Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Baby Annabell Sleepsuit




I made one for ted so Annabell had to have one too.
This is an all in one sleepsuit in double knitting yarn, with raglan shaping.  The suit can be made with or without feet.   Short rows are used to shape the heel, and as Annabell is a ‘sitting down’ doll a lot of shaping is required for a good fit at the back. However, if your doll is not a ‘sitting down’ type which doesn’t need so much shaping, I have added instructions at the end of the body shaping, but, as all dolls are different, keep trying your knitting against your doll as you go.  
I made the multi colour suit in King Cole Cherish and the blue suit in a double knit yarn I had in my stash.  The knitted heart can be found on this site.

If you find any mistakes in the pattern or have any queries please let me know.  






Measurements:   14” 36cm, Baby Annabell doll
Actual measurements: 
Chest 14”, Sleeve seam 3”
Materials: 100g double knitting yarn (I used King Cole Cherish Caramel), 
Needles size 3.25mm (US3)and 4mm (US 6)  3 small buttons
Tension: 22sts - 28 rows to 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using 4mm needles
Abbreviations:  Ss: stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl), gs: garter stitch – every row knit, k: knit, p: purl, inc: increase, dc: decrease, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, tog: together, re: repeat. Yf: yarn forward

  
Worked from the ankle up

Left leg
Using larger needles cast on 14sts
Row 1:  k1, m1, k5, m1, k2 m1, k5, m1, k1
Row 2:  purl
Row 3:  k1, m1, k7, m1, k2 m1, k7, m1, k1    (22sts)
Beg with purl row work 9 rows ss*
Shape heel      right side facing
Row 1:   K8, yf, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yb, sl st back onto left hand needle (wrap) turn
Row 2:   p5, yb, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yf, sl st back onto left hand needle (wrap) turn
Row 3:       k4, wrap, turn
Row 4:       p3, wrap, turn
Row 5:       k4, wrap, turn
Row 6:       p5, wrap, turn
Row 7:       k6, wrap, turn
Row 8:       purl to end
Work 2 rows ss
Increase row:  (k3, m1) 6 times, k4    28sts 
Next row:   purl
Continue in ss inc 1 stitch  at each end of 5th, then every 4th row to 46sts ending on a purl row
Next row:   cast off 4ssts knit to end
Next row:   cast off 2sts purl to end.  Fasten off yarn and leave 40sts on holder

Right Leg


As left leg to *
Shape heel      right side facing
Row 1:   Knit to last 3sts, wrap, turn
Row 2:   p5, wrap, turn
Row 3:   k4, wrap, turn
Row 4:   p3, wrap, turn
Row 5:   k4, wrap, turn
Row 6:   p5, wrap, turn
Row 7:   k6, wrap, turn
Row 8:   purl to end
Work 2 rows ss
Increase row:  (k3, m1) 6 times, k4    28sts 
Next row:   purl
Continue in ss inc 1 stitch at  each end of 5th, then every 4th row to 46sts ending on a purl row
Next row:   cast off 2sts knit to end
Next row:   cast off 4sts purl to end.   (40sts)   Do not fasten off yarn

Join Legs

Knit across 40sts of right leg then continue across 40st of left leg    (80sts)
Purl 1 row

Shaping         
Row 1:    k58, wrap, turn
Row 2:    p36, wrap, turn    
Row 3     knit to end
Row 4:    purl across all sts
Row 5:    k57, wrap, turn
Row 6:    p34, wrap, turn    
Row 7     knit to end
Row 8:    purl across all sts
Row 9:    k56, wrap, turn
Row 10:  p32, wrap, turn    
Row 11   knit to end
Row 12:  purl across all sts
Row 13:  k55, wrap, turn
Row 14:  p30, wrap, turn    
Row 15   knit to end
Row 16:  purl across all sts
Dec row: k16, k2tog, k42, k2tog, k16
Next row:  purl
(for other dolls miss wrap rows: 9,10, 13 and 14)
Cast off 2sts at beg of next 2 rowsj
Work 10 rows ss

Divide for Armholes

K15, cast off 4sts, k36 (this includes st on right hand needle) cast off 4sts, k15, turn

Continue on 15sts for left front
Purl to last st, k1
K1,ssk, k to end
Repeat last 2 rows to 11sts, ending on neck edge
purl to last sts, k1
K1, ssk, k to last 2sts, k2tog
purl to last st, k1
Rep last 2 rows to 3sts
P2tog, k1
K2tog
Fasten off yarn

Re-join yarn to 36st for back, wrong side facing
K1, purl to last st, k1
K1, ssk, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
Rep last 2 rows to 20sts ending on wrong side row
Fasten off yarn, place sts on a holder

Re-join yarn to right front, wrong side facing   
K1, purl to end
Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
Rep last 2 rows to 11sts, ending on neck edge
k2tog, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to end
k2tog, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to end
Rep last 2 rows to 3sts
k1, p2tog
K2tog
Fasten off yarn

Sleeves

Using smaller needles cast on 25sts
Work 6 rows k1, p1 rib
Change to larger needles
Working in ss inc 1 stitch at each end of next and following 4th row.   29sts
Work 10 rows ss
Shape armholes
Cast off 2sts at beg of next 2 rows
K1, ssk, patt to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to last st, k1
Rep the last 2 rows to 9sts, fast off yarn. Place sts on holder

Neckband
Sew raglan seams
With right side facing using smaller needles, pick up and knit 8sts along right side neck edge, knit 9sts along top of sleeve, knit 9sts, k2tog, k9 along top of back, knit 9sts along top of sleeve, pick up and knit 8st down left neck edge.   53sts
Work 5 rows k1, p1 rib.  Cast off

Left front band
With right side facing, using smaller needles, pick up and knit 25sts along left front edge, starting at neck edge to first set off cast off sts.  Work 5 rows k1, p1 rib.  Cast off

Right front band
With right side facing, using smaller needles, pick up and knit 25sts along right front edge starting at first set of cast off sts to neck edge.  Work 2 rows k1, p1 rib.
Buttonhole row:  rib2, (yf, k2tog, rib 4) 3 times, yf, k2tog, k3
Rib 2 rows.    Cast off

Sew side seams of legs and sleeves
Overlap front bands and sew into place at centre front
Sew on 4 buttons to correspond with buttonholes.
Sew in all ends