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Bitty Baby Layette Knitting Pattern

Janice Helge

Bitty Baby Layette Knitting Pattern

16 sts = 4" in St st with larger needles

4 ounces worsted weight yarn
Size 5 US (3.75 mm) needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Size F crochet hook
Small buttons


With larger needles, CO 39 sts.
Work in seed stitch for 4 rows.
Work in St st until piece measures a total of 2½".

When doing the following rows to shape the bonnet, slip first stitch of each row:
Row 1: K26, sl 1, kl, psso, turn
Row 2: P14, p2tog, turn
Row 3: K14, sl 1, k1, psso, turn
Row 4: P14, p2tog, turn
Row 5: K14, sl 1, k1, psso, turn

Cont as est, decreasing 1 st at end of each row until 15 sts remain on the needle, ending with a purl row. Cut yarn. Place 15 sts on a holder.

Beginning at left front corner of bonnet, pick up 9 sts. Knit 15 sts from holder for back of bonnet; pick up 9 sts on right side of bonnet. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows. BO.

Ties for the bonnet can be made by crocheting a chain. Or just sew a piece of ribbon to the corner edges of the bonnet for ties.

With smaller needles, CO 20 sts.
Work k1, p1 ribbing for 2½".
Work three needle bind off at bottom of bootie. Sew back seam.
Make matching bootie.

Short Pants
With smaller needles, CO 58 sts.
Work k1, p1 ribbing 3 rows.
Change to larger needles and begin St st.

With larger needles, CO 52 sts.
Work k1, p1 ribbing 3 rows.
Begin St st, increasing 6 sts across the first row which will be a knit row.

Work a row of beading below waist ribbing so you can put a tie in it:
K1, *yo, K2 tog, rep from *, end K1.

Cont in St st until piece measures 4".
With smaller needles, work k1, p1 ribbing 3 rows.
Sew back seam.
Fold with seam in back and sew only 3 to 4 stitches for the crotch seam.

Using a size F crochet hook, chain 100 sts for a tie.

Raglan Cardigan Sweater
With smaller needles, CO 44 sts.
Work 3 rows k1, p1 ribbing, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter stitch (knit every row).
Change to larger needles.
Work next row, placing markers as follows:
k 9 sts for front, place marker, k 5 sts for sleeve, place marker, k 16 sts for back, place marker, k 5 sts for sleeve, place marker, k 9 sts for front (44 sts).

Continuing in St st and increase every knit row before and after each marker 7 times.

Next row: Knit across row placing sleeve sts on a st holder. Keep body of sweater stitches on needles and CO 2 sts at each underarm. Work St st on body of sweater for 7 rows or about 1". Work 5 rows of ribbing with smaller needles. BO body stitches.

Put sleeve stitches back on the needle (do either one sleeve or both at the same time with separate balls of yarn). Increase 1 st each end on the first row. Work St st for 1¼", then 4 rows of ribbing. BO.

Sew underarm sleeves. Sew on buttons that can be buttoned through the garter stitch edge.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.