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Baby's First Ensemble - Knit

baby's first sweaterWrap your favorite baby in this easy-to-knit (honest!) ensemble. In May we featured the all-in-one piece sweater embellished with french knots, and this month we complete the outfit with matching cap, booties and blanket for a look that every fashionable baby will want to show off this spring!

Size:

  • 6 months - 1 year
  • Chest size: 21 1/2"
  • Finished size: 22"

Materials:

  • 4-ply worsted weight yarn (see note below)
  • Knitting needles size 8, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • 1 stitch holder
  • 1 1/4" yards 3/8" satin ribbon

Note:

To complete the entire ensemble (sweater, blanket, cap and booties), you will need 15 ozs. of 4-ply worsted weight acrylic. Baby's First Sweater is featured separately.

Gauge:

  • Stockinette stitch on size 8 needles--

    9 stitches = 2"

    6 rows = 1"

Cap

  • Cast on 50 stitches (sts).
  • Row 1: Work in Garter stitch (knit every row) all stitches for 18 rows.
  • Row 19: Work in Stockinette stitch {(St st) knit one row, purl one row} for 16 rows.
  • Row 34: Bind off 19 sts at beginning of row, knit to end. There are now 31 sts.
  • Row 35: Bind off 19 sts at beginning of row, purl (p) to end. There are now 12 sts.
  • Row 36: Work in St st for 24 rows. Bind off. Sew the 19 bound-off sts to each side of narrow strip on wrong side of work.

Neckband

With right side facing, at left front, pick up and k 60 sts. Knit 4 rows. Bind off. Trim with ribbon ties.

Booties

  • Cast on 40 sts.
  • Rows 1-4: Work in Stockinette stitch {(St st) knit one row, purl one row}.
  • Row 5: Knit (k) 16, k 2 together (tog) k 4, place marker on needle, k 2 tog, k 16.
  • Note: Be sure to slip markers every row.
  • Row 6: Purl (p) to 2 stitches (sts) before marker, p 2 tog, p 4, p 2 tog, p to end of row.
  • Row 7: K to 2 sts before marker, k 2 tog, k 4, k 2 tog, knit to end of row.
  • Rows 8-13: Repeat Rows 6 and 7, 3 more times. There are now 22 sts.
  • Rows 14-18: Work in St st for 5 rows.
  • Row 19: K for 6 rows. Bind off. Make other bootie the same way.

Finishing:

Sew seam at back and sole.

Blanket

Approximate Measurements:

24" by 29"

  • Cast on 110 stitches (sts).
  • Rows 1-6: Knit (k) all sts.
  • Row 7: K 5, purl (p) 100, k 5.
  • Row 8: K across row.
  • Repeat rows 7 and 8 until piece measures 27" or desired length.
  • Next Row: K 6 rows. Bind off.

Note:

To personalize your knitted baby ensemble, decorate with French knots, cross stitch or duplicate stitches.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these instructions. We cannot be responsible, however, for variances in individual techniques, human errors or typographical mistakes.

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