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Bev's Easy to knit Newborn Booties

Size 4 Knitting needles and baby weight or sport yarn
Cast on 34 sts.
Work in garter st for 7 ridges.
K2 tog twice at start of next 2 rows bind off 3 at start of next 2 rows.
Now - K2, p2 ribbing for 14 rows
Bind off fold in half and sew up seam.


Bev’s Minneapolis Mittens (newborns) 
Updated with gauge and easier wording Oct 2008.

Size 4 knitting needles
1 oz Red Heart Baby soft yarn
Darning needle
Gauge:  Mitten before seaming = 4.5" across and 3" tall     6.5 stitches = 1"   approx. 11 rows = 1" 

Newborn MITTEN - starting at cuff
Cast on 24 sts

Knit for 1/2" then make an eyelet row as follows: (K 2 tog, yo, K1), repeat across row ending in K1.  (8 eyelets)
After eyelet row, return to knitting until piece reaches a total of 2.5" from cast on row.

Row 1 of decrease: K2 tog, k8, (k2 tog) twice, k8, k2 tog. 
Row 2: k across.
Row 3: k2 tog, k6, (k2 tog) twice, k 6, k2 tog
Row 4:  Knit across.

Row 5: K2 tog, k4, (k2 tog) twice, k4, k2 tog.
Row 6: K across

Finishing: Cut 10" tail of yarn. Weave through remaining 14 sts. Pull tightly. Stitch seam shut. In another color make a crocheted chain of 56 using a size F hook. Weave evenly through the 4th row and tie in a bow.
You can also make a fancy top for the mittens: sc in any stitch at cuff, ch 4, sc into 3rd stitch from the ch, continue around the entire cuff and end with a sc in first sc.

(or use double pointed needles for knitting in the round - you will knit one row, purl one row except on decrease)

Bev's Stretchy Knit Newborn Cap

It is super fast to knit up and will stretch to fit.
1 oz. of sport or baby yarn - not fingering
Size 4 knitting needles
Loosely cast on 68 sts.
Rows 1-5: k2, p2... repeat across
Rows 6-?: Knit all rows (garter st) for 4 inches.
Decreasing row 1: Knit 2 together across row (34 sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Next decreasing row: Knit 2 together across row (17 sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Next decreasing row: Knit 2 together across row (9 sts left)
Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail.  Thread a large eye needle with the yarn and gently remove the 9 sts left on the needle.  Carefully weave the needle through the 17 sts and pull tightly to gather top of hat.  Now fold hat in half and whip stitch the sides together to form hat.
Add a  pompom if you'd like.


Size 9 circular needles and
baby yarn or Caron Simply Soft yarn (still working on blanket so not sure how much is needed)

Cast on 4 stitches
Knit 2, yarn over^ to make an increase,  knit to end of row
Repeat that row until blanket sides reach at least 32" 
Decrease: Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over,  knit 2 together, knit to end of row. (HINT:  When you K2 together, be sure to go into the front of the sts and not the back. Just looks nicer.)
Repeat until 4 sts on needle
Bind off and weave in all ends.  This looks pretty if you change colors, use up your scraps too!

ksinmi's Idea: (You could add a hood here if you wish by starting to increase here again till you reach the size hood you want on the blanket,  Then simply bind off and whip stitch the seam up the sides to form a hood)

^ Photo and instructions for YO or Yarn Over stitch

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