Knitted Baby clothes in 1950s

The excitement of a new baby in the 1950s included family members who loved knitting making something for the new baby. I found a Paragon Baby Knitting book for babies 6 month to 2 years from I think the 1950s to share on this page. It was interesting to see variety of patterns and clothes you could make for baby.

A Baby Pram set or Layette included a number of items often including booties, mittens, bonnet, jacket, pants or a dress. This set was for those occasions when you took baby out and wanted to dress them in a special outfit. The other pattern is for a matching Duckie cardigan and romper suit which is an all in one piece with buttons between the legs to make changing nappies easy.

The patterns below are for a knitted Sun Suit, a very cute pair of Bunny Slippers and Boy’s first suit for the Little Man 6 to 12 months.

The last ones are another Romper and Cardigan set and to keep baby snug and warm on those colder days an Eskimo Suit. This set includes a bonnet and a one piece suit with a zip down the front.

What great memories of what was worn by babies in the 1950s and so different to the baby clothes today which are much easier to wash. I remember knitting some baby clothes for my children in the 1980s and receiving two beautiful crocheted baby rugs made by a couple of old aunts.

Does anyone remember seeing any baby photos of them wearing something knitted? Post a comment with your memories.


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