Note: There is an update coming which fixes a few small issues and clarifies some instructions.
The Eleanor Romper is a darling little one-piece outfit for babies. Worked with a seamless top-down raglan construction, the romper features a simple but elegant cable pattern running down the sleeves as well as the sides, all the way down to the ankles. The design is suitable for boys or girls so it can be a gender-neutral baby gift or made more masculine or feminine with color and button choice. This is the kind of garment that will be cherished by parents and passed down through generations.
Please Note: This pattern calls for the use of buttons. Be aware that buttons are a possible choking hazard, so please sew them very securely. Snaps can be used as an alternative but I recommend sewing a fabric backing onto the button bands to make it a little sturdier.
Sizes: 3 (6, 12, 18) months
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport; 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 137 yards (125 meters) /50 grams (1.76 ounces)
MC: 335 (385, 450, 530) yards / 305 (350, 410, 480) meters Whisker (25046)
CC: 55 (60, 65, 75) yards / 50 (55, 60, 70) meters Pea Pod (25052)
Needles: US #6 (4 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular (or size needed to obtain correct gauge)
US #6 (4 mm) DPN(s) or long circular (or size needed to obtain correct gauge)
US #4 (3. 5 mm) DPN(s) (optional) and long circular (or 2 sizes smaller than those used to obtain correct gauge)
Notions: Stitch markers
14 (15, 16, 19) 1/2” (13mm) buttons
Size G (4 mm) crochet hook (or size to match larger needles used to obtain correct gauge)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 29 rows/ 4 inches 10 cm
This pattern is suitable for an ambitious beginner. Skills required include: working in the round, increases, decreases, cables, picking up and knitting stitches, crochet edging, reading a very simple chart.
Thank you to my testers and to Eleanor Dixon for technical editing.