Bear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)

Hi All,

I'm happy to publish today a new project, baby knit romper pattern, I was working on for the past few weeks. I must confess that it ain't an easy job to juggle around with a little baby, knitting, writing and doing some housework, but I was extremely satisfied with the knit romper I made for my girl, and photo session that followed later.  My design of baby knit romper includes a gradient of purple, cool hood, and fluffy fur pom. Add your own touch to it and share your knitting project with me and your followers. Love you all and enjoy knitting 😉

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Circular needles in size 3.5 mm (US 4) for ribbing part and 4.5 mm (US 7/UK 7) for body part;

<> Kartopu Gonca – 100% acrylic - 100 grams = 300 m. (328 yds.) In total 6 balls of purple, violet and white colors.

<> White real fur pom pom for the hood or tail

Cable knit romper size:

Baby: 6-9 months

Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

Note for knitters:

Knit with two strands of yarn at once.

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

p2tog – purl two together

sel s - selvage stitch  Always slip the first stitch, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

Cable 5 Back (C5B): Slip 5 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 5k from the left hand needle, 5k from the extra needle.

Cable 5 Front (C5F): Slip 5 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 5k from the left hand needle, 5k from the extra needle.

inc – increase

yo – yarn over

Right leg of the baby knit romper with cables:

Work in the round.

Using 3.5 mm circular needles cast on 40 stitches and rib k1, p1 until piece measures 9.5-10 cm (4 inches). Change needles to the larger size (4.5 mm).

Round 1: add 6 stitches – k4, inc, k6, inc, k4, inc, k10 inc, k6, inc, k4, inc k6.

Round 2: p4, k15, p27.

Round 3: knit all stitches.

Rounds 4 and 6: repeat Round 2.

Rounds 5 and 7: repeat Round 3.

Round 8: p4, C5F, k5, p27.

Round 9: knit all stitches.

Round 10: p4, k15, p27.

Rounds 11,13 and 15: repeat Round 9.

Rounds 12 and 14: repeat Round 10.

Round 16: p4, k5, C5B, p27.

Round 17: knit all stitches.

Rounds 18-24: repeat Rounds 2-8.

Round 25: knit all stitches.

Round 26: p4, k15, p27.  At this point break one yarn of the purple color and add violet one.

Round 27: k22, inc, k2, inc, k22.

Round 28: p4, k15, p29.

Rounds 29 and 31: repeat Round 25.

Round 30: repeat Round 28.

Round 32: p4, k5, C5B, p29. At this point break another purple yarn and add new violet one.

Round 33: knit all stitches.

Round 34: p4, k15, p29.

Rounds 35, 37 and 39: repeat Round 33.

Rounds 36 and 38: repeat Rounds 34.

Round 40: p4, C5F, k5, p29.

Round 41: knit all stitches.

Round 42: p4, k15, p29.

Rounds 43, 45 and 47: repeat Round 41.

Rounds 44 and 46: repeat Rounds 42.

Round 48: p4, k5, C5B, p29. Break yarn leaving 10 cm tail.

Left leg of the baby knit cable romper:

Repeat ribbing part and Round 1 as for the right leg.

Round 2: p27, k15, p4.

Round 3: knit all stitches.

Rounds 4 and 6: repeat Round 2.

Rounds 5 and 7: repeat Round 3.

Round 8: p27, k5, C5B, p4.

Round 9: knit all stitches.

Round 10: p27, k15, p4.

Rounds 11,13 and 15: repeat Round 9.

Rounds 12 and 14: repeat Round 10.

Round 16: p27, C5F, k5, p4.

Round 17: knit all stitches.

Rounds 18-24: repeat Rounds 2-8.

Round 25: knit all stitches.

Round 26: p27, k15, p4.  At this point break one yarn of the purple color and add violet one.

Round 27: k22, inc, k2, inc, k22.

Round 28: p29, k15, p4.

Rounds 29 and 31: repeat Round 25.

Round 30: repeat Round 28.

Round 32: p29, C5F, k5, p4. At this point break another purple yarn and add new violet one. Now you understand how to knit gradient. It does not matter where you are going to break the yarn, it is just a matter of taste. I was trying to get rid of acrylic yarn leftovers, so as soon as I was almost out of one color I broke the yarn and added new one.

