I am presenting you with a wonderful knitting pattern for a bonnet and sweater to fit an 8-1/2 inch Vogue Ginnette baby doll from the 1950s.
This is a very easy pattern; knit with USA size 2/2.75mm circular 16" needles and fingering weight yarn. The buttons can range from 5mm to 6mm.
I give you complete line by line instructions with some great suggestions for every phase of your baby doll's garments.
You can add some great decorations to your garments.
Knit Picks has around 147 delicious colors ... and babies during the 1950s wore all kinds of crazy colors, not just baby colors.
Angora yarn from Plymouth and Twinkle from Mary Maxim also look great, as will any sock yarn or fingering weight.
I have knitted, crocheted and sewed for dolls since I was little. In addition to having no money to purchase ready made doll clothes, my parents believed in doing everything from scratch. At age 62 I still believe in a certain amount of good old Yankee thrift and creativity.
I scrounged through the neighborhood for supplies others did not need, and made patterns and clothes for dolls.
I was a member of UFDC, and a member of a very prestigious local doll club. I believe in the purity of dressing vintage and antique dolls in the style they were accustomed during their particular era.
The yarn I use for these sets were completely typical of the 1950s for infants and dolls. Back then people made brown sweaters for babies, so feel free to choose any color that pleases you.