This is a design alternative for the Babester Orig. It creates a flat knitted front instead of the knobby purls. Still simple, still sweet.:) You’ll need 45 yards of ReStitch Yarn, needles, a biggish button (as big or bigger than a quarter), and a needle to weave in ends.
Using size 10-15 needles (depending on how tight you want the stitches), CO 15
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit through the front and back (kfb) of the first stitch, knit to the last stitch, kfb
Row 3: knit
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: knit
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: k5, purl to last 5 stitches, k5
Row 9: knit
Repeat rows 8 and 9 until the bib measures 7 inches (or desired length) from the bottom, ending on a purl row. Switch colors along the way if you want to.
Next row: With the knit side toward you, knit 7 and begin casting off by slipping the 6th stitch (already knitted) over the 7th. This will leave 5 stitches on the right needle. Continue casting off by knitting one and slipping the the previous stitch over until there are 4 stitches remaining on left needle. Knit these 4 stitches so there are 5 stitches on each end of the needle. These begin the collar of the bib.
Next row: Knit 5, slip the next 5 stitches onto a stitch holder. Knit the 5 stitches on the needle until the collar measures 5 inches (or desired length).
Next row: Shape the button hole. Knit 3, pull 2nd stitch over the 3rd to cast off, k1, pull the previous stitch over, k1, pull the previous stitch over, knit the last stitch. There should now be 2 stitches on the needle (one on each end).
Next row: Knit 1, finger CO 3 stitches, knit 1. There are now 5 stitches on the needle and the button hole is formed.
Next row: cast off and shape the button hole as you weave in the loose ends.
Go back to the other side of the collar and pick up the 5 stitches.
Knit 3 rows and then cast off. Use the loose end to attach the big button and there you go! Another fabulous Babester! Please feel free to ask any questions or comment on the pattern. And check out the ReStitch Facebook page. Happy knitting!