Knitted Christening Gown

 

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It was mentioned earlier that knitting was my first needleart.  Actually, for many, many years, it was my only  needleart.  So when I was awaiting the birth of our first child, my knitting needles were going non-stop.

This christening gown was one of the first projects I began for our eagerly awaited baby.  A delicate white knitted lace shawl was knitted immediately after the gown.

Unlike today, when this dress was made, expectant mothers rarely knew what gender their babies would be.  For many readers, that dates this dress circa Cave Man Era.  So when I decided—for whatever reason I don’t recall— to add lace with color, I purchased yardage in both pink and blue.

Days after our son was born, the blue lace was stitched in place. Four years later, when our daughter was born, the blue lace was removed and replaced with the pink trim which remains today.

 

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We were living in Ottawa, Canada for the last several months of my pregnancy. The sun went into hibernation about two months before Ryan’s birth, bringing cold, harsh weather.   Having relocated there from sunny Florida, the gloomy days may have had some impact on my decision to add color to the gown.  It looked too much like the snow piled up at our door.

Because this was created at least 6 years before I had ever heard of heirloom sewing, I would certainly do it differently today.  The dress would be longer, the buttons would be mother of pearl, the lace would be cotton and instead of synthetic,  crochet cotton would be knitted.   While this gown is not what I would want for my babies today,  it was  made with love and prayers for the health and happiness of our future children.  It is what it is and will remain the same.

Knitting this special garment was a distraction from my lonely isolation.  It was also a comforting reminder that soon we would be taking our baby to Florida at Christmas for his baptism in our own little hometown church.

Needlework so often soothes troubled souls.  This brings to mind part of a passage from Shakespeare’s Macbeth that I was required to memorize in high school….”sweet sleep that knits the ravell’d sleeve of care. ”

For me, the reverse was true: sweet knitting that put to sleep my raveling cares.

Has sewing, knitting or any other needlework offered you comfort at a difficult time in your life?~~~~~~~~~~~

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13 responses to “Knitted Christening Gown

  1. This gown is lovely. Like you, my early creations are quite different from what I do now but I love them more than anything else.

  2. How precious! It is so sweet and the memories alone make it special, but it is lovely and you should be proud of your work. The stitching is so pretty. I’m so glad to find you!
    Blessings
    Doni

  3. Thanks, Doni. I was equally pleased to find yours! Beautiful things and wonderful ideas at Faith Grace Crafts http://faithgracecrafts.blogspot.com/ I’ll be checking your site regularly and I hope you will stop by here again.

  4. I think all babies look beautiful in their christening gowns.

  5. That is absolutely gorgeous! Perfect for the winter christening.

  6. That is so enchanting! My grandma used to knit me things and this reminds me of her and how much I miss her.

  7. I think part of the drive to stitch things for the little ones in our life comes from wanting to be remembered, long after we are gone. Why else do people keep these things? I hope you have some of the things your grandmother knitted for you.

  8. Thanks, Erica. Both of my children were born in October, so their baptism was always in the winter. I was glad for the warmth of this gown.

  9. They do seem to glow when they are dressed for this momentous occasion. It’s almost as if they can feel the love in the gown. That’s what I like to think, anyway.

  10. This Christening gown is awesome. You have done a wonderful job i love the edging.

  11. Wow these are some beautiful gowns. I really love seeing these knitted gowns. The pink is fantastic. Wonderful Christening Gowns.

  12. My mom made a Christening gown with a similar stitch pattern for me and my brothers. We are trying to recreate it for my twins (due in Oct), but she cannot find the pattern. Do you have a pattern for this gown or know the name of the stitch pattern that makes up the bottom portion of the gown? I love the idea of adding the colored stitching since I don’t plan on finding out what I’m having.

  13. Congratulations! The upcoming birth of any baby is very exciting so I can’t imagine the thrill of twins! And how lovely that you want to recreate your own gown for your babies. i doubt very much that I still have the pattern but I will look and let you know in the next day or two. My knitting pattern books that survived our hurricane damage are boxed up in the garage, but I will do a search.

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