24sts x 28 rows using 4mm needles in stocking stitch over 10"/4cm
Abbreviations    
k: knit, p: purl, st(s):  stitch(es), rep: repeat, dec: decrease, tog: together, sl: slip     
slp: slip one purlwise, gs: every row knit, yf: yarn forward, psso: pass slipped stitch over
m1: pick up loop between sts and work into the back of it
ssk: slip next 2 sts onto right hand needle, insert left hand needle into the front loops of both stitches then knit them together (or use s1,k1,psso)
inc: increase by knit into first loop then knit into back loop of same stitch


Dress

 

Sleeves


Using 4mm needles, cast on 26sts and k 3 rows
K4, (inc in next st, k5) 3 times, inc in next st, k3    30sts
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k1 (p3, k2) 5 times, p3, k1
Row 3:    k1 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 5 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k1
Row 4:    k1 (p3, k2) 5 times, p3, k1
These 4 rows form the pattern, rep 4 times.  (20 rows of pattern in total)
Fasten off yarn and leave 30sts on holder

Front

Using 4mm needles, cast on 50sts and k 6 rows
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k1 (p3, k2) 9 times, p3, k1
Row 3:    k1 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 9 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k1
Row 4:    k1 (p3, k2) 9 times, p3, k1
These 4 rows form the pattern, rep 7 times.  (32 rows of pattern in total)
Fasten off yarn and leave 50sts on holder

Back

As front but do not fasten off yarn

Yoke

With right side facing knit across 50st from back, continue across 30sts from first sleeve, 50sts across front, 30sts across second sleeve   (160sts)
Row 1:    wrong side facing, k1 (p3, k2) 31 times, p3, k1
Row 3:    k1 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 31 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k1
Row 4:    k1 (p3, k2) 31 times, p3, k1
Decrease row:  k3, (k2tog) 22 times, k10, (k2tog) 8 times, k10, (k2tog) 22 times, k10, (k2tog) 8 times, k7    (100sts)
Knit 3 rows gs
Begin shaping, right side facing

Row 1:    k1, k2tog, k20, (skk, k2tog, k21) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k19, skk, k2     (92sts)
Row 2:    k2, purl to end
Row 3:    k1, k2tog, k18, (skk, k2tog, k19) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k17, skk, k2 (84sts)
Row 4:    k2, purl to end
Row 5:    k1, k2tog, k16, (skk, k2tog, k17) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k15, skk, k2     (76sts)
Row 6:    k2, purl to end
Row 7:    cast on 2sts, (for under flap of back opening) k3, k2tog, k14, (skk, k2tog, k15) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k13, skk, k2     (70sts)
Row 8:    k2, purl to last st, k1
Row 9:    k3, k2tog, k12, (skk, k2tog, k13) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k11, skk, k2     (62sts)
Row 10: k2, purl to last st, k1
Row 11:  k3, k2tog, k10, (skk, k2tog, k11) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k9, skk, k2  (54sts)
Change to 3.25 needles
Row 12:  knit
Row 13:  buttonhole row: knit to last 2sts, yf, k2tog
Row 14:  knit
Cast off and fasten off yarn

To finish
Sew sleeve and side seams.  Sew yoke seam to beginning of opening, stitch back flap to underside, sew on button to match buttonhole
Fasten off all ends

Matinee Jacket


Sleeves – as dress
Back – as dress BUT only 28 rows of pattern

Left front

Using 4mm needles, cast on 28sts and knit 6 rows garter stitch
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k2 (k2, p3) 5 times, p3, k1
Row 3:    k1 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 5 times, k2
Row 4:    k2 (k2, p3) 5 times, p3, k1
These 4 rows form the pattern, rep 6 times.  (28 rows of pattern in total)
Fasten off yarn and leave 28sts on holder

Right front

Using 4mm needles, cast on 28sts and k 6 rows garter stitch
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k1 (p3, k2) 5 times, k2
Row 3:    k4 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 4 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k1
Row 4:    k1 (p3, k2) 5 times, k2
These 4 rows form the pattern, rep 6 times.  (28 rows of pattern in total)
Do not fasten off yarn and continue for yoke

