Knit Your Own Baby Set

This cross-over, kimono-style cardigan has raglan sleeves. It’s knitted in stocking stitch with moss-stitch borders, finished off with crochet edging. The yarn is a mixture of wool, silk and cashmere.

Yarn amounts are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate. Instructions are given for small size. Where they vary, work figures in round brackets for larger sizes. Instructions in square brackets are worked as stated after 2nd bracket.

This cross-over, kimono-style cardigan has raglan sleeves. It’s knitted in stocking stitch with moss-stitch borders, finished off with crochet edging. The yarn is a mixture of wool, silk and cashmere.

Knitting pattern skill level: Medium. Would suit a fairly experienced knitter.

Measurements
Kimono: To fit ages 3 to 6 (6-9)(9-12) months.
Actual chest measurements 53 (56) (59) cm/21 (22) (23¼) in.
Side seam 15 (16) (17) cm/ 6 (6¼) (6½) in.
Length to back neck 25.5 (27) (29) cm/10 (10½) (11½) in.
Sleeve seam 15 (17) (19.5) cm/ 6 (6½) (7¾) in.

Shoes: To fit ages 3-6 (6-9) months.

Materials
Kimono: 3 (3) (4) 50g balls of 4 ply. 3mm (No. 11) and 3¼mm (No. 10) knitting needles; size 2.00 crochet hook; 3 buttons and a length of narrow ribbon.

Shoes: 1 x 50g ball of 4 ply. 2¾mm (No. 12) and 3¼mm (No. 10) knitting needles; size 2.00 crochet hook; 4 buttons.

Tension
28 stitches and 36 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch, using 3¼mm needles.

Abbreviations
K, knit; p, purl; st, stitch; tog, together; p2togb, p2tog through back of sts; inc, increase (by working twice in same st); dec, decrease (by taking 2 sts tog); ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side); mst, moss st; skpo, slip 1, k1, pass slip st over; nil, meaning nothing is worked here for this size; dc, double crochet.

kimono baby set

How to knit the kimono

For the back
With 3mm needles, cast on 75 (79) (83) sts. Mst row: K1, [p1, k1] to end. Mst another 29 rows.

Change to 3¼mm needles.
Beginning with a k row, ss 32 (36) (40) rows. Shape raglan armholes: Cast off 4 (4) (3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.

Next row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, skpo, k2. P 1 row.
Repeat last 2 rows, 17 (18) (20) times more – 31 (33) (35) sts.
Cast off.

Left front
With 3mm needles, cast on 63 (65) (69) sts. Mst 30 rows as given on back.

Change to 3¼mm needles.
Beginning with a k row, ss 30 (34) (38) rows.

Shape neck: Next row: K to last 4 sts, skpo, k2. Next row: P2, p2togb, p to end – 61 (63) (67) sts.

Shape raglan armhole:
1st row: Cast off 4 (4) (3), k to last 4 sts skpo, k2.
2nd row: P2, p2togb, p to end.
3rd row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, skpo, k2.
Repeat last 2 rows, 15 (16) (17) times more, then 2nd row again – 7 (6) (8) sts.
Next row: K2, k2tog, skpo, k1 (nil) (2). Next row: P2, p2togb, p1 (nil) (2) – 4 (3) (5) sts.
1st size: Next row: K2tog, skpo.
3rd size: Next row: K1, k2tog, skpo – 3 sts. P 1 row. 2nd and 3rd sizes: Next row: K1, k2tog.
All sizes: P2tog and fasten off.

Right front
With 3mm needles, cast on 63 (65) (69) sts.

Mst 30 rows as given on back. Change to 3¼mm needles. Beginning with a k row, ss 30 (34) (38) rows.

Shape neck: Next row: K2, k2tog, k to end. Next row: P to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2. Next row: K2, k2tog, k to end – 60 (62) (66) sts.

Shape raglan armhole: 1st row: Cast off 4 (4) (3), p to last 4 sts p2tog, p2.
2nd row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, skpo, k2.
3rd row: P to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2. Repeat last 2 rows, 15 (16) (17) times more – 7 (6) (8) sts.
Next row: K1 (nil) (2), k2tog, skpo, k2. Next row: P1 (nil) (2), p2tog, p2 – 4 (3) (5) sts.
1st size: Next row: K2tog, skpo.
3rd size: Next row: K2tog, skpo, k1 – 3 sts. P 1 row. 2nd and 3rd sizes: Next row: K2tog, k1. All sizes: P2tog and fasten off.

Sleeves (both alike)
With 3mm needles, cast on 35 (39) (43) sts. Mst 20 rows as given on back, increasing 4 sts evenly across last row – 39 (43) (47) sts.

Change to 3¼mm needles. Beginning with a k row, ss 4 rows. Inc 1 st at each end of next row and 6 (6) (7) following 4th (6th) (6th) rows – 53 (57) (63) sts. Ss another 11 (7) (9) rows.

Shape raglan top: Cast off 4 (4) (3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 3rd size only: Next row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, skpo, k2.
Next row: P2, p2togb, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2. Repeat last 2 rows, once more – 49 sts.
All sizes: Next row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, skpo, k2. P 1 row. Repeat last 2 rows, 17 (18) (18) times more – 9 (11) (11) sts. Cast off.

Front edging
Join all raglan seams. With right side facing and using 2.00 hook, rejoin yarn at cast-on edge of right front, work 1 row of dc up right front to shoulder, across right sleeve top, back neck and left sleeve top, then down left front to cast-on edge. Do not turn. Work 1 row of backwards dc (dc worked from left to right). Fasten off.

To make up
Press as given on ball band. Join side and sleeve seams. With crochet hook, make 3 button loops along straight edge of left front: first one above mst welt, last one just below neck shaping and remaining one evenly spaced between. Sew on buttons. Make one loop on right front just below neck shaping. Sew centre of ribbon to left side seam to correspond with loop on right front.

How to knit the matching shoes.

Soles (make 2)
Using 2 strands of yarn tog and 3¼mm needles, cast on 5 sts for back edge.

Mst row: K1, [p1, k1] to end. Working extra sts into mst as they occur, inc 1 st at each of next row and following alternate row – 9 sts. Mst 3 rows. Inc 1 st at each end of next row and following 11th row – 13 sts. Mst 15 (23) rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row. Mst 1 row. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows – 5 sts. Cast off.

Uppers (make 2)
Using a single strand of yarn and 2¾mm needles, cast on 64 (71) sts.

Beginning with a k row, ss 8 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next 2 rows and 2 following alternate rows, then on following row – 54 (61) sts. Work 1 row. Mark 6th (7th) st from each end on last row. Cast off.

Top edging: With right side facing, a single strand of yarn and 2.00 hook, rejoin yarn to cast-on edge of upper and work 1 row of dc along cast-on edge. Do not turn. Work 1 row of backwards dc (dc worked from left to right). Fasten off.

To make up
Press as given on ball band. Overlap ends of uppers, having shaped ends together and 8 straight row-ends either side across to markers and oversew these edges together. Sew soles to uppers. With crochet hook, make 2 button loops along top layer of each shoe. Sew on buttons.

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