Not a fleece vest by Justine Turner
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Not a fleece vest

DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
newborn, 3, 6, 12, 24 months, 3, 4 years
This pattern is available for NZ$15.00.

Fleece vests are sensible and cute on toddlers…but I hate the thought of putting plastic on a baby! (even if it is recycled!)
so here is my solution, a warm knitted vest, with cute as i-cord edging…don’t be put off by the i-cord, the pattern has easy to follow instructions to make you an expert in no time!

Just as easy to wear as the original and just as easy to launder if you use machine wash wool.

The baby basics are a set of easy to knit tops and accessories for babies and young children. 4 of the tops are “popovers” tops with buttons or i-cord ties in place of side seams and sleeves, think “fitted poncho” or “tabard”. These tops are easy over the head and make independent dressing so easy for busy little people.

All of these garments are suitable for beginners who have access to: the internet, an experienced knitter or a good knitting reference book.

All abbreviations are explained and the pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

Actual chest measurement (child) 40.5 (43, 45.5, 48, 50.5, 55, 57.5) cm/16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21.75, 22.75)”

Yarn: Naturally Harmony Wool DK
125 m (136 yd) per 50 grams/1.76 ounces 100% Pure NZ Merino
2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) balls for popover tops and vest, Main colour (MC).
1 (1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2) additional balls for Hooded popover.
1 ball for leggies and or hat (all sizes)

Small amount (up to 25g) for contrast colour (CC) on vest and square neck top if working intarsia.

4 ply (fingering) weight yarn: small amount in contrast colour (CC) for funnel neck popover.

Buttons: 2 buttons for popover tops, 2cm diameter (buttons must fit firmly through buttonholes) 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) buttons for vest

Needles: 3.25mm/US3 circular needle (used straight throughout) 4mm/US6 circular needle (used straight throughout) or size to attain gauge. Circular needles are easier to maneuver when you are knitting neckbands and hoods.

Accessories: darning needle, 3 stitch holders (or scrap yarn), stitch markers, 2 x 4mm double pointed needles if working vest or hat.