For Babies Who Arrive In The Spring – A Knit Baby Bunting

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Materials Needed –
Sport or Baby Weight Yarn – 10 -12 skeins baby blue
1 pair knitting needles size 4 or size to give gauge
4 yards of blue satin ribbon, 2 inches wide
2 1/2 yards of blue satin ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
a 14-inch zipper (for neck opening),

Check Your Gauge!: 6 1/2 sts make 1 inch; 9 rows make 1 inch.





Starting at bottom, cast on 239 sts.
Work in pattern as follows:

1st row: * K 3, p 1. Repeat from * across to last 3 sts, k 3.
2nd row: * P 3, k 1. Repeat from * across to last 3 sts, p 3.
3rd row: * Sl 1 as if to purl, k 2, pass slipped st over the 2 knitted sts, p 1.
Repeat from * across to last 3 sts, sl 1 as if to purl, k 2, pass slipped st over the 2 knitted sts.
4th row: * P 2, k 1.
Repeat from * to last 2 sts, p 2.
5th row: Inc 1 st in first st, k 1, * p 1, inc 1 st in next st, k 1. Repeat from * across.
6th row: * P 3, k 1. Repeat from * across to last 3 sts, p 3.
The last 4 rows (3rd to 6th rows incl) constitute the pattern. Work in pattern until piece measures 17 1/2 inches in all, ending with right side facing.

REVERES . . . Now work in pattern for Reveres as follows:
1st and 2nd rows: K 1, p 1, work in pattern to last 2 sts, p 1, k 1.
3rd and 4th rows:(K 1, p 1) twice; work in pattern to last 4 sts, (p 1, k 1) twice.
5th and 6th rows: (K 1, p 1) 3 times; work to last 6 sts, (p 1, k 1) 3 times.
Work in this manner, having 2 sts more in moss st at front edges every other row until there are 36 sts in moss st.
Now work 1 st more in moss st every other row until there are 60 sts on each Revere in moss st.
Work in pattern as established until piece measures 27 inches in all. Bind off.





BOTTOM . . . Cast on 15 sts and work in moss st as follows:
1st row: * K 1, p 1. Repeat from * to last st. k 1 (moss st).
Now work in moss st, increasing 1 st at both ends of every other row until there are 45 sts on needle. Work without increasing until piece measures 6 1/2 inches from last inc row.
Still working in moss st, dec 1 st at both ends of every other row until 15 sts remain. Bind off.

HOOD . . . Starting at lower edge, cast on 147 sts.
Work in pattern as for Bunting until piece measures 5 inches in all.
Bind off 25 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows.
Next row (beading): K 1, *yarn over, k 2 tog. Repeat from * across. Following row: P across.
Now work in moss st over the remaining 97 sts, until piece measures
6 inches from first moss st row. Bind off 4 sts at the beginning of each row until 1 st remains. Bind off.

Bind front and upper edge of Bunting with wide ribbon, mitering corners.
Sew bottom to lower edge. Sew in zipper, leaving 10 1/2 inches free at top.
Cut 2 pieces of narrow ribbon, 14 inches long, for ties and sew to each
side of front edge 2 inches above zipper. Sew up top seam of hood. Bind front of hood with wide ribbon.





Cut a 52-inch piece of narrow ribbon and draw through beading.
Note from Grandmother – this is an old pattern. Drawstring ribbons are no longer used on baby garments for obvious safety reasons. To avoid strangling hazards, please be sure to use an alternate method of closing the hood – velcro or snaps both work nicely. You can also attach ribbon ties to both sides of the front of the hood without drawing them through the beading. Keep the baby that you love, Safe!

With a crochet hook make a row of sc along free edges of hood. Sew lower edge of hood to inside of back of bunting 7 1/2 inches from top.

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