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Little Josefine by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS Cardigan, bonnet and socks in Safran.

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Knitting gauge: 25 sts x 34 rows on needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 in stockinette sts = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

Garter sts (back and forth on needle): Knit all rows.
Garter sts (circular needles): P 1 round, K 1 round.

Pattern: See diagram M.1 and M.2. The diagrams show the pattern from the RS. 1 repeat of M.1 = approx. 3 cm / 1 1/8'' in the height.

Buttonhole: bind off for buttonholes on right front band. 1 buttonhole = bind off the 3rd and the 4th st from the edge and cast on 2 new sts on the return row.
bind off for buttonholes when piece measures:
Note: Make the last buttonhole when 2 rows remain to be knitted in garter sts on the front band.
Size1/3 month: 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 cm
Size 6/9 month: 6, 11, 16, 21 and 28 cm
Size 12/18 month: 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 cm
Size 24 month: 6, 13, 20, 27 and 34 cm


Back and front piece:
The cardigan is knitted back and forth on circular needles from mid front.
Cast on 131-143-167-179 sts (inc 5 front band sts each side towards mid front) on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with 2 strands of Safran.
Remove 1 strand and continue in M.1 (1st row = the RS), but the 5 front band sts each side are knitted in garter sts throughout – remember the buttonholes on right front band – see explanation above. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When piece measures approx 15-15-18-21 cm – adjust to after a full repeat of M.1 – knit the next row as follows (from the RS): 30-33-39-42 sts = right front, bind off 8 sts for armhole, knit 55-61-73-79 sts = back piece, bind off 8 sts for armhole, knit 30-33-39-42 sts = left front.
Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Cast on 38-50-50-50 sts (incl 1 edge st each side) on needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with 1 strand of Safran.
Knit 8 rows of garter sts (1st row = RS), continue in M.1. At the same time when piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' inc 1 st each side on every 7-15-10-11 row a total of 6-3-5-6 times = 50-56-60-62 sts- in the first 4 rows of M.1 knit the inc sts in garter sts and in the next 8 rows of M.1 knit them in stockinette sts.
When the piece measures 16-16-19-22 cm – adjust the length to a full repeat of M.1 – bind off 5 sts each side for the armhole = 40-46-50-52 sts left on row.
Knit another sleeve.

Put the sleeves on the same circular needle as the front and back piece where you bind off for the armholes = 195-219-251-267 sts. Knit in M.2 – at the same time on the 1st row dec 19 sts evenly distributed on row.
Note: Do not dec over the front bands = 176-200-232-248 sts.
At the same time on the 9th row of M.2 dec 12-14-18-22 sts evenly distributed on row = 164-186-214-226 sts. Remember the button holes on front band!
When finished with M.2 continue in garter sts – at the same time dec 11-11-12-12 sts evenly distributed on every 4th row (from the RS) a total of 8-9-10-11 times = 76-87-94-94 sts left on row.
When the piece measures 25-26-30-34 cm dec 18-19-24-16 sts evenly distributed = 58-68-70-78 sts.

Knit over all sts incl the front band sts. Knit 3 rows of stockinette sts, then knit the next row as follows (from the RS): *K2 tog, make a yo*, repeat from *-* and finish with K2. Knit 3 rows of stockinette sts before binding off the remaining sts.
Fold the edge double towards the WS and sew tight. Sew the sleeve seams and the openings under the sleeves. Sew on buttons.



To fit foot length: 10-11-12 -14 cm

The sock is knitted back and forth from mid back. Cast on 50-52-54-56 sts on needle size 2.5 mm/US 1.5 with 2 strands of Safran.
Remove 1 strand and continue with M.1 (1st row = the RS) with 1-2-3-4 sts of stockinette sts each side. Knit 2 repeats of M.1 (= approx 6 cm / 2 3/8'').
Continue with 1 row of stockinette sts at the same time dec 16-14-16-14 sts evenly distributed = 34-38-38-42 sts.
Knit the next row as follows from the RS: K1, * K2 tog, make a yo*, repeat from *-* and finish with K1.
Then purl 1 row from the WS.
Put 12-13-13-15 sts on a thread each side and knit 4-4.5-5.5-6.5 cm of garter sts over the centre 10-12-12-12 sts.
Put the sts from the threads back on the needle and pick up 10-11-13-16 sts each side of the centre piece = 56-60-64-74 sts in total.
Knit 3-4-5-5 cm of garter sts over all sts at the same time after 1.5-2-2.5-3 cm bind off on every other row until finished as follows: bind off 1 st at the beginning and the end of the piece and K2 tog each side of the 2 mid sts.
bind off and sew the seam underneath the foot and up along mid back in the most outer part of the st to avoid a chunky seam.
Pull a silk ribbon approx. 50 cm through the row of holes at the bottom of M.1.


To fit head circumference: approx 41-44-47-50 cm

Cast on 72-78-86-92 sts on pointed needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with Safran.
Knit in garter sts. When the piece measures 10-11-12-13 cm bind off 24-26-28-30 sts each side.
Continue in garter sts over the middle 24-26-30-32 sts until the piece measures 20-22-24-26 cm. Sew the middle piece to the sides pieces.
Pick up 72-78-86-92 sts (from the WS) in the casting on edge at the front of the bonnet. Knit M.1 (with 1 edge st each side knitted in garter sts throughout) so the RS shows when folding the edge over the bonnet. At the same time on the 1st row inc./dec. to 75-75-87-99 sts.
When M.1 is knitted 2 times, knit 4 rows of garter sts before casting/binding off with 2 strands of Safran.
Fold the edge over the bonnet and sew it tight and neat at the bottom of the sides. Pick up approx 74 to 98 sts (from the RS) at the bottom edge of the bonnet (divisible with 4 + 2) on needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5.
Purl the first row from the WS, then knit M.2 with 2 edge sts each side knitted in garter sts throughout, the hole edge (= 7th row in M.2) is knitted as follows: 2 sts of garter sts *K2 tog, make a yo, K2*, repeat from *-*, finish with K2 tog, make a yo and 2 sts in garter sts.
After M.2 bind off.
Pull 1 silk ribbon approx. 80 cm long through the row of holes at the bottom of the bonnet.


K from the RS and P from the WS
P from the RS, K from the WS
Make a yo
K2 tog
slip a st as if to knit, K1, psso

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