(Baby Shower Gift)
Knitting Pattern By: Amal Saleh
This Baby project is knitted as one rectangular piece then folded like an envelope to receive the newborn and keep her/him warm. It makes an easy quick gift for any expectant mother.
The pattern is worked using size 7 US needles and worsted weight yarn category 4. Includes newborn size along with suggestions to customize dimensions and accommodate bigger babies.
Finished Measurements (Unwashed/Unblocked):
- Width – 12 ½”
- Length (Folded) – 20 ½”
Needles & Markers:
- Straight or Circular Size 7 US (4.5mm)
- Dpns or Circular Size 4 US (3.5mm)
- Two ring markers & one removable marker (optional)
- The featured project is worked using Sincerely, Purl Essence Baby yarn. Color, Sincerely Lavender.
- To complete this envelope, you may need about 250 grams or 474 yards (1 ½ Skeins).
Buttons or Zippers:
- Zippers are ideal for this project because iCord provides the stability needed to hand sew or machine sew a zipper on each side of the envelop. If you decide on zippers, you may need two 12” long.
- If you decide on buttons, I recommend buying them after completing the project so you can try them on and make sure they’re the right size and style. For this project you may need about 10 buttons.
- Garter – 4 stitches & 4 ridges in one inch.
- Fisherman’s Rib – 4 stitches & 8 rows in one inch.
- This pattern is worked as one piece and presented in three parts: Hood Section, Back Section, and Front Section.
- The Hood Section is worked in garter rows then the Cast On edge is folded in half and joined to form the hood.
- The Back Section is worked in repeated pattern of Fisherman’s Rib, bordered and interrupted by garter rows.
- The Front Section is the same as the Back Section with the addition of the buttonholes.
- All borders are finished by continuous iCord using Dpns.
- The Buttons featured in this project are not sewed on. They’re placed for presentation proposes.
- After I finished writing this pattern, I discovered that the yarn I used is discontinued and replaced by another brand. Luckily the yarn brand does not affect the pattern in any way. So if you could not find the same yarn, any Aran worsted weight yarn will work perfectly for this project.
- To avoid allergy in newborn it’s recommended that you use acrylic or cotton fibers.
Stitches & Techniques:
Before starting on this project please make sure you master the following:
- Cable Cast On or Provisional Cast On
- Garter Stitch
- Fisherman’s Rib (K1b, P1)
- Button Holes
- 3 Needles Bind Off
|K1b||Knit One Below|
|K2tog||Knit Two Together|
|Repeat||Repeat rows or stitches between round brackets|
|Ridges||Ridges in Garter are formed by two rows of knit every stitch or two rows of purl every stitch. In garter it’s easier to count ridges than rows.|
|SSK||Slip, Slip, Knit|
- Hood Section
Using larger size needle and Cable Cast On, or Provisional Cast On, Co 51 Sts
|R1 to R50||Work 25 Ridges in Garter|
- Back Section
|R1||K5, K1b, (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts, K5|
|R2||K5, P1, (K1b, P1) Repeat until last five Sts, K5|
|R3 to R18||Repeat R1 & R2|
|R19 to R24||Work 3 Ridges in Garter|
|R25 to R144||Repeat R1 to R24 five more times or until piece measures 21” from Co|
- Front Section
|R1 to R6||K (work 3 Ridges of Garter)|
|R7, R9, R11, R13, R17, R19, R21, R23||K5, K1b, (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts, K5|
|R8, R10, R12, R14, R16, R18, R20, R22, R24||K5, P1, (K1b, P1) Repeat until last five Sts, K5|
|R15 (Button Hole)||K1, K2tog, Yo, K2, K1b (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts,
K2, Yo, SSK, K1
|R25 to R120||Repeat R1 to R24 four more times or until piece measures 34” from Co|
|R121 to R126||K (work 3 Ridges of Garter) Do Not Bo (keep stitches alive on waste yarn or stitch holder to be used later in iCord)|
Finishing & Edging:
- Hood – Using smaller size needles, pick up stitches from Cable Co edge or Provisional Co Edge, fold in half and use Three Needles Bo to close the hood and form the triangular shape.
- iCord – Using smaller (or larger) size needles, start the iCord at the last Row of the Back Section and end it at the first row of the front section so when you sew to connect the two ends of the iCord it will be hidden in the corner folding of the envelop.
How To Customize Size
- When casting on, add or subtract 2 stitches to increase or decrease the width of this baby envelope.
- You can increase or decrease the length by adding or subtracting ridges (2 rows) from Garter rows or 2 rows from Fisherman’s rows.
How To Avoid Mistakes
- Garter sides can be easily confused even by experienced knitters.To avoid such confusion place removable marker on the Wrong Side (or the Right Side) when working the Hood Section.
- When starting the Back Section, place a ring marker after the first five stitches and before the last five stitches. It will help remind the pilot knitter inside you that you are starting or ending the Fisherman’s Rib.