This should fit premature baby to newborn size 7 pounds or less.
4 oz Red Heart Baby Soft Yarn Size 6 needles 2 stitch holders 3 buttons Darning needle
Rib K1, P1, repeat across
Stockinette Stitch k1 row, p1 row
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together
P2tog Purl 2 stitches together
BO Bind Off
OS Other Side
YO Yarn Over
RS Right Side
WS Wrong Side
(you may design neckband in many variations: 6 rows of rib; garter or eyelet stitches. I used the eyelet pattern for my neckband for this pictured pattern.)
Cast on 40 sts. Knit 2 rows.
RS- (eyelet row) K3, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3. K 1 row.
WS k8, place marker, k6, place marker, k12, place maker, k6, place marker, k8.
Row 6 k across row inc 1 st before and after markers.
Row 7 k4, p across slipping markers, to last 4 sts, K4.
Repeat rows 6 & 7 four times, ending with row 7. There will be 4 purl ridges after the eyelet row
RS k2, yo, k2tog, (buttonhole) k across continuing to inc 1 st before and after markers.(place a pin at the end of the row as this will be button placement)
Next row repeat row 7
Continue pattern of rows 6 & 7 until 120 sts.
DIVIDE FOR SLEEVES AND BODY
(remove markers when you get to them) RS- k18, cast on 4 sts, slip next 26 sts (left sleeve) onto stitch holder, k32 sts (back) cast on 4 sts, slip next 26 sts (right sleeve) onto stitch holder, k18.
Row 1 k4, p across to last 4 st, k4 (76 st)
Row 2 k across.
Continue last 2 rows until 9 purl ridges from 1st buttonhole.
RS- k2, yo, k2tog, k across (place a pin at the end of the row as this will be button placement)
Repeat pattern of rows 1 & 2 until 9 purl ridges from 2nd buttonhole.
Make 3rd buttonhole as above. Continue pattern of rows 1 & 2 until 9 purl ridges from 3rd buttonhole.
CONTINUE FOR BODY
Use circular needle.
RS knit across until last 4 st, (button band) Bind off those 4 st. of button band. Place a marker so that this will be the center by the buttonhole band.
Continue to knit unit desired length. Any where from ll to 16 from armhole may be good.
K 1 row. P 1 row.
Make the eyelet row of *YO, K2tog * repeat pattern from * K 1 row. P 1 row. Bind off all stitches.
Using regular straight needles. Pick up stitches from stitch holder. Join yarn. Stockinette stitch (k1 row, p1 row) for 20 rows.
Rib (k1, p1 across) for 6 rows. BO. Sew seam.
Sew buttons onto button band to correspond where buttonholes are from the buttonhole band.
Make a crochet chain approximately 30 to 32 for the drawstring.
Weave through the eyelet stitches at the bottom for a drawstring closure.
Designed and Created by Lois Walters July, 2004