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Ihana baby overall

Overall is worked seamlessly top-down. The sleeves and legs are worked in the round and the body is worked flat in garter stitch. Lastly, a button band is worked and at the same time attached to the body.

  • Sizes: 3, 6, 12 (18, 24) months
  • Yarn: DK weight non-superwash wool

Sizes

Selecting correct size

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

Sizes

3, 6, 12 (18, 24) months

Sizes (baby’s length approximately)

56, 68, 74 (80, 86) cm

Sizes3 months6 months12 months18 months24 months
A (Bust)18″
45cm
20″
51cm
21″
53cm
22″
56cm
23″
59cm
B (Upper arm)9″
21cm
9″
23cm
10″
24cm
10″
25cm
11″
27cm
C & G (Yoke depth)3.25″
8.5cm
3.5″
9cm
3.75″
9.5cm
4″
10cm
4.25″
10.5cm
D (Underarm to crotch)7.5″
19cm
9″
23cm
10″
25.5cm
11″
28cm
11.5″
29cm
E (Crotch to cuff)7″
18cm
8.5″
22cm
9.5″
24cm
10″
25.5cm
11.5″
29cm
F (Back neck width)4″
9cm
4″
11cm
5″
12cm
5″
12cm
5″
12cm
H (Sleeve length from underarm to cuff)6″
15.5cm
6.5″
16.5cm
7.5″
19cm
8″
20.5cm
8.5″
21.5cm
I (Upper leg)11″
28cm
12″
31cm
13″
32cm
13″
33cm
14″
35cm

Gauge, notions, needles

Gauge

15 sts and 34 rows per 4″ inches (10cm) with bigger needles in garter stitch.

Please note that the gauge is quite loose. You can also try to use thicker yarn if you have trouble getting the gauge.

Recommended needles

US6 30″ (4mm 80cm) circular needle and for the ribbing US4 30″ (3.5mm 80cm) circular needle.

Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

Other

Scrap yarn, 8 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 5, 6, 6 (7, 7) buttons with a diameter of approximately 0.6″ (1.5 cm).

Yarn

Yarn used in the sample

The sample is knitted with DK weight non superwash “woolly” wool Novita Suomivilla in colorway kanervikko (100g = 248yds / 226m). Using rustic non superwash yarn produces a lovely squishy and warm fabric. Button band and neckline is knitted with DK weight superwash wool and nylon blend Novita Moominhouse in colorway Snorkmaiden (100g = 246yds / 225m).

You can replace it with any DK weight wool or wool and nylon blend yarn. For the neckband you can use softer wool than for the body.

Yardage

For the body 3, 4, 4 (5, 5) skeins of Novita Suomivilla or approximately 315, 405, 470 (530, 595) yds [290, 370, 430 (485, 545 m)] of DK weight yarn. 

For the button band  1, 1, 1 (1, 1) skein of Novita Muumitalo or approximately 50, 55, 60 (60, 65) yds [50, 60, 65 (70, 70 m)] of DK weight yarn.

Recommended yarns

Other similar yarns are for instance

or if you prefer a little bit thicker yarn you can try

Pattern

Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

Yoke

With bigger needles CO 42,44,50 (50,50) sts. Sample uses the long tail CO method.


Setup round: k1 (front), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, k 10, 10, 12 (12, 12) (sleeve) sts, pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, k 12, 14, 16 (16, 16) (back), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, k 10, 10, 12 (12, 12) (sleeve), pm, p2 (raglan stitches), pm, k1 (front)

Sizes (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
312102122102142
612102142102144
12-2412122162122150

Neckline shaping

Row 1 (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), CO 1 st (use the knitted CO method)

9 sts increased.

Row 2 (WS): k everything else but p all the raglan seam sts (slip all markers), CO 1 st

Repeat rows 1 & 2 two more times. A total of 72, 74, 80 (80, 80) sts.

Sizes (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
372162182162772
672162202162774
12-2472182222182780

Row 3 (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), CO 0, 1, 2 (2, 2) sts (use the knitted CO method)

Row 4 (WS): k everything else but p all the raglan seam sts (slip all markers), CO 0, 1, 2 (2, 2) sts

A total of 80, 84, 92 (92, 92) sts.

Sizes (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
382182202182880
692182222182984
12-241022022422021092

Raglan increases

Row 5 (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)

8 sts increased.

Repeat increases every 4th row (every other RS row)  2, 3, 3 (4, 5) more times. A total of 104, 116, 124 (132, 140) sts.

Between the increases on WS rows k everything else but p all the raglan seam sts (slip all markers). On rs row k all (slip all markers).

Sizes (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
311224226224211104
613226230226213116
1214228232228214124
1815230234230215132
2416232236232216140

Work in pattern (raglan sts stockinette otherwise garter) until your work measures approximately 3.25, 3.5, 3.75 (4, 4.25)” [8.5, 9, 9.5 (10, 10.5) cm] from mid back neck and you are at the beginning of a RS row.