Round 33: knit all stitches.

Round 34: p29, k15, p4.

Rounds 35, 37 and 39: repeat Round 33.

Rounds 36 and 38: repeat Rounds 34.

Round 40: p29, k5, C5B, p4.

Round 41: knit all stitches.

Round 42: p29, k15, p4.

Rounds 43, 45 and 47: repeat Round 41.

Rounds 44 and 46: repeat Rounds 42.

Round 48: p29, C5F, k5, p4. Break yarn leaving 10 cm tail.

Body of the baby knit cable romper:

Work back and forth.

Row 1: Сast on 5 sts to the needle with the left leg, then knit all stitches of the right leg, cast on 5 more stitches and knit all stitches of the left leg, cast on 5 more stitches, turn.

Row 2: sel s, k8, p15, k63, p15, k8, sel s.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Body Knitting - Step 1

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Body Knitting - Step 2

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Body Knitting - Step 3

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Body Knitting - Step 3

Row 3: knit all stitches. (Each row has salvage sts at the beginning and at the end)

Rows 4 and 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 7: sel s, k8, C5F, k73, C5B, k8, sel s.

Row 8: sel s, k8, p15, k63, p15, k8, sel s.

Row 9: knit all stitches.

Rows 10,12 and 14: Repeat Row 8.

Rows 11 and 13: Repeat Row 9.

Row 15: sel s, k13, C5B, k63, C5F, k13, sel s.

Row 16: sel s, k8, p15, k63, p15, k8, sel s.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Finished Left and Right Leg

Row 17: sel s, k3, (yo, k2tog – button hole), knit all other stitches.

Row 18: sel s, k8, p15, k63, p15, k8, sel s.

Row 19: knit all stitches.

Rows 20 and 22: Repeat Row 18.

Rows 21: Repeat Row 19.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Shaping Button Hole

Row 23: Repeat Row 7.

Row 24: Repeat Row 8.

Repeat Rows 9-16 and then 17-24 twice. Skip doing button hole in the Row 17 and knit it in a way to have about 6-7 cm between each.

Work front and back pieces separately. Each left front piece and right front piece has 34 stitches.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Finished Legs and Half of the Body

Right front piece of the baby knit romper with cables:

!!! Don’t forget to knit button holes!!!

Row 1: knit all stitches, turn. (Each row has salvage sts)

Row 2: sel s, k9, p15, k8 sel s.

Rows 3 and 5: Repeat Row 1.

Rows 4 and 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7: sel s, k8, C5F, k14, sel s.

Row 8: sel s, k9, p15, k8 sel s.

Row 9: knit all stitches, turn.

Row 10: sel s, k9, p15, k8, sel s.

Row 11: knit all stitches, turn.

Rows 12 and 14: Repeat Row 10.

Row 13: Repeat Row 11.

Row 15: sel s, k13, C5B, k9, sel s.

Row 16: sel s, k9, p15, k8, sel s.

Repeat Rows 1-16 one more time. Again, don’t forget about button holes.

Knit left front piece in the same manner. Pay attention to the cable pattern: in the Row 7 you will knit C5B and in the Row 15 - C5F.

Back piece of the baby knit cable romper:

Work 32 rows in garter stitch.

Using grafting/kitchener stitch sew 10 stitches of right and left overarm seam. Check my short Instagram video if you don’t know how to do it.

Slip all other stitches to one circular needles. Don’t worry if you see some holes near the neck, you can stitch them up later.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Stitching up holes on the back part

Hood of the baby knit cable romper:

Work in garter stitch until piece measures 23-25 cm (9-10 inches). Fold hood in half and sew it at the top with grafting/kitchener stitch as well.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Starting the Hood

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Finished Hood

Sleeves of the baby knit cable romper:

Make two. Work in the round.

Pick up 40 stitches around the armhole. Work in garter stitch until the ribbing part. In the round before ribbing part make 6 decreases. Now you have 34 sts on the needles. Change needles to the smaller size and work rib k1, p1.

