Monday, June 4, 2007

Le Petit Trianon (Free Baby Knitting Pattern)

Once I applied the bow to this newborn/3 months wrap, I found there was something very Versailles about it. So I decided to name it Le Petit Trianon . Le Petit Trianon is an easy pattern to knit. There are no seams, it is mostly stockinette stitch with an ounce of garter. I used a thick and thin chunky yarn by Di Ve called Fiamma, and used US 10.5 needles. The thick and thin gives it a relaxed rustic appearance, in contrast with the proper bow.

Best of all, the thick and thin bulky yarn makes it an express project. Even if the baby shower is tomorrow, you will be done!

Materials: 3 balls Di Ve Fiamma color 29047 (I had about 1 yard left!)

Needles: 24" US 10 1/2, US 10 1/2 dpts

Gauge: 3 1/4 stitches inch
Cast on 90 stitches loosely as the yarn is somewhat fragile. Knitting back and forth, knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to stockinette stitch for the rest of the body.
Knit even until piece is 3" high (from CO edge.)
Make 1 opening for the ribbon to go through as follows:
(RS)Knit until the last 30 stitches, BO 1, knit till end of row.
Knit the 2 sections separately knitting a total of three rows on each section, cutting and reattaching the yarn as necessary.
Rejoin the sections as follows:
Knit until the gap, CO 1, finish with the same yarn knitting the second section.
Purl 1 row.
Start decreases for edges of the wrap.
Decrease row: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Next row purl.
Repeat these two rows until there are 80 stitches left. On the last purl row, purl 26, place marker, purl 28, place marker, purl 26.
Looking at the markers, place the 3 stitches before, and the three stitches after the 1st marker on a holder together. Do the same for the stitches around the second marker. Put the body of the sweater aside, and start knitting the sleeves.
Make 2 sleeves:
With US 10 1/2 dpts, cast on 18 stitches, join round, and knit 4 rows in garter stitch. Switch to stockinette. Knit 1 round in stockinette. In next round, K1, Kf&b, knit to the last 2 stitches, Kf&b, k1.
knit 2 rounds, and repeat increase round 1 more time.
Continue even until the sleeve is 4" high. Place the last 3 worked stitches, and the next 3 stitches on a holder, cut the yarn.
Throughout the sweater you will continue the edge decreases as set above.
While keeping the edge decreases, attach the sleeve to the body as follows:
Knit on the body until you reach the stitches placed on hold, take the sleeve, and making sure the held stitches of the sleeve are in front of the held body stitches, place a marker, and start knitting the sleeve stitches with your working yarn, thus joining the sleeve to the body, at the end of the sleeve place a marker, and continue knitting to the second set of held stitches.
Make your second sleeve, and attach it in the same fashion, placing the markers in the same positions.
(You are still knitting in stockinette.) Purl 1 row.
It is now time to start shaping the raglan sleeves.
You will continue the edge decreases as set above while doing the raglan shaping as follows:
Row 1: K1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches of the first marker, ssk, k1, sm, knit to the next marker, sm, k1, k2tog, knit to 3 stitches of the next marker, ssk, k1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitche, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: purl
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 8" from CO edge.
Now decrease every row for the edge stitches for 5 rows as follows:
Row 1: same as above
Row 2: P1, P2tog, purl till last 3 stitches, take second stitch on left needle, and pass it over 1st stitch, now purl that stitch, p1.
Next row, k2tog throughout row.
Purl 1 row.
Pick up and knit 30 stitches along neck edge, and knit 1 row. BO loosely.
Use the 3 needle BO for the underarm stitches on holders. Weave in all ends. Sew ribbon at each edge of wrap, right before the beginning of the decreases. Slip bpw through the whole, tie bow.