Directions are given for 6 Months Size. Changes for 1 Year and 18 Months are in parentheses.
Materials Needed (rompers)
Baby weight or fingering yarn – 4 (5, 6 ) ounces
Knitting needles – 1 pair each, size 1 and size 2
8 small buttons
Check your Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch; 11 rows = 1 inch.
Starting at neck edge with No. 1 needles, cast on 69 (73, 77) sts.
Work in ribbing as follows:
1st row—right side: K 4—border; p 1, * k 1, p 1. Repeat from * across to within last 4 sts, k 4—border.
2nd row: K 5, p 1, * k 1, p 1. Repeat from * across to within last 5 sts, k 5.
NOTE: Make a buttonhole at beg of next row and at same edge every 1 inch thereafter 3 times more. To make a buttonhole—
k 2, YO, k 2 tog, complete row. On next row, work the YO as a stitch.
Repeat first and 2nd rows alternately twice more.
Next 3 rows: K across.
Following row: K 16 (17, 18)—one half of Back, place a marker on needle; k 4— Sleeve, place a marker on needle; k 29 (31, 33)—Front, place a marker on needle; k 4—Sleeve, place a marker on needle; k 16 (17,18)—other half of Back.
Change to No. 2 needles.
Making buttonholes as directed, work in stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row) as follows:
1st row: (K across to within one st before next marker, inc one st in next st, slip marker, inc one st in next st) 4 times; k to end of row—8 sts increased.
2nd row: K 4, slipping markers p across to within last 4 sts, k 4.
Repeat first and 2nd rows alternately until there are 38 (40, 42) sts on each Back section; 48 (50, 52) sts on each Sleeve section and 73 (77, 81) sts on Front section, ending with a k row.
Next row: Bind off 4 sts, p across to within last 4 sts, k 4. Break off yarn.
Removing markers, slip the sts of each Back section, Front section and one Sleeve section onto separate stitch holders to be worked later.
Cast on 4 sts on free needle for underarm, with right side facing, k across the Sleeve sts on left-hand needle, cast on 4 sts at end of row for underarm. Work even in stockinette st on 56 (58, 60) sts until length from underarm is 2 1/4 (2 1/2, 2 3/4) inches, ending with a k row.
Change to No. 1 needles and k 3 rows.
Following row: Decreasing 6 sts evenly spaced, k across.
Work 6 rows of k 1, p 1 ribbing on remaining 50 (52, 54) sts. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Slip the sts of other Sleeve section onto a No. 2 needle and complete same as first Sleeve.
Slip the sts of each Back section onto a No. 2 needle.
Cast on 4 sts on free needle for underarm; with right side facing, k across the sts of both Back sections, thus joining both sections at center back; cast on 4 sts at end of row for other underarm. The buttonhole
border should overlap the button border.
Work even in stockinette st on 80 (84, 88) sts until length from underarm is 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2 ) inches, ending with a p row.
Next row: K 3 (5, 7), * k 2 tog, k 6. Repeat from * across, ending with k 3 (5, 7) instead of k 6.
Change to No. 1 needles and work in k 1, p 1 ribbing on 70 (74, 78) sts for one inch, ending with a wrong-side row.
Next row: K 1 (3, 5), * inc one st in next st, k 5. Repeat from * across, ending with k 2 (4, 6) instead of
Change to No. 2 needles and continue in stockinette st on 82 (86, 90) sts, increasing one st at both ends of one row every one inch 3 times in all.
Work even on 88 (92, 96) sts until total length from underarm is 8 (8 1/2, 9) inches, ending with a p row. Bind off 2 sts at beg of every row until 32 (40, 44) sts remain, then bind off 4 (3, 3) sts at beg of next 4 (8, 8 ) rows.
Bind off remaining 16 (16, 20) sts for crotch.
Complete same as Back.
Block. Sew side and sleeve seams.
With right side facing and No. 1 needles, pick up and k 96 (104, 112) sts along one entire leg opening.
K 4 rows, then work 6 rows of k 1, p 1 ribbing. Bind off loosely in ribbing.
Work other leg band the same way.
FRONT CROTCH BAND
With right side facing and No. 1 needles, pick up and k 30 (30, 33) sts along lower edge of front crotch including leg bands.
K 3 rows.
Next row: K 2, * k 2 tog, YO—a buttonhole made, k 6 (6, 7). Repeat from * twice more; k 2 tog, YO, k 2.
K 2 rows.
BACK CROTCH BAND
Omitting buttonholes, work same as front crotch band.
Sew buttons on crotch and neck opening to correspond with buttonholes.