A Long Wait…

The babies have been waiting a long time for their turn to have a new outfit again. Mommy had in mind to make them some pants and a top, since way before the plans to move Granny!

The good part is that in the meantime, Mommy decided they should have booties to go with their pants and top.

So, here is Susie, modelling the new pantsuit set. It features a pair of pants, a front closing top, and booties, all knit in size 10 crochet cotton.

Mommy discovered that she actually gets a better tension working on her size 2.25 mm needles rather than on her 2.00 mm needles when she is using crochet cotton.

The babies don’t care about things like tension though. They just want clothes that are easy to put on and off, and let them move freely and comfortably while they are playing. Good thing this outfit fulfills their wishes so well!

Here is a back view of the pantsuit set so you can see the fit on baby Susie. Mommy says you could also lengthen the sleeves if you wanted to, but our babies wanted short sleeves because then the outfit is good for all seasons.

Here, Susie is just showing off how flexible she is – we asked her to lift her pants’ leg a little to show you the top of one of the booties, and she did this flip kick instead! Babies are so silly.

Anyway, if you would like to make a baby or two at your home, this knitted pantsuit set, here are the instructions:

AG Baby: Pantsuit with Booties

Materials:

2 colours of size 10 crochet cotton

Knitting needles: 2.25 mm (UK – 13; US – 1)

3 small snap fasteners

3 small buttons

Shirring elastic

Optional – stitch holder

Tension:

9 stitches per 1”/2.5 cm

Stitches Used:

Stockinette stitch – 1) Knit. 

        2) Knit 1, purl to last stitch, knit 1.

Garter stitch – Knit every row.

Rib stitch – 1) Knit 2, *purl 1, knit 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row, knit 1.

                   2) *Knit 1, purl 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row, knit 1.

Abbreviations:

K – knit

P – purl

M 1 – pick up loop between stitch just worked and next stitch and place on left hand needle; working into the back of the loop, knit – inc made

YO – yarn over

K 2 tog – knit the next two stitches together as one – decrease made

Sl – slip

Psso – pass slipped stitch over stitch just knit – decrease made

Sts – stitches

AG Baby: Pantsuit with Booties

Pants – First leg:

Cast on 27 stitches.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

Beginning with a knit row, work 6 rows even in stockinette stitch.

9) K 1, m 1, knit to last stitch, m 1, k 1.

Beginning with a purl row, work 7 rows even in stockinette stitch.

17) K 1, m 1, knit to last stitch, m 1, k 1.

Beginning with a purl row, work 5 rows even in stockinette stitch.

23) K 1, m 1, knit to last stitch, m 1, k 1.

Beginning with a purl row, work 3 rows even in stockinette stitch.

Cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows.

26) K 1, sl 1, k 1, psso, knit to last 3 stitches, k 2 tog, k 1.

27) K 1, purl to last stitch, k 1.

End off yarn, leaving a tail to sew crotch seam later.  (You can place these stitches on a stitch holder or just leave them on the left hand needle as you knit the second leg.)

Pants – Second leg:

Work as for first leg, but do not end off at the end of row 27.

Pants – Join legs:

Knit across 26 stitches of second leg, knit last stitch of second leg together with first stitch of first leg, knit 26 to end of row (53 sts).

Beginning with a purl row, work 11 rows even in stockinette stitch.

Work 4 rows ins rib stitch.

Cast off in rib.

Finishing:

Sew front crotch seam.

Sew leg seams.

Sew back crotch seam and back seam.

Thread 2 rows of shirring elastic through wrong side of ribbed waistband, pull to fit baby’s waist and tie elastic ends together.

Top – Back:

Cast on 22 stitches.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

Beginning with a knit row, work 16 rows even in stockinette stitch.

Cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows.

Work 10 rows even in stockinette stitch.

Cast off.

Top – First front:

Cast on 16 stitches.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

3) Knit.

4) K 4, purl to last stitch, k 1.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until another 12 rows total have been completed (garment now measures 16 rows).

Cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next row.

Continue evenly in the pattern set of stockinette stitch with the four stitches of the front placket remaining in garter stitch, for another 10 rows, ending with a knit row.

Cast off 6 stitches for front neck edge, purl to last stitch, k 1.

Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge for each of the next 3 rows.  Purl 1 row.

Cast off.

Top – Second front:

Cast on 16 stitches.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

3) Knit.

4) K 1, purl to last 4 stitches, k 4.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until another 13 rows total have been completed (garment now measures 17 rows).

Cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next row.