 Yoke

With right side facing knit across 28sts from right front, continue across 30sts from first sleeve, 50sts across back, 30sts across second sleeve and 28sts from left front (166sts)
Row 1:    k4, (p3, k2) 31 times, p3, k4
Row 2:    k4 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 31 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k4
Row 3:    k4, (p3, k2) 31 times, p3, k4

Decrease and buttonhole row: k1, k2tog, yf, k1, (k2tog) 12 times, k9, (k2tog) 6 times, k12 (k2tog) 22 times, k12, (k2tog) 6 times, k9, (k2tog) 12 times, k4    (108sts)
Knit 3 rows gs

Begin shaping, right side facing
Row 1:    k13, (skk, k2tog, k22) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k13      (100sts)
Row 2:    k4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 3:    k12, (skk, k2tog, k20) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k12      (92sts)
Row 4:    k4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 5:    buttonhole row:  k1, k2tog, yf,k1, k7, (skk, k2tog, k18) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k11  (84sts)
Row 6:    k4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7:    k10, (skk, k2tog, k16) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k10      (76sts)
Row 8:    k4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9:    k9, (skk, k2tog, k16) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k9          (68sts)
Row 10:  k4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11:  k8, (skk, k2tog, k14) 3 times, skk, k2tog, k8          (60sts)
Row 12:  knit
Row 13:  buttonhole row:  k1, k2tog, yf,k1, k5 (k2tog, k12) 3 times, k2tog, k9   (56sts)
Row 14:  knit
Cast off and fasten off yarn

To finish
Sew sleeve and side seams.  Sew on 3 buttons to match buttonholes
Finish off all ends

Bonnet

Using 4mm needles, cast on 52sts and knit 6 rows
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k2, (p3, k2) 9 times, p3, k2
Row 3:    k2, (yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 9 times, yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2
Row 4:    k2, (p3, k2) 9 times, p3, k2
These 4 rows form the pattern, rep 4 times.  (20 rows of pattern in total)

Knit 3 rows garter stitch
Shaping
Row 1:    K8, (skk, k2tog, k12) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k8   46sts
Row 2:    purl
Row 3:    K7, (skk, k2tog, k10) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k7                40sts
Row 4:    purl
Row 5:    K6, (skk, k2tog, k8) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k6                  34sts
Row 6:    purl
Row 7:    K5, (skk, k2tog, k6) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k5                  28sts
Row 8:    purl
Row 9:    k4, (skk, k2tog, k4) 3 times                                         22sts
Row 10:  purl
Row 11:  K3, (skk, k2tog, k2) 2 times, skk, k2tog, k3                  16sts  
Row 2:    purl
Row 3:    K2, (skk, k2tog) 3 times, k2                                         10sts
Thread yarn through 10sts and pull firmly.

To finish
Sew centre back seam
Cord: using no 4.5mm crochet hook and double yarn, ch30.  Sew onto sides of bonnet
Sew in all ends

Booties


Using no 3.25 needles cast on 17sts
Row 1:    knit
Row 2:    k1, m1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k7, m1 k1   (21sts)
Row 3:    knit
Row 4:    k1, m1, k8, m1, k3, m1, k8, m1 k1   (25sts)
Row 5:    knit
Row 6:    k1, m1, k9, m1, k5, m1, k9, m1 k1   (29sts)
Row 7:    knit
Row 8:    k1, m1, k10, m1, k7, m1, k10, m1 k1   (33sts)
Change to no 4mm needles
Knit 4 rows garter stitch

Shape top
Row 1:    k20, k1, s1, psso turn  
Row 2:    s1p, p7, p2tog, turn
Row 3:    s1, k7, k2tog, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3
Row 6:    s1p, p7, k2tog, turn
Row 7     s1, k to end of row across all sts      (27sts)
Knit 3 rows gs
Eyelet row:    k2 (yf, k2tog) 12 times, k1
Next row:       knit
Increase row:   k3, (inc in next st, k2) 8 times    (35sts)
Begin pattern wrong side facing
Row 1:    k1 (p3, k2) 6 times, p3, k1
Row 2:    k1 (yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2) 6 times, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k1
Row 3:    k1 (p3, k2) 6 times, p3, k1
Row 4:    knit
Repeat rows 1 to 3
Cast off
Cord
Using 3.50 crochet hook make 60 chain. Fasten off

To finish   Join foot and back seam. Thread cord through eyelets

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