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Boy's Christening Romper
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Boys Christening Romper

Designed by Judy Lamb 2008

Difficulty Level: Experienced

Materials: White Sport Weight Yarn, size 3 and 6 (U.S.) needles, size 6 circular needle 24 inches, set of size 6 double pointed needles, 4 small buttons, 10 sew-on snaps.

Gauge: 5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch.

Leaf Pattern:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: (k4, p4) across.
Row 4: (k3, p4, k1) across.
Row 5: (p2, k4, p2) across.
Row 6: (k1, p4, k3) across.
Row 7: (k3, p4, k1) across.
Row 8: (p2, k4, p2) across.
Row 9: (k1, p4, k3) across.
Row 10: (p4, k4) across.
Rows 11: knit
Rows 12, 13, 14: purl

Directions:
Pants:
With smaller needles, cast on 35 sts loosely. Work in rib as follows:
Row 1(right side): (k1-b, p1) across.
Row 2: (k1, p1-b) across.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 till ribbing measures 1 inch.
On next row, increase in all but first and last sts (68 sts).
Change to larger needles.
Purl next row.
Work 5 more rows st st, inc 1 st each side of every right side row.
Begin Leaf Pattern, continuing to inc 1 st each side of every right side row.
After Leaf Pattern is complete, work in st st , until there are 100 sts on needle. Work even till piece measures 6 inches.
Bind off 5 sts at beg on next 2 rows. Place all sts on a spare needle. Break yarn.

Repeat for other side of Pants, but do not break yarn. Combine sts onto circular needle as follows: Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2 tog, place a marker, ssk from spare needle, knit to last 2 sts, k2 tog, place marker. Knit 1 round.
Round 1: (ssk, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2 tog, slip marker) twice.
Round 2: knit.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 once more, removing marker in middle of round.
Knit even in rounds until piece measures 14 inches from bottom edge.
Make pleats as follows: k1, *slip 4 sts to right needle. Slip 4 sts to 1st dpn, then slip 4 sts to 2nd dpn. Twist 1st dpn clockwise, reversing sts. Slip 4 sts from right needle back to left needle. Hold 1st dpn behind left needle and 2nd dpn behind 1st. Knit 3 sts tog (one st from each needle) 4 times. Knit 2. Rep from * to * once more. Knit 28 sts. ** Slip 4 sts to 1st dpn, slip 4 sts to 2nd dpn. Twist 2nd dpn counterclockwise. Hold 2nd dpn behind left needle, then 1st dpn behind 2nd. K3 tog (one st from each needle) 4 times. Knit 2.**
Rep ** to ** once more.
Rep from * to * twice more. Knit 28 sts. Work from ** to ** twice more, ending with k1 at end of second repeat.
Remove marker. Pick up running thread between needles, and k1-b. K2.
Split for back opening: Turn and knit all the way around. Cast on 5 sts.
(Turn work and knit 1 row) twice.
Work Leaf Pattern, leaving 5 sts at each end in garter stitch for button/ buttonhole bands.
On row 7 of pattern, work 1st buttonhole on last five sts as follows: k2, yo, k2 tog, k1.
On row 11 of pattern, bind off armholes: k 26, bind off 6 sts, k 45, bind off 6 sts, k 25.

Left Back:
Row 1: k5, p 21.
Row 2: p2 tog, p19, k5.
Row 3: k5, p 20.
Row 4: p2 tog, p18, k5.
Row 5: k5, p19.
Row 6: knit to last 5 sts, make buttonhole.
Row 7: k5, purl.
Row 8: knit.
Knit 3 rows.
Work Leaf Pattern.
When armhole measures 3 inches, bind off 9 sts at center back, p7, wf, turn. K7. Turn Bind off purlwise, picking up wrap.

Front: With wrong side facing, attach yarn and purl across Front sts.
Row 1: (p2 tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2 tog)
Row 2: purl.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Work in set pattern to match Left Back.
On row 7 of Patt, bind off center 8 sts of Front: (k17, b.o.8, k17).
Working each side of Front separately, dec 1 st at neck edge every row 3 times. When armhole measures 3 inches, and right side facing for next row on Right Front, and wrong side facing for Left Front, p7, wf, turn, p7. Turn. Bind off knitwise, picking up wrap.

Right Back: Attach yarn to rem sts. Purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 1: k5, purl to last 2 sts, p2 tog
Row 2: purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Work in pattern same as Left Back, reversing shapings.
Sew shoulder seams.
Sew bottom of button band underneath buttonhole band.

Sleeves: (make two):
With smaller needles, cast on 24 sts. Work in ribbing same as for Leg of pants till ribbing measures 1 inch.
Next row: (Inc in next st, k1) across. (36 sts).
Change to larger needles.
Starting with purl row, work st st for 4 rows.
Knit 4 rows.
Work pattern.
Purl 3 rows.
Work in st st till sleeve measures 6 inches.
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next two rows.
Dec 1 st each side of next 2 rows.
Work 4 rows even.
Dec 1 st each side of next next 2 right side rows.
Work 1 row even.
Dec 1 st each side of next 3 rows, binding off on last row.

Sew sleeve seams.
Sew sleeves into armholes.

Collar: With wrong side facing and size 6 needles, pick up 25 sts between center front of neck, and middle of button band.
Row 1: k2, p21, k2.
Row 2: knit
Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off loosely, knitwise.
Repeat for other side of collar, picking up 25 sts between middle of buttonhole band and center front of neck.

Sew crotch sts together on Front. Repeat for Back.
Front Snap band: Pick up 80 sts along front of right and left leg.
Knit 1 row (turning row).
(Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) twice.
Bind off.

Back snap band: knit 1 row, purl 1 row.
Knit 3 rows.
Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row.
Bind off.
Turn both snap bands along turning row, and sew in place. Sew 10 snaps to legs, evenly spaced.
Sew buttons under buttonholes.

Tam:
With size 6 needles, cast on 74 sts. Work in ribbing same as for Back for 6 rows.
Next row: k1, M1, (k2, M1) to last stitch, k1. (100 sts).
(Purl 1 row, knit 1 row) twice.
Knit 3 rows.
Work Leaf Pattern through row 12, decreasing 4 sts evenly on last row.
Shape Crown:
Row 1: k1 (ssk, k14, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 2 (and all even rows): purl.
Row 3: k1, (ssk, k12, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 5: k1, (ssk, k10, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 7: k1, (ssk, k8, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 9: k1, (ssk, k6, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 11: k1, (ssk, k4, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 13: k1, (ssk, k2, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 15: k1, (ssk, k2 tog) 6 times, k1.
Row 17: k1, (k2 tog) 6 times, k1.

Leaving a tail for sewing, cut yarn, and thread thru remaining sts and pull tight. Sew hat seam.

Booties (make 2):
With size 6 needles, cast on 19 sts.
Row 1: k9, pm, k1, pm, k9.
Row 2: k1, inc in next st, knit to 1 st before marker, inc in next st, sm, k1, sm, inc in next st, knit to last two sts, inc in next st, k1.
Rows 3-6: Repeat row 2 (39 sts).
Knit 8 rows even.
Shape instep:
Knit 24 sts.
Row 1: Turn and purl 8, p2 tog-b.
Row 2: Turn and k8, k2 tog.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 27 sts rem on needle. Knit to end.
(Purl 5 rows. Knit 1 row) twice.
Purl 4 rows.
Bind off.

Sew back seam and sole of bootie.


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