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Baby Leggings (February)

Knitting
January 1980
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm

Summary  Practical baby garment (pants with bootee-foot) that allows a baby to move about without uncovering itself. 

Additional Information
GAUGE and MATERIALS: Same as Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  Don’t worry too much about size; babies vary, and knitting stretches.  1 16" circular needle, and 1 set sock-needles of the same size.

This month’s chapter, Some Babies' Things, covers Double Knitting (Double -Knitting Blanket or Pad and Double-Knitting Pot-Handler), a Square Baby Shawl and a Baby Sweater on Two Needles.

Elizabeth Zimmermann's elaboration on the Baby Sweater on Two Needles: Although babies rarely, if ever, express their pleasure at being dressed in wool, it is surely manifest when you dote on a small plump person soundly and contentedly asleep, swaddled in woollen sweater, woollen leggings, and a soft wool bonnet, snugly tucked under a fine warm wool blanket. [...] We will now pass on to longies, or baby-leggings. [...]

Longies take the place, in one fell swoop, of all manner of dresses, soakers, and booties, and let the child wriggle to its heart’s content, unimpeded, and without uncovering itself.

From the back of the book.

"The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater."

This pattern can also be found in "The Opinionated Knitter".

It was first published in Newsletter #17, Fall 1966.