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Peanut

Easy
By Elaine Fitzpatrick

When my newest grandson was about to be born, I wanted to knit something practical and special just for him. With two older brothers, he already had an abundant supply of knitted sweaters, hats, etc. I settled on bibs because, not only would they help me to reduce an out-of-control stash of cotton, but they were also quick to knit and definitely useful. However, to my dismay, I couldn’t find any patterns that I liked and so I decided to try one on my own. I knew I wanted a bib with ties and I wanted to make it interesting and fun to knit. A few pieces of graph paper and several erasers later, a bib was born. I never dreamed that from that first design, a whole menagerie would emerge. This design comes from my own love of elephants.

SIZE

One Size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Length from neck to bottom edge: 8.5 inches
Width: 8 inches

MATERIALS

Elmore Pisgah Peaches & Crème Article 930 Worsted Weight [100% Cotton; 122 yards/111 meters per 2.5 ounce/71 gram skein];

#69 Silver Gray; 1 skein
or
#46 Rose Pink; 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4mm straight needles
US #6/4mm – 2 double pointed needles for I-cords

NOTIONS

Straight tapestry needle

GAUGE

18 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st

PATTERN NOTES

This pattern requires you to cast on stitches at the beginning of the first few rows of the pattern. I prefer to use the knitted cast on method, but you can use any method that you like. Just remember to keep the stitches tight. The ties are done by making I-cords. It’s helpful, but not necessary, to drop down a needle size when knitting the cords. I like to run a long tail down the center of the cord to finish it off. Be sure to use a straight needle and not one with a bent tip!

If you prefer to knit from a chart, a chart follows the written instructions. Refer to the written instructions for the I-cord ties and Finishing.


INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 12 sts.
PeanutRow 1 (RS): (P1, k1) across.
Row 2: Cast on 3 sts, p1, (k1, p1) across: 15 sts.
Row 3: Cast on 3 sts, (k1, p1) across: 18 sts.
Row 4: Cast on 3 sts, k1, (p1, k1) across: 21 sts.
Row 5: Cast on 3 sts, (p1, k1) across: 24 sts.
Row 6: Cast on 3 sts, p1, (k1, p1) across: 27 sts.
Row 7: Cast on 3 sts, (k1, p1) across: 30 sts.
Row 8: Cast on 2 sts, (p1, k1) across: 32 sts.
Row 9: Cast on 2 sts, (k1, p1) across: 34 sts.
Row 10: Cast on 2 sts, (p1, k1) across: 36 sts.
Row 11: Cast on 2 sts, (k1, p1) across: 38 sts.
Row 12: (P1, k1) across.
Row 13: (K1, p1) across.
Row 14: (P1, k1) across.
Row 15: (K1, p1) 4 times, k2, p1, k16, p1, k3, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times.
Row 16: (P1, k1) 3 times, p4, k1, p16, k1, p3, k1, (p1, k1) 3 times.
Row 17: (K1, p1) 3 times, k4, p1, k16, p1, k5, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 18: (P1, k1) twice, p7, k1, p15, k3, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 19: (K1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k2, p1, k15, p1, k6, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 20: (P1, k1) twice, p7, k1, p15, (k1, p2) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 21: (K1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k2, p1, k14, p1, k7, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 22: (P1, k1) twice, p8, k1, p13, k1, p3, k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 23: (K1, p1) twice, k4, p1, k3, p1, k12, p1, k7, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 24: (P1, k1) twice, p9, k1, p10, k1, p3, k1, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 25: (K1, p1) twice, k5, p1, k4, p2, (k8, p1) twice, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 26: (P1, k1) twice, p10, k1, p6, (k1, p5) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 27: (K1, p1) twice, k7, p1, k4, p1, k1, p6, k2, p2, k5, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 28: (P1, k1) twice, p5, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, p7, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 29: (K1, p1) twice, k8, p1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k3, p1, k4, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 30: (P1, k1) twice, p4, k1, p3, k1, p7, k1, p3, k1, p8, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 31: (K1, p1) twice, k9, p1, k3, p1, k8, p1, k2, p1, k3, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 32: (P1, k1) twice, (p3, k1) twice, p7, k1, p4, k1, p8, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 33: (K1, p1) twice, k8, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k5, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 34: (P1, k1) twice, (p3, k1) twice, p4, k1, p6, k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 35: (K1, p1) twice, k5, p4, k2, p1, k6, (p1, k3) twice, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 36: (P1, k1) twice, p4, k1, p2, k1, p3, k1, p6, k1, p2, (k1, p3) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 37: (K1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k6, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, k3, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 38: (P1, k1) twice, p4, k1, p3, k1, p2, k1, p6, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 39: (K1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k4, p1, k3, p1, k4, (p1, k3) 3 times, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 40: (P1, k1) twice, (p4, k1) twice, p3, k1, p2, (k1, p4) twice, k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 41: (K1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k5, p1, k4, p2, (k4, p1) twice, k3, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 42: (P1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p4, k1, p10, k1, p5, k1, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 43: (K1, p1) twice, k4, p1, k5, p1, k6, p1, k3, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 44: (P1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p4, k1, p7, k1, p2, (k1, p4) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 45: (K1, p1) twice, k5, p1, k4, p1, k10, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 46: (P1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p4, k1, p9, k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 47: (K1, p1) twice, (k5, p1) twice, k9, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 48: (P1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p4, k1, p9, k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 49: (K1, p1) twice, k5, p1, k6, p1, k7, p1, k5, p1, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 50: (P1, k1) twice, p3, k1, p4, k1, p1, (k1, p6) twice, k1, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 51: (K1, p1) twice, (k5, p1) twice, k1, p1, k4, p1, k3, p4, k3, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 52: (P1, k1) twice, p12, k4, p2, k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 53: (K1, p1) twice, (k5, p1) twice, k17, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 54: (P1, k1) twice, p19, k5, p5, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
PeanutRow 55: (K1, p1) twice, k29, p1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 56: (P1, k1) 3 times, p27, k1, (p1, k1) twice.
Row 57: (K1, p1) 3 times, k25, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times.
Row 58: (P1, k1) 4 times, p23, k1, (p1, k1) 3 times.
Row 59: (K1, p1) across.
Row 60: (P1, k1) across.
Rows 61-64: Repeat Rows 59 and 60 twice.
Row 65: K1, (p1, k1) 6 times, slip sts just worked onto st holder, bind off the next 12 stitches knitwise; work across remaining sts in established pattern: 13 sts each side.

