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Baby Soaker & Detachable Bib
Free Knitting Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Size: Infant
Materials: Kentucky All Purpose Rayon Yarn or substitute to give the tension below
1 pair each Size 3 & 4 knitting needles
1 1/2 yards 1/4 inch elastic
1 inch ribbon (optional)
Abbreviations:
 K  knit
 P  purl
 YO  yarn over
 st(s)  stitch(es)
 inc  increase
 tog  together
 ins  inches
Tension: 5 1/2 sts = 1 inch
8 rows = 1 inch

Knit set for an infant with soakers and detachable bib to wear as a play suit or a sun suit. Woven ribbon or other trim woven is optional.

SOAKERS:
Beginning at front waist, using size 3 needles, cast on 48 sts.
Rib in k 1, p 1 for 3 rows.
Next row, to form holes for elastic, * k 1, k 2 tog, YO, p 1, repeat from * across row.
Next row, continue ribbing as before, working a p st in YO of previous row.
Rib for 2 more rows, then change to size 4 needles and pattern st.

Row 1: K (right side of work)
Row 2: * k 1, p 1, repeat from * across row.
Row 3: K.
Row 4: * p 1, k 1, repeat from * across row.
Repeat these 4 rows for pattern st throughout soakers.

When work measures 5 ins. from waist edge, begin shaping for legs.
Bind off 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then dec 2 st at beginning of each row, taking care to keep pattern st uniform until 20 sts remain.
Work 2 rows even.

Begin increasing 1 st at beginning of each row until 58 sts for back.
Work even until back measures 5 ins from last inc.
To shape back waist, work to within 12 sts from end of next row, turn, work back to within 12 sts from end of row, turn, work to end of row.
Change to size 3 needles and begin ribbing in k 1, p 1 (across entire row) for 3 rows.
Work 1 row forming elastic holes, as in front.
Rib for 2 more rows.
Bind off.

Leg Ribbing:
Using size 3 needles, k 58 sts around entire leg.
Rib in k 1, p 1 for 2 rows.
If desired, work 1 row forming holes for ribbon insert; if plain rib preferred, substitute 1 row rib.
Rib for 2 more rows.
Bind off loosely.
Work other leg ribbing to correspond.

Finishing:
Join side seams.
If desired to cover elastic with ribbon, sew edges tog, of 38 inches of 1 inch ribbon to form a 1/2 inch tube. Using bobbin, run 17 ins of elastic through tube, sewing ends of elastic securely 6 inches from ends of tube. Weave ribbon through holes in waist, beginning at centre back, tie in back.
If ribbon elastic desired in leg ribbing, make a 22 inch ribbon tube, run 8 1/4 ins of elastic through tube, sewing ends, 5 ins from end of tube. Weave through holes beginning at seam. Tie ribbon into bows.

BIB:
Using size 4 needles, cast on 38 sts.
Work in pattern st, decreasing 1 st at beginning of each row until 12 sts remain.
Bind off.
Using size 3 needles, k 70 sts around sides and top edges of bib.
Rib in k 1, p 1 for 1 row.
Next row to keep ribbing flat, inc 1 st in each of 2 sts on either side of top edge of rib.
Next row rib uniformly.
If ribbon trim is desired, work next row to form holes; if plain rib is desired, substitute 1 row rib.
Work 2 more rows rib.
Bind off loosely.
For bib waist ribbing, using size 3 needles, k 48 sts along lower edge of bib, including rib on edge.
Rib in k 1, p 1 for 2 rows.
Next row, work to form holes.
Work 2 rows more or rib.
Bind off.

Shoulder Straps:
Knit 7 sts from rib at top corners of bib.
Rib in k 1, p 1 until strap measures 10 ins.
Make holes as follows: K 1, k 2 tog, YO, p 1, k 2 tog, YO, k 1.
Rib for 2 rows.
Bind off.

To join bib to soaker, beginning at centre back, run ribbon through holes of waist ribbing and through strap holes at same time, then on front weave ribbon through front and bib at the same time.
If desired, weave a 13-inch tube of ribbon, without elastic, through holes in bib top, sewing ends on wrong side at waist ribbing.

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