Gift Wrap Romper + Sweater
Everyone knows babies are a gift! Welcome them to the world with this wrap style romper knit up in something soft for snuggling! Work it in a cotton blend with short sleeves for a summer baby or in soft wool with long pants for the colder months. When made from wool it can double as a cover over cloth diapers.
Gift Wrap is written in 7 sizes from newborn – 2T. It is knit from the top down and fastens with buttons from chest to leg along a garter stitch band. Options are included for long or short legs and sleeves as well as a striped or solid body. This comprehensive pattern includes tips to help you get the best possible results and is simple enough for the advanced beginner.
This pattern is for the Gift Wrap ROMPER + SWEATER only. Bonnet pattern sold separately.
Sizes:Directions are written for NB with changes for larger sizes in parentheses as follows: NB (3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 2T).
Measurements:Chest: 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)"
Neck Width: 3 (3½, 3½, 3¾, 3¾, 4¼, 4¼)"
Sleeve: 4 (5, 6, 6½, 7, 7½, 8)"
Sweater Length: 8½ (9½, 10½, 11½, 12½, 13½, 14½)"
Romper Length (will vary slightly depending on row gauge): up to 12 (13½, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)"
Romper Inseam: 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)"
Materials:Yarn: Note that in this pattern one leg is knit in the round and the other is knit flat. For this reason it is recommended you use a non pooling yarn if pooling bothers you. In worsted to aran weight yarn you will need approximately 290 (310, 330, 360, 390, 430, 460) yards for a romper with short sleeves and short pants or 365 (390, 420, 455, 495, 540, 580) yards for a romper with long sleeves and pants. If you choose a contrasting color yarn for the button band and hem, it should be about 20% of your total yardage.
If you choose to work the romper in stripes with CC borders your yarn should be divided as follows: color A=40%, color B=40%, CC=20%.
Needles: Double pointed needles (or needles appropriate for your preferred method of small circumference circular knitting) and circular needles in US sizes 8 and 6 (or size required to obtain gauge and two sizes smaller). For NB and 3m a 30” length will do while a longer length will work better for the larger sizes. You will be knitting flat on these circular needles, so exact length is not critical, but you will be picking up a long border so be prepared to have a lot of sts on the needles at one point.
Notions: Scrap yarn, 4 stitch markers, darning needle for weaving in ends. Buttons should be about ⅝” - ¾” in diameter. For a sweater you will need 5 buttons. For a romper with shorts you will need 8 (8, 8, 10, 10, 9) buttons. For a romper with pants for will need 10 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12) buttons.
Gauge:In stockinette stitch 19 sts and 24-25 rows = 4” using the larger needle size. Row gauge determines the body length in this pattern, so do get as close as possible to the 24-25 rows/4” required. If you are forced to choose between stitch and row gauge go with row gauge.