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Infant's lace jacket from 1891

Please note: This pattern has not been test knit

Pattern

Materials

2/22 lace weight yarn and 2.25mm needles

Gauge and size

Knit at 40sts to 4 inches this jacket will measure 23” around to fit a 21” chest or the average 2 year old (according to the craft yarn council of America). It may also be intended to be a much looser fit on a younger child.

Abbreviations

K = knit
P = purl
Yo = yarn over
P2tog = purl two stitches together
Sl = slip one stitch with yarn at the back of the work
Sl wyif = slip one stitch with yarn at the front of the work

Pattern

The body of the cardigan is knit flat and the sleeves are picked up from the body and knit in the round.
Cast on 225 stitches and knit one row

R1 (RS): sl, k2, *yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * until you reach the last 6 sts, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R2 (WS): sl wyif, k2, p2, k1, *p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; repeat from * until you reach the last 3 stitches, p2, k1

Chart for knitting the body of the 1891 infant's jacket

Repeat these 2 rows another 39 times.

Begin the armholes

Keeping the pattern correct, work 50sts, cast off 12, work 101, cast off 12, work 50. If desired, you can put the 12 cast of stitches onto a holder instead of casting them off.

Left front

Beginning with row two, work 33 rows
R1 (RS): k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, *yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * to last 6sts, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R2 (WS): sl wyif, k2, p2, k1, *p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; repeat from * to last 8sts, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2

Chart for knitting the left front of the infant's jacket from 1891

Shape neck as follows

R1 (RS): k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) three times, yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k2, k2tog 2 times, k1

R2 (WS): p1, k2tog 2 times, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) three times, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2

R3: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) three times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1, k2tog 2 times, k1

R4: p1, k2tog 2 times, k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) three times, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2

R5: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) three times, k1, k2tog 2 times, k1

R6: p1, k2tog 2 times, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) three times, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2

R7: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) twice, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k2, k2tog 2 times, k1

R8: p1, k2tog 2 times, k2, p2, k1, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) twice, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2.

Put remaining stitches onto a stitch holder.

Chart for knitting the neck shaping on the left front of the infant's jacket from 1891

Back

With wrong side facing, join yarn to the back of the cardigan

Beginning with row two, work 41 rows

R1 (RS): k1, k2tog, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) ten times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k2

R2 (WS): p2, k2, p2, k1, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) ten times, p1, k1, p2

Place stitches on a stitch holder

Chart for knitting the back f the infant's jacket from 891

Right front

With wrong side facing, join yarn to the right front of the cardigan

Beginning with row two, work 33 rows

R1 (RS): sl, k2, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1); repeat to last 6sts, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R2 (WS): sl wyif, k2, p2, (k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1); repeat to last 3sts, p2, k1

Chart for knitting the right front of the infant's jacket from 1891

Shape neck as follows

R1 (RS): k1, k2tog 2 times, k2, p1, p2tog, k1, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) four times, k3

R2 (WS): p2, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) four times, p1, k1, p1, k2, k2tog 2 times, p1

R3: k1, k2tog 2 times, k3, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) four times, k2

R4: p2, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) four times, p1, k2tog 2 times, p1

R5: k1, k2tog 2 times, k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) three times, k2

R6: p2 (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) three times, p1, k1, p2, k2, k2tog 2 times, p1

R7: k1, k2tog 2 times, k4, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) three times, k2

R8: p2, (p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1) three times, p1, k1, k2tog 2 times, p1

Chart for knitting the neck shaping on the right front of the infant's jacket from 1891

Turn the cardigan inside out. Matching the shoulder of the right front with the back, cast off the shoulder stitches, joining the front to the back with a three needle bind off.

Cast off 33sts, join the left front to the back at the shoulders using the three needle bind off.

Sleeves

The sleeves are now picked up from the body of the jacket and knit in the round.

Beginning at the centre of the underarms (the 7th stitch of the 12 stitches you cast off), pick up and knit 72 sts around the sleeve.

ie. 6 sts from the underarm, 30 up the front, 30 down the back, 6 from the underarm.

Place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Work 64 rounds as follows

R1: *yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1; repeat to end of round

R2: *p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1; repeat to end of round

Chart for knitting the sleeves on the infant's jacket from 1891

Sleeve shaping

R1: k3, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k4

R2: k3, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k4

R3: k3, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k4

R4: k1, k2tog, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k1, k2tog, k1

R5: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k3

R6: k2, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k3

R7: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k3

R8: k2, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k3

R9: k2, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k3

R10: k1, p2tog, p1, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k2tog, k1

R11: k1, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k2

R12: k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k2

R13: k1, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k2

R14: k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k2

R15: k1, p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k2

R16: p1, p2tog, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p1, k2tog, k1

R17: p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R18: p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k1

R19: p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R20: p2, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2, k1

R21: p1, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1, k1

R22: p1, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, k2tog, p1

R23: p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1

R24: p1, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2

R25: p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1

R26: p1, k2, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2

R27: p2tog, k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2, p2tog 2 times, k2, yo, k1,) six times, yo, k2, p2tog, p1

R28: k1, k2tog, p1, k1, (p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k1) six times, p1, k2, p2

Chart for knitting the sleeve shaping on the infant's jacket from 1891

Continue for 12 rounds straight as follows

R1: *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog 2 times; repeat from * to end of round

R2: *k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2; repeat from * to end of round

Chart for knitting the end of the sleeve on the infant's jacket from 1891

Cast off.

Repeat for the other sleeve.

Crochet Edging

Please note: These are the original edging instructions from the pattern rewritten in modern crochet terms. You will need to either work the front bands, then the bottom and neck separately in order to stop the corners from curling over, or make adjustments to the pattern and work increases around the corners.

Beginning at the back neck, work 1dc (UK treble crochet), 2ch around the neck, down the fronts and around the bottom of the cardigan.

If you do not wish to work out how to turn corners in pattern, work the next two rows on the front bands first, followed by the bottom and neck. If you are in the round, begin the next row by making a slip stitch into the first 2ch space.

2nd row: Work 1dc in the first 2ch space, *(2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in the next 2 ch space, 1 dc in the next chain space; repeat from * around.

3rd row: Work a sc on the dc of the previous row, *1ch, 7dc in 2ch space, (4dc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next dc; repeat from * all the way around.

After you have finished the bands, bottom and neck, work the crochet edging around the bottom of the sleeves.

Run a narrow ribbon through the first row of crochet all the way around, or just around the neck and sleeves if you prefer. Note, if you are making this jacket for a toddler to wear (as opposed to a doll), you will need to stitch the ribbon firmly to the jacket at the centre back of the neck.

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