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Star Bib

Star Bib.

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Basic Bib:

Baby bibs are an essential part of a parent's supply kit, and new parents are sure to go through more of them than they imagine. Knitting bibs is a lot of fun and an easy, useful project that all parents will appreciate.

This Star Bib is just a basic Stockinette bib with a Moss Stitch edging. The star is added with duplicate stitch, so you could use the same pattern and any motif you like, from a monogram to a skull and cross bones.

The strap, knit directly onto the bib itself, includes a series of buttonholes so that the bib will fit children of different sizes.

Materials:

  • about 55 yards of medium weight cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar 'N Cream
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • a small amount of contrast yarn for motif
  • Star chart or motif of your choice
  • a button that will fit in the buttonholes you've made (mine is a half-inch button from my stash)

Gauge:

16 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical, but should make a somewhat firm fabric.

Size:

Finished bib is about 9 inches wide and 7.5 inches long, with an 11-inch strap.

  • scissors and yarn needle
  • Instructions:

    1. With main color, cast on 36 stitches.
    2. Work in Moss Stitch 4 rows.
    3. Keeping the first and last 4 stitches of each row in Moss Stitch, work the body of the bib in Stockinette Stitch until it is about 6.75 inches long.
    4. Work 4 more rows in Moss Stitch.
    5. Bind off all but the last 4 stitches in pattern.

    Knitting the Strap:

  • Work the remaining stitches in Moss Stitch until strap measures about 8 inches. Next row, work first two stitches normally, yarn over, then knit or purl the last 2 stitches together (depending on where you are in the pattern).
  • Work straight 1 inch, then repeat buttonhole row. Work another inch, make another buttonhole, then work 4 more rows.
  • Bind off in pattern.
  • Finishing the Bib:

    Decide where you want your motif to appear on the bib; I put mine in the bottom left corner as you face the bib. Stitch using duplicate stitch in a contrasting color.

    Next, choose a button and sew it on to the top right corner of the bib as it faces you. I used one ply of the contrast yarn, or you can use a coordinating thread if you prefer.

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