Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Romper Buttons

It took a bit of searching but I finally found the perfect buttons for the shockingly bright baby romper I've been knitting.

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I found cute little floral buttons in exactly the right colors in the beading department of Micheals. It did require that I rip out and reknit the buttonhole band with larger buttonholes, but it was worth it. Ironically they are now the size they were supposed to be in the first place. I had purposely knit the holes smaller as I usually prefer a smaller button and a YO, K2tog buttonhole.

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This is my version of the "Rugby Romper" a free pattern from the Lion Brand website. I knit the smallest (6 month) size and substituted "Patons Astra" for the "Lion Brand Baby Soft". I used nearly 2 - 50 g balls of black as the main color and 1 ball of each of the contrasting colors: Hot Blue, Electric Blue, Hot Green, and Hot Pink.

Alterations: Between each band of bright color I added a 2 row garter stitch stripe of black to make the colors "pop". I used six buttons instead of eight and knit the sleeves from the top down, I cast on the leg cuffs with tubular cast on and I bound off the remaining ribbing edges in tubular bind off.


Zefiber said...

Is this for the grandbaby? Great colors - nice contrast, and either gender can wear it! Kudos, Grandma!

Marlene said...

Yes, it's for the coming grandchild. Thanks to modern technology we already know the baby is a girl. Sure makes new babies easier to knit for!

Dorothy said...

The romper is so cute! The buttons are perfect. I'm so jealous - it's so warm in Orlando where our grandbabies are that they only need a very limited number of sweaters. But I've been having a great time sewing little sundresses. Not sure yet of the sex of our next one, but we should know soon. The next couple of weeks should bring exciting news from you!!

Marlene said...

It can get pretty hot here too Dorothy, depending of course on the time of year. I'm hoping this romper will fit during the colder season.

Sharon in Surrey said...

I LOVE the colors!!! I remember knitting for friends back in the 70s & 80s as they had babies! I hated those insipid pastels & knit RED & GREY instead or two shades of PURPLE! I'm so glad to see this kind of baby outfit!!!

Maggie Ann said...

How pretty and cheery! The buttons are so cute. Its marvelous what we can buy these days. I'm loving it! =)

dragon knitter said...

that is so cute! i'll have to add it to my repertoire (did i spell that right?)