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Knitting for Newborns

posted 3 Aug 2012, 10:56 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

by Anne Harper

When the Aboyne Craft club held an exhibition in the Victory Hall I saw these little jumpers. It’s such a good idea I want to share it.

In poor parts of Africa new born babies, many suffering from AIDS, are sometimes sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth because they have no clothes. This is a knitting pattern for a small jumper to keep these ‘fish and chips babies’ warm. It’s quick and easy – average knitters can complete a jumper in an evening and can be made with those remnants of double knitting wool that knitters keep in a drawer. No pastels or white please as these garments may never be washed. Bright and mixed colours are best, or stripes.

‘BABY JUMPER KNITTING PATTERN (knitted all-in-one)

Double knitting yarn; size 6 (5mm) needles for tight knitters or size 7 (4,5mm) for loose knitters

  • Cast on 44 stitches. Work 18 rows in knit2 purl2 rib
  • Work 30 rows in stocking stitch
  • Cast on 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows and change to knit 2 purl 2 rib for the sleeves. Rib 22 more rows
  • Next row (for the neck): rib 21, cast off 26 stitches in rib, rib 21
  • Next row: rib 21, cast on 26 stitches, rib 21
  • Work 22 rows in knit 2 purl 2 rib
  • Cast off 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows
  • Work 30 rows in stocking stitch
  • Work 18 rows in knit2 purl 2 rib
  • Cast off, sew up side seams
Please hand completed jumpers to Customer Service Desk, Sainsbury’s, Garthdee Aberdeen with the name of the knitter (or anonymous if you don’t want a mention), or give to me in church, and I will hand them on.

The garment looks a bit odd for a jumper, more like a hot-water bottle cover or a cover for a kipper – but anything is better than being a fish and chips baby.

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