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Make Money by Making Flowers

A new hobby that is becoming very popular—is the making of lovely French Flowers. These are used extensively for shoulder sprays, trimming hats and decorating evening gowns. There’s a huge demand for them—in fact, many home workers are turning leisure time into profit earning hobby this way. A leading Academy with a branch in Brisbane has special personal and postal courses in dress making, glove making, photo colouring, and millinery as well as flower making. They provide a complete free working outfit, and make special arrangements to dispose of students finished work. So why not write today for full details of how to become an expert French Flower maker.

(Queensland Times. Australia Saturday 16th July 1949, page 6)

Floral Fancies and Morals from Flowers (1843) by Anonymous

The well-known Dog Rose of our hedges, as well as some other species, is remarkable for large mossy protuberances occasioned by an insect — the Cynips Rosa. Water distilled from wild Roses is said to possess by far the most delicious odour. The Eastern Attar, or Essential Oil of Roses, though now of easy purchase, was formerly sold at an enormous price, even in Persia, the land of Roses.


Economy Knitting Using Unpicked (raveled) Wool

Before using unpicked wool it is necessary to remove the wrinkles if the “re-knitting is to be even. To do this wind the wool round a book or a piece of cardboard during the unpicking of the garment. Take the wool off the board, tie at both ends to form a skein and then pass the steam from a kettle through it, giving a gentle stretch until the wrinkles disappear. Allow to dry before winding into balls. If the wool is soiled and requires washing, after winding into skeins, tie each skein round at internals with a length of wool to pre­vent it becoming tangled during the washing. Wash carefully by squeezing in warm soapy water, rinse well and allow to dry before winding into balls. Unpicked wool may be thinner and less elastic than new wool of the same ply, so be very careful to check tension and measurements.

Specially designed for unpicked wool, this free knitting pattern is an economy gift set to make an old doll look lovely again.

Coralee Set: Frock, Coat, Vest, Pilch, Bonnet, Bootees

MATERIALS

7 ounces of 3-ply wool to make the complete set. If using up odd quantities of different types or colours of wool, or to make garments separately:

Frock about 2½ ounces

Coat about 2 ounces

Vest about 1 once

Pilch about ¾ once

Bonnet about ½ once

Bootees about ¼ once

Pair UK 9/3.50mm/US 4 Knitting Needles

Pair UK 12/2.75mm/UK 2 Knitting Needles

A Fine Crochet Hook

5 Doll Buttons

3 yards of Ribbon (Crochet cords or reused rayon ribbon may be used instead)

MEASUREMENTS

To fit an 18 inch doll

FROCK

FRONT AND BACK ALIKE

With No. 9 needles cast on 93 stitches and work ¾ inch in garter stitch.

Continue in following pattern:

Row 1: * K. 1, make 1, K. 2 tog.

Repeat from * to end. Repeat this row for 2½ inches.

Now work 4 rows in garter stitch. Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 8 inches, end­ing with a Purl row.

Decrease for waist thus:

Next row: (K. 3 tog.) twice, * K. 1. K. 2 tog. Repeat from * 12 times, K. 2 tog., K. 1, (K. 2 tog.) twice, ** K. 1, K. 2 tog. Repeat from ** 12 times, K. 2 tog. (59 stitches).

Next row: Purl to end.

Next row: Make ribbon holes thus: K. 3, * K. 2 tog., make 1, K. 3. Repeat from * to the last stitch, K. 1.

Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 9 inches, ending with a purl row.

Shape Armholes:

Cast off 5 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every row until 39 stitches remain.

Work 2 rows in garter stitch. Now continue in pattern until work measures 10½ inches, then work 2 rows in garter stitch, ending with row on wrong side.

Shape Neck and Shoulders:

Next row: K. 14, cast off 11 stitches, knit to end.

Continue in stocking stitch on last set of 14 stitches, decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on every row until 7 stitches remain.

Cast off.

Rejoin wool at neck edge and work second shoulder to match.

Work a second piece in same way.

SLEEVES

With No. 9 needles cast on 42 stitches and work 3 rows in garter stitch.

Continue in pattern as given for skirt until work measures 1¼ inches, then work 2 rows in garter stitch.

Shape Top:

Continue in stocking stitch and decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every alternate row until 16 stitches remain.

Cast off.

COAT

With No. 9 needles cast on 225 stitches and work ½ inch in garter stitch.

Continue in following pattern:

Next row: K. 3, * K. 1, make 1, K. 2 tog Repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K. 3. Repeat this row until work measures 5½ inches.

Decrease for Waist thus:

Next row: K. 7, * K. 2 tog. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K. 8 (120 stitches).

Continue in garter stitch until work measures 7 inches, then divide work into back and fronts:

Next row: K. 25, cast off 10 stitches, knit to last 35 stitches, cast off 10 stitches, knit to end.

Continue in garter stitch on last set of 25 stitches, decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge on every row until 20 stitches remain.

Continue without shaping until work measures 9 inches, ending at front edge.

