This little jacket of mine has been published in the latest Knitter magazine, Issue 26, and is for babies and toddlers 6 months to 4 years. I made it using the same blue rabbit motif that’s on my hat pattern. [photos of little poppet in jacket © The Knitter]
Memories of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and his jacket, which ended up on a scarecrow in Mr McGregor’s garden, inspired me to make the rabbits blue. Pink, white, or even red rabbits would also be lovely.
The hoodie is knit in one piece to the armholes, sleeves on DPNs, and the yoke entirely in one piece. For the magazine I made it in Sublime DK, but I think Cascade 220 would also work well.
The hood is finished with a pom pom…..
While writing this I decided to delve back into the World of Beatrix Potter and re-read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. My first thought was how could Mrs Rabbit leave her children alone! Of course they’d get into mischief! But then, she is a single mother with no help in sight. Rabbits don’t, I suspect, have the luxury of grand parents available for baby sitting. From the first page you know Peter will be in mortal danger as you’re reminded that their father was “put in a pie” by Mrs McGregor. I still remember that horrifying line from my childhood, and the fact that Peter gets sick from eating too many vegetables! It was the first time I’d ever heard of chamomile tea. I think I’ll now read the rest of the tiny box set that sits on our bookshelf to see what other cautionary tales and herb remedies lie therein. I wonder if Mrs Rabbit knits? The Royal Doulton Bunnykins do. Here they are, having a yarn riot
helped along by a mischievous mouse.