Small Things Romper + Sweater

When our children were born we counted their toes and their fingers. We marveled at their tiny tummies and took note of their birthmarks. We noticed where they were “normal” and where they were “different”, and we treasured them all the same because they were ours and perfect in our eyes. We dressed them in soft cloth, and we snuggled for hours ( and hours and hours). In our minds we hold snapshots of these moments untouched by the present no matter how long ago our children were new: the eye gazing, the sleep smiles, the middle-of-the-nights alone together. It’s the small things we remember, the small things we keep forever in our treasure chests, and it’s these same small things we hope to have the chance to pass on to our children when their children are new.

Small Things is a timeless design for babies knit from top down with a clever self-border edge and slipped stitch details. Both romper & sweater patterns include 7 sizes (NB-2T) and 4 finishing styles including the option to for bunting style fold-over mitts and footies! These comprehensive patterns are appropriate for intermediate knitters or the advanced beginner wanting to stretch a little.

This pattern includes the SWEATER + ROMPER only.  The Small Things Bonnet pattern is 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)"
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: In worsted weight yarn you will need approximately 380 (410, 450, 500, 560, 630, 710) yards. Yarn with high wool content, or another stretchy fiber, is recommended for best fit.

Needles: Double pointed needles (or needles appropriate for your preferred method of small circumference circular knitting) and circular needles in US sizes 8 (or size required to obtain gauge). For sizes up to 12 months, a 16” length will work well. A 20” length will work better for the larger sizes. Additionally, double pointed needles two sizes smaller than that required to obtain gauge will be necessary if you wish to knit the Eyelet Ruffle or the Grow-With-Me Ribbed cuffs.

Notions: Scrap yarn, 5 stitch markers, 2 buttons about ¾” - 1” in diameter, darning needle for weaving in ends.

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.