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Cynthia's hand knit baby jacket
This is a very useful pattern sent in by one of our Ray of Hope knitters. It is one they like at our Neo-natal unit. Try it and let us know if other units like it.

Approx size 12" Worked in one piece to armhole. Nice pattern for S.C.B.U.s as no side seams

Use 4ply wool and No 10-3.25 needles If you want an even smaller garment use 3ply.

Cast on 104 sts work 3 rows in garter stitch (every row knit)

Keeping 3 sts at each end I garter stitch, Work 30 rows in stocking stitch (knit 1 row Purl 1 row)

If you wish a small pattern may be worked on the first 6-8 rows, or on both fronts, using 6-8 stitches inside garter stitch border

NEXT ROW-MAKE BUTTONHOLE, K1 yfwd K2 together, complete row as before

Work one more row


Pattern 28sts, Cast off the next 4 sts ,(leaving 26 on needle.) Knit 46, including the stitch on needle.

Cast off 4, Pattern to end. (Should leave 26-44-26.)

Continue on the last 26sts (keeping 3 sts at the end in garter stitch)

1st row, Purl

Next row K1 slip 1 K1 pass slip stitch over. Pattern to the end. Repeat these 2 rows to 16 sts, finishing at the neck edge.

Cast off 6 sts, and decrease 1 stitch at the neck edge on the following 4 rows. Continue decreasing at the armhole edge as before to 2 sts. Purl 2 together.

Rejoin wool to 44sts and Purl to end. Next row K1, slip 1 K1 pass slip stitch over knit to the last 3 stitches , knit 2 together,knit 1. Repeat the last 2 rows to 18sts. Purl 1 row. Cast off.

Rejoin wool. To last 26 sts, Purl to the last 3 sts, Knit 3, pattern next row to the last 3 sts , Knit 2 together K1, Repeat last 2 rows to 22sts, finishing at front edge.

Next row make buttonhole , K1 yarn forward K 2 together, Knit to the last 3 sts Knit 2 together k1, pattern to end. Complete to match left front reversing all the shapings.


Cast on 26 sts garter stitch 5 rows.

Continue in stocking stitch increasing 1 stitch at each end of the first and every following 6th row until 36 sts

Stocking stitch 8 more rows ending on a Purl row. 32 rows of stocking stitch have now been worked.

Shape top, Cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.

Next row k1 slip 1 K1 pass slip stitch over, knit to the last 3 sts knit 2 together k1.

Next row Purl to end

Continue with these 2 rows until 6 sts remain


Join Raglan Seams.

Pick up 48stitches evenly round the neck. Garter stitch 5 rows, making buttonhole, as before on 2nd row. (If you wish cast on 48sts, garter sts 5 rows, DON’T FORGET BUTTONHOLE, neatly sew onto cardigan


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