Wednesday, May 12, 2010

MANDARIN BABY JACKET






Vanessa's MJ using Caron Simply Soft.

Special thanks to Vanessa and Virginia for testing this pattern.

MANDARIN BABY JACKET


SIZE: About 22 inches
MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn in main color approximately 4 ounces
Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color approximately 1/4 ounce Size
US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for jacket
Size US G (4.5 mm) crochet hook for frog closure
Tapestry needle

SPECIAL STITCHES:
Shell:
= (dc, ch 1, dc)
Sc Dec: = Insert hook in next st, draw up a lp, (two lps on hk), insert hook in next st, draw up a lp (3 lps on hook), YO and draw through all 3 lps.

NOTES:
1. Read pattern all the way through before beginning.
2. Use photo for placement of frog closure.
INSTRUCTIONS:
With the main color ch 43.

Row 1: Dc in the 3rd ch from hook (do not count unworked chs as first dc) and in the next ch, shell in the next chain, dc in next 7 ch, shell in the next chain, dc in next 11 ch, shell in next chain, dc in next 7 ch, shell in next chain, dc in the next 10 chs. Ch 2, turn. (45 sts)

Row 2: Dc in 11 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 9 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 13 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 9 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 3 sts. Ch 2, turn. (53 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 3: Dc in 4 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 11 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in next 15 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 11 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 12 sts. Ch 2, turn. (62 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 4: Dc in 13 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 13 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 17 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 13 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 5 sts. Ch 2, turn. (69 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 5: Dc in 6 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 15 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 19 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 15 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 14 sts. Ch 2, turn. (77 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 6: Dc in 15 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 17 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 21 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 17 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 7 sts. Ch 2, turn. (85 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 7: Dc in 8 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 19 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 23 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 19 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 16 sts. Ch 2, turn. (93 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 8:
Dc in 17 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 21 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 25 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 21 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 9 sts. Ch 2, turn. (101 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 9:
Dc in 10 sts. Shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 23 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 27 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in 23 sts, shell in ch 1 sp, dc in last 18 sts. Ch 2, turn. (109 dc and 4 ch 1 sp)

Row 10: Dc in 19 sts, fold sleeve matching up ch 1 sps, dc over both ch 1 sps. Dc in 29 sts, fold sleeve matching up ch 1 sps, dc over both ch 1 sps. Dc in last 11 sts. Ch 2, turn. (61 sts)

Rows 11-16: Dc in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (61 dc)

Do not fasten off.

EDGING:
Row 1: Ch 1, work 30 sc up right front. Ch 1, sc in same st as 30th sc,
sc in 3 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts,
sc in 5 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts,
sc in 10 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts,
sc in 6 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in last 10 sts.
Ch 1, sc in same st, 31 sc down the left front.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in the front loop only of each st to ch 1 sp. 3 sc in ch 1 sp. Sc in each st to next ch 1 sp.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

FROG CLOSURE:
With G hook and black yarn, leaving a 8 inch tail for sewing, ch 10, slipstitch in first ch. *Ch 8, slipstitch in same st. Repeat from * twice. Do not join fasten off leaving an 8 inch tail for sewing..

With tapestry needle run yarn under the center slipstitches and pull center closed. Using tails sew to left front, allowing ch 10 loop to extend past edge.

BALL:

Round 1: With G hook and black yarn, leaving a 8 inch tail for sewing, ch 2, 6 sc in first ch. Do not join. (6 sts)

Rounds 2: Sc in each st around. (6 sts)

Round 3: Scdec 3 times (3 sts)

*Ch 8, slipstitch in same st. Repeat from * twice. Do not join. Fasten off , leaving an 8 inch tail for sewing.

Wind the black yarn around your pinkie about 3 times. Tuck this little wad of yarn inside the ball. Using the beginning tail weave yarn in and out the scdec sts, and sew the ball closed. Put the ball through the ch 10 loop of first half of frog. Using tails sew to right front


Close up of frog.





Comments:
Love it - definitely on my to-do list
 
Suzetta Hello, how are you?
My name is Andrea, I'm Brazilian and unfortunately do not speak English.
So my little message may have some errors.
I love your blog and I became a fan of their revenues in knitting.
I wonder if you could present us with a recipe of life jackets for children one year or more.
That would leave very happy.
Thank you.
Hugs.

Andrea Muccio
 
Hi, i just finished the "Mandarin Baby Jacket" although i have made a few changes to the finishing touches with ribbon and organza flowers - thanks for the lovely pattern. Kathryn x
 
While reading this pattern before working it, I noticed a 'G' hook is mentioned in the Frog and Ball segments. It is not listed but the following are:

Size US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for jacket
Size US 5 (4.5 mm) crochet hook for frog closure

In my conversion chart the 'I' hook is converted correctly to a 5.5mm hook. However, the chart holds a discrepancy when converting the '5' hook. It does not convert to a 4.5mm hook, but rather 3.75mm hook.

Could you please tell me which is the correct size?

I absolutely love this little jacket, and would love to make it for my new grand-niece.

Thanks in advance...
Arla
 
Should be a G hook.
 
I love this jacket!!! I just finished it and it rocks!! Beautiful and so simple!

I love your blog and check it regularly. I have made a quite a few of your patterns. The sasquatch booties were a huge hit at Christmas. THANK YOU!!!!
 
What age would you say this is for?
 
For approximate size in months, you will need to check a chart for the chest measurement of 22 inches. Bev's Country Cottage has good size charts.
 
I just made this it and came up as 14". I hope it fits the baby I have in mind, she is one of a twin and was born prem. at 3.5lb and still only weighs about 9.lb at 4.5 mths. I made it in pale lemon with multi color sc edge with picot at the hem. I am pleased with it. thanks for the easy peasy pattern.
 
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