Continue evenly in the pattern set of stockinette stitch with the four stitches of the front placket remaining in garter stitch, for another 10 rows, ending with a purl row.

Cast off 6 stitches for front neck edge, purl to last stitch, k 1.

Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge for each of the next 3 rows.  Purl 1 row.

Cast off.

Join shoulder seams.

Sleeves:

Right side of garment facing, pick up 2 stitches in the cast off stitches at underarm, 15 stitches across armhole edge, and 2 stitches in the cast off stitches of other underarm (19 sts).

Knit one row.

Beginning with a knit row, work 5 rows even in stockinette stitch.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.  

Cast off.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Neck edging:

Right side facing, pick up 27 (or 29) stitches across neck edge of garment.   

Work 3 rows of garter stitch.

Cast off.

Finishing:  

Sew side and sleeves seams.  Darn in all loose yarn ends.  Sew 3 small snaps to close front plackets.  Sew 3 small buttons over snaps on top placket.

Booties:

Cast on 18 stitches.

Work 2 rows of garter stitch.

3) K 1, purl to last stitch, k 1.

Beginning with a knit row, work 4 rows even in stockinette stitch.

8) K 12, turn.

9) K 1, p 4, k 1, turn.

Beginning with a knit row, work 4 rows even on these 6 stitches, in stockinette stitch.

14) K 6, pick up 3 stitches across side of arch, k 6.

15) K 1, purl, 11, pick up 3 stitches purl ways across side of second arch, p 5, k 1.

16) K 1, sl 1, k 1, psso, k 7, sl 1, k 1, psso, k 2 tog, k 7, k 2 tog, k 1.

17) K 1, *p 2 tog, p 2,* repeat from star to star to let 3 stitches, p 2 tog, k 1.

Cast off.

Finishing:

Sew sole and back seam.  Thread a row of shirring elastic through wrong side of garter stitch edging, pull to fit baby’s ankle, and tie elastic ends together.

Repeat for second bootie.

Copyright 2023 Cynthia’s Designs

Please enjoy this pattern, but do not reprint without permission.  If selling items made from this pattern, please credit Cynthia’s Designs for the pattern.

8 thoughts on “A Long Wait…”

    • Thank you, Auntie M.. Everyone here thinks it looks super cute on the babies, too – the only problem is they all want to wear the outfit, and are fighting over it now! Mommy better get knitting again. 🙂

      Merci, Tatie M.. Tout le monde ici trouve que ça a l’air super mignon sur les bébés aussi – le seul problème est qu’ils veulent tous porter la tenue, et se battent pour ça maintenant ! Maman ferait mieux de se remettre à tricoter. 🙂

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    • What a lovely compliment, Auntie A.! You have made Mommy blush! But just between you and all us kids here, we think Mommy really makes us so many clothes just so she can avoid doing any of the housework around here… 🙂

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  1. Baby Susie is very in this beautiful set with bright colors. I really like these multico cottons. Kudos to your mom.
    Susie is a beautiful baby, but unfortunately I can’t find any in France, or even on the internet. I’ve been looking for a very long time.
    Thank you very much for the tutorial that I keep preciously under my elbow!!!
    Hugs to the whole family.
    Edwige

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    • Thank you for your compliments, Auntie E.. Susie is an American Girl Caring for Baby doll, which is sold as an Itty Bitty 8 inch baby doll now on the US AG site. Mommy does not post the patterns for the AG babies on the Facebook sites in France, because she knows the babies are not really sold there easily. It is sad, but true. Sometimes you can find them on ebay from a site in China, but now that the AG site sells them without their high chair and accessories, they end up being about the same price in the US. Mommy can not get them here in Canada either, but has to order them from the US, so we will probably not get any more in our home now. 🙁

      Merci pour vos compliments, tante E.. Susie est une poupée American Girl Caring for Baby, qui est vendue comme une poupée Itty Bitty de 8 pouces maintenant sur le site US AG. Maman ne poste pas les patrons des bébés AG sur les sites Facebook en France, car elle sait que les bébés ne s’y vendent pas vraiment facilement. C’est triste, mais vrai. Parfois, vous pouvez les trouver sur ebay à partir d’un site en Chine, mais maintenant que le site AG les vend sans leur chaise haute et leurs accessoires, ils finissent par être à peu près au même prix aux États-Unis. Maman ne peut pas non plus les obtenir ici au Canada, mais doit les commander aux États-Unis, donc nous n’en aurons probablement plus chez nous maintenant. 🙁

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