Binding off: k1, p1 pass stitch over, *k1 pass stitch over, p1 pass stitch over, repeat from * till the end of the round.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Finished Left Arm

Sew on buttons and stitch up place between the legs as shown on the picture.

Baby Knit Romper Pattern: Stitch Up Place Between Legs

If you want to make a real bear, add ears to the hood. I thought it would be too much ears if your matching hat already has them. Instead, I attached big fur pom pom to the hood and to the tail’s place. Find detailed instruction of how to make knit bear’s ears here.

Thank you for visiting my site, you are my steady doze of inspiration.

Baby Knit Romper with Cables: Arms on Sides

Baby Knit Romper with Cables: Arms Down

Baby in Knit Romper with Cables (photo one)

Baby in Knit Romper with Cables (photo two)

37 thoughts on “Bear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)
  1. Missy

    I can’t find where to change to the white colour

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. It is up to you where do you want to change it. I was trying to get rid of acrylic yarn leftovers, so as soon as I finished one color I added another.

  2. Antonia

    Hi please could you advise how I would change this to a new born pattern?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Antonia,
      You can simply take lighter yarn and smaller size knitting needles, I am sure it will work.

  3. CC

    I love this. I hope to try it soon! Thank you so much for all the great new patterns to try! May you be blessed with all the best!

    • Knitting Guru

      Thank you for your kind words. Please enjoy knitting romper

  4. Jay

    Hi,
    I love the onesie but the pattern is very unclear in places, “Repeat Rows 9-16 and then 17-24 twice. Skip doing button hole in the Row 17 and knit it in a way to have about 6-7 cm between each” am i meant to knit 9-16 once, and then 17-34 twice or both 9-16 twice and 17-24 twice? Also which row 17 button hole do i skip? the first? the second? Both? Because ive done 9-16 once and i have about 7cm from the edge to the first button hole already, but it doesnt make sense to repeat 17-24 twice here if im putting the button hole there, because surely that will mess up the spacing on the next portion. Im also lost on the next portion, it doesnt say where to put the button holes on the “Right front piece of the baby knit romper with cables”.
    Thank you.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Sorry to confuse you. Repeat rounds 9-24 twice. Regarding button holes i showed only the first one and how i knit it. All other button holes you are doing by yourself. I just recommend the distance between each. You might want more button holes than I did. Therefore i kindly remind you in the pattern to not forget about buttons wholes as there is no description for it after. Let me know if it helped.

    • Jay

      Hi,
      thank you for the quick reply! This clears it up nicely thank you very much, i cant wait to finish, its going to look so cute on my niece!

  5. Ann Mackenzie

    Hi! Thankyou for sharing this beautiful pattern. I am going to make it for my 1st great grandbaby who arrives in April. How many balls of each colour does the pattern use? I will need to order it online since it is not available where l live. Thankyou!

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. My congratulations. I gave birth in April last year as well, so this size will be perfect for cold season. In total you will need about 6 balls or 600 grams. Let me know if you have other questions.

  6. Luba O’Brien

    Hi, I am following your pattern for this onesie and mine appears to be different. The cables are not centered, they are toward the left side, 4 stitches in; and in your picture, it looks like you used a stockinette stitch for the cables and the rest was knit stitch. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Did you see that the left and the right leg has different pattern. You are also right I have used stockinette stitch for cables and garter stitch knitted in the round for the other part. Let me know if you have other questions

  7. Linda

    I’m on the sleeve…it doesn’t say how many inches to the ribbing. Thank you for sharing the pattern, it’s really cute!

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. You do not start from the ribbing part, you need to pick up 40 stitches around the armhole. Let me know if it clear

      • Linda

        yes, I did that but the pattern doesn’t say how many inches to work until you get to he ribbing…

        • Knitting Guru

          use the picture with measurement that I post in the top of the pattern. It is 16-17 cm

          • Linda

            Great, thank you

  8. Linda

    I’m at the sleeve but it doesn’t say how many inches to the ribbing. Thank you for sharing the pattern, t’s really cute.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. You do not start from the ribbing part, you need to pick up 40 stitches around the armhole.

