Woolies for Babies
Book No. 197
Chadwick's Red Heart Wools
The Spool Cotton Company
Original Copyright 1943
Everybody’s making pram plans these days! Precious Bundles for Babies are piling up into delicious, downy-soft drawers-full literally from coast-to-coast! So whether it’s for your own young hopeful or your Sister Sue’s … for the little lambkin down the lane or the cherub next door … remember everything’s got to be snug as a button, warm as a waffle, and ready for that brand-new citizen to nestle into. So come, draw up a chair … here are twenty-nine whole pages of darling Blessed Eventualities for you to choose from .. and the directions are easy as a breeze!
WHEN PURCHASING YARN … Be sure to buy specified yarn and exact quantity as given at beginning of directions. The materials designated have been carefully chosen to suit the article to be made. It is important that the yarn you purchase is all of one dye lot, as it is impossible to avoid slight variation in shades between different dye lots.
WHAT IS GAUGE … By “gauge” we mean the tension of your work—that is, the number of stitches to an inch and the number of rows to an inch. Your number of stitches and rows must correspond with that specified at the beginning of the directions. Before starting your work, make a small sample of the stitch. If your working tension is too tight or too loose, use a finer or coarser needle to obtain the correct gauge.
JOINING OF YARN … Whenever possible, join new yarn at the end of a row by knotting the two strands together. If necessary to join in the middle of a row, lap about 4 inches and work a few stitches with the double yarn.
PRESSING … Place pieces right side down on well padded surface and pin into shape using rust proof pins. Be careful not to stretch ribbing. Press through a wet cloth with hot iron, allowing steam to penetrate. Remove cloth and pins but do not disturb pieces until thoroughly dry. After garment is sewn together, press seams in same way.
WASHING … Before washing, trace outline of garment onto a piece of wrapping paper. Make a solution of lukewarm (not hot) water and a small quantity of a mild soap suds. Launder garment by squeezing suds through; never rub or wring. Rinse several times in clear water of the same temperature, always keeping garment well supported in hands. Roll in Turkish towel to remove excess moisture. Place on wrapping paper, pat into shape (to conform to penciled outline), and allow to dry. Press, where necessary, through a damp cloth.
PICKING UP STITCHES … When necessary to pick up stitches (for neck, sleeves, etc.), hold work with right side toward you, insert a knitting needle through the stitches, wind the yarn over the needle as when knitting, and draw the loop through. Repeat until the required number of stitches has been picked up.
DID YOU DROP A STITCH … If you drop a stitch, you must put it back on your knitting needle. In ribbing or stockinette stitch, hold work so that the knitted side of dropped stitch is toward you. Insert a crochet hook in this stitch, catch first crossbar with hook and draw loop through. Repeat to top, then slip the last loop onto knitting needle and continue to work.
CASTING ON AND BINDING OFF … Must always be done very loosely, unless otherwise specified. This insures elasticity of edges and prevents breakage of threads, and dropped stitches.
INCREASING … Unless otherwise specified, increases are always made by knitting in the front and in the back of the same stitch.
DECREASING … Decreases, unless otherwise specified, are made by knitting two stitches together.
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