Bev's Country

Preemie sweater set to knitSue’s  2 - Piece Diaper Set
Copyright 2004, 2016 - Susan A. Coes  All Rights Reserved
Permission to publish given to Bev's Country Cottage

For preemie/small newborn size
Size 4 and 6 dpns or 16 inch circular needles
Sport weight or baby yarn - model made with Lion Brand Baby Soft

For larger newborn size
Size 6 and 8 dpns or 16 inch circular needles
Worsted weight yarn
3 buttons
Stitch markers


With smaller (dpns or circular) needles, beg at waistband cast on 72 sts. Working in the round, work K1, P1 ribbing for 6 rows.
Next: switching to larger needles, stockinette st (knit every round) until total length is 4 inches.

Leg Shaping:

Divide work onto straight (dpns) needles, with 36 sts on each needle. Starting with the back, and working back and forth in rows, bind off 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. Now decrease 1 st on both sides (k1, k2tog, knit to within 3 sts of end and K 2tog, K1) of alternate rows until 14 sts remain. Work 3 rows even (crotch). Bind off in knit. *** Picking up the other side repeat these shaping rows. Stitch the bound off edges together.

*** this edge could be left on the needle and the two crotch pieces could then be woven together.

With smaller needles and main color , cast on 58 sts. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 3 rows.

Buttonhole row: K1, P2 tog, yo, continue in ribbing. Work 2 more rows in ribbing.
Switch to larger needles and contrasting color, K 1 row, dividing work as follows: K10, inc in next st, place marker, inc in next st, K5, inc in next st, place marker, inc n next st, K20, inc in next st, place marker, inc in next st, K5, inc in next st, place marker, inc in next st, K10. (8 increases)

Row 2: K5, purl across, K5.
Switch back to MC (carrying the CC loosely along the side of your work, catching it in each time you turn the row).

Row 3:
Knit across, continuing to increase before and after each marker on each knit row.

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Purl across, Knitting first 5 and last 5 sts of the row.

Row 5: Buttonhole row. Knit across the row working a K1 increase before and after each marker, to within 3 sts of end, then Yo, K 2 tog, K1.

Rows 7 and 9: Knit

Row 11(switching to CC): repeat row 5.

Row 13(switching back to MC): Knit

Continue to switch colors back and forth with 2 rows of CC and 8 rows of MC.

Row 15: Knit

Row 16 Placket front: Slip the last 5 sts from needle to dpn, hold behind the first 5 sts. (Make sure the buttonholes are to the outside of the shirt.) Knit the 5 sts from the needle and the 5 sts from the dpn together so you end up with 5 sts and a placket opening. Continue to knit the row on dpns (or circular needles) - knitting is circular.

Next round: inc before and after each marker

Continue inc every other round until yoke measures 3 (3 ) inches. Measure along raglan line, not including the neck ribbing.

Sleeves: knit to sleeve section, the sts between the first and second markers. Leaving all other sts on circular needles work over sleeve sts with larger dpns. Divide sleeve sts into thirds and join to knit circular. (The sleeves could be worked flat and then the inseam sewn after the shirt is finished.) The beg and end of this row will be the sleeve inseam. K 2 rounds, then switch to smaller needles and work 4 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Sleeve sections will be all in the main color. Attach yarn and knit over to the other sleeve section. Repeat sleeve directions.

Body: All sts remaining are body of sweater. Attach yarn and knit circular on right side joining the front to the back and when joining, pick up 2 sts under each arm to close the gap. Continue with the body (maintaining stripe pattern) until it is 4 inches long or desired body length. Change to smaller size needles and work K1, P1 ribbing for 6 rows. Bind off loosely.
Sew on buttons, weave in ends.

Copyright 2004

Susan A. Coes

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