The “fish and chip” concept began as a way of helping Third World babies, so poor they were sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper. In New Zealand, a number of district health boards have begun accepting these garments for our own babies. At Middlemore Hospital, families in need have been taking away warm woollen garments, toys and blankets, often knitted by large groups at their popular get-togethers.
BABY JUMPER KNITTING PATTERN
(Knitted all in one) Approx 50g DK wool.Use double-knitting wool and 4mm needles, cast on 44 stitches.
• Work 18 Rows in K2, P2 rib
• Work 30 Rows stocking stitch (1 row plain, 1 row purl)
• Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows and at the same time change to K2,P2 (for sleeve)
• Rib 22 more rows.
• Next row: Rib 21, cast off 26 stitches, rib 21 (Please cast these stitches off loosely in rib to allow the neck to stretch over a baby’s head)
• Next row: Rib 21, cast on 26 stitches, rib 21 * (Please cast these stitches on loosely, using one size bigger needles if necessary).
• Work 22 rows in K2, P2 rib
• Cast off 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows
• Work 30 rows stocking stitch
• Work 18 rows, K2, P2 rib
• Cast off. Sew side and sleeve seams.
BEANIE PATTERN DOUBLE KNITTING
Size 7 needles
• Cast on 64 stitches
• Rib 2 purl 2 knit for 20 rows
• Stocking stitch for 20 rows Shaping Knit 6 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 5 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 4 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 3 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 2 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 2 together across row
• Knit all stitches together and tie off. Sew up side seam, roll back the rib and you have a beanie.
About Louise Richardson
Louise Richardson planned to work at New Zealand Woman’s Weekly from an early age and having achieved that career pinnacle, she’s stayed put for 18 years – nearly a quarter of the magazine’s 80 year history. She never gets bored because no two days are ever the same, and she gets to work with her real-life passions, decorating, travel and fashion.more of this author