NECK AND SHOULDER SHAPING – LEFT SHOULDER

Note: As you look at the bib with RS facing, the first shoulder worked will be the left side. All the decreases are made on RS rows.
Row 66: P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 67: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, p1, (k1, p1) across: 12 sts.
Row 68: (P1, k1) across.
Row 69: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, (k1, p1) across: 11 sts.
Row 70: P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 71 (Decrease row): P1, (k1, p1) across to last 2 sts, k2tog: 10 sts.
Row 72: (K1, p1) across.
Row 73 (Decrease row): (P1, k1) across to last 2 sts, k2tog: 9 sts.
Row 74: K1, (p1, k1) across.
Rows 75-82: Repeat Rows 71-74 twice: 5 sts.
Row 83: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, p1, k2tog: 3 sts.

Slip remaining 3 sts to a dpn and work an I-cord for approximately 12 inches. Fasten off and run end down through middle of I-cord. Don’t worry if the I-cord looks a little wonky. A firm tug will usually straighten it out, and after the bib is washed, you won’t even notice.

NECK AND SHOULDER SHAPING – RIGHT SHOULDER

With WS facing, slip sts from st holder to left needle and join yarn at neck edge.
Row 66: K1, (p1, k1) across.
Row 67: K1, (p1, k1) across to last 2 sts, k2tog: 12 sts.
Row 68: (P1, k1) across.
Row 69: (K1, p1) across to last 2 sts, k2tog: 11 sts.
Row 70: K1, (p1, k1) across,
Row 71: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, k1, (p1, k1) across: 10 sts.
Row 72: (K1, p1) across.
Row 73: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, (p1, k1) across: 9 sts.
Row 74: P1, (k1, p1) across.
Rows 75-82: Repeat Rows 71-74 twice: 5 sts.
Row 83: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, psso, k1, k2tog: 3 sts.
Complete same as Left Shoulder.

Peanut

FINISHING

Weave in loose ends.

I like to block my finished bibs to smooth out the stitches and make the design pop out. You may use any method you like. Personally, I prefer to use short blocking wires on the sides and gently steam it. However, if you use the steam method, remember not to touch the iron to the bib!

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Elaine Fitzpatrick

Elaine lives in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts with her husband and two spoiled cats. Her grandmother taught her to knit when she was very young, but she only recently started designing for her own grandchildren. You can see more of her designs by visiting her blog.

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