Bib with Optional PacI Tether

by Nancy Anderson

Knit Bib
» photos: Brandy Fortune

Babies love to play “pick up the dropped pacifier”. Keep those dropped pacifiers clean with optional pacifier tether. Bib is soft and absorbent and is knitted on the smaller recommended needles to insure a tight, soak resistant fabric.



Bib only area: 7½ inches tall x 8¼ inches wide, excluding ties
Total dimensions, including straps: 21 inches tall x 8¼ inches wide

Finished Measurements

Palm Circumference: 4 [4½, 5, 5½, 6, 6½] inches without stretching.
Length: Varies. The length of the mittens should be customized to fit each individual’s hands.


Spud & Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram];

#7500 Ice Cream; 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle or straight needles and (2) US #7/4.5 mm dpns for working I-cord.


Yarn needle, stitch holder, Velcro® fastener, sewing needle & heavy sewing thread in matching color


Working in Garter stitch: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches. While gauge is not important for this project, a tightly knit fabric is desirable for optimal absorbency and clothing protection.  

Pattern Notes

Bib is worked from bottom upwards. For neat row ends, always slip first stitch.

Neck ties are worked in I-cord as follows; using 2 dpns or circular needle, k3. * Slide work to opposite end and k3; repeat from *, sliding work and knitting stitches, rather than turning.

Alter height and width to both bib and tether by adding or subtracting rows and sts.

Make Velcro® closure neck strap, rather than ties, by stopping the decreases at Row 88 and working the 4 remaining sts in garter stitch for the desired length. Add Velcro® closures to neck straps as for tether.

Please use caution when utilizing anything that ties around a baby’s neck or that can wrap tightly around small fingers. Do not leave bib on unattended baby.

Skills Required

Cast on, knit, I-cord, ssk, k2tog, bind off



Cast on 40 sts.
Rows 1-72: Work in garter st (knit all rows): 40 sts.
Row 73 (Beg straps): K13, slip 13 sts just worked onto st holder, bind off next 14 sts, k13.
Rows 74-82: Knit across: 13 sts.
Row 83: Sl st, ssk, k8, k2tog: 11 sts.
Row 84: Sl st, ssk, k6, k2tog: 9 sts.
Row 85: Sl st, ssk, k4, k2tog: 7 sts.
Row 86: Sl st, ssk, k2, k2tog: 5 sts.
Row 87: Knit across.
Row 88: Sl st, k1, k2tog, k1: 4 sts.
Row 89: Knit across.
Row 90: Sl st, k2tog, k1: 3 sts.
Next Step: Work in I-cord for 11½ inches; bind off remaining sts.
Row 91: Place stitches from st holder back onto needles. Attach yarn at neck edge and repeat Rows 74-90; work I-cord for 11½ inches.

Garter Ridge Hoodie


Cast on 4 sts.
Work in garter st (knit all rows) for 5½ inches.
Bind off all sts.

Garter Ridge Hoodie


Weave and trim all ends.
Cut Velcro® to the width of the tether and approximately ⅓ inch tall. Securely attach the hook part of the Velcro® to the end of the tether using doubled sewing thread. Measure 1 inch from the top edge of the Velcro hook section just sewn and securely attach the loop part of the Velcro®.

Attach opposite end of tether to bib using yarn tail. Specific placement is not crucial. Tether can be placed about 2 inches down from neckline & in the middle or to the left or right of the midline of the bib as desired. Make certain to check placement to insure that the tethered pacifier will reach baby’s mouth before sewing.

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Nancy Anderson was born and raised in the southeastern United States where she has enjoyed crafting for as long as she can remember.  She blogs about life in the south and the fiber arts. In addition she can be found on Ravelry as missjulep.



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