Separate body and sleeves

CO the underarms sts using either the knitted CO method or the backwards loop CO method.

Row 7 (RS): k to first marker, remove the marker, k1 (front), place the next 26, 28, 30 (32, 34)  sts on scrap yarn for the sleeve (remove the second and third marker), CO 6 sts (underarm), k1, remove the fourth marker, k to fifth marker, remove the marker, k1, place the next 26, 28, 30 (32, 34) sts on scrap yarn for the sleeve (remove the sixth and the seventh marker), CO 6 sts (under arm), k1, remove the eighth marker, k to end.

A total of 64, 72, 76 (80, 84) sts  for the body. 

Body

Work in garter stitch (k all rows) until your work measures 7.5, 9, 10 (11, 11.5)” [19, 23, 25.5 (28, 29) cm] from  underarm.

Next RS row: work in pattern to end and CO 2sts, pm (mid front, BOR), CO 2sts, join for knitting in the round.

A total of 68, 76, 80 (84, 88) sts  for the body. 

Now you begin working garter stitch in the round which means that you knit every other round and purl every other round.

P one round and k one round.

Gusset

Setup round: from BOR p 34, 38, 40 (42, 44) sts, pm (mid back), p to BOR

Increase round: from BOR k2,k1fb, k to 3 sts before marker k1fb,k2, sm, k2, k1fb, k to 3 sts before BOR, k1fb, k to end

Repeat three more times every other round. A total of 84, 92, 96 (100, 104) sts.

Legs

From BOR work in garter stitch to the mid back marker. Place next 42, 46, 48 (50, 52) sts on scrap yarn for the  right leg. 

Pm, join for working in the round

Left leg: k one round, p one round

Gusset decreases

Decrease round: k1, ssk, work in garter stitch to 3 sts before the marker, k2tog, k1

Repeat five more times every  8, 10, 10 (12, 14) th round or if your row gauge differs every 0.9, 1.2, 1.2 (1.4, 1.6)” [2.5, 3, 3 (3.5, 4) cm].

A total of 30, 34, 36 (38, 40) sts.

Work in pattern until your leg measures 5.5, 7, 7.5 (8, 9.5)” [14, 18, 19 (20.5, 24) cm] from crotch.

Change to smaller needles and work 1.5, 1.5, 2 (2, 2)” [4, 4, 5 (5, 5) cm]  of ribbing k1, p1.

Tubular bind-off

Setup round 1: *(k, sl1 wyif) repeat from * to beginning of round.

Setup round 2: *(sl1 wyib, p) repeat from * to beginning of round.

Next round: Slip each stitch purlwise, slipping the knit stitches onto the working needle and the purl stitches onto the spare needle. For a tutorial how to do this bind-off without a spare needle see this video.

Break the yarn, leaving a tail that is approximately 3 times the length of the edge. Using the Kitchener stitch graft together the stitches on the front (working) needle and back (spare) needle.

Right leg

Take the working yarn and leave a long enough tail that you can use to close the small hole that forms in the crotch at the same time you weave in ends.

P one round, join for knitting in the round, k one round, p one round and begin the gusset decreases. Rest of the leg is worked the same way as the leg left.

Sleeves

Place held stitches of sleeve on larger needles, pick up and knit 3 sts from underarm, pm, pick up and knit 3 sts from underarm.

A total of 32, 34, 36 (38, 40) sts for the sleeves. Begin working in the round.

Work 7, 9, 11 (11, 13) rounds in garter stitch.

Decrease round (knit round): k1, ssk, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1.

Repeat decrease round three more times every 8, 10, 12 (12, 14) th round or if your row gauge differs every 0.9, 1.2, 1.4 (1.4, 1.6)” [2.5, 3, 3.5 (3.5, 4) cm]. A total of 24, 26, 28 (30, 32) sts.

Work in pattern until your sleeve measures 4.5, 5, 5.5 (6, 6.5)” [11.5, 12.5, 14 (15.5, 16.5) cm] from underarm.

Change to smaller needles and work 1.5, 1.5, 2 (2, 2)” [4, 4, 5 (5, 5) cm]  of ribbing k1, p1.

Bind-off the same way as legs.

Button band

Read the whole section carefully before making the button band!

First, calculate how many rows you have between the neckline and crotch. And then make the following calculation:

(number of rows- 7) / 18

For instance, I have 104 rows on my sample (size: 12 months) so I get (104-7) / 18 =5.3888

Take the whole number part of the previous result. This is how many full repeats you have of the 18-row lace pattern. In my example, it is 5. Next, calculate how many extra rows in addition to the full repeats you need to achieve the total row count.

extra rows = number of rows -number of full repeats*18

In my case, it would be 104 – 5*18 = 14

After finishing the last lace repeat we want to work a few rows of garter stitch. So calculate how many extra rows of garter stitch you need to work before beginning the lace repeat with the following formula: extra rows -7 rows of garter stitch.

