This started a long time ago. Folk on the ColourMart yahoo group were bemoaning the fact that there were no patterns for a Christening set suitable for a boy. I started on this one fairly soon after that, but all sorts of things got in the way and it is only now that the pattern is out.
I started with the idea that the set had to be fun to knit (not too much straight garter stitch!) but not be too lacy to be used for a boy. When my boys were small I found the shape of an angel top so easy and practical for dressing, so I went with that. The idea of the lacy collar, which could be omitted if required, came quickly too.
Again, dungarees (rather than leggings) are practical, as they keep the baby together when being handed round – no falling nappies or cold midriffs! Straps with moveable buttons took care of different sizes of baby.
Both pieces have the possibility of elastic or ribbon at the ankles and cuffs, and ribbon at the neck. Lots of lovely, long ribbons will look very good for a ceremony and photos, while shirring elastic is more practical for everyday use.
Separate bootees help make the set adaptable for different sizes of baby and the lacy panel on the top of the foot continues the celebration theme! Again, ribbon or elastic add practicability.
While working on the set, I was conceiving the shawl. I wanted something which could be used either for a baby, or for mum, and in a wide variety of situations. Once more I wanted something suitable for a boy, so not too lacy.
The centre-out design using the same pattern as the body of the angel top was soon conceived, as was using the same lace on the edging. The border was the last part to slot into place, and that came as I was playing with designs in my charting software.
Now the patterns are available through my Ravelry store.