Thursday, September 06, 2012

PRETTY IN PINK SLEEP SACK

Many thanks go to Virginia in WA for testing this pattern.

SIZE: 
20 inch circumference by 20 inch length

MATERIALS:         
Worsted weight yarn approximately 5 ounces
1/4-1/2 inch wide ribbon about 10 inches.
US size 10 (6.0 mm) 16 inch circular knitting needle
US size 10 (6.0 mm) double point needles for closed end option
US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for drawstring option
Tapestry needle
Marker

GAUGE:
Approximately 16 sts = 4 inches

NOTES:
  1. Read pattern through before beginning.
  2. Sleep sack was knit using Caron Wintuk.
  3. If you are using one of the lighter weight worsted like Pound of Love or Simply Soft use size 9 (5.5 mm) needles.
  4. Matching cap here:

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cast on 82 sts using a stretchy cast on. 

Row 1:  *K2, P2.  Repeat from * across.  Ending with K2. (82 sts)

Row 2:  *P2, K2.  Repeat from * across. Ending with P2. (82 sts)

Repeat rows 1and 2 for 5 inches, ending with row 2.

Remainder of sleep sack is worked in rounds.

Round 1:  Without turning, K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog.  (80 sts)

Place marker.

If your join looks a little loose don’t worry about it, we will solve that with a little piece of ribbon.

Rounds 2-3: *K6, P2.  Repeat from * around to marker.  (80 sts)

Rounds 4-5: K.  (80 sts)

Rounds 6-7: K2, *P2, K6.  Repeat from * to last 6 sts, P2, K4. (80 sts)

Rounds 8-9: K.  (80 sts)


Repeat rounds 2-9 until sleep sack measures about 17 or 19 inches from cast on edge, depending upon if you want a closed bottom or a open bottom with drawstring.

CLOSED BOTTOM (not shown):
Repeat rounds 2-9 until sleep sack is approximately 17 inches from cast on edge. 

Begin decreases:  Switch to double points when necessary.

Dec Round 1:  *K8, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (72 stitches)

Dec Round 2:  *K.  Repeat from * around.  (72 stitches)

Dec Round 3:  *K7, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (64 stitches)

Dec Round 4:  *K.  Repeat from * around.  (64 stitches)

Dec Round 5:  *K6, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (56 stitches)

Dec Round 6:  *K.  Repeat from * around.  (56 stitches)

Dec Round 7:  *K5, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (48 stitches)

Dec Round 8:  *K.  Repeat from * around.  (48 stitches)

Dec Round 9:  *K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (40 stitches)

Dec Round 10:  *K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (32 stitches)

Dec Round 11:  *K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (24 stitches)

Dec Round 12:  *K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (16 stitches)

Dec Round 13:  *K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (8 stitches)

Cut yarn, weave end through remaining 8 sts. Draw tight and weave in end.


OPEN BOTTOM WITH DRAWSTRING:

Repeat rounds 2-9 until sleep sack is approximately 19 inches from cast on edge.

Next round:  *K8 , yo, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (8 yo)

Next round:  Knit.

Next 6 rounds:  *K2, P2.  Repeat from * around.
Bind off knitwise.

DRAWSTRING:
Leaving a 5 inch tail, using an I hook chain 90.  Slipstitch in the back bump of the 2nd chain from hook and each remaining chain.  Fasten off leaving a 5 inch tail. 

Cut two 10 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half, pull loop through the end of the drawstring with the tails.  Pull all the ends through the loop and pull tight forming a tassel.

Cut three 10 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half, pull loops through the opposite end of the drawstring and pull tight.

Weave drawstring in and out of the eyelets.  Pull to close and tie bow.

FINISHING:
Weave in any remaining ends.

Pull the ribbon through the ribbing at the join and tie a bow.  I like to use a needle and thread to sew a couple stitches through the bow so it doesn’t come untied.



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