Shape Neck

Cast off 6 stitches at beginning of next row, then decrease 1 stitch at same edge on every row until 7 stitches remain.

Cast off.

Rejoin wool to 50 stitches for back and decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every row until 40 stitches remain.

Continue without shaping until work measures 9 inches.

Cast off.

Rejoin wool to remaining 25 stitches and work to match first side.

SLEEVES

With No. 9 needles cast on 42 stitches and work ½ inch in garter stitch.

Work in pattern as given for lower edge of frock for 1 inch, then work 2 rows in garter stitch.

Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 31 inches.

Shape Top

Continue in stocking Stitch, decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every alternate row until 16 stitches remain.

Cast off.

THE BONNET

With No. 9 needles cast on 69 stitches and work ½ inch in garter stitch Now continue in pattern as given for frock until work measures 11 inches Continue in garter stitch until work measures 31 inches.

Cast off 23 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, then continue in garter stitch on remaining 23 stitches until back flap measures the same as the two sets of cast off stitches.

Cast off.

THE VEST

With No. 9 needles cast on 56 stitches and work 6 inches in K. 1, P. 1 rib.

Shape Armholes

Cast off 3 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every alternate row until 46 stitches remain.

Continue in rib without shaping until work measures 7¾ inches.

Shape Neck

Next row. Rib 8, cast off 30 stitches loosely in rib, rib to end.

Continue in rib on last 8 stitches for 2½ inches, ending at armhole edge.

Cut yarn and leave stitches on a spare needle.

Rejoin yarn to second set of 8 stitches and work 2½ inches on these stitches, ending at neck edge.

Cast on 30 stitches, then work in rib across 8 stitches from spare needle.

Continue in rib on 46 stitches until work measures 1¼ inches from the 30 cast-on stitches.

Now increase 1 stitch at both ends of every alternate row until 50 stitches are on needle, then cast on 3 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows. (This completes armholes.)

Continue in rib on 56 stitches for 6 inches.

Cast off loosely in rib.

PILCH

Worked in one piece.

With No. 12 needles cast on 60 stitches and work 4 rows in K. 1, P. 1 rib.

Next row: Make elastic holes thus:

* Rib 2, make 1, P. 2 tog. Repeat from * to end.

Work 6 rows in rib.

Change to No. 9 needles and continue in stocking stitch until work measures 5½ inches

To shape Legs, cast off 25 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, then work 1 inch in stocking stitch on remaining 10 stitches for gusset.

Cast on 25 stitches at end of next 2 rows, then continue in stocking stitch without shaping for 5½ inches.

Change to No. 12 needles and work 6 rows in K. 1, P. 1 rib.

Make elastic holes in next row as given, then work 4 rows in rib.

Cast off loosely in rib.

Leg Bands

With right side of work facing and using No. 12 needles, pick up and knit the 25 cast-off stitches along one side of leg open­ing, 10 stitches along side of gusset, 25 stitches along cast-on edge of leg. Work ½ inch in K. 1, P. 1 rib.

Cast off loosely in rib. Work second leg to match.

THE BOOTEES

With No. 9 needles cast on 35 stitches and work ½ inch in garter stitch.

Now make a row of holes thus:

* K. 3, make 1, K. 2 tog.

Repeat from * to end.

Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 2¼ inches.

Cast off.

TO MAKE UP SET

Press all pieces of work lightly on wrong side with hot iron over a damp cloth.

FROCK

Join shoulder seams at armhole edges, join side and sleeve seams.

Sew sleeves into armholes, easing extra fullness in at top of sleeve.

Work following Picot edge all round back and front neck edges, drawing them up slightly:

Starting at shoulder seam, * 3 chain, 1 double crochet into 1st of these chain, 1 single crochet into 2nd chain from hook. Repeat from * to end.

Work a row of double crochet along each edge of shoulder seam.

Fasten with a loop and button on each side.

Thread ribbon through waist.

COAT

Join shoulder and sleeve seams.

Stitch sleeves into armholes.

Work a row of Picot edging, as given for frock, round edges of coat.

Fasten fronts with 3 buttons and loops.

Thread ribbon through waist.

BONNET

Join sides of back flap to cast-off edges.

Work a row of Picot edging, as given for frock, round edges of bonnet.

Stitch on ribbon to tie.

VEST

Join side seams.

Work a row of double crochet round neck and armholes.

Work a 2nd row round neck edge only, making ribbon holes thus:

* 2 chain, 1 treble into 2nd stitch from hook.

Repeat from * all round, then work another round of double crochet.

Thread ribbon through neck.

PILCH

Join side seams.

Thread elastic through waist, or crochet a chain cord with double wool and finish off ends with small tassel.

BOOTEES

Join side edges.

Join lower edges drawing them up slightly while stitching.

Thread ribbon through holes.

This open stitch pattern is one of a family and there is a chapter on it in the well known Mary Thomas’ Book of Knitting Patterns by Mary Thomas. This image shows Purse Stitch. Pocket money could be earned by mothers and daughters by knitting doll clothing.