A few weeks ago this pattern was being shared widely on Facebook following a request by Auckland NICU for baby singlets. While it is already a pretty simple construction there were comments suggesting some knitters would prefer the pattern in the round. So using the original pattern I have worked out a fairly simple conversion. Please let me know if you are using a screen reader and would like this pattern in text form. While it is being freely shared it is not my design so I haven’t converted it to HTML.
For my version I used a white 4 ply merino from deep stash. For premature babies and newborns pure, very soft 100% wool is important for helping them maintain even body heat. For lots of reasons acrylic is just not okay to use for this purpose – if you are worried about machine washing use superwash wool.
- I started by casting on the 42 body stitches using a provisional crochet cast on – but any provisional cast on would do. I then did two rows to set the body rib, if I did it again I would do three starting with a purl row to make it easier when I picked up the provisional stitches. As you cast on leave a long enough tail for sewing the underarm of the sleeve. An alternative cast on would be to cast on over a spare cable you could attach your needle to when you get to the body join.
- I then followed the pattern as written from the shape sleeves instruction until the end of the shape neck section. After I had cast off the sleeve stitches I worked two rows finishing with a purl row (or three if I had started with a purl row rather than a rib row)
- I then picked up the stitches from my provisional cast on using the needle tip from the front right as that was the direction of the provisional cast on and then transfering the stitches to bottom left tip ready to knit. The following pictures will give you a rough idea of how that went.
I have used magic loop for my singlet – its very small so might need a 23cm short circular to be workable if that is your preference.
Continue in the pattern as written except rather than purling the wrong side row, as you are working in the round you will knit it. Note that on the rib row you will have 4 knit stitches together under the sleeve as both front and back pieces start and finish with knit 2. If you wanted to to you could k2tog at the edges as you join (last stitch of back with first stitch of front and last stitch of front with first stitch of back in the first two rows) but I dont think it’s necessary as its easy enough to keep track of when you are using magic loop.
You will still need to sew the short sleeve seams up which is not much more than a long end weave in. In theory this pattern could also be worked without adding in the additional stitches for the sleeves to make a sleeveless singlet.
This is where mine has got to – its going in my carry on to finish on my flight to New Zealand. This is not a particularly sophisticated modification – all I have done is the thinking for you. I have switched from Royales to Nova (nickel) to keep the stitches moving easily through the magic loop.