A friend of mine is having a baby around about now, and as he is a huge Mac fan (as am I), this has to be the most perfect baby shower present ever....
The pattern is my own, hope you like...
0-3 months [3-6m, 6-12m]
Chest: 20[21, 22.5] inches
Length: 9[10, 11.5] inches
Arm Length from shoulder to wrist: 8[9, 10] inches
[MC] Patons Supersoft [62.5% cotton, 37.5% acrylic; 120m per 50g skein]; colour: natural 4[4, 5] skeins.
[CC] ggh Samoa [50% cotton, 50%acrylic; ca 95m per 50g skein]; colour turquoise 505 1 skein
1 set[s] 4.5mm circular or straight needles, or size required to get gauge
1 set 4.5mm DPNs, or size required to get gauge
19 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
CO 50[54, 58] stiches in CC and knit 3 rows in seed stich (k1, p1 across the row, p1 k1 on the return so that stiches do not line up)
Change to MC and knit 5.5[6.5, 7.5] inches in stockinette
With RS facing, start raglan decreases as follows:
R1: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
R2: p all stitches
Repeat these two rows 13 [15, 18] times until 22 stitches remain. Put remaining stitches on waste yarn.
Work as back piece.
After switching to MC, knit 3 inches, then begin intarsia work as per the pattern, centering the pattern on the sweater.
Split the MC into two skeins after the first row (i.e. work the first row stranded likewise with row 18 of the pattern. The leaf at the top of the apple is worked stranded)
At the same time, having reached 5.5[6.5, 7.5] inches, begin raglan shaping as per the back.
Additionally, after 8.75 inches from beginning, begin neck shaping as follows:
Row 1: Knit to 6 stitches from centre of front piece, BO the next 12 stitches, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2 [and all wrong side rows]: Purl.
Row 3: BO 2 sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 5: BO 1 st, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Continue purling WS rows, and repeat Row 5 1[ 2, 3] times-- 4 sts remain [all sizes].
Next row: K1, k2tog, k1.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Sl 1, k2tog, psso, fasten off.
Rejoin yarn to the stitches remaining on the needle, starting with a WS row and row 3, and work neck shaping to match, reversing all shapings (purl where k is indicated, and k where purl is indicated).
Make 2 the same.
CO 37[ 39, 43] sts on dpns.
Row 1: *k1, p1 repeat from * across row.
Repeat this row 2 more times.
Next row : Knit.
Repeat until work measures 4.5[5, 6] inches.
Next row: BO 1, k to end, turn work (work will now be knit flat)
Next row: BO 1, p to end.
Next row: Knit.
Row 1[and all WS rows]: Purl.
Row 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 7[9, 11] sts remain.
Place these sts on holder.
Sew all seams, except front left raglan seam for which only seam only 0.5 inches from armpit, using mattress stitch (see www.knittinghelp.com for tips on seaming)
Button row and neckband
With CC, pick up and knit 15 stitches from left raglan edge, turn work and knit 3 rows in seed stitch.
Make two button holes, using yo, k2tog, approx 1.5 and 3 inches from armpit, in the second seed stitch row.
BO all stitches in seed stitch fashion. Do not break yarn. Leaving last stitch on the needle, pick up 2 stitches from button band edge, then k across left sleeve , k tog last stitch of sleeve with first stitch of back, k across back stitches, k tog last stitch of back with 1st stitch of right sleeve, k across sleeve, k tog last stitch of sleeve with top point of the raglan, the continue to pick up and knit approx 22 stiches across front, ending at the top point of the raglan on the left side of the front.
Turn work, and work in seed stitch one row.
Turn work, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, continue in seed stitch across neckband, turn work once more and knit last row of seed stitch.
BO in seed stitch fashion.
Finish with sewing on three buttons of your choice, or make crochet buttons and sew on.
Weave in all ends and block.
(For full sized intarsia pattern, right-click on the image and download to your computer)
Please notify me of any errors or omissions in the pattern - this is my first try at pattern writing. Thanks.