Handspun Handknit Old Shale Lace Layette


Old Shale Lace Layette for Baby in pure Cashmere & Merino.

Vintage look handknit lace baby layette includes baby sweater / jacket, bonnet and booties all handknit from luxurious handspun 1 ply of cashmere and 1 of super fine Merino wool (18 micron) yarn.

SIZE  fits baby from newborn-6 months
It weighs about 5 ounces.

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This layette will be on special for Christmas. It is a one-of-a-kind original which is completely handmade. The Cashmere and Merino wool fiber was handspun and handknit by me, right here in my home studio.
This mixture of pure Cashmere with the amazingly fine Merino wool, especially when handspun, is the ultimate luxury for anyone, especially a new baby and here is your chance to purchase it at a more affordable price. Makes a perfect baby gift for something to keep as an heirloom and pass down through the generations.

This gift set was knit in the “Old Shale” lace pattern. This was a common knitting pattern in the Shetland Isles used mostly for the warmer “hap” shawls. the simple lines and classic styling make it an heirloom classic. It is intended to be passed on to the next generation without ever going out of style. With proper care it will last for a long time.


100% Pure Cashmere

The cashmere used in this set grew as the down undercoat of a cashmere goat that lives in Mongolia where the very finest quality cashmere in the world is grown.

Super Fine Merino Wool

The Merino wool is the finest in the world with a micron count very close to that of the cashmere undercoat. Super fine.


This baby set is knit by hand from yarn that I spun especially for this project.
First I have to card the fibers to fluff them up and get out any tangles. This also lines up the fibers to make them easier to spin.
Once the fiber is carded to my satisfaction i take it in to my spinning wheel and listen to an audio book while I spin it up. Once I have 2 bobbins full I go back and “ply” them together. Most of my handspun yarns have 2 plies… More


As with everything I knit this original design is lovingly and expertly hand knitted in the traditional fashion with great attention to detail. The lines are Simple, Classic and Timeless.

Any baby will appreciate the luxurious warmth and softness, any mother will love the simple, classic lines and exceptional warmth of this layette. A very special heirloom gift for any baby. You will like it even better when you get it into your own hands.

Whenever you order from Nancy Elizabeth Designs your order will come with full care instructions. We’ll also include a sample of “Soak” my favourite no-rinse wool wash.

If you have any questions at all please let me know.



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