This soft and cozy set makes a great gift.

Easy Baby Hooded Jacket and Booties Knitting Pattern

Super-fast to make, and soft as a baby's bottom! Make several, and keep them on hand for baby showers. Bright, joyful colors mean that this modern layette works for both boys and girls.

Techniques

Binding Off -- BO

Casting On -- CO

Knit 2 Together -- K2tog

Make 1 Increase -- M1

Mattress Stitch

Purlwise

Ribbing

Slip 1, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slipped Stitch Over -- Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO

Stockinette Stitch -- St St

Weaving In Yarn Tails

SizeJacket

3-6 months: chest size -- 19" (51cm)

6-12 months: chest size -- 21" (54cm)

12-18 months: chest size -- 23" (59cm)

Booties

3-6 months

Gauge

13 stitches/22 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch

What You'll Need

Yarn: Soft, synthetic bulky weight yarn, about 270 [360, 360] yards (247m [330m, 330m])

We used: Berroco Plush (100% nylon) #1951 crayon mix, 3 [4, 4] balls

Needles: US size 10 (6mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; straight pins; 9" [91/2", 101/2"] (23cm [24cm, 26.5cm]) separating zipper; sewing needle and thread to match; stitch holder

Note: Instructions are given for smallest size; all other sizes are listed in brackets. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Make the JacketBack

Cast on 33 [37, 41] stitches. Work 2 rows of knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Change to stockinette stitch, and continue until piece measures 63/4" [7", 71/2"] (17cm [18cm, 19cm]). End with purl row.

Armhole Shaping

Next row: (right side) Bind off 3 stitches at beginning of row, then knit to end of row. (30 [34, 38] stitches)

Next row: (wrong side) Bind off first 3 stitches purlwise, purl to end of row. (27 [31, 35] stitches )

Continue in stockinette stitch until back measures 11" [111/2", 121/2"] (28cm [29cm, 31.5cm]). Bind off all stitches.

Left Front

Cast on 17 [19, 21]stitches. Work 2 rows of knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Change to stockinette stitch; continue until piece measures 63/4" [7", 71/2"] (17cm [18cm, 19cm]), ending with purl row.

Armhole Shaping

Next row: (right side) Bind off 3 stitches, knit to end of row. (14 [16, 18] stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch for 21/4" [21/2", 3"] (5.5cm [6.5cm, 7.5cm]), ending with a knit row.

Neck Shaping

Next row: (wrong side) Bind off 3 stitches purlwise at beginning of row, then purl to end. (11 [13, 15] stitches)

Next row: (right side) Knit.

Next row: (wrong side) Bind off 2 stitches purlwise, purl to end of row. (9 [11, 13] stitches)

Next row: (right side) Knit.

Next row: (wrong side) Bind off 1 stitch, purl to end of row. (8 [10, 12] stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch until front measures same as back -- 11" [111/2", 121/2"] (28cm [29cm, 31.5cm]). Bind off all stitches.

Right Front

Make as left front, reversing shaping as follows.

Cast on 17 [19, 21] stitches. Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Change to stockinette stitch for 63/4" [7", 71/2"] (17cm [18cm, 19cm]). End with knit row.

Armhole Shaping

Next row: (wrong side) Bind off 3 stitches, purl to end of row. (14 [16, 18] stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch for 21/4" [21/2", 3"] (5.5cm [6.5cm, 7.5cm]). End with purl row.

Neck Shaping

Next row: (right side) Bind off 3 stitches, knit to end of row. (11 [13, 15] stitches)

Next row: (wrong side) Purl.

Next row: (right side) Bind off 2 stitches, knit to end of row. (9 [11, 13] stitches)

Next row: (wrong side) Purl.

Next row: Bind off 1 stitch, knit to end of row. (8 [10, 12] stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch until front measures same as back -- 11" [111/2", 121/2"] (28cm [29cm, 31.5cm]). Bind off all stitches.

Sleeve

Cast on 20 stitches. Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing.

Sleeve Shaping

Next row: Knit 1, make 1, knit 18, make 1, knit 1. (22 stitches)

Continue in stockinette stitch, increasing same way every sixth row until there are 32 [34, 36] stitches on needle. Work even in stockinette stitch without further increases until sleeve measures 7" [71/2", 8"] (18cm [19cm, 20.5cm]). End with purl row. Bind off.

Repeat all steps for second sleeve.

Hood

Cast on 5 stitches.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl. At the end of the row, cast on 2 stitches using either cable cast-on or simple cast-on method.

Row 3: Knit. (7 stitches)

Row 4: Purl. Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 5: Knit. (9 stitches)

Row 6: Purl. Cast on 3 stitches.

Row 7: Knit. (12 stitches)

Row 8: Purl. Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 9: Knit. (16 stitches)

Rows 10-20 (even rows only): Purl.

Row 11: Knit 1, make 1, knit 15. (17 stitches)

Row 13: Knit 1, make 1, knit 16. (18 stitches)

Row 15: Knit 1, make 1, knit 17. (19 stitches)

Row 17: Knit 1, make 1, knit 18. (20 stitches)

Row 19: Knit 1, make 1, knit 19. (21 stitches)

Work even without further increases until hood measures 81/2" (21.5cm) from cast-on edge. End with right-side row. Don't bind off. Place marker to indicate end of first half.

Second side of hood: Work even for 5" (12.5cm) from stitch marker. On next wrong-side row, begin with row 20 and work back to row 1. Mirror shaping by decreasing on rows where increases were made, and bind off stitches on the rows where stitches were cast on. When row 1 is finished, work should measure 81/2" (21.5cm) from stitch marker. Bind off remaining 5 stitches.

Finishing

Sew fronts to back piece at shoulders using mattress stitch with yarn threaded on tapestry needle. Fold hood in half, and sew seam from center neck to tip of hood. Pin hood to neck opening, matching front and hood edges. Sew hood in place from right side with mattress stitch. Pin sleeve tops to armholes, and stitch in place using backstitch. Sew side seams and sleeves with mattress stitch. Baste zipper in position, placing edges of knitted pieces next to teeth. With sewing thread, sew zipper in place using backstitch along the edge of knitted fronts. Whipstitch edges of zipper tape in place from wrong side. Remove all pins. Weave yarn ends on wrong side of jacket.

Make the Booties

Cast on 16 stitches.

Row 1: (right side) Purl.

Row 2: (wrong side) Knit 1, *make 1, knit 1**; repeat from * to ** to end of row. (31 stitches)

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Purl.

Row 6: Knit 12, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 12. (29 stitches)

Row 7: Purl.

Row 8: Knit 11, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 11. (27 stitches)

Row 9: Purl.

Row 10: Knit 12, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit 12. (25 stitches)

Row 11: Purl.

Row 12: Knit 9, bind off 7, knit to end of row (18 stitches). Place first set of 9 stitches on holder.

Row 13: Knit. (9 stitches)

Row 14: Purl.

Rows 15-23: Continue in reverse stockinette (purl on right side, knit on wrong side, repeat rows 13-14). Bind off on row 24. Cut yarn. Transfer stitches from holder back onto needle. With wrong side of bootie facing, rejoin yarn at the end of bind-off stitches. Repeat rows 13-24. Fold bootie piece in half. With threaded tapestry needle, sew instep together (the 7 bound-off stitches in the center). Sew cast-on edges (underfoot) together with whipstitch. With right side facing, sew back seam together with mattress stitch up to the reverse stockinette stitch, then turn bootie to wrong side to finish seam. Weave ends to wrong side, and secure. Turn bootie to right side, and fold cuff back.

Repeat all steps for second bootie.

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