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This is a modified version of a pattern the Bead and Opal Wool Queen used to have on their website.

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All in One 4 Ply Garter Stitch Baby Cardigan

Description: Knitted from the bottom up, vee neck, 50g of 4 ply wool, 3.75mm (UK no. 9) needles, new born baby.

  • Cast on 97 stitches and garter stitch for 64 rows, on the 49th and 63rd row make a buttonhole like this: (knit to the last 4 stitches, YO, k2tog, k2 to end of row)
  • On the 65th row, decrease 4 stitches evenly across the row to now have 93 stitches.
  • To work the right front and sleeve: Knit 25 stitches, cast on 18 more stitches so you have 43 stitches. Leave the other 68 stitches on a needle to use later (I wrap a rubber band on the end so the stitches won’t slip off)
  • On the 43 stitches, garter stitch 5 rows.
  • Decrease for the v-neck by Garter stitching for another 36 rows, decreasing each 4th row by knitting to the last 7 stitches on the v neck side and knitting two together then knitting to end (35 stitches remain).
  • Cast off.
  • Left front and sleeves: Slip the next 43 stitches from the spare needle onto another spare needle, secure with a rubber band and set aside for the back. Cast on 18 stitches then knit the remaining 25 stitches from the spare needle. Work the left sleeve and front including the v neck decreasing to correspond with the right front. Cast off.
  • Back and sleeves: Slip the remaining 43 stitches to another needle again to get the correct side facing you. Now pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the right sleeve, across the 43 back stitches and pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the left sleeve, 79 stitches.
  • Knit 36 rows on these 79 stitches. Cast off 32 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Knit 6 more rows on these 17 stitches and cast off.
  • To finish, sew the seams along the top of the sleeves, easing in the 6 short rows at the top of the back. Sew on two buttons.

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This free beanie pattern was based on Gina Doherty’s Skull Hat pattern, with a few changes to the border. I cast on 98 stitches using 3.25mm needles for the inner layer and 3.75mm needles for the outer layer of the hat, hoping this would be the right size for an eight month old. My tension wasn’t great on the fair isle, I pulled it too tight and as a consequence think it’s more a 3 month old size. Live and learn!I shaped the top using Jennifer Lee’s “Sandy” crown shaping.

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I found this leaflet pattern in the op shop which looks way too retro. The basic pattern is perfect to knit up for children 6 – 12 years, so here is a modern take on an old pattern.

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As usual I’ve become obsessed with a new pattern idea. After a few awful attempts I’ve put together a basic idea that is working so far.

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Newborn Baby Hat Pattern

Note: This is a pattern that you can alter the look of depending on the stitch patterns you choose to use. I have shown two examples but feel free to use any ‘rib’ design or colour combination.

Materials: Less than a 50g ball of 4 ply wool, size 3.25 mm needles

Abbreviations: I’ve used commonly known abbreviations, please look online if you need to clarify.

Method:

# Cast on 100 stitches and k1, p1 rib for 4 rows.

# Choose a decorative rib pattern and work for 10 cm.

# Decrease for top: use garter stitch or stocking stitch for this part.

Row 1: k2, *k10, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 2: and all alternate rows, work with no decrease.

Row 3: k2, *k9, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 5: k2, *k8, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Continue following this decreasing pattern until 20 stitches remain, work the no decrease row.

Next row: k2tog to end (10 stitches)

Alt row: work with no decrease

Next row: k2tog to end (5 stitches)

Work 2 more rows on these five stitches to form a little peak, then thread yarn through a needle and draw up these five stitches and fasten off.

To make up: Stitch up the back seam, make a small tassel and secure to the peak.

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