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Baby Layettes usually consist of all baby will need at the beginning of life, Dress, Jacket or Cardigan, Bootees, bonnet, Vest, piltch, bootees. Some of the really old ones had a pram set and petticoat included. Some times include a shawl - look at dress sets and shawl patterns as well as all the other lovely baby patterns on this site, it is often easy to put a matching pattern at the edge of shawl or other items that are not included.
wartime baby knitting pattern layette

Bairnswear 68. Vintage knitting pattern for baby. At last! Here is a gorgeous layette from the 1930's and this pattern is for sale, not just a photocopy (although you can have lovely photocopy for £2.99!) This pattern has a stunning shawl, easy pattern, cute little retro bonnet and dress with underwear and bootees to match including a sweet little hug-me-tight, all knitted in vintage 3ply pure wool or try modern 4ply (work tension square). The shawl takes 13 oz or 7 x 50gm balls modern 4ply, the dress and bonnet 2x 50gm balls of modern 4ply (makes them a little smaller, therefore more suitable for newborns - have ago is easier than it looks!

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern
Bairnswear 148: Vintage knitting pattern for baby layette from 1930s. Knitted in vintage 2ply (modern 3ply) 16" dress, 18" matinee jacket, pilch and vest would look nice as jumper and pants set to fit new born or prem baby with 14" chest. Bootees, shoes and shawl 66 square inches. Delightful tiny new born set - try Patons pure new wool in 3ply pure white.

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Bairnswear 193:  Vintage baby  knitting pattern for a lovely 1930's simple to knit layette, in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply in a tension square. There are instructions for a shawl in moss stitch and stocking stitch, a dress, petticoat, pilch (nappy cover), vest, matinee coat all easy to knit and very retro.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1930s
Bairnswear 1220: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1930s. This super set has instructions for Shawl, Dress and matinee both with border design same as the shawl, bootees, a wrap over vest and piltch (knickers). Nice easy design, the shawl is knitted in vintage 2ply, so for the same size use modern 3ply, the vest and knickers are also in modern 3ply. The dress, jacket and bootees are in modern 4ply. Use modern 3ply for a smaller size. To fit 19 inch chest.

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Bairnswear 1265: Another stunning vintage baby layette knitting pattern from Bairnswear, this is for a fabulous dress and cross-over hug-me-tight, little slippers and bonnet and a stunning circular shawl all knitted in vintage 3ply to fit up to 19" chest or in the case of the hug-me-tight will adjust to fit up to 1 year old with the ribbon ties, or the smallest new born. Try modern 3ply ans size smaller needles for new born size. 1940's

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern
Bairnswear 1327  Vintage knitting pattern for baby Layette, another fabulous outfit from this famous publisher for new born up to 3 months.  Knitted in vintage 3ply (modern 4ply) comprising of shawl 48" square, matinee coat 18" chest, dress 18" chest, bootees, vest and pilch. Simple pattern, very retro - pattern from 1930's.

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern
Bairnswear 1346.  Vintage knitting pattern for baby layette, consisting of dress, matinee jacket, bonnet, shawl, vest and pilch (pants).  Knitted in vintage 2ply - try 3ply for modern equivalent  or 4ply to bring up to larger size. Chest 18" and 20" long. Work extra patterns to lengthen. 1940's pattern.

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vintage baby clothes knitting pattern
Bairnswear 1416  Vintage baby knitting pattern for Infants layette. Gorgeous layette from the 1930's.  Shawl in two sizes, head shawl or carrying shawl in vintage 2ply (modern 3ply) Dress chest 19", hug-me-tight 18-20", ribbon tied vest 18" chest and pants

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1930s
Bairnswear 1445: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1930s. This easy to knit set has Blackberry stitch panels. The shawl measures 28 or 45 inch square and the dress is 19 inch chest. Knitted in vintage 3ply that is similar to modern 4ply, but if you want a smaller, new born size use modern 3ply. You can make the dress shorter or longer to suit. There are instructions for a matinee, coat, bootees and a hug-me-tight (see below for picture) Always work a tension square.

