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This adorable butterfly set includes patterns for matching hat, pullover, pants, and booties knit in Patons Astra. Ages 6-24 months.

Sizes

6 mos
16 ins [41 cm]
23 ins [58.5 cm]
12 mos
18 ins [45 cm]
25 ins [63.5 cm]
18 mos
20 ins [51 cm]
28½ ins [72 cm]
2 yrs
22 ins [56 cm]
30 ins [76 cm]
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The materials for this project cost $5.69

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Size:

  • 6 mos
  • 12 mos
  • 18 mos
  • 2 yrs
Chest measurement
16 ins [41 cm]
Finished chest
23 ins [58.5 cm]

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Takumi Bamboo Single Point Knitting Needles 13"-14"

Size 5/3.75mm
$5.69

Materials not included in this kit:

6 buttons and 2 st holders for Pullover. Length of ¾ inch [2 cm] wide elastic for Pants.

The materials for this project cost $5.69

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MEASUREMENTS

Chest measurement
6 mos 16 ins [41 cm]
12 mos 18 ins [45 cm]
18 mos 20 ins [51 cm]
2 yrs 22 ins [56 cm]
Finished chest
6 mos 23 ins [58.5 cm]
12 mos 25 ins [63.5 cm]
18 mos 28½ ins [72 cm]
2 yrs 30 ins [76 cm]

MATERIALS

Booties
Patons Astra
Sizes6 mos12 mos18 mos2 yrs 
Main Color (MC)
()
1111
Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. 6 buttons and 2 st holders for Pullover. Length of ¾ inch [2 cm] wide elastic for Pants.
Pullover
Patons Astra
Sizes6 mos12 mos18 mos2 yrs 
Main Color (MC)
()
3445
Contrast A
()
1111
Contrast B
()
1111
Contrast C
()
1111
Contrast D
()
1111
Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz;147 m/161 yds)
Contrast E
Black (02765)
1111
Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. 6 buttons and 2 st holders for Pullover.
Pants
Patons Astra
Sizes6 mos12 mos18 mos2 yrs 
Main Color (MC)
()
3344
Contrast B
()
1111
Contrast C
()
1111
Contrast D
()
1111
Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz;147 m/161 yds)
Contrast E
Black (02765)
1111
Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. Length of ¾ inch [2 cm] wide elastic for Pants. Small quantities of Contrast B, Contrast C, Contrast D and Contrast E.
Hat Only
Patons Astra
Sizes6 mos12 mos18 mos2 yrs 
Main Color (MC)
()
1111
Contrast B
()
1111
Contrast C
()
1111
Contrast D
()
1111
Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz;147 m/161 yds)
Contrast E
Black (02765)
1111
Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. Small quantities of Contrast B, Contrast C, Contrast D and Contrast E.
Booties, Pants, Hat and Pullover
Patons Astra
Sizes6 mos12 mos18 mos2 yrs 
Main Color (Booties and Pullover)
()
4556
Main Color (Pants and Hat)
()
5566
Contrast B
()
1111
Contrast C
()
1111
Contrast D
()
1111
Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz;147 m/161 yds)
Contrast E
Black (02765)
1111
Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. 6 buttons and 2 st holders for Pullover. Length of ¾ inch [2 cm] wide elastic for Pants.

GAUGE

24 sts and 32 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
Note: When working from charts, wind small balls of the colors to be used, one for each separate area of color in the design. Start new colors at appropriate points. To change colors, twist the two colors around each other where they meet, on WS, to avoid a hole.
PULLOVER
BACK

**With MC, cast on 66 (72-82-86) sts.
Knit 6 rows (garter st ).
Proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
These 2 rows form seed st pat.**
Cont in seed st pat until work from beg measures 11 (11½-12½-14) ins [28 (29-32-35.5) cm] ending on a 2nd row.
Neck shaping: Next row: Pat across 19 (20-25-26) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. 17 (18-23-24) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 11½ (12-13-14½) ins [29 (30.5-33-37) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
With A, work 10 rows garter st. Cast off.
With RS of work facing slip next 28 (32-32-34) sts from spare needle onto a st holder. Join MC to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. 17 (18-23-24) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 11½ (12-13-14½) ins [29 (30.5-33-37) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
With A, work 10 rows garter st. Cast off.

