Baby Blues

I went away to the Sea Ranch again two weekends ago and though I took about 8 knitting projects with me, what did I do? I started something completely new and knit it to the end. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

Baby Blues, aka “Bo Peep”

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with me – a bad case of start-itis. Ah, well, at least it is a baby garment and they are small and require not too much yarn or time. And with three friends expecting babies, I’m a bit obsessed with baby garments at the moment.

So this lovely little thing I am calling “Baby Blues” because it is for a baby and both it and I have the blues right now. All these coming little ones make me a little sad about my own baby-less state – a little, not too much – which is perhaps compounded by the fact that my youngest son, Chris, graduated last weekend. So, the baby blues.

Baby Blues, finished

Woolies for Infants, 1940

The pattern came out of an old knitting magazine called “Woolies for Infants” that was published in 1940 – before my mother was born. It came into my hands from my friend Merle, who rescued it from her beloved Aunt Mollie’s things when Mollie had to leave her home for a nursing care facility. Aunt Mollie, here’s to you. I’ll bet she bought this magazine to make something for her niece Merle. I like to think that, anyway.

So the pattern is called “Bo Peep.” It is VERY simple – a great project for a new knitter. What I did differently appears in brackets, like this: [ different stuff! ].

MATERIALS

Fingering weight yarn – about 300 yards (I used Madeline Tosh Sock, color “Mica”)

US size 5 needles

1 yard of ribbon [1 1/2 inch button]

Gauge – 6 sts/inch.

RIGHT FRONT:

Cast on 37 sts and work in moss st as follows: k1, *p1, k1. Repeat from * across. Repeat this row for 1/2 inch. Next row: Work moss st over 5 sts (front border), k 32. Following row: p 32, work moss st over 5 sts. Repeat these last 2 rows alternately, decreasing 1 st at underarm every 6th row until 29 sts remain. Work straight until piece measures 6.5 inches in all, ending at underarm edge. Cast on 30 sts for sleeve (59 sts in all). 1st row: (Wrong side facing) Moss st over 5 sts, p 25, moss st over 29 sts. 2nd row: Starting at front edge, moss st over 29 sts, k 25, moss st over 5 sts. 3rd, 4th and 5th rows: Repeat 1st, 2nd and 1st rows. Next row: Moss st over 5 sts, k 21, moss st over 3 sts, k 25, moss st over 5 sts. Following row: Moss st over 5 sts, p 25, moss st over 3 sts, p 21, moss st over 5 sts. Repeat the last 2 rows once more. Continue thus, decreasing 1 st inside front border on every other row until 51 sts remain. Work straight until piece measures 10 inches, ending last row at neck edge. Lay this piece aside on a stitch holder.

Button detail

LEFT FRONT:

Work to correspond to Right Front, ending at neck edge. [Work buttonhole 3 sts in from neckline edge on middle row of waist by working k2tog, yo]. Do not bind off, but continue as follows . . . .

Sleeve detail

BACK:

Cast on 17 sts for Back. Starting at neck edge, work in pattern across 51 sts of Right Front (119 sts in all). Next Row (wrong side): Moss st over 5 sts, p 25, moss st over 3 sts, p 13, moss st over 27 sts, p 13, moss st over 3 sts, p 25, moss st over 5 sts. Work as established for 1/2 inch. Following row: With right side facing, moss st over 5 sts, k 25, moss st over 3 sts, k 53, moss st over 3 sts, k 25, moss st over 5 sts. Next row: Moss st over 5 sts, p 25, moss st over 3 sts, p 53, moss st over 3 sts, p 25, moss st over 5 sts. Repeat the last 2 rows alternately until piece measures 3 inches from back of neck [until piece equals length of front above moss st waist]. Then work as follows:

1st row – With right side facing, moss st over 5 sts, k 25, moss st over 59 sts, k 25, moss st over 5 sts. 2nd row: Moss st over 5 sts, p 25, moss st over 59 sts, p 25, moss st over 5 sts. 3rd 4th and 5th rows: Repeat 1st, 2nd and 1st rows. Continue in stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row) binding off 30 sts at beginning of next 2 rows (thus completing sleeves). Work straight for 1.5 inches. Then inc. 1 st at both ends of next row and every 6th row  thereafter until there are 71 sts. Work straight until piece measures 6 inches from bound-off sleeve sts [until piece equals length of fronts]. Work 1/2 inch in moss st. Bind off. Sew underarm and sleeve in one continuous seam.

FINISHING:

Use two 18-inch pieces of ribbon; loop the ends and sew on as in illustration [attach button to Right Front].

Baby Blues

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About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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5 Responses to Baby Blues

  1. Merle says:

    Yes, this one did come from Aunt Mollie – I remember the picture on the cover. While it’s a sweet thought, when Mollie bought this in 1940, she certainly wasn’t thinking of me, my siblings or her own kids! We were all born much later than that! ;-)

  2. It’s a true classic, very cute! Thank you for sharing

  3. Mario's Mom says:

    Thank you — very graceful little item, and one I will try. And my thoughts are with you on these rites-of-passage which, while joyful, to a mother can be so bittersweet.

  4. kjwinston says:

    Thanks everyone. The sample is now on display at K2Tog in Albany, CA and is getting a good bit of attention. There is something about this very simple little knit. We would all do well to remember that the next time we think we wanna slather a baby in cables and bobbles.

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