  9. Name

    I am trying to make this but the writtin pattern is not the same as picture I can see that were the cable is should be a knit but it comes out as purl i am very confused with this pattern. thank you Maria

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Did not actually understand your problem. If you knit in the round you always knit cable stitches and alternate knit and purl stitches for the other part. For example one round you knit all stitches and other round you knit only cable and purl other part. I hope it is clear

  10. Paulina

    Hi. I became a grandma I December ( greatest Christmas gift ever) and I want to knit this romper for the baby. But he will be one year old this winter, so I have enough time to make mistakes 😁. But my question is, how do I make it to fit him ? How many more stitches do I have to add ? I know that is has to be longer, so that is covered by buying a romper for a one year old. But the amount of extra stitches is my question. 😊. Thank you.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Paulina. First of all my congratulations with your grandchild 🙂 God blessed your family. May the baby stay healthy and happy. Regarding the pattern for one year old it will be easy to adjust if you know your gauge and have a baby romper. In case if you have the same gauge as me, cast on 44 sts for the leg and follow the pattern keeping in mind the length (make 8 increases if 6 is not enough). Same for the sleeve, cast on 44 sts. Otherwise you can knit the swatch, check your gauge and recalculate it. Let me know if you have other questions and hope to see your romper soon in FB or Instagram. Ann

  11. Paulina

    Hi. I became a grandma I December ( greatest Christmas gift ever) and I want to knit this romper for the baby. But he will be one year old this winter, so I have enough time to make mistakes 😁. But my question is, how do I make it to fit him ? How many more stitches do I have to add ? I know that is has to be longer, so that is covered by buying a romper for a one year old. But the amount of extra stitches is my question. 😊. Thank you..

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Paulina. First of all my congratulations with your grandchild 🙂 God blessed your family. May the baby stay healthy and happy. Regarding the pattern for one year old it will be easy to adjust if you know your gauge and have a baby romper. In case if you have the same gauge as me, cast on 44 sts for the leg and follow the pattern keeping in mind the length (make 8 increases if 6 is not enough). Same for the sleeve, cast on 44 sts. Otherwise you can knit the swatch, check your gauge and recalculate it. Let me know if you have other questions and hope to see your romper soon in FB or Instagram. Ann

  12. Ana

    Hello. This is gorgeous. I want to knit it for !y grandson. But he is one year old. How do I do it ? Do I knit with bigger needel ? Or do I increase the amount of stitches ? If that is the case , how many ?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Ana. I have just answered Paulina for the same question. Please read it. And you are right you can take bigger needles and heavier yarn and follow the pattern. One suggestion take soft and possible merino wool yarn to knit baby romper.

  13. Sally

    Love your pattern and am going to try it but I’m British and am not sure what it means by sel s could you help is this slip edge stitch

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Yes, you are right. That is what i mean

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Sally I am answered already your q before. You are right

  14. Battuul

    Hi 😀
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern. Now I’m 23 weeks pregnant and knitting for my baby.
    I have little question here. I think 7th and 15th row of right front should be changed (knit 7th as a 15th and knit 15th as a 7th). Because when I follow written pattern my last 2 cables are on the same side. Am I right? Or am I doing something wrong?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Battuul. First of all my congratulations. I wish you give birth a healthy and beautiful baby. Regarding the pattern you can actually knit as you said, but what I did I wanted the cable to be symmetrically viewed if you understand what i mean. Hope to see your romper soon.

  15. Carolyn

    A beautiful pattern. However, I don’t llike using circular needles – do you have the pattern for straight needles please? Or can you tell me how to adjust it myself. Thank you.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Carolyn. To knit on straight needles you have to add 2 extra stitches and knit them as salvage sts. For the garter stitch pattern on straight needles you use only knit stitches but for the cable you alternate knit in one row and purl in other. If you have questions, please ask

  16. Carolyn

    A beautiful pattern. However, I don’t llike using circular needles – do you have the pattern for straight needles please?
    Thank you.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Carolyn. To knit on straight needles you have to add 2 extra stitches and knit them as salvage sts. For the garter stitch pattern on straight needles you use only knit stitches but for the cable you alternate knit in one row and purl in other. If you have questions, please ask

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