|Bairns-wear Booklet Number 16|
The booklet has several designs for jerseys and jersey suits (jersey + shorts) for boys aged 18 months to 3 years. They are very pretty, and feature embroidery. The designs are named after characters in children's books and comics, though the names seem to be randomly assigned - a design doesn't show the character it is named after. For instance, the cover design is called "Mickey Mouse", but doesn't seem to have any connection to the cartoon beyond its name.
Two other designs are named after Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit.
|"Brer Fox" suit|
|"Brer Rabbit" suit|
The "Brer Fox" suit is embroidered with little flowers above the pockets on the jersey. "Brer Rabbit" does have a family of rabbits embroidered above the welt , but they are Mr Rabbit, Mrs Rabbit and Master Rabbit, according to the booklet. And not very realistic rabbits, especially as the embroidery on the sample has "blue rabbits with pink eyes and tongues".
There are two other jersey patterns in the booklet, without matching shorts. Tiger Tim was a cartoon character in the Daily Mirror.
|"Tiger Tim" jersey|
|"Teddy Tail" jersey|
Although the booklet is illustrated with black-and-white photos, the instructions specify the colours to use. And some of the colours are surprising. The Mickey Mouse design is to be knitted in sky blue and Tiger Tim should be mauve. But Brer Fox and Teddy Tail are to be pink - pink is now so associated with girls that I doubt if anyone would knit something in pink for a boy. And the Brer Rabbit suit is white - so impractical for an active toddler.
The jerseys, by themselves and without the unnecessary embroidery, are nicely designed - I like the ones with square necks particularly. In a stronger, more practical colour they could work very well. And I know that if I say that no-one nowadays would want to knit shorts for a little boy, some knitter out there will already be planning to do just that. So I will only say that if you are a member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild, you can have a copy of the booklet.