FRONT
Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Cont in seed st pat until work from beg measures 10¾ (11-11¾-13) ins [27.5 (28-29-33) cm] ending on a 2nd row.
Neck shaping: Next row: Pat across 23 (26-31-33) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 (8-8-9) rows. 17 (18-23-24) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 11½ (12-13-14½) ins [29 (30.5-33-37) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
With A, work 6 rows garter st.
Next row: (RS). K4 (4-8-9). Cast off 2 sts. K6 (7-8-8) (including st on needle after cast off). Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work a further 2 rows garter st. Cast off.
With RS of work facing, slip next 20 sts from spare needle onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 (8-8-9) rows. 17 (18-23-24) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 11½ (12-13-14½) ins [29 (30.5-33-37) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
With A, knit 6 rows.
Next row: (RS). K3. Cast off 2 sts. K6 (7-8-8) (including st on needle after cast off). Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Knit a further 2 rows. Cast off.

SLEEVES
With MC, cast on 36 (38-40-40) sts. Knit 6 rows (garter st).
Proceed in seed st pat as given for Back inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and every following 4th row until there are 50 (52-56-60) sts, then every following 6th row until there are 54 (58-60-66) sts, taking inc sts into pat.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 5 (-6¼-7) ins [12.5 (14-16-18) cm] ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

LEFT POCKET
With A, cast on 22 sts.
Work 2 rows stocking st.
Work Chart I in stocking st to end of chart reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right.
Beg with a purl row, work 2 rows stocking st with A.
Next row: (WS). With MC, purl.
With MC, work 5 rows in seed st pat. Cast off in pat.
RIGHT POCKET
Work as given for Left Pocket using Chart II instead of Chart I.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements.
Cover with a damp cloth leaving to dry. Sew shoulder seams.
Front Neckband: With RS of work facing and A, pick up and knit 14 (14-16-18) sts down left front neck edge beg at side of shoulder band. Knit across 20 sts from front st holder. Pick up and knit 14 (14-16-18) sts up right front neck edge to top of shoulder band. 48 (48-52-56) sts.
Knit 5 rows (garter s)t.
Next row: (RS). K3. Cast off 2 sts. Knit to last 5 sts. Cast off 2 sts. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work a further 2 rows garter st. Cast off.
Back Neckband:With RS of work facing, pick up and knit 9 sts down right back neck edge beg at side of shoulder band. Knit across 28 (32-32-34) sts from back st holder. Pick up and knit 9 sts up left back neck edge to top of shoulder band. 46 (50-50-52) sts.
Work 9 rows garter st. Cast off.
Lap Front shoulder bands over Back shoulder bands at armhole edge and sew in position. Place markers on front and back side edges 4¾ (5-5¼-) ins [12 (12.5-13-14.5) cm] down from centre of shoulder bands. Sew in sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams.
Sew on Pockets to Front 2 ins [6 cm] above cast on edge and 1 inch [2.5 cm] in from side edges. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

PANTS
RIGHT LEG
(beg at waist)
**With MC, cast on 71 (75-77-83) sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows (K1. P1) ribbing for 2¼ ins [5.5 cm] ending on a 2nd row and inc 1 st in centre of last row. 72 (76-78-84) sts.**
Proceed as follows:
Shape back: 1st and 2nd rows: K9. Turn. Sl1P. Purl to end of row.
3rd and 4th rows: K18. Turn. Sl1P. Purl to end of row.
5th and 6th rows: K27. Turn. Sl1P. Purl to end of row.
7th and 8th rows: K36. Turn. Sl1P. Purl to end of row.
9th and 10th rows: K45. Turn. Sl1P. Purl to end of row.
Note: To avoid a hole when knitting a slipped st, pick up the st below the slipped st and slip it onto left hand needle. Knit this st tog with the slipped st above.
***Cont in stocking st until work from centre front measures 7¾ (8- 8½-) ins [19.5 (20.5-21.5- 23.5) cm] ending with a WS row.
Shape crotch: Inc 1 st at each end of next and following alt row.
Purl 1 row.
Cast on 3 (2-4-4) sts beg next 2 rows. 82 (84-90-96) sts.
Work 4 rows even.
Shape inseam: Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and following alt rows until there are 62 (72-74-74) sts.

Sizes 12 and 18 mos only: Dec 1 st each end of needle on every following 4th row from previous dec until there are (68-72) sts.

