HOW TO MAKE A KNIT­TED BABY ROMPER

Mollie Makes - - MAKING -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

■ Sub­lime Baby Cash­mere Merino Silk DK, 75% ex­tra fine merino/20% silk/5% cash­mere, 50g/116m per ball, two balls in Splash (124) (Yarn A) and one ball in Vanilla (003) (Yarn B)

■ Pair of 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) knit­ting nee­dles

■ Pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) knit­ting nee­dles

■ Yarn nee­dle

■ 3.5cm (13/ 8") pom pom maker

■ Two but­tons, 1.5cm

( /8") di­am­e­ter

5

■ Scrap yarn

TEN­SION

23 stitches x 28 rows over 10 x 10cm (4 x 4")

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS

k knit

p purl

st(s) stitch(es)

yo bring yarn over the nee­dle tak­ing it to the back again to in­crease

k2­tog knit the next two stitches to­gether to de­crease

kfb knit into the front and back of the next stitch to in­crease

RS right side

WS wrong side

rep re­peat

FIN­ISHED SIZE

0-6 months – 23cm (9") wide x 25cm (8 ") long 6-12 months – 25.5cm (10") wide x 24.5cm

(9 ") long

Snug, squish­ably soft and ideal for lay­er­ing, this mini romper is es­sen­tial for any lit­tle ‘uns win­ter wardrobe ro­ta­tion. And, as if it wasn’t al­ready adorable enough, check out the pom pom tie.

The sim­ple, pared-back style and cosy merino and cash­mere yarn blend make this gen­der neu­tral out­fit the sweet­est Christ­mas gift for new par­ents. Just make sure they send you a pic­ture of their tot bun­dled up in it in re­turn.

In­struc­tions

The pat­tern is writ­ten for the smaller size, 0- 6 months, with dif­fer­ences for the larger size shown in brack­ets.

The front and back of the romper is iden­ti­cal, and it can ei­ther be worn with the straps but­toned at the front – as shown in the main im­age

– or but­toned at the back.

Front

Us­ing Yarn A and 4mm nee­dles, cast on 15 (17) sts

Row 1 (RS) k

Row 2 k

Row 3 k1, (p1, k1) to end

Row 4 p1, (k1, p1) to end Rows 1- 4 form the pat­tern, rep Rows 1- 4 once more

In­creases for leg shap­ing Row 9 (RS) kfb, k to last st, kfb [17 (19) sts]

Row 10 kfb, k to last st, kfb [19 (21) sts]

Row 11 kfb, p1, (k1, p1) to last st, kfb [21 (23) sts]

Row 12 kfb, p1, (k1, p1) to last st, kfb [23 (25) sts]

Rep Rows 9-12, four more times [55 (57) sts]

Larger size only:

Row 13 (RS) kfb, k to last st, kfb [59 sts]

Row 14 k

Row 15 kfb, k1, (p1, k1) to last st, kfb [61 sts]

Row 16 p1, (k1, p1) to end

Main body

Work in pat­tern with­out shap­ing un­til the work mea­sures 18 (20)cm ( 71/ ( 77/ 8)") from cast on edge,

8 end­ing after Row 4

Make eye­let holes for the tie Next row (RS) k

Next row k6 (8), (yo, k2­tog, k4) 3 times, yo, k2­tog, k3 (5), k2­tog, yo, (k4, k2­tog, yo) 3 times, k6 (8) **

Ribbed waist­band with but­ton­holes

Change to 3.25mm nee­dles

Row 1 (RS) k1, (p1, k1) to end Row 2 p1, (k1, p1) to end

Rep Rows 1-2 once more

Row 5 k1, (p1, k1) 9 (10) times, yo, k2­tog, p1, (k1, p1) 6 (7) times, k2­tog, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 9 (10) times Rep Row 2 once

Rep Rows 1-2 twice more Cast off rib­wise

Back

Work as front un­til **

Ribbed waist­band and straps Change to 3.25mm nee­dles

Row 1 (RS) k1, (p1, k1) to end

Row 2 p1, (k1, p1) to end

Rep Rows 1-2 four times more

Row 11 (RS) cast off 12 (14) sts rib­wise, (p1, k1) 4 times, slip 9 worked sts onto scrap piece of yarn, cast off 13 (15) sts rib­wise, (p1, k1) 4 times, leave the 9 sts on the

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