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Bear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)

Baby Knit Romper

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 stockinetteBear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)

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.

Bear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)

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.

Bear Baby Knit Romper Pattern (Garter Stitch)

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.

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)

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57 comments

Missy 4th October 2018 at 01:20

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

Knitting Guru 10th October 2018 at 23:52

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.

Antonia 15th October 2018 at 14:35

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

Knitting Guru 16th October 2018 at 00:28

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

CC 1st November 2018 at 16:14

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 4th November 2018 at 02:08

Thank you for your kind words. Please enjoy knitting romper

Jay 29th November 2018 at 06:13

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 30th November 2018 at 00:01

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 30th November 2018 at 02:01

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!

Ann Mackenzie 11th January 2019 at 07:41

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 12th January 2019 at 13:24

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.

Bunny 15th May 2019 at 22:16

To knit this romper in solid color do I need 600 grams . Thank you

Knitting Guru 20th May 2019 at 09:27

It depends on your gauge Bunny

Bunny 25th May 2019 at 00:19

Love this pattern but does not say what length of cable should be used.

Knitting Guru 4th June 2019 at 19:31

Sorry Bunny what do you mean by length here?

Luba O’Brien 21st January 2019 at 05:02

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 22nd January 2019 at 16:59

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

Linda 25th January 2019 at 04:50

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 25th January 2019 at 10:26

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 27th January 2019 at 00:45

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

Knitting Guru 27th January 2019 at 14:16

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

Linda 27th January 2019 at 17:04

Great, thank you

Linda 25th January 2019 at 04:54

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 25th January 2019 at 10:26

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

Name 30th January 2019 at 21:55

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 2nd February 2019 at 11:17

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

Paulina 12th February 2019 at 16:45

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 15th February 2019 at 13:17

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

Paulina 12th February 2019 at 16:48

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 15th February 2019 at 13:17

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

Ana 12th February 2019 at 17:30

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 15th February 2019 at 13:20

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.

Sally 25th February 2019 at 11:46

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 6th March 2019 at 15:42

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

Knitting Guru 6th March 2019 at 16:37

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

Battuul 26th February 2019 at 16:42

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 6th March 2019 at 16:43

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.

Carolyn 10th March 2019 at 19:12

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 11th March 2019 at 11:46

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

Carolyn 10th March 2019 at 19:14

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

Knitting Guru 11th March 2019 at 11:47

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

Joan cameron 21st March 2019 at 18:52

Hi just wondering if you could make this on two needles rather than circular

Knitting Guru 28th March 2019 at 16:13

Hi, yes you can. I have explained it for Carolyn in the comments above

Sharman 27th March 2019 at 03:46

Hi. I am having some problems with the cable part of the pattern. When I arrive at row 8 it says P4,C5F,K5,P27. I know you have given the instructions for C5F and C5B but do you actually knit the 5 stitches before sliding them onto the spare needle as it says K5, or is it P4 then slip next 5 stitches onto spare needle, knit 5 from left hand needle then knit the 5 stitches from the spare needle ? Also as someone has asked before … the cable seems to be ending up as a garter stitch and not a stockinette stitch. Sorry but haven’t done any knitting for years ! Thanks.

Knitting Guru 30th March 2019 at 11:43

Hi. Sorry for my late respond. If you are talking exactly about Row 8 then you p4, slip next 5 stitches, k5 from the left hand needle, knit 5 from the spare needle, k5, p27. Regarding the second questions if you knit in the round you always use knit stitches for the cable part and for the other part you alternate- one round knit stitches, other round purl stitches. Let me know if it is clear

Victoria 14th May 2019 at 23:15

Hello loving the pattern! I have a quick question, do I have to double the yarn?? Could I just knit it with a single Dk and it would just come up thinner?? Or would it be too thin?

Knitting Guru 21st May 2019 at 11:39

Hi. Yeah you can knit with single DK but it might be thinner. Knit small swatch to check your gauge before. If it same as mine then go ahead!

Bunny 25th May 2019 at 00:16

Love this pattern but does not say what length of cable should be used.

Knitting Guru 4th June 2019 at 19:31

Sorry Bunny what do you mean by length here?

Victoria 29th May 2019 at 00:14

Hello me again 🙂 I’m confused with the pattern. Iv knit the left leg and the right leg and now Iv come to join them together and I don’t understand. I add 5 stitches to the left leg then knit all the right leg stitches, does this mean literally all of them or just the ones on the front needle?? Then do I add 5 more and then to knit the ones on the left leg?? I’m so confused

Knitting Guru 4th June 2019 at 19:29

Hi Victoria. You are right. Literally as you said all stitches of the right leg then add 5 stitches and knit all stitches of the leg. You are right!

Bunny 8th June 2019 at 00:22

I read that a 40 inch cable works for any knitting projects. I had no problem with the pattern but now I’m having a difficult time trying to join the right & left leg. I have frogged it 4 times. The illustration looks easy but I am having a hard time with it. I guess I’ll just have to keep trying. I just read that Victoria is having the same problem Thanks. Bunny

Bunny 8th June 2019 at 15:39

I think I understand. I add 5 stitches to the left leg then knit all stitches on right leg, at end of row I add another 5 stitches to the back of the right leg,, then add 5 stitches to the back of the left leg. This is where I get confused where do I add on 5 stitches to the right leg.

Bunny 8th June 2019 at 15:46

I’m just as confused as Victoria. Do I add 5 stitches to the front and back of each leg

Knitting Guru 7th July 2019 at 02:51

Hi Bunny! How is it going with your romper. You have right leg and left leg. Take new yarn and cast on 5 sts to the needle with the left leg (check pictute plz), 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. Like this you join all parts together. I dunno if i helped. You cast on 5 sts 3 times.

Bunny 20th July 2019 at 15:26

I did it thanks to you. I’m now working on the sleeves, so far so good, Thanks for checking up on the problem I was having which turned out to be the easiest part of the pattern. Thanks again. Bunny

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