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19th Century Baby Ball

By: Clare from The Natty Knitter

While knitting for babies is always a special experience, this blast-from-the-past design offers an extra bonus: it's adapted from a real vintage pattern. Create the same classic toy mothers and fathers have been making for centuries with this modern version of the 19th Century Baby Ball. Knit with ten stripes that are cleverly swirled together like a piece of 1950s sweet shop candy, this garter stitch ball is just what your baby's nursery needs.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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This is a great pattern. It has a lovely, vintage feel to it. I think that this would be a lovely baby gift. You can really customize the look depending on the yearn colours that you choose. I'm wondering about sizing the pattern up or down using different weights of yarn and different sized needles. It might be cute to have a whole collection of different sized knitted balls for a child to play with.

Years ago I bought a ball like this at a church bazaar, but bought it for a puppy not a baby -- it is soft so does not damage teeth and if the pup is active cannot damage anything. Now I can knit them from my stash of leftover yarn for the dogs I have now - brilliant.

When she says you have to scroll down, she means you have to scroll down the pictures of the projects! Took me several tries to find it, too. But then I realized she meant scroll down the project pictures, and there it was. Good luck!

pattern not there when you 'click here'

You're right the pattern isn't there. You have to go to the side bar and scroll to the very bottom. The side bar is in a frame so it has it's own scrollbar and the link to the pattern is the very last one. I made one like this when one of my granddaughters was a baby and she played with it for a very long time.

You will find many patterns duplicated in books and free. Always check the free knitting patterns first. And for those having trouble downloading this pattern, read the instructions.....look to your right and click on the pattern you want to download. The pdf file will appear for printing.

HEY...this pattern is in a book I PAID for!! WTF?? Anyhow it's easy and cute. Just don't like a pattern I paid for being all of a sudden FREE.


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