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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Simple Garter Stitch Baby Bib

Here is the very first bib pattern that I created. It’s just a simple garter stitch bib that looks really good in variegated yarns. I had tons of dishcloth cotton and wanted to do something other than dishcloths. When I found out that I was going to be a Grandma again, inspiration struck and so this bib was born. Dishcloth cotton is great for mealtime, but if you want a bib to help with the drooling at teething time, I recommend that you use a superwash wool. The wool will help to wick the moisture and keep baby nice and dry. The last thing a baby needs is a soggy wet mass of cotton lying on his/her chest!

Yarn: Any worsted weight cotton like Peaches & Crème or Sugar and Cream. 1 ball.
Suggested Needles: US Size 6.
Gauge: 4.5 stitches to the inch, although gauge isn’t critical.

Cast on 15 stitches.
Knit 1 row.
At beginning of each of the next 6 rows, cast on 3 stitches and knit across row. (33 sts.).
At beginning of each of the next 2 rows, cast on 2 stitches and knit across row. (37 sts.) Knit even for approximately 7 inches.
Knit across 13 stitches; bind off next 11 stitches, knit to end.
Knit one row.
At neck edge, decrease 1 stitch every other row 2 times. (11 sts.). End on wrong side row.
Work even for 6 rows.
Decrease 1 stitch at shoulder edge every other row until 5 stitches remain.
Decrease 1 stitch at beginning and end of row. (3 sts.)
Knit an I-cord on remaining 3 stitches for approximately 12 inches.
Join yarn at neck edge and work to correspond to other side. If you’re careful joining the yarn, and weave the end invisibly, the bib can be reversible. It won’t really matter as strained peas will cover a multitude of errors!

Copyright 2008 by Elaine Fitzpatrick. Permission is granted to reproduce this pattern in any medium, as long as it is distributed for free and this copyright notice remains intact. Permission is also granted to produce items from this pattern for sale.