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Hug-Me-Tight and Bootees from Bairnswear 1445
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Bairnswear 1460:Vintage CROCHET pattern for babies layette, with simple, but effective lattice pattern. There is a shawl, dress, jacket, shoes and bonnet, all worked in vintage 3ply for chest 19"

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vinage baby dress set knitting pattern from 1930s
Bestway 1059: Lovely vintage baby dress set knitting pattern from 1930s. This little set could easily be used as part of a layette, this design can be found on several shawl patterns in the shawl section. There are instructions for dress, jacket, bonnet, bootees and mitts. Knit in modern 3ply to suit new born-3 months. Jacket chest is 17 inches, dress is 22 inch chest.

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vintage layette knitting patterns
Bestway 1221: Great vintage layette knitting pattern 1930s. There is a complete layette here, vest, shawl, frock, matinee and and bootees in a simple pattern to fit chest 18 inches, in vintage 3ply, so try a tension square and if you would like it to fit new born try using modern 3ply, otherwise modern 4ply will give a better size as stated.

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vintage bestway knitting pattern 1940 dress and jacket
Bestway 1479: Great vintage knitting pattern for baby layette early 1940s. This lovely layette pattern has instructions for dress, coat, vest and bootees all knitted in vintage bay 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square and see if you need to change needles or if you would like it to be a bit smaller use modern 3ply. To fit 18 inch chest

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vintage baby layette knitting patterns 1950s
BestwayB2267:Very Pretty matinee layette set baby vintage knitting pattern 1940s. This super pattern has a dress, jacket, vest knickers carry cape, bonnet bootees and shawl included in the instructions. Pictures below show the other items. I have knitted this set in modern 3ply and it fits a new born and is absolutely beautiful. If worked to correct tension in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply will fit 20 inch chest, for smaller size us modern 3ply. My favourite layette

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vintage bestway 1950s knitting patterns
BestwayB2267-Bonnet:Very Pretty matinee layette set baby vintage knitting pattern 1940s. This super pattern has a dress, jacket, vest knickers carry cape, bonnet bootees and shawl included in the instructions. Pictures below and above show the other items. I have knitted this set in modern 3ply and it fits a new born and is absolutely beautiful. If worked to correct tension in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply will fit 20 inch chest, for smaller size us modern 3ply.

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vintage baby cape knitting patterns 1950s
BestwayB2267-Shawl:Very Pretty matinee layette set baby vintage knitting pattern 1940s. This super pattern has a dress, jacket, vest knickers carry cape, bonnet bootees and shawl included in the instructions. Pictures below and above show the other items. I have knitted this set in modern 3ply and it fits a new born and is absolutely beautiful. If worked to correct tension in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply will fit 20 inch chest, for smaller size us modern 3ply.

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vintage baby cape knitting pattern vintage baby knitting pattern 1950s
BestwayB2267-Cape:Very Pretty matinee layette set baby vintage knitting pattern 1940s. This super pattern has a dress, jacket, vest knickers carry cape, bonnet bootees and shawl included in the instructions. Pictures above show the other items. I have knitted this set in modern 3ply and it fits a new born and is absolutely beautiful. If worked to correct tension in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply will fit 20 inch chest, for smaller size us modern 3ply.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s
Bestway A2527: Great baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. This super layette has instructions for shawl, dress, jacket, vest, bootees and mittens - easy to make a bonnet from another pattern and work in the feather and fan pattern on the brim. This one is worked on slightly larger needles to give a looser, lighter fabric. Dress to fit 18-20 inches, work in a modern 3ply on smaller needles to get a smaller size. Always work a tension square. Shawl is 44 inches square.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1940s
Bestway A2568: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. There are instructions for dress, jacket, bonnet, bootees, mittens and a shawl. Try a modern 4ply for size stated or modern 3ply for a smaller size. Shawl measures 46 inches square. Dress is 18 inch chest. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s
Copleys 3004: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from late 1940s. How retro is this? Pretty dress, jacket, bonnet, bootees and underwear to fit baby 18 inch chest. Knitted in vintage 3ply that was similar to modern 4ply. Always work a tension square, but for a smaller set work in modern 3ply. The dress is rather long, but can be made shorter or as a christening gown a bit longer. The matinee coat has a collar and the bonnet is rather stunning with wide turn back. Easy lacy pattern and a pin spot pattern