In my case, the number of extra rows would be 14 – 7 = 7 rows.

If you get a number that is smaller than 0 make the calculations again with one full repeat less (in my case it would be 4).

Right side button band

With smaller needles CO 8 sts.

Attach the sts to the bottom edge of the right front piece

Pickup and knit 1 st (pickup the thread between the garter bumps) at the bottom edge of the right front piece, turn your work, k the picked st, k the next st, pass the first st over the second st, k to end.

Work according to the extra row chart beginning from lower right corner. Attach the button band always at the end of RS row as you did previously until you have worked the number of extra rows you calculated before. 

Row 1 (RS): K6, k tbl, k1. (8 sts)

Row 2 (WS): K1, p tbl, k6.

After finishing the extra rows: if you are now at the beginning of RS row work in pattern to end and pickup and knit 1 st and turn your work.

On the next row don’t slip the picked stitch over!

Next row (WS): k the picked st, k1, p tbl, k1, BO 4 sts (do not cut your yarn!), turn your work. You should have now 4 sts, a small bind-off edge and 1 st. A total of 5 sts. 

Turn your work. 

Work the button band

Work the first row according to Chart A (on page 13), pickup and knit 1 st, turn your work, k the picked st, work the next st according to row 2 of Chart A, pass the first st over, work according to the Chart A to end. 

Work this way, always working the next row of Chart A until you have worked to the last lace repeat. Work the last repeat according to Chart B. After finishing the last lace repeat work rest of the rows in garter stitch and BO.

Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k tbl, (yo, k1) × 2. (8 sts)

Row 2 (WS): K1, k tbl, p2, p tbl, p3. 

Row 3: K3, yo, k tbl, yo, k3, yo, k1. (11 sts)

Row 4: K1, k tbl, k1, p3, p tbl, p4. 

Row 5: K4, yo, k tbl, yo, k5, yo, k1. (14 sts)

Row 6: K1, k tbl, k2, p4, p tbl, p5. 

Row 7: K5, yo, k tbl, yo, k6, yo, k2. (17 sts)

Row 8: K2, k tbl, k2, p12. 

Row 9: K1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k2, yo, k3. (16 sts)

Row 10: K3, k tbl, k2, p10. 

Row 11: K1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, k tbl, k2. (15 sts)

Row 12: K2, p tbl, k1, k tbl, k2, p8. 

Row 13: K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, k tbl, k2. (14 sts)

Row 14: K2, p tbl, k2, k tbl, k2, p6. 

Row 15: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k5, k tbl, k2. (12 sts)

Row 16: K2, p tbl, k5, p4. 

Row 17: Sl1, k2tog, psso, k6, k tbl, k2. (10 sts)

Row 18: K2, p tbl, k1, bind off × 5. (5 sts)

Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k tbl, (yo, k1) × 2. (8 sts)

Row 2 (WS): K1, k tbl, p2, p tbl, p3. 

Row 3: K3, yo, k tbl, yo, k3, yo, k1. (11 sts)

Row 4: K1, k tbl, k1, p3, p tbl, p4. 

Row 5: K4, yo, k tbl, yo, k5, yo, k1. (14 sts)

Row 6: K1, k tbl, k2, p4, p tbl, p5. 

Row 7: K5, yo, k tbl, yo, k6, yo, k2. (17 sts)

Row 8: K2, k tbl, k2, p12. 

Row 9: K1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k2, yo, k3. (16 sts)

Row 10: K3, k tbl, k2, p10. 

Row 11: K1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k2, yo, k4. (15 sts)

Row 12: K4, k tbl, k2, p8. 

Row 13: K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k5. (14 sts)

Row 14: K5, k tbl, k2, p6. 

Row 15: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k8. (12 sts)

Row 16: K8, p4. 

Row 17: Sl1, k2tog, psso, k9. (10 sts)

Row 18: K5, bind off × 5. (5 sts)

Left side button band

With bigger needles and RS facing you, beginning from the top edge of the left front piece, pick up and knit 1 st between every garter bump. Work 1″ [2.5 cm] in garter stitch. BO using the icelandic bind-off method.

Neckline

With the RS facing you beginning from right front (on top of the button band) with smaller needles pickup and knit  53, 57, 65 (65, 65) sts for the neck ribbing

Sizes (months)FrontRaglanSleeveRaglanBackRaglanSleeveRaglanFrontTotal
362102122102753
672102142102857
12-2482122162122965

Row (WS): p1, k1

Work 5 more rows of ribbing and bind off the same way as cuffs.

Finishing

Block the lace part of your button band by letting it first soak so that it’s thoroughly and evenly damp. Remove excess water and shape the button band. Use some pins to attach it to a blocking mat so that it holds its shape. Leave to dry thoroughly before removing  the pins. Attach the bottoms of the button bands to mid front so that the lace band is on top. Sew together the opening between the legs. Weave in ends and sew the buttons on to the left band. 

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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