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