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Thank you to my 3-month old granddaughter, Nadia, for modeling.

Panda Silk
Baby Bubbles Smock

free baby knitting pattern

One Size: 0-6 months, loose fitting garment, length approx. 10 inches (25 cm)
Increase length by knitting extra rows of bobble pattern as desired.

Materials
3 - 50 gr balls Panda Silk (bamboo-SW wool-silk) #3003 color "strawberry cream"  
2 sizes Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles: larger size for 31 sts/4 inches, then 1 size smaller for ribbing. Thus if you get the gauge on size 2s, use 1.5-1s for ribbing & 16" circular needle in larger size for yoke.
4 Stitch Holders
Tapestry Needle for assembling
3 buttons

Abbreviations
K; knit; beg: beginning; cont: continue; foll: following; inc: increase; K2tog: knit 2 sts together; P: purl; patt: pattern; psso: pass slipped st over; rep: repeat; sl: slip; st(s): stitch(es); St st: stockinette stitch; tbl: through back of loop; tog: together; y fwd: yarn forward - bring yarn under needle, then over into knitting position again, thus making a st; yon: yarn over needle - take yarn over top of needle into knitting position, thus making a st; yrn: yarn round needle - take yarn right around needle into purling position, thus making a s

Bobble: (K1, y fwd, K1, y fwd, K1) into next st, turn, P5, turn, K5, turn, P5, turn, sl 2 tog knitwise, K3 tog, p2sso.

Gauge: 31 sts/4 inches (10 cm) in St st.
Please check your gauge carefully. If less sts use smaller needles, if more sts use bigger needles.

Back and Front (alike, make 2)
Using larger Needles, cast on 114 sts.
Work 4 rows St st.
5th row — K1, * K2 tog, y fwd, rep from * to last st, K1.
Work 5 rows St st (beg with a P row), dec once in center of last row [113 sts].
Beg pattern
1st row — P2, * yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P5, K2tog, yrn, P1, rep from * to last st, P1.
2ndrow—K3,*P1,K5,P1,K3, rep from * to end.
3rd row — P3, * yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P3, K2 tog, yrn, P3, rep from * to end.
4th row — K4, * P1, K3, P1, K5, rep from * ending last rep with K4 instead of K5.
5th row — P4, * yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, K2 tog, yrn, P5, rep from * ending last rep with P4 instead of P5.
6th row — K5, * P1, K1, P1, K7, rep from * ending last rep with K5 instead of K7.
7th row — P2, * P3, yon, sl 1, K2tog, psso, yrn, P3, "Bobble", rep from * ending last rep with P2 instead of "Bobble".
8th row — K5, * P3, K3, P1 tbi, K3, rep from * to last 8 sts, P3, K5.
9th row — P4, * K2tog, yrn, P1, yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P5, rep from * ending last rep with P4 instead of P5.
10th row — As 4th row.
11th row — P3, * K2 tog, yrn, P3, yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P3, rep from * to end.
12th row — As 2nd row.
13th row — P2, * K2 tog, yrn, P5, yon, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, rep from * to last st, P1.
14th row — K2, * P1, K7, P1, K1, rep from * to last st, K1.
15th row — K1, K2 tog, * yrn, P3, "Bobble", P3, yon, sl 1, K2 tog, psso, rep from * to last 10 sts, yrn, P3, "Bobble", P3, yon, sl 1, K1, psso, K1.
16th row — P3, * K3, P1 tbl, K3, P3, rep from * to end.
Rows 1 thru 16 form pattern.
Cont in patt until work measures approx 6 inches (15 cm) from row of holes at hem, ending with an 8th or 16th patt row.
Shape raglan armholes — Keeping patt correct, bind off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec at each end of next and alt rows until 93 sts rem.
Next row — * P2 tog, rep from * to last st, P1 [47 sts].
Leave sts on a stitch-holder.

Sleeves
Using larger Needles, cast on 40 sts.
Work 4 rows St st.
5th row — K1, * K2 tog, y fwd, rep from * to last st, K1.
Work 4 rows St st (beg with a purl row).
10th row — P1, * inc in next st, P2, rep from * to end [53 sts].
Work in patt as for Back and Front until work measures approx 6 inches (15 cm) or length desired from row of holes at hem, ending with an 8th or 16th patt row.
Shape raglan — Keeping patt correct, bind off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec at each end of next and alt rows until 33 sts rem.
Next row — * P2 tog, P1, rep from * to end [22 sts].
Leave sts on a stitch-holder.

Yoke
Using back-stitch, join raglan seams. With right side facing and beg at right back raglan seam, slip all sts from stitch-holders on to Circular Needle (matching larger size needle) [138 sts].
Slip first 26 sts of Back onto other end of needle.
1st row — Cast on 5 sts for underlap, knit to end, dec once in center of front [142 sts].
2nd and 3rd rows — Knit.
4th row — K5, * yrn, P2 tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5.
Knit 3 rows.
8th row — K5, purl to last 5 sts, K5.
9th row — K7, * K2 tog, K3, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5 [116 sts].
10th row — As 8th row.
11th row — Knit to last 3 sts, y fwd, K2tog (buttonhole), K1.
Rep rows 2 thru 8 once.
19th row — K7, * K2 tog, K2, rep from *to last 5 sts, K5 [90 sts].
Rep 10th and 11th rows once, then rows 2 thru 8 once.
29th row — K7, * K2 tog, K3, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3 [74 sts].
30th row — As 8th row.
Change to smaller Needles for Neckband.
1st row—Knit to last 3 sts, y fwd, K2 tog, K1.
Work 5 rows St st (beg with a purl row).
7th row — K1, * K2 tog, y fwd, rep from * to last st, K1.
Work a further 3 rows St st.
Bind off loosely.

Finishing
DO NOT PRESS. Using back-stitch, join side and sleeve seams. Fold lower, sleeve and neck edges on to wrong side at row of holes and slip-stitch in position. Sew underlap in position. Sew on buttons.

Special thanks to Andrea Picone for a beautiful job of knitting our model in the photo.

copyright 2008 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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