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Project 1 - Field of Flowers Baby Jacket 2

Knitting
May 2006
Cobweb / 1 ply ?
8 stitches and 16 rows = 1 inch in garter stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2.5 mm
Newborn to 3 months

Pattern Description from Heirloom Knitting: “The Field of Flowers baby jacket is made inexactly the same way as Baby’s First Jacket except that I have worked a slightly modified Field of Flowers Pattern into it. … This jacket has a picot crochet edging.”

Materials:

  • 2 x 1/2 ozs of Shetland Cobweb 1 ply (28g) or 2 x 1 ozs (56g) of Shetland Lace-weight 2 ply; wound into balls ready for knitting. If using the Cobweb 1 ply, you will only need a little from the second ball to finish off the second front. Enough should be left over to make a bonnet or bootees, and there is a bootee pattern with this project.
  • 2.75 mm Circular needle - (British size 12), 40cm long or equivalent knitting needles
  • Blunt tapestry needle or similar, for sewing up
  • Small button
  • 2.5 mm Crochet hook

Finished Size: When made up and dressed, the jacket is a 20 inch (50cm) chest exactly and the back measures 9 incehs (22.5cm) from nape to hem. In practice, the knitting and the wool are most elastic, which together with the button-at-the-neck style means this jacket easily fits a new baby. This pattern is based on a 1913 baby vest and has a narrow back and overlapping fronts.

Tension: “My personal working tension is 8 stitches and 16 rows to the square inch/2.5cm, using above needles and the Shetland 1 ply. This is measured over undressed knitting gently spread - i.e. knitting still on the pin, not washed and stretched. If you tension is near this and you are comfortable, don’t worry too much - the finished jacket will fit one baby or another. If you tension is much tighter and you have more titches and rows to an inch (2.5cm), use a size larger set of knitting needles.”

Pages 239-241.