All Sizes: Cont even until work from last cast on at crotch measures 3½ ins [9 cm].
Next row: (RS). K35 (40-43-45).
Work 1st row of Chart III in stocking st reading row from right to left. With MC, knit to end of row.
Chart III is now in position.
Cont working Chart III, as placed in last row, to end of chart.
With MC, cont even until work from last cast on at crotch measures 7 (-8-9) ins [18 (19-20.5-23) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Knit 10 rows (garter st). Cast off.***

LEFT LEG (beg at waist)
Work from ** to ** as given for Right Leg.
Proceed as follows noting that the first row is WS:
Shape back: 1st and 2nd rows: P9. Turn. Sl1K. Knit to end of row.
3rd and 4th rows: P18. Turn. Sl1K. Knit to end of row.
5th and 6th rows: P27. Turn. Sl1K. Knit to end of row.
7th and 8th rows: P36. Turn. Sl1K. Knit to end of row.
9th and 10th rows: P45. Turn. Sl1K. Knit to end of row.
Note: To avoid a hole when purling a slipped st, pick up the st below the slipped st and slip it onto left hand needle. Purl this st tog with the slipped st above.
Next row: Purl across all sts.
Work from *** to *** as given for Right Leg omitting all reference to Chart III.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving to dry. Sew shoulder seams.
Sew inseams. Sew crotch seam. Fold waistband in half to wrong side and sew loosely in position
leaving an opening to insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic tog securely. Sew opening of waistband closed.

HAT
With A, cast on 97 (103) sts.
Proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Last row forms seed st pat.
Work a further 5 rows seed st pat.
Next row: (RS). With A, K55 (57).
Work 1st row of Chart II in stocking st reading row from right to left.
With A, knit to end of row.
Chart II is now in position. Cont working Chart II to end of chart.
Next row: (WS). With A, purl.
Shape top: 1st row: (RS). K1. *K2tog. K14 (15). Rep from * to end of row. 91 (97) sts.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: K1. *K2tog. K13 (14).
Rep from * to end of row. 85 (91) sts.
4th row: Purl.
Cont in this manner, dec 6 sts evenly across next and following alt rows until 19 sts rem.
Next row: P1. *P2tog. P1. Rep from * to end of row. 13 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long end.
Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

BOOTIES
Cast on 32 (38) sts.
Beg with a knit row, work 12 rows stocking st.
Next row: (Eyelet row). (RS). K2. *yfwd. K2tog. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Purl 1 row.
Shape instep: Next row: K21 (25). Turn. Leave rem 11 (13) sts on first st holder.
Next row: P10 (12). Leave rem 11 (13) sts on 2nd st holder.
Cont in seed st pat as given for Back of Pullover on these 10 (12) sts for 28 (30) rows. Break yarn and leave sts on right-hand needle.
Proceed as follows:
With RS of work facing, K11 (13) from first st holder. Pick up and knit 14 (15) sts along side of instep. K10 (12) from instep. Pick up and knit 14 (15) sts along other side of instep. K11 (13) from 2nd st holder. 60 (68) sts.
Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows stocking st.
Next row: (Tuck row). *Knit next st tog with corresponding st 7 rows below. Rep from * to end of row.
Work in seed st pat for 6 rows.
Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows in stocking st.
Next row: (Tuck row). *Knit next st tog with corresponding st 7 rows below. Rep from * to end of row. Cast off.
Sole:With MC, cast on 12 (14) sts.
Knit 20 rows (garter st).
Next row: K5 (6). K2tog. K5 (6). 11 (13) sts.
Next and alt rows: Knit.
Next row: K5 (6). K2tog. K4 (5). 10 (12) sts.
Next row: K4 (5). K2tog. K4 (5). 9 (11) sts.
Next row: K3 (4). K2tog. K4 (5). 8 (10) sts.
Cont even in garter st until sole from beg measures 3½ (4) ins [8.5 (10) cm]. Cast off

FINISHING
Sew back seam. Sew Sole to Bootie placing shaped edge of sole at back of Bootie.
Make twisted cord: Cut 2 strands of yarn 20 ins [51 cm] long.
With both strands tog hold one end and with someone holding other end, twist strands to the right until they begin to curl. Fold the 2 ends tog and tie in a knot so they will not unravel. The strands will now twist themselves tog. Adjust length if desired. Thread twisted cord through eyelets and tie.