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Sade’s onesie

This onesie is worked seamlessly top-down. The body is worked flat until underarms and then joined for knitting in the round. Lastly, the button band and neckline are worked.

The pattern is available for free below. Ad-free pdf-version is available on my Etsy shop.

  • Sizes: 3, 6, 12 (18, 24) months
  • Yarn: Fingering weight merino wool

Sizes

Selecting correct size

Measurements given in the table below are for the finished garment. When selecting the size please note that babies grow at very different rates. Choose a size according to your baby’s bust measurement. Select a size that is a little bit wider than the baby’s bust.  You can easily adjust the length of the sleeves and body.

Sizes

3, 6, 12 (18, 24) months

Sizes (baby’s length approximately)

56, 68, 74 (80, 86) cm

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Sizes3 months (62cm)6 months (68cm)12 months (80cm)18 months (86cm)24 months (92cm)
A (Bust)16″
40 cm
17.5″
43.5 cm
18″
45 cm
19.5″
48.5 cm
20.25″
50.5 cm
B (Upper arm circumference)6″
15 cm
6.25″
15.5 cm
6.5″
16.5 cm
7.25″
18.5 cm
7.75″
19 cm
C (Back neck width)3″
7 cm
3.5″
8.5 cm
3.5″
8.5 cm
3.5″
8.5 cm
3.5″
8.5 cm
D (Armhole depth)3.75″
9.5 cm
3.75″
9.5 cm
4.25″
10.5 cm
4.75″
11.5 cm
4.75″
11.5 cm
E + F (Sleeve length from underarm)6″
15.5 cm
6.5″
16.5 cm
7.5″
19 cm
8″
20.5 cm
8.5″
21.5 cm
E (Sleeve length without ribbing)4.5″
11.5 cm
5″
12.5 cm
5.5″
14 cm
6″
15.5 cm
6.5″
16.5 cm
F (Sleeve ribbing length)1.5″
4 cm
1.5″
4 cm
2″
5 cm
2″
5 cm
2″
5 cm
G (Body length from underarm)7.5″
19 cm
7.75″
20 cm
8.25″
21 cm
8.75″
22 cm
9.5″
24 cm
H (Wrist circumference)5.25″
13.5 cm
5.75″
14.5 cm
6″
15 cm
6.5″
16 cm
6.75″
17 cm
I (Back neck drop)0.75″
2 cm
0.75″
2 cm
1.25″
3 cm
1.25″
3 cm
1.25″
3 cm
J2.75″
7 cm
3.25″
8 cm
3.25″
8 cm
3.5″
9 cm
4″
10 cm
K3″
7.5cm
3″
7.5 cm
3″
7.5 cm
3″
7.5 cm
3″
7.5 cm

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge

23 sts and 36 rows per 4″ inches (10cm) with bigger needles in stockinette after blocking.

Recommended needles

US4 30″ (3.5mm 80cm) circular needle and for the ribbing US2.5 30″ (3mm 80cm) circular needle.

Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

Other

Scrap yarn, 8 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 5 buttons with a diameter of approximately 0.6″ (1.5 cm)

Yarn

Yarn used in the sample

The onesie on the images is knitted with fingering weight superwash merino wool Sandnes garn Babyull Lanett (50g = 191yds / 175m) in colorway 6062 (dark blue).

Yardage

2, 2, 2 (3, 3) skeins of Sandnes garn Babyull Lanett or approximately 284, 325, 336 (425, 466) yds [260, 297, 335 (390, 427) m] of fingering weight yarn.

Recommended yarns

Other similar yarns are for instance

For summer babies you can use for instance cotton or cotton blend yarn:

Pattern

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

Spots stitch pattern worked flat over 4 sts

  • Row 1 and all RS rows: Knit. (4 sts)
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl. 
  • Row 4: P3, k1. 
  • Row 6: Purl. 
  • Row 8: P1, k1, p2. 

Yoke

CO 28, 36, 36 (36, 36) sts. 

Setup row for sizes 3 months (WS): p1 (front), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p2 (sleeve), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p14 (back), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p2 (sleeve), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p1 (front)

Setup row for sizes 6 – 24 months (WS): p1 (front), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p4 (sleeve), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p18 (back), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p4 (sleeve), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, p1 (front)

Size (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
3122214222128
6-24124218242136

Raglan increases and neckline shaping

Begin raglan shaping and increase at each side of the raglan seam on RS rows as instructed below. At the same time begin the neckline shaping and make increases at the end of both RS and WS rows. 

Raglan increases over a row (RS): k to marker (front), m1l, sm, k2 (raglan stitches), sm, m1r, k to marker (sleeve), m1l, sm, k2 (raglan stitches), sm, m1r, k to marker (back), m1l, sm, k2 (raglan), sm, m1r, k to marker (sleeve), m1l, sm, k2 (raglan stitches), sm, m1r, k to end (front)

1st set of neckline increases: CO 1 st (sample uses the knitted CO method), turn your work, p to end CO 1 st

10 sts increased

Repeat the neckline increases together with raglan increases 3 more times.

A total of 68, 76, 76 (76, 76) sts

Size
(months)
FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
392102222102968
6-2492122262122976

Then work the raglan increases together with the 2nd set of neckline increases.

2nd set of neckline increases: CO 0, 2, 2 (2, 2) sts (sample uses knitted CO method), turn you work, p to end CO 0, 2, 2 (2, 2) sts 

A total of 76, 88, 88 (88, 88) sts

Size (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
31021222421221076
6-241221422821421288

Center the pattern repeat

On the next WS row begin working in spots pattern on row 4. Work the pattern on sleeves and body and work the raglan sts in stockinette. 

