Baby Vertebrae - Digital Pattern

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Baby Vertebrae is a simple frontless sweater to keep little ones warm and snug, without getting messy.

Designed by Kelly van Niekerk of PEKAPEKA Design Studio.

Baby Vertebrae is a frontless cardy to keep your little one’s back and arms warm.

Baby Vertebrae is written for 3 yarn weights (4ply/fingering weight, 8ply/dk weight, and 10ply/light worsted weight), and to fit from birth (37.5cm chest) to 2years (52.5cm).

The pattern is seamlessly knit utilising the top down raglan shaping method.
To knit this pattern you will need to be able to knit flat, pick up stitches, then work small diameter circular knitting to complete the sleeves (magic loop or utilising DPNs)

Why choose a frontless cardy?
If you have ever been mama to a bub with reflux, a spilly babe, or even a messy eating 1year old, you will understand how frustrating it is to keep washing the dirty fronts of cardigans and sweaters.
The Baby Vertebrae is also excellent for baby wearing, and getting in some skin to skin cuddles with your newborn.

Augustbird yarn is super soft and perfect for wear against baby’s delicate skin. 

One size approximately 155cm x 25cm (blocked). Size customisable.

4PLY/FINGERING WEIGHT: 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles

8PLY/DK WEIGHT: 4.0mm and 3.5mm needles

10PLY/LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT: 4.5mm and 3.75mm needles

4ply/fingering weight yarn
37.5cm 75g ~ 40cm 80g ~ 42.5cm 85g ~ 45cm 90g ~ 47.5cm 95g ~ 50cm 100g ~ 52.5cm 110g
8ply/dk weight yarn
37.5cm 80g ~ 40cm 100g ~ 42.5cm 110g ~ 45cm 120g ~ 47.5cm 130g ~ 50cm 140g ~ 52.5cm 150g
10ply/light worsted weight yarn
37.5cm 90g ~ 40cm 100g ~ 42.5cm 110g ~ 45cm 120g ~ 47.5cm 130g ~ 50cm 140g ~ 52.5cm 150g

Yarn Weight

Instructions for the following yarn weight options are included in this pattern:
Fingering / 4 ply 
DK / 8ply
Worsted / 10ply

Augustbird suggested yarn

Fingering / 4ply
Augustbird Songlark, Augustbird Fantail or White Gum Wool 4ply

DK / 8ply
Augustbird Bowerbird or White Gum Wool 8ply

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I dream of a world where the act of crafting is not just a creative pursuit but a transformative journey toward joy and calm. I aspire to be a leader in self-care and creativity, providing yarns that inspire you to connect with nature, express yourself, and find solace in the meditative rhythm of knitting. My vision extends beyond yarn – I aim to be a beacon of support and knowledge, empowering knitters and makers to embrace a mindful lifestyle. Through my commitment to kindness, creativity, and sustainability, I envision Augustbird as a trusted companion on every knitter's path, weaving more happiness and self acceptance into the fabric of their lives.

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