Directions

With size US 6 needles, cast on 38 sts. Rows 1-6: Work in garter st.

Row 7: K2, m1 in next 2 sts, k10, m1 in next 4 sts, k2, m1 in next 4 sts, k10, m1 in next 2 sts, k2 (50 sts).

Row 9: K17, m1 in next 4 sts, k8, m1 in next 4 sts, k17. Rows 10-13: Work in garter st.

Row 14: K17, (k2tog, k2) twice, k2tog, k4, (k2tog, k2) twice, k2tog, k17.

Row 16: K17, (k2tog, k1) twice, k1, (k2tog, k1) twice, k2tog, k17. Row 17: Knit.

Row 18: K17, k2tog 6 times, k17. Row 19: Knit. Row 20: Bind off.

Finishing: Starting at cast-on seam, sew along seam and up side of work to form the bootie. Thread ribbon or I-cord through the final row for decoration if desired.

Knit flat and seamed, this adorable hat will keep sun and chill off baby's head, but it also knits up super-quick. Make more than one in different colors for the ultimate accessory.

Materials and vital statistics I Size: Newborn to 3 months

I Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK sport-weight yarn (50% Superfine Nylon/50% Superfine Acrylic); 178 yards per 50 grams; 1 skein; Color: 2740

I Needles: One pair of size US 6 (4 mm) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)

I Gauge: 5K stitches and 6 rows per 1 inch

Directions

Using size US 6 needles, cast on 74 sts and work in garter st for 3 inches. Begin decreases:

Row 1: K3, k2tog tbl, (k10, k2tog tbl) 5 times, k to end of row. Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K3, k2tog tbl, (k9, k2tog tbl) 5times, k to end of row.

Continue in this manner, decreasing k9, k8, k7, and so on, until 14 sts remain. Last row: (K2tog tbl) 7 times.

Finishing: Cut yarn about 18 inches from work. Draw yarn through remaining 7 sts and pull tightly. Use the remaining yarn to sew down the side seam.

Blanket

This blanket isn't square or rectangular . . . it's actually kite-shaped, with lengthy edges perfect for wrapping baby tight or (some time from now) dragging behind a toddler's cautious steps. In other words, it's not just a blanket, it's a capital-B Blankie, knit in the same sturdy, washable yarn used throughout the layette.

Materials and vital statistics I Size: Approximately 30 inches x 30 inches, slightly stretched

I Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK sport-weight yarn (50% Superfine Nylon/50% Superfine Acrylic); 178 yards per 50 grams; 6 skeins; Color: 2740

I Needles: 36-inch size US 11 (7K mm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

I Gauge: 3K stitches and 4 rows per 1 inch in garter stitch Directions

Use double strands throughout:

Using a size US 11 circular needle, cast on 3 sts.

Rep Row 2, increasing 1 st each row until you have 16 sts total. Begin stockinette insert:

Row 14: M1, k6, p1, k to end of row (17 sts). Row 15: M1, k to end of row (18 sts). Row 16: M1, k6, p3, k to end of row (19 sts). Row 17: M1, k to end of row (20 sts).

Continue working the odd and even rows as established, increasing the number of purl sts by 2 on each even row until you have 130 sts total.

Dec Row 1: K2tog, work in pattern as established to end of row.

Work the decreases as established, decreasing the number of purl sts by 2 on each odd row, until the stockinette insert is finished; then continue in garter st until 3 sts remain.

"Work in pattern as established" simply means that after you work the edge stitches (whether decreases or increases), you continue to knit or purl every row between those edge stitches.

Finishing: Bind off and weave in ends very securely.

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