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Auckland, New Zealand.

I love designing knitwear for babies and older kids too, I'm inspired by the world around me, whether it's the green bush covered hills where I live, or the bright city lights and sparkling harbor. I ...

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Baby Basics

from Just Jussi
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Baby Basics
Baby Basics
Baby Basics
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Baby Basics

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on and off
  • simple decreases
  • Work stocking stitch (stockinette)
  • Work garter stitch (knit every row)

Pattern Description:

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.


Gauge: 22sts x 30 rows = 10cm (4 in) when worked flat in stocking stitch using 4mm needles.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sizes: newborn, 3, 6, 12, 24 months, 3, 4 years.
  • 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.
  • Accessories: darning needle, 3 stitch holders (or scrap yarn), stitch markers, 2 x 4mm double pointed needles if working vest or hat.
  • 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.

You Will Also Need:

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