Knitting a baby jumpsuit or a romper for babies – for all knitting fans this is one of those knitting jobs that are knitted with joy and special love. With our instructions, we also want to help beginners to knit a baby romper for the little sweethearts.

Baby rompers belong in every first equipment. The baby overall or the rompers keep the little babies warm, they are well packed and still have a lot of freedom of movement. With our instructions you can knit a romper that grows with the baby, gives the legs a lot of freedom from romping and keeps them especially warm. Step by step we will show you how to knit a romper even as a beginner.

Our knitting instructions “Stricken Strampler knicken” are intended for baby sizes 62 to 68. This corresponds approximately to a baby age of 3 to 6 months.

But also here applies: Each baby is individually large or small, heavy or light. Accordingly, the clothing sizes of babies are not always transferable.
It is therefore often better to follow the centimetre specifications for selfknitted baby clothing.

 

We have drawn a pattern for our romper, which is equipped with the necessary centimetres. This makes it easier for you to determine whether you can orientate yourself on our stitch specifications, or whether you need to strike, increase or decrease more or less stitches. If you want to knit a baby overall or a romper, such a pattern is a good help.

Material and preparation
When knitting baby overalls and rompers, it’s like with any self-knitted baby clothing, you should attach great importance to wool or knitting yarn. For babies, only use wool that is soft, light and free of harmful substances.

In handicraft shops or special wool shops you will find yarns that are completely tailored to the needs of small babies. For this romper we have opted for a baby yarn made of polyacrylic. It is a super soft yarn, very easy to care for and has its own colour gradients. This gives the romper a lively character. For the foot cuffs and the romper bib we have used a matching plain wool.

Our yarn corresponds to the Rico Design Baby Dream or Rico Design Baby Classic. Both yarns are Roedel wool. We have knitted with a needle play and a circular knitting needle each with a thickness of 3.5 mm. With this yarn you can knit a baby overall or a romper for the cold season. We wanted to knit a warm and slightly thicker romper.

You can also knit a summer romper with these instructions. Simply use a thinner cotton yarn and the baby romper becomes airy.

According to our instructions you need:

150 grams baby wool with a barrel length of 244 meters / 100 grams
1 short circular needle 3.5 mm thick (the rope should not be longer than 20 centimetres)
1 needle gauge 3.5 mm thick
2 buttons

knitting pattern
The presented romper is knitted only with right stitches. Up to the height of the bib, the circular knitting needle or the needle play is used in rounds. The gauntlets, the armholes and the straps are knitted in the same way as the rib pattern, alternating right and left stitches.

For the stitch stop on the cuffs we have chosen a very elastic stitch stop, the Norwegian stitch stop. In this video tutorial, this special stroke is explained very well, so that even beginners can easily knit it again. But, it is not necessary to knit this Norwegian stitch stop. You can also work your usual knitting stop.

Rompers knit in size 62 / 68
Knit the romper from bottom to top. That is, you start with one foot, then work the second foot and connect both feet with the increase for the crotch.

Cuffs
Mesh stop – 1st round

Cast 42 stitches on a needle from the needle play.
2nd round

In this round, the 42 stitches are divided into four needles of the needle play and connected to each other.

Knitting is done in the rib pattern:

1 stitch right
1 stitch left.
Needle 1 and 3 = 10 stitches
Needle 2 and 4 = 11 stitches
3rd round

Knit the cuff up to a height of 8 centimetres alternating between 1 stitch on the right and 1 stitch on the left.

The leg begins after 8 centimetres of cuff pattern.

Leg
From the leg to the bib only right stitches are knitted. 2 rounds knit only right stitches. After these 2 rounds there is the first stitch increase on the leg.

Work each needle this way:

2 stitches right
1 increase mesh
until the 3rd last stitch knit all stitches to the right
1 increase mesh
Needle 1 + 3 = 12 meshes
Needle 2 + 4 = 13 stitches

In this way you increase the right stitches without creating a hole: Lift the cross thread between two stitches onto the needle – as shown in the picture. To knit off the cross thread, it must be lifted slightly so that the needle can be used for better penetration. Now knit the cross thread as a right stitch.

After the first increase on the leg, 10 centimeters with right stitches knit the leg high. Only after these 10 centimetres does the second crotch gain take place. This gives the baby plenty of leg room.

Needle 1

knit all stitches to the right
Needle 2

knit all stitches to the right
in front of the last two stitches
1 increase mesh
1 stitch right
1 increase mesh
1 stitch right
Needle 3

1 stitch right
1 increase mesh
1 stitch right
1 increase mesh
all remaining meshes on the right
Needle 4

all meshes right
Three rounds of right stitch knitting. After these three rounds, do one more round with mesh increase.

