Boo!

Boo!  That’s the color name of the I Love This Yarn used to make Zach’s latest sleepsack……….

For the record, I also knit him the cute little pumpkin hat he’s wearing using this pattern.  I found a leaf pattern somewhere on the internet and added the leaf.  There is a leaf pattern linked within the pumpkin hat pattern, but I chose a different leaf – use whatever leaf pattern you like.

For the sleepsack, here’s the pattern I used – I created this pattern after reviewing lots of options and consulting with Danielle on what she and I thought would work best for Zach.  She loves this design.

Yarn weight:  Worsted

Needle size:  Whatever you like to use for worsted – use magic loop, dpn’s, whatever you like.  I use size 8 and magic loop.

Directions:  Cast on 80 stitches (I cast on with two needles to make it looser and stretchier).

Join in a circle being careful not to twist stitches – you will be knitting in the round.

Rib for two inches – I use a k2 p2 but you can use whatever ribbing you prefer.

Switch to stockinette and knit until desired length.

For Zach, I knit a 12 inch total length (including ribbing) for newborn…………

15 inch total length (including ribbing) for up to three months……………

and 18 inch total length (including ribbing) for his Boo! sleepsack.  He was twelve weeks old when I made the Boo! sleepsack so it lasted him awhile.

Kitchener the bottom closed.  Don’t fear the kitchener!!!

Then………….make an I-cord.  I use this…………..

and my I-cords are 30-40 inches long, depending on the size of the sleepsack.  I must give credit to Danielle – she was my I-cord maker on the sleepsacks I’ve made.  Weave the I-cord into the ribbed section and tie into a bow.  Perfection!  We didn’t use the I-cord for his largest size (Boo!) because he was more mobile and we were worried about him getting tangled in it.  The sleepsack still worked great without the I-cord.

For Zach, this pattern is perfection.  I hope it’s great for your baby, grandbaby, niece, nephew……….whoever you want to knit a cool gift for.  Enjoy!