Center the pattern repeat on both sleeves and the body separately by starting the repeat from the stitch number according to the table below. S refers to stockinette. 

For instance, if you make size 3 months you should work the row as follows: work 1st, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th … st of spots pattern to first marker, sm, p2, sm, work 1st, 4th, 3rd… st of spots pattern to marker, sm, p2, sm, work 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th … etc.

Size (months)Left frontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanRight front
31stS1stS3rdS1stS3rd
6-241stS2ndS1stS2ndS4th

On the following rows maintain pattern as established.

Repeat the raglan increases every 4th row 5, 5, 6 (7, 7) more times. 

A total of 124, 136, 144 (152, 152) sts

Size (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
316224236224216124
618226240226218136
1219228242228219144
1820230244230220152
2420230244230220152

Do not turn your work.

CO 2 sts (sample uses knitted CO method), pm (BOR), CO 2 sts, join for knitting in the round.

A total of 128, 140, 148 (156, 156) sts.

Work in pattern until your work measures 

3.75, 3.75, 4.25 (4.75, 4.75)” [9.5, 9.5, 10.5 (11.5, 11.5) cm] from mid back.

Separate body and sleeves

Next round: from BOR work in pattern to first marker, remove the marker, k1, place the next 26, 28, 30 (32, 32) sts on scrap yarn for the sleeve (remove the second and third marker), CO 8, 8, 8 (10, 12) sts for underarm, k1, remove the fourth marker, work in pattern to fifth marker, remove the marker, k1, place the next 26, 28, 30 (32, 32) sts on scrap yarn for the sleeve (remove the sixth and the seventh marker), CO 8, 8, 8 (10, 12) sts for the underarm, k1, remove the eight marker, work in pattern to BOR.

A total of 92, 100, 104 (112, 116) sts for the body.

Body

Work in spots pattern until your work measures 7.5, 7.75, 8.25 (8.75, 9.5)” [19, 20, 21 (22, 24) cm] from underarm.

From BOR work in pattern 22, 24, 25 (27, 28) sts, BO 2sts, work in pattern  44, 48, 50 (54, 56) sts, BO 2sts.

A total of 44, 48, 50 (54, 56) sts for the front. Continue working the front flat, the sts for the back are on hold.

Seed stitch pattern (worked flat over 2 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *(k1, p1) repeat from *

Row 2 (WS): *(p1, k1) repeat from *

Front

Row 1 (RS): work 4 sts in seed stitch pattern, ssk, work in spots pattern to 6 sts before end, k2tog, work 4 sts in seed stitch pattern

Row 2 (WS): work 4 sts in seed stitch pattern, p2tog, work in spots pattern to 6 sts before end, p2tog tbl, work 4 sts in seed stitch pattern

Decrease every round 5, 6, 6 (7, 8) more times. A total of 30, 32, 34 (36, 36) sts remaining.

Decrease every other round 7, 8, 9 (10, 10) times a total of 16, 16, 16 (16, 16) sts remaining.

Row 3 (WS): work the row in seed stitch pattern

Row 4 (RS): work 2 sts in seed stitch pattern, yo, k2tog, work 3 sts in seed stitch pattern, yo, k2tog, work 3 sts in seed stitch pattern, yo, k2tog, work in seed stitch pattern to end

Work 3 more rows in seed stitch pattern, BO using the icelandic bind-off method. 

Back

Work the decreases the same way as with the front piece. Work 1.5″ (4 cm) in seed stitch pattern. BO using the icelandic bind-off method. Break the yarn.

Sleeves

Place held stitches of a sleeve on larger needles, pick up and knit 4, 4, 4 (5, 6) sts from underarm, pm, pick up and knit 4, 4, 4 (5, 6) sts from underarm.

A total of 34, 36, 38 (42, 44) sts for the sleeve.

Work 4.5, 5, 5.5 (6, 6.5)″ [11.5, 12.5, 14 (15.5, 16.5) cm] in spots pattern.

Decrease evenly 6, 6, 6 (8, 8) sts. Take smaller needles and work 1.5, 1.5, 2 (2, 2)″ [4, 4, 5 (5, 5) cm] of ribbing k1, p1. BO using the tubular bind-off method.

Neckline & button band

Neckline

With the RS facing you beginning from right front with smaller needles pick up and knit  36, 48, 48 (48, 48) sts for the neckline edging. 

Size (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
3522214222536
6-24724218242748

Work 4 rows in seed stitch pattern and BO using the Icelandic bind-off method.

Button band

With RS facing you beginning from the bottom of the right front pick up and knit 3 sts in a row, skip the 4th. Continue picking up sts all the way up. Work 4 rows in seed stitch pattern and then make button holes from 0.5″ (1.5 cm) upper and lower end. 

1 buttonhole = yo, k2tog.

After the button band work two rows in seed stitch pattern and BO using the Icelandic bind-off method.

With RS facing you beginning from top of the left front piece pick up and knit 3 sts in a row, skip the 4th. Continue picking up sts all the way down. Work 8 rows in seed stitch pattern and BO using the icelandic bind-off method. 

Finishing

Sew 2 buttons onto the left button band and 3 at the bottom of the body.  Weave in ends and block the onesie.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Please drop a comment below and I’ll try to help you with your project.

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