HOW TO MAKE… A BABY ROMPER

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Drops Cot­ton Merino, 50% wool/50% cot­ton, 50g/110m per ball, two balls in Sea Green (29) 3mm and 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 40cm (15¾") long 3mm dou­ble-pointed nee­dles 6mm ca­ble nee­dle or dou­ble-pointed nee­dle Three 1.5cm ( 5 /8") but­tons Two 2cm (¾") but­tons Ta­pes­try nee­dle Stitch holder Stitch marker

TEN­SION

Ap­prox. 22 sts and 30 rows in st st to mea­sure 10cm (4")

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl sl slip st st stock­ing st (if straight nee­dles, knit one row, purl one row re­peated, if knit­ting in the round knit all rounds) k2­tog knit 2 stitches to­gether p2­tog purl 2 stitches to­gether dpn(s) dou­ble pointed nee­dle(s) tbl through back loop yo yarn over wyib with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front RS right side WS wrong side

FIN­ISHED SIZE

To fit 38 (44, 50, 54)cm (15 (173/ , 19¾, 21¼)") 8 size waist

We can’t re­sist a Nordic knit, es­pe­cially when it’s as out-and­out adorable as this tiny romper.

Worked in a soft, muted yarn that’s del­i­cate enough for new­borns, the in­tri­cate de­tails in this mini de­sign are in­spired by tra­di­tional Scandi knitwear. It’s cosy enough for au­tumn days, and makes a thought­ful gift for ma­mas with se­ri­ously on-trend off­spring.

In­struc­tions

The romper is knit­ted top-down in the round on cir­cu­lar nee­dles. The pat­tern is given in four dif­fer­ent sizes, but writ­ten for the small­est size. The pat­terns for the larger sizes are shown in brack­ets, in­creas­ing in or­der of size e.g. 1 (2, 3, 4) sts.

Main body

Us­ing 3mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, cast on 84 (96, 108, 120) sts and join to work in the round, be­ing care­ful not to twist the sts. Place a stitch marker to in­di­cate the start of each round. Start with 5 rounds of twisted rib, as fol­lows: Round 1 *k1 tbl, p1; re­peat from * to end of round Re­peat Round 1 an­other 4 times Round 6 *k twisted rib for 12 (14, 16, 18) sts, k1 tbl, yo, k2­tog, p1, re­peat from * once, k twisted rib to end of round Re­peat Round 1 an­other 4 times Round 11 change to 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dle, k to end of round Flower st round: Round 12 *p1, (in­sert nee­dle purl­wise in next st, wrap yarn 3 times around the nee­dle and pull nee­dle out of the st) 5 times (there will be 3 loops on each of last 5 sts), re­peat from * to end of round Round 13 *p1, slip first loop of each of next 5 sts onto a ca­ble nee­dle (drop­ping the ex­tra 2 loops off each st), and wyib wrap the yarn twice round the 5 sts, re­peat from * to end of round Round 14 p Round 15 k Re­peat Round 15 un­til your work

mea­sures ap­prox. 12 (13, 14, 15)cm (4¾ (5¼, 5½, 6)") Cast off 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, k21 (23, 25, 27) sts (th­ese are the front sts), cast off 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, k to end of round. Put the front sts on a stitch holder Now work only on the back sts in rows in st st as fol­lows: Row 1 ( WS) p2­tog, p to last 2 sts, p2­tog Row 2 (RS) k2­tog, k to last 2 sts, k2­tog tbl Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til 15 sts re­main on the nee­dle Put the back sts on a stitch holder With RS fac­ing, re­join yarn to front sec­tion and knit the front as fol­lows: Row 1 (RS) k2­tog, k to last 2 sts, k2­tog tbl Row 2 ( WS) p Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til 15 sts re­main on the nee­dle Place a stitch marker on the nee­dle, and k all front sts Pick up 35 (40, 45, 50) sts be­tween front and back (first leg hole), put back sts onto a nee­dle and k them, pick up 35 (40, 45, 50) sts be­tween back and front (sec­ond leg hole) Join to work in the round and, start­ing with k1 tbl, work twisted rib in for 2 rounds Now, make the but­ton­holes: Next round *k1, yo, k2­tog, p1, k1, p1, re­peat from * once, k1, yo, k2­tog, start­ing with p1, work twisted rib to end of round Work 5 more rounds of twisted rib. Cast off.

Straps

Find the mid­dle st on the back of the waist. Us­ing 3mm dou­ble-pointed nee­dles, pick up 7 sts about 2 (2.5, 3, 3)cm (¾ (1, 1¼, 1¼)") from the mid­dle st, work on th­ese sts as fol­lows Row 1 ( WS) p1, p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, p1 Row 2 (RS) sl first st knit­wise, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, wyif sl last st purl­wise Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til the straps mea­sure ap­prox 28 (30, 32, 34)cm (11 (117/ , 125/ , 133/ )"). Cast 8 8 8 off and sew in all ends.

Fin­ish­ing

Sew the two larger but­tons on the RS of the strap ends. Sew the three smaller but­tons to the RS of the romper’s back at the bot­tom point, en­sur­ing they align with the but­ton­holes at the front.

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