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I was 4 when my grandmother taught me to knit. I have since enjoyed all sorts of needle work; crochet, cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting. However, my love is knitting and designing seamless and ...

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Union Suit - Children

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Union Suit - Children
Union Suit - Children
Union Suit - Children
Union Suit - Children
Union Suit - Children
Union Suit - Children

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Long Tail Cast On
  • Lifted Increases
  • Knitting seamlessly; in the round & flat
  • Short Rows

Pattern Description:

"Based on the one piece long underwear worn for the past century in the America's, the Union Suit is a classic outfit that is designed for comfort and warmth. It features seamless construction with raglan shaping, a front buttoned opening from neck to gusset, a backside opening with buttoned flap, a roomy gusset, tapered arms and legs & twisted rib cuffs. Approximately 4" (10cm) of positive ease allows for comfort and room to grow. "When worked in soft wool, the Union Suit is the perfect outfit to wear in cool weather or when camping. The butt flap is functional and eliminates the need to completely undress when rushing to the outhouse. "The Union Suit is sure to be a favourite go-to garment for all parents and children alike!" Babies & Toddler Size Pattern also available. Adult Sizes coming in March!


20sts & 28 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinette on US6 (4mm) needles OR size needed to obtain gauge NOTE: This union suitis knit in a worsted weight yarn with a tight gauge in order to ensure a denser fabric.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 3[4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14] years
  • Finished Chest Sizes: 26.5[27.5, 29, 32, 33.5, 35.5, 37]"
  • Inseam: 13[14, 16, 19, 21.75, 24.75, 26.75


  • 910[1050, 1200, 1400, 1600, 1800, 2000]yds Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Sizes US4 (3.25mm) and US6 (4mm) circular needles, OR size needed to obtain gauge, 24" (60cm) or longer for body & smaller length or double pointed needles for legs
  • US6 (4mm) double pointed needles for gusset OR size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 stitch markers
  • Scrap yarn for lifeline and to hold leg & sleeve stitches
  • Blunt needle to weave in ends

You Will Also Need:

  • Two 1-1.25" (2.5-3cm) buttons for backside flap, six .5" (1.5cm) buttons to match backside flap & 9[10, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14] .5" (1.5cm) buttons for front opening

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