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Knit Baby Bunting With Raglan Sleeves

Designed by: Sue W. Thompson

Sample Buntings hand made by Sue W. Thompson
Dolls hand made by Christine Hohenshilt; courtesy of her daughter, Jean Tuzinski

Doll on Right (named Annie) was made for Jean Hohenshilt about 1950.  A similar doll is shown in the movie “Titanic” held by a child in steerage as the ship is sinking.  This doll was made by Jean’s mother, Christine Hohenshilt, as a Christmas present, when Christine felt that she would have nothing to give Jean for Christmas.           

 

MATERIALS:
            Sport Yarn or DK yarn
            Two Size 6 single pointed knitting needles
            Four Size 6 dp knitting needles (or size 6 circular knitting needle)
            Size F or G crochet hook (for cording)

            Fits newborn to 9 lbs.

            Cast on 50 sts.       
                                                                                                             
   Rows 1-2: *K1, p1,* repeat ** across row for first two rows of ribbing.
            Row 3: K1, yo, k2tog (for buttonhole).  *p1, k1,* repeat ** across row for third row of ribbing.

            Starting with row 4, knit first and last three sts of each row.

            Row 4: K9, (yo, k1, yo), k7, (yo, k1, yo), k14, (yo, k1, yo), k7, (yo, k1, yo), k9.

            Row 5 and all other odd numbered rows: k3, p to last three sts, k3.

            Row 6: K10, (yo, k1, yo), k9, (yo, k1, yo), k16 (yo, k1, yo), k9, (yo, k1, yo), k10.

            Row 8: K11, (yo, k1, yo), k11, (yo, k1, yo), k18, (yo, k1, yo), k11, (yo, k1, yo), k11.

            Row 10: K12, (yo, k1, yo), k13, (yo, k1, yo), k20, (yo, k1, yo), k13, (yo, k1, yo), k12.

            Row 12: K13, (yo, k1, yo), k15, (yo, k1, yo), k22, (yo, k1, yo), k15, (yo, k1, yo), k13.

            Row 14: K14, (yo, k1, yo), k17, (yo, k1, yo), k24, (yo, k1, yo), k17, (yo, k1, yo), k14.

            Row 16: K15, (yo, k1, yo), k19, (yo, k1, yo), k26, (yo, k1, yo), k19, (yo, k1, yo), k15.

            Row 18: K16, (yo, k1, yo), k21 (yo, k1, yo), k28, (yo, k1, yo), k21, (yo, k1, yo), k16.

            Continue in above increasing pattern until jacket measures 2” from bottom of ribbing, ending with a p row.  Work next row with a (2nd) buttonhole in the same edge as the first buttonhole…at the end of the row, k2tog, yo, k1.

            Continue in above increasing pattern until jacket measures 4” from bottom of ribbing, ending with a p row.  Work 3rd buttonhole as above.  Continue in pattern until bunting measures 4½“ from the bottom of ribbing, ending with a p row. 

            Work next row in pattern (to make armhole openings) as follows: K to first k1 space with no increases (no yo); slip sts onto a stitch holder to next k1 space and k (across back of sweater) to next k1 space with no increases (no yo); slip sts onto another stitch holder to next k1 space and k to end of row with no increases (no yo).  (The slipped stitches form the armhole openings and will later be worked as sleeves). 

            Divide sts fairly evenly onto 3 dp knitting needles (or slip all sts to one circular knitting needle).  Overlap first 3 sts and last 3 sts of the row (being sure to have right front edge with the buttonholes on top) and K these sts together by knitting 2 tog three times.  Knit around until bunting measures 14-16” from underarm.            

            Work next row as follows: *yo, k2tog, k3*; repeat ** around.  This makes a row of eyelets for the cording to be threaded into.  K 3 rows.  P 1 row.  K 1 row, P 1 row. K 2 rows.  Cast off very loosely (a baby needs to be able to easily fit through this opening).

Work Sleeves as follows: Divide sts for one sleeve evenly onto three dp knitting needles.  Pick up and K 4 sts at underarm.  Knit 20 rows.  Work 3 rows in k1, p1 ribbing.  Bind off loosely.  Work second sleeve as the first.

Work cording as follows: With a size F or G crochet hook, loosely chain a double strand of the yarn to 24”.  Starting with the second ch from the hook, sl st back along the chain.  Finish off.  Thread cording through eyelets at bottom of bunting.  Pull up and tie in loose bow.
Alternate directions for cording: The cording can also be made by knitting an I-cord with three or four stitches as follows…
Cast on 3 or 4 sts using double pointed needles.
     Knit, don't turn.
     Slip the sts back to the beginning of the needle and k the row again.
     Continue in this manner until you have a short length of knitting, pull down on the cord and the gap at the back will
     close.
     Continue until the cord is the length you desire.
     Thread the yarn through the sts and pull firmly.

Sew three buttons to bunting edge opposite the three buttonholes.         

 

            Note: Bunting can be made larger by using worsted weight yarn and/or larger knitting needles.  It can be made smaller by using baby yarn or fingering yarn.           

 


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