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s
Hayfield 510: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. There are instructions for dress with buttons down the front, matinees coat, bootees, bonnet, mittens. Also included are body belt, vest, piltch and slippers and leggings. Knitted in vintage 3ply that should be similar to modern 3ply. No size given.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern
Lavenda 797:  Great vintage layette for baby 1940s knitting pattern. There are instructions for dress, jacket, bootees, bonnet, mittens, shawl all worked in vintage 3pl;y, so try modern 4ply for size stated - 1-18 months, shawl is 44 inches square. No chest measurement given, but probably 18-20 inches.

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vintage layette knitting pattern
Lavenda Layette: Stunning layette for baby with 19" chest approx 3 months old. The shawl measures 47" square. The layette consists of dress, matinee coat, vest, knickers, bonnet,  helmet, bootees, mittens, and of course the shawl.

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vintage baby layette from 1940s
Layette Little Angel: Great vintage 1940s set for baby knitting pattern. There are instructions for coat and bonnet and bootees and vest and knickers - a dress can be made with the same pattern on the skirt from any other pattern that will fit in similar wool. The coat is a bit longer than modern matinee as is it was intended to be worn when carrying baby and would be worn over several layers of clothing. To fit 22 inch chest and knitted in vintage 3ply, try modern 3ply for this one.

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Vest and Knickers in Layette Little Angel Pattern
vintage 1940s layette knitting pattern
Layette Little Cherub: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. There are instructions for dress, coat, jacket, bootees, mittens, bonnet, helmet and knickers. Worked in a zig zag pattern, see below. To fit birth to 6 months. You can always make coat and dress a bit short. Vintage 3ply is used so you can use modern 3ply for slightly smaller or modern 4ply for similar size.

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Zig-Zag pattern used in Layette Little Cherub
vintage baby layette in feather and fan stitch knitting pattern from 1940s
Layette Little Duckling: Great vintage baby knitting pattern fro layette from 1940s. This set is in the very easy and super feather and fan stitch. Dress, carry-coat, helmet, bonnet, bootees, mittens and knickers included. Both dress and coat can be made shorter if you would like it to look a little more modern. This set does not give chest measurements but should fit around 3 months if knitted in modern 3ply or a bit larger if knitted in modern 4ply.

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Layette Knitting Pattern Little Lambkin
Layette Little Lambkin: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern form 1940s. There are instructions for coat, dress. knickers, bonnet, bootees and mittens to fit around 3 months if knitted in modern 3ply or around 6 months if knitted in modern 4ply. This one is so pretty.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s
vintage baby knitting pattern from 1940s
Layette Little Princess: Great vintage baby knitting pattern for layette from 1940s. There are instructions for double breasted coat with little collar as shown and dress, as well as jacket, petticoat, vest, knickers, bonnet, bootees and mittens. The panels are worked in Blackberry stitch, but any other stitch could be used. Dress and coat can be made shorter. To fit up to 20 inch chest and worked in vintage 3ply, try modern 3ply for this one.

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vintage baby feather and fan knitting pattern for a layette from 1950s
Layette Morning Dew: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. This set has a shawl 56 and 32 inches, two sizes, Dress, bootees, carry coat and jacket to fit up to 6 months. This set is knitted in vintage 3ply but to make this size use modern 4ply. To make a smaller size then use modern 3ply. Feather and fan design.