Needle 1: knit all stitches right
Needle 2 and needle 3: increase stitches as before
Needle 4: knit all stitches to the right
The next round only right mesh work. Knit the 2nd leg in exactly the same orde

The step
For the crotch, place the two legs next to each other so that the gains are exactly opposite.

Continue knitting the right leg until you reach the needle on which you have gained weight, so that you arrive at the crotch with the working thread. Now pick up 4 loops on this needle. These will be the new crotch stitches. Knit on the same needle also the needle of the 2nd leg – with the opposite stitch take-ups.
Now you can go over to the circular knitting needle. Simply replace each individual needle with the circular knitting needle. Also pick up 4 stitches on the back of the legs at the crotch. Continue knitting with right stitches.

After crotch, knit 13 centimetres straight up with right stitches. When you knit a romper, the stitches for the waist on the right and left side of the body are removed. To do this, mark the front with a stitch aid (a coloured thread is sufficient). Now halve the total number of stitches so that you have the same number of stitches on the front and back.

Place 2 mesh markers on the right and left so that 2 meshes are in the middle of these two markers.

The following 13 rounds are knitted this way:

Round 1

Knit right stitches.
Work 2 stitches together before the 1st stitch marker on the right.
2 meshes right
2 stitches after the 2nd stitch marker knit together covered
The first stitch is raised, the second stitch is knitted and the raised stitch is pulled over the knitted stitch. Work right stitches up to the 3rd and 4th stitch marker. Work the two stitches in front on the right together again,
knit the stitches in between on the right, the two stitches after the marker, covered.

Round 2 and 3

work only right meshes without acceptance
Round 4

one slimming round as in round 1
Round 5 and 6

knit right stitches without decrease.
Work in this order until lap 13. After each slimming lap, knit two laps on the right. After this last slimming round. 1 round of normal right hand knitting.

The hole pattern
At the upper part of the body we insert a hole pattern. You can knit it or leave it out. It is intended for babies who are a little narrower. A cord can be pulled into the hole pattern after completion of the romper. With this cord the baby romper is adapted completely to the body circumference of the baby.

A round hole pattern:

1 cover
2 stitches knit together on the right side
6 meshes right
1 envelope
2 stitches knit together on the right side
6 meshes right
Work in this order the whole round.
The envelope will be knitted as a right-hand stitch in the following round.
Knit 2 rounds on the right.

chest area
We have knitted the entire chest area with the two bibs in alternation of right and left stitches, as in the rib pattern.

1 stitch right
1 mesh left
4 centimeters in this episode high knit
The armhole
For the armhole, 8 stitches are chained together on the right and left side of the romper after the 4 centimetre rib pattern. The work is divided.
Count again the number of stitches of the whole round and divide it by two.
This way you have an equally wide front and back. Now continue knitting with three short needles from the needle play. Chain off 8 stitches on both sides – right and left – for the armhole.

Your stitches now lie on two needles:

1 needle for the front part of the flap
1 needle for the back of the small bib
The front and back sections are each knitted separately.

The bib
Knit the entire bib on both sides alternating right and left stitches.

1 stitch right
1 mesh left

Turn work around. Just lift off the first stitch and continue knitting in the pattern as normal. This will give you a clean edge. We have knitted the front part of the bib a total height of 11 centimetres. The back part is knitted two centimetres higher. Cast off the stitches cleanly.

finalization
The baby romper’s almost ready.

After both bibs – front and back – are knitted and chained off, the armholes are knitted in. To do this, pick up all the edge stitches and the 8 stitches of the removed armhole on two needles. You are allowed to pick up a bit generously, i.e. two stitches instead of one in between. The armhole should not restrict the baby.

Now knit these stitches alternately from the right and left stitches. In the first round, knit the right side stitches of the pickup in an interlaced knitting to the right. This prevents small holes and the stitches sit firmly on the needle.

Knit 4 rows in rib pattern. Cast off all stitches loosely. On the second sleeve side knit exactly the same.

The straps
11 Take up stitches at upper bib edge
Turning work
1 edge stitch
1 stitch right
1 mesh left
1 stitch right
….
Knit the edge stitch on the right.
Turn work
Just lift off the edge stitch.
Knit the back row stitches as they appear.
Knit the edge stitch to the right again.
Buttonholes
In the carrier height of 11 centimetres we have worked in each case a buttonhole.

Edge mesh
3 knit stitches
Cast off 2 meshes
4 knit stitches
edge stitch
In the back row, the stitches are knitted as they appear. Two loops are placed on the needle for the chained stitches. Knit these loops in the following row as right and left stitches. Work 4 more rows after the buttonholes. Cast off all stitches.

Now you only have to sew 2 suitable buttons on the front bib and sew all threads. You can easily make the cord yourself with the remaining yarn and your hand mixer. Knitting a baby overall or a romper is a simple thing according to these instructions.

* According to this video instruction the Norwegian mesh stop can be easily reworked.

 

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