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Morehouse Farm Merino

Baby Bunting


Newborn to about 4 months
(bunting will be 24 to 25” long)

Worsted weight yarn, about 800 yards
Sample is knit with 6 skeins of Morehouse Merino 3-Strand

Circular needle, 24” length or longer, #10 (bunting is knit flat in one piece, circular needle will accommodate number of stitches more comfortably); set of double-pointed needles #10 for sleeves

3½ to 4 stitches = 1 inch over garter stitch

Garter stitch (and a few rounds of
stockinette stitch at end of sleeves)

Other materials:
6 or 7 small buttons

Bunting is knit in one piece with sleeves knit right onto it. Cast on 120 stitches and knit until piece measures 20”. Next row: knit 1, knit 2 together; rep from * to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together and knit last stitch—total of 80 stitches left. Knit next row. Divide for armhole: knit 20 stitches for right front, turn and knit back to beginning of row. Continue on right front—knit 20 rows. Start neck decreases: at neck edge bind off 3 stitches 1 time, 2 stitches 2 times, 1 stitch 2 times. Put stitches on holding needle. Repeat for left front. Then knit back to same length as fronts—30 rows. Now bind off—on wrong side—shoulders together using three needle bind-off. (How? Put front and back piece parallel to each other, wrong side facing out. Knit the first stitch on needle closest to you together with first stitch on needle in back, then knit second stitch on needle closest to you together with second one on needle in back, then bind off regularly by lifting first stitch over second one. Continue this way, knitting two stitches together from front and back needle, then binding off.) Leave middle stitches on back on needle.

Neckline: right side facing pick up stitches along right front, then knit stitches on back piece, then pick up stitches along left front. Knit 5 rows, then bind of very loosely.

Borders along fronts: pick up stitches, right side facing, 1 stitch per 2 rows. Knit 5 rows, then bind off. On left border, add 6 or 7 buttonholes evenly spaced in 3rd row starting 2 stitches from top (for button holes knit 2 stitches together, followed by a yarn-over; knit yarn-over on next row as a regular stitch). Fold over left and right fronts towards middle, with the two front borders overlapping, then sew bottom together.

Sleeves: using double-pointed needles, pick up stitches around armhole opening —right side facing— beginning at underarm position. Pick up 1 stitch per 2 rows, plus 1 additional stitch at shoulder bind-off. *Knit 1 round, purl 1 round; rep from * total of 40 rounds. Next round: *knit 1, knit 2 together; rep from * to end of round. Knit 5 rounds, then bind off very loosely. Repeat for other sleeve.

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