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Long Carry-Coat, Jacket, and Bootees from Layette Morning Dew
vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1930s
Little Pals 101: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from late 1930s. There are instructions for dress, shawl, jacket, Vest, bodice, knickers and body belt, bootees and petticoat. the shawl is in two sizes 26x28 inches and47x44 inches. To fit 17-18 inch chest and is knitted in vintage 3ply with a tension of a modern 3ply. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby knitting pattern
Little Pals 126: Fabulous pattern from the 1920's for a complete layette - the old fashioned way.  Shawl, in two sizes, bootees, body belt, (keeps baby warm) dress, petticoat, matinee coat, bodice (again to keep baby warm) vest and pilch (soakers) to go over nappy. In vintage 3ply 18", knitted in modern 3ply for smaller fitting newborn.10 Pages

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vintage baby shawl and layette knitting pattern 1930s

Patons 6/497: Fabulous baby layette vintage knitting 1930s. This beautiful pattern has long and short dress, matinee coat, slippers, mittens and bonnet for little girl, jumper, pants, bootees, mittens and pull on hat for little boy, plus there are instructions for the shawl. There are also instructions for under bodice and body belt, long sleeve vest, short sleeve vest, petticoat and tummy band  and two different types of knickers, and a small head shawl of 26 inches square. All items are shown below separately. This is from a much earlier pattern published by Patons before the 1st world war. The shawl measures 54 inches square and the pattern is available separately. The chest measurements are 18 inches matinee coat,  dress chest 16 inches,  bodice 14 and 16 inches round chest, vests 16 inches and prem baby size for 14 inches. Wonderfully small sizes for today’s newborn from this lovely vintage pattern. Worked in vintage 2ply (modern 3ply) and vintage 3ply (modern 4ply). Be sure to work tension square as some of these garments are worked on larger needles than you would think.

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vintage baby layette knitting patterns
vintage baby layette knitting patterns 1940s

Patons 6909: Super little vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1920s-1940s. There are instructions for complete layette including shawl all in vintage 3ply, so try tension square and see if you get the size you want, try modern 3ply for a smaller size and modern 4ply for size stated. There are instructions for shawl, vest wrap over, vest pull on, knickers (pilch), tummy band (body belt) two dresses, two matinee jackets, slippers bootees, cardigan, petticoat. 24 pages.

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vintage baby knitting patterns 1930s
vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1940s robin153
Robin 153: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1940s. This is a lovely pattern with instructions for a layette, including dress with pretty collar and hem line, v neck jacket and pixie hood bonnet, mittens and bootees to match. Also included are instructions for a beret, vest and nappy cover (piltch) and of course the shawl - all delightfully easy to knit even for a beginner. All worked in vintage 3ply to fit 18 inch chest ( as was common at this time to knit so the baby would grow into it!) Shawl measures 44 inches square. Try a tension square with modern 4ply, but if you would like this set to fit a new born-3 months then use modern 3ply.

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vintage 1940s layette knitting pattern sirdar
Sirdar 705: Great vintage layette knitting pattern for baby 1940s. This lovely pattern has instructions for two vests, bodice, pilch (nappy cover), coat and dress and a lovely shawl. All worked in vintage 2ply, so try modern 3ply in a tension square and change needles if needed. Nice and delicate this one.

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weldons layette book from 1940s knitting patterns shawls dress

Weldons 350 - Layettes: Great vintage baby book from 1940s. This baby book has full details of two easy to knit complete layettes, with shawl, dress, vest, pants, bootees, mittens, bonnet, matinee coat and cap - all you could need for a retro baby. One is knitted in in vintage 2ply, so try modern 4ply or modern 2ply for a small new born. The other is in vintage 3ply or modern 4ply. Always work a tension square.

