HOW TO MAKE… A BABY ROMPER
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
Approx. 22 sts and 30 rows in st st to measure 10cm (4")
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.