Knitting Baby clothes

It was common in 1950s to knit clothes for a baby including booties, dresses, jumpers and shawls. It is not done so much today as there are lots of fabulous clothes to buy for a baby that are easier to wash, have lots of bright colours and cute pictures on them. These old knitting books together with a few balls of white Patons knitting wool from many years ago are a reminder of the knitted clothes worn by babies in 1950s.

The balls of knitting wool still had the label on them and a piece of paper tucked under the label with information about the shade of the wool plus instructions on washing and drying the garment when knitted. This knitting wool was Patons Baby Wool with Nylon Made by Paton and Baldwins (Australia) Ltd. It was Shrink Resist, Patonised Finished, Mothproofed and 80% wool 20% nylon with a picture of a baby on the label. White was a very safe colour to knit baby clothes as it could be for a boy or girl.



balls of wool


The knitting books have patterns for jackets, dresses, booties and bonnets which were all items you would knit for a baby. If you had lots of time you could knit a LAYETTE for a baby which often included a Jacket, dress, bonnet, booties and a shawl to wrap baby in. A pair of knitted booties was a popular gift to make for someone expecting a baby.


I received two lovely handmade bassinet rugs from a couple of Aunties when I was expecting my first child which I treasured and used when the girls were babies. I kept these rugs as they wonderful reminders of two lovely ladies who have since passed away.

Share your memories of wearing knitted clothes as a child or learning to knit when you were growing up.

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