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Weldons 350 - Layettes: Design 1: Great vintage baby book from 1940s. To fit 21-22 inch chest. Here is a picture of the first one in the book showing coat, bonnet and fabulous shawl. Knitted in vintage 2ply, so try modern 4ply or modern 2ply for a small new born. Always work a tension square.

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Weldons 350 - Layettes: Design 2: This layette is so easy and quick to knit in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply if you  require sizes stated or modern 3ply for a slightly smaller size.  You will receive instructions for the complete layettes. Here you see the very easy to knit shawl,vest, and jacket- all you could need for a retro baby. Always work a tension square.

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Babies Layette Knitting Pattern
Weldons A776: (Part 1 of the pattern below): Great vintage baby knitting pattern for matinee and underwear from 1940s. This wartime pattern has a super range of items to give your baby that cosy retro style. There are instructions for pilch, rib vest long or short sleeved, long bootees, short bootees, mittens and a little jacket. All are knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply for size stated or a modern 3ply for a smaller size. To fit 20-21 inch chest.

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vintage baby layette with very pretty dress knitting pattern 1940s
Weldon A777: (Part 2 of Weldons A776) Great vintage layette with baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s. This little set is super and suitable for a Christening. The dress can be made longer and there are instructions for the coat and the shawl. To fit birth to 9 months. Dress 22 inch chest, length 16 inches or the longer version as long as you like - but don't forget to allow extra wool. Shawl measures 44 inches square, the little head shawl 22 inches square. Dress buttons at shoulders with little pearl buttons.

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baby layette
Weldons A899: Lovely layette in 3ply with lovely shawl pattern, for other shawls see Shawl page. This one is from the1940's and knitted in 3ply, always try a tension square when knitting these vintage patterns as old wool and needles differ from modern ones. This layette comprises of shawl, vest, dress, jacket and bootees and mittens.

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vintage kniting patten for baby layette knitting pattern 1940s
Weldons A1193: Great vintage baby layette from 1940s. This super design has instructions for shawl, dress, jacket, bootees and bonnet in vintage 3ply. To fit 18-20 inch chest, try modern 3ply for smaller size or modern 4ply for similar size. Shawl is 47 square inches. Always work a tension square.

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vintage baby layette with dress 1940s Weldons baby pattern
Weldons A1202: Great vintage baby layette with baby dress knitting pattern from 1940s. To fit 3-9 months. Lovely easy to knit set. Super fringed shawl that measures 40 inches square and is knitted in sections. Dress and jacket in pretty feather and fan design, dress has buttons on shoulders. To fit 18 inch chest. Try modern 4ply for this size but if you would like a smaller low birth size use modern 3ply. There are also a pair of little bootees.

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vintage baby knitting pattern for baby layette from 1940s
Wolsey 714: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. This super set has instructions for dress, bootees, bonnet, matinee coat, vest and knickers. Worked in an open rib pattern in vintage 3ply that knitted similar to modern 4ply. To fit 18 inch chest for the dress and 24 inches for the matinee coat. Try modern 3ply for a smaller size. Shawl measures 46 inches square and is worked in slip stitch with moss stitch border.

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vintage baby layette knitting pattern form 1940s
Wolsey 716: Great vintage baby layette knitting pattern from 1940s. This post war pattern has instructions for  vest, knickers, mittens, bootees, dress, bonnet, jacket and shawl in easy to knit pattern. See below for details of the shawl. Knitted in vintage 3ply, so try modern 4ply for size stated or modern 3ply for smaller new born size. Dress is 17 inch chest and the coat will fit up to a 22 inch chest and bonnet is 12 inches round face. Lovely set.

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vintage baby layette knitting patterns
Layette No 1: Beautiful vintage baby layette knitting pattern 1930s. This is a delightful pattern with easy lace bands. There are instructions for a dress, bonnet, coat, mittens, long bootees (gaiters) and leggings also a vest worked in vintage 3ply so try modern 4ply in a tension square - to fit 20 inch chest, so for a smaller size use modern 3ply.

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