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Preemie Set

 

Designed by Lisa Thomas. ©Copyright 1999

Revised © Lisa Thomas 2001

 

8 ply or DK (I used Sirdar Snuggly and Cleckheaton Dreamtime 4ply(Dbl'd)

Tension - Using 4mm needles 21sts to 10cm for 8ply and 22sts to 10cm for DK

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Chest

22cm

25cm

30cm

35cm

Head

21cm

25cm

30cm

35cm

Length of garment

13cm

17cm

22cm

25cm

Length of Baby

30cm

35cm

45cm

55cm

Approx weight

2 to 3lb (1-1.5kg)

4lb (approx. 1.5 - 2kg)

5lb (approx. 2.5 - 3kg)

6 - 8lb (approx. 3 - 4kg)

NOTE: With these sizes use the chest as the guide for cardigan and head as the guide for the hat. I found that he was quite often fitting into mismatched sets (hat from smaller or bigger set than the cardigan I had knit) rates of growth for body and head did not always match. My solution was to keep knitting a little bigger each time and have sets ready for his next growth spuirt.

 

 CARDIGAN

Back

Using 4mm needles cast on 30 (34, 39, 44) sts.

Work 6 rows of garter st. then work in st. st. until work measures 13 (17, 22, 25)cms.

Shape shoulder cast off 3 (4, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 4 rows then 4 (5, 6, 6)sts at beg of next 2 rows.

Cast off rem sts.

Left Front

Using 4mm needles cast on 15 (17, 19, 22)sts work as for for back starting with 6 rows of garter st then continue in st. st until 10 (12, 12, 14) rows less than beg of shoulder shaping on back, ending with a right side.

Shape neck

Cast off 2 (2, 3, 3) at beg of next row = 13 (15, 16, 19) sts

Dec at neck edge on foll 4th rows until 10 (12, 14, 15) sts remain ending with a wrong side row.

Shape shoulder

Cast off 3 (4, 5, 6)sts at beg at next and foll alt rows until 4 (4, 4, 3)sts rem. Knit 1 row then cast off.

Right Front

Using 4mm needles Cast on 15 (17, 19, 22)sts work 6 rows garter st then st. st until 10 (12, 12, 14) rows less then back shoulder shaping, ending with a wrong side.

Shape neck

Cast off 2 (2, 3, 3) sts at beg of next row = 13 (15, 16, 19)sts

Dec. at neck edge on foll 4th rows until 10 (12, 14, 15) sts rem. Ending with a right side.

Shape shoulder

Cast off 3 (4, 5, 6) sts at beg of next and foll alt rows until 4 (4, 4, 3) sts rem knit

Cast off rem sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

Using 4mm needles Cast on 22 (25, 28, 31) sts. Work 6 rows garter st then work st. st. increasing at the end of every 4th row. Until there are 30 (34, 38, 44) sts cont. until sleeve measures 6 (8, 10, 11)cms or desired length.

Cast off.

Neck band

Join shoulder seams, pick up approx. 35 (40, 40, 43) sts evenly around neck edge. Knit 1 row and cast off loosely.

Left Front band

Using 4mm needles pick up sts evenly beg at bottom edge with wrong side facing you Knit 3sts, yo k2tog. *k7, yo k2tog. Rep from * rep once. Purl next row then cast off.

Right Front band

Work as for left without button holes.

To make up.

Tie markers 6 (8, 11, 12) cms down from shoulder shaping on both front and back each side to mark armholes. Sew in sleeve evenly between markers. Join sleeve and side seams. Sew on buttons.

Changes to Pattern

The weights I've used are only guidelines to when they fitted my son and as he was considered short as well it might be wise to lengthen the pattern if unsure. Not all babies are alike, some babies although small may be long and visa versa.

 

 

 HAT

Using dp 4mm needles. Cast on 46 (55, 66, 77)sts evenly onto 3 ndles.

1st round - knit

2nd round - purl

rep these 2 rows for 10 rounds

Then st. st until 28 (32, 36, 42) rounds have been completed.

Shaping

*K2tog k2 K2tog rep from * k2tog

next row knit.

*K2 K2tog * K1 K2tog, rep from * to end.

Knit next 2 rows

K1 *K2tog rep from *

When approx 6 sts remain, break off yarn and run yarn through rem sts and fasten off securely.

 

 BOOTIES

Using 4mm needles. Cast on 18 (20, 22, 24) sts and work garter st for 6 (8, 10, 12) rows.

Stocking stitch 4 (6, 8, 10) rows.

*K2 yo K2tog rep from * K2

purl row

2 rows of st. st.

Shape instep - k11 (12, 14, 16)sts turn, k4 (4, 6, 6)sts turn. Cont on centre 4 (4, 6, 6)sts.

Work 10 (12, 14, 16) rows in stocking st. turn break off yarn leave sts on left needle. Now with wrong side facing front, join yarn and purl sts on left needle.

Shape sides - Join yarn at beg of row starting with 7 sts on right needle. Knit up 7 (8, 9, 10) sts evenly along right side of instep. Knit 4 (4, 6, 6) sts of centre, knit up 7 (8, 9, 10) sts evenly along left side of instep then knit rem 7 (8, 8, 9) sts = 32 (36, 40, 45)sts.

Work 4 (6, 6, 8) rows.

Heel & Toe

1st row - k2tog, k10 (12, 14, 16)sts (k2tog, k2tog) 4 times, k10 (12, 14, 16)sts, k2tog = 28 (32, 36, 41) sts.

2nd & alt rows - knit

3rd row - k2tog, k8 (10, 12, 14)sts, (k2tog, k2tog) 3 times, k8 (10, 12, 15)sts, k2tog = 24 (28, 32, 37) sts.

Knit 1 row

Use kitchener stitch to graft the stitches together, which gives a nice finish.

 

 

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