Z.’s NEWBORN VEST FOR INFANTS WITH TUBES
2003 Patricia Zielinski
Errata by Nelle Walker of Newborns
in Need -- thanks Nelle!
"I have used your pattern for
the vest and have found a couple of omissions:
Row 27 "...knit 41
stitches BO 3(left out)"
Row 42 Right Front "work decrease rows @ neck edge (was left out).
omissions to an intermediate or advance knitter might not
matter but to a beginner they would be necessary."
vest below was made with one skein of Kolibri cotton yarn by
It has a seed stitch border.
will be determined by yarn weight and size of needles used.
50 gms of baby yarn (150 meters).
weight yarn up to 100 gms (about 3 ounces).
With baby weight US 3 (3.25 mm).
worsted weight between US 5 (3.75 mm) to US 7 (4.5 mm).
With baby weight and US 3 needles: 28 sts/36 rows = 4 inches. I
not worry about the gauge with this vest, I just do the rows as written.
MATERIALS: 9 snaps to sew on (or snap tape).
and front are worked in one piece to armholes.
on 91 stitches (the Old Norwegian or Twisted German cast on creates a
garter stitch (or pattern stitch) for 7 rows.
8: K 5, purl across to last 5 stitches, K 5. (Or do pattern stitch on
and last 5 sts).
9 - 26: repeat rows 7 and 8.
27: Divide for front and back. Knit and slip 22 stitches onto a
holder for right front, bind off 3 stitches, knit 41 stitches and slip
onto holder for back, knit remaining 22 stitches.
Front: Working only on the 22 stitches continue:
28: K 5, P 12, K 5. (Keep first and last 5 sts in border pattern).
these 2 rows 6 more times.
42: K 5, P 2 tog, P to last 5 stitches, K 5.
garter stitch border at armhole edge as set, work decreases at neck
(every other row), until 11 stitches remain. Now work 14 rows of
garter stitch (or pattern stitch). Bind off. (This should be 77 rows
With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to 41 stitches left on holder and
28: K 5, P 31, K 5.
these 2 rows until 61 rows are completed, you are ready to work a wrong
62: K 5, P 31, K 5.
63: K 10, (P 1, K 1) 10 times, P 1, K 10.
64: K 11, (P 1, K 1) 9 times, P 1, K 11.
65 and 66: repeat rows 63 and 64 once.
67: K 10, (P 1, K 1) 10 times, P 1, K 10. Bind off.
ending is pattern stitch rows 63 - 67).
Front: With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to remaining 22 stitches
on holder. Continue:
28: K 5, P 12, K 5. (Or pattern stitch for first and last 5 sts).
these 2 rows 5 more times.
40: K 5, P 12, K 5.
41: K 5, K 2 tog tbl, knit across.
42: K 5, purl to last 5 stitches, K 5.
garter stitch border at armhole edge and work decrease rows (every
row) until 11 stitches remain. Work 15 rows garter stitch (or
stitch). Bind off.
vests look nice in better quality acrylic yarns, cotton or the
blends. Since they are for use in hospitals with babies having IV
tubes/lines I have avoided wool.
2 snaps at each shoulder, match to overlap on back - can place on
of back or outside depending on the overlap.
5 snaps evenly spaced on front, match the other snap section to
side of front.
using snap tape you may require fewer snaps total, the sewing is much
than with individual snaps.
I have used Sand Stitch borders on some vest, eliminating the ribbing
back neck. This makes a nice square back and keeps the border
have also done the Seed (Moss) Stitch pattern.
the neck decreases are done using the 5th stitch of the border pattern
and 1st stitch of plain section (6th stitch of row).
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