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Today we are going to learn how to make a knitted romper perfect for the spring or summer due to the cotton yarn used to knit it. However, as you will see, this pattern is very versatile and you can knit it with wool as well as cotton yarn, that will work for either the winter and summer.
Also, this baby romper pattern is very basic and you can personalize it to your liking, adding “topitos” (like this tutorial), leaving it as is, knitting sleeve flounces, combining various colors or types of stiches… the sky is the limit!
The size shown on this tutorial is 3-6 months, but if you need another size Don’t worry! The Topics Baby Romper is also available in the sizes New Born, 1-3 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months. To get the complete pattern that gives you row by row instructions along with the chart, click on the image below or on the following links:
As usual, you will find the instructions to knit this romper on the text and images, but if you prefer to download the pattern to get row by row instructions and print it to make notes without relying on the cell phone or internet connection, you are in luck because everything is ready for you!
You can find all the downloadable and printable patterns with the 5 sizes that I just mentioned by clicking on the links below
- Materials to make the Topitos Baby Romper
- How to knit the Topitos Baby Romper Step by Step
- 1. Knit the front piece of the knitted romper
- 2. Knit the back piece of the knitted romper
- 3. Join both pieces
- 4. Finish the crotch region and sew on the suspenders to the body of the knitted romper
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Materials to make the Topitos Baby Romper
On this occasion, the materials we will need to make a 6 months size are:
- 3 balls of 50 grams of cotton yarn for 4 mm needles. Since I cannot resist any green yarn, I chose the color 03 Mint Green from Drops Muskat cotton yarn.
- 1 ball of cotton yarn for 4 mm needles in white.
- 4 mm needles (6 US)
- 4 buttons or snaps fasteners. If you chose to add the buttons, you must keep in mind that you must make the eyelets at the time of knitting the crotch region, if on the contrary, like in this tutorial, you chose to add snaps, you will knit as you will normally since you can add them without the necessity of making eyelets.
How to knit the Topitos Baby Romper Step by Step
1. Knit the front piece of the knitted romper
Knit the crotch region
To start knitting the Topitos Knitted Romper, first of all, cast on 18 stiches and knit 6 rows in garter stitch. This will be the region where the buttons or snaps will go, if you decide to add regular buttons you will need to knit eyelets at this point of the baby romper. On this other tutorial, you will find with images how to knit an eyelet
After we have these 6 rows of Garter stitch, knit 2 more rows in stockinette stitch and start knitting the white dots of the knitted romper.
For this, as shown in the images, when you are in the right side of the work, you must knit 4 stitches, and on the next stitch add the white yarn and knit the stitch as you will normally. Do not worry if the yarn is loose, we will tight it shortly. After knitting this first stitch with the white yarn, knit 5 stitches with the green yarn and again knit one stitch with the white yarn using the same string from the previous white stitch. In this way, continue alternating 5 green stitches, 1 white stitch, until the end of the row. When you are done with the row cut the white yarn leaving a 4 or 5 cm tail.
Once the first row of “topitos” is done, knit 3 rows in stockinette stitch with the main color and in the fourth row will be another row of dots, but this time instead of knitting 4 stitches at the beginning, you must knit one stitch and the next stitch will be knitted with the white yarn. In this way, we will achieve the alternating dots look.
You must knit 10 rows, keeping in mind the established pattern. Once you are done with the rows, we will begin to increase stiches on each side to form the crotch region of our knitted baby romper.
Increase 4 stitches on one side, finish the row and increase 4 stitches on the other side. My preferred method of increasing stitches at the end of the work is the method shown in this video. We will continue increasing 4 stitches on each side of every row until we have 58 stitches.
Knit the body of the romper
This is the simplest part of the knitted romper since it does not have any increases, or decreases, or eyelets, or anything, just stockinette stitch. However, you must be very attentive while you knit as to not skip any white stitch, remember that for every 5 main color stiches, there must be a dot. In this way, we will knit for 35 rows.
Once you have finished the 35 rows, the wrong side of the work should look like this. Do not worry too much about how it looks at this point, since later we will fix all the loose white yarn.
Knit the armholes
For me, the most fun part of knitting this knitted baby romper is this part because you can see it taking shape and you start to get excited.
In this part, you must alternate Garter stitch, which will go on the ends of the work, with stockinette stitch.
We will begin knitting on the wrong side of the work, 5 knit stitches, then purl the rest of the stitches until there are 5 remaining stitches which you will knit.
On the right side of the work (where the stockinette stitch is made) is where we will decrease stitches. To do this, knit 4 stitches and then knit two together, knit the rest of the stitches until there are 6 stitches remaining, knit two stitches together and knit the last 4.
You will have to continue decreasing stitches on the right side of the work until you get 38 stitches. As you keep knitting you will see the garter stitch armholes beginning to take shape as shown on the pictures.
Knit the suspenders of the knitted romper
Once you have 38 stitches, knit 10 rows in Garter stitch to make the romper and go on knitting the suspenders.
Knit 9 stitches and place them on a stitch holder. Cast off the middle 20 stitches and work on the last 9 stitches to make the other suspender. The number of rows that you need to knit depends on your personal preference and the length that you need it to be, as a guidance 40 rows will work but you can adjust this by adding more rows if you realize that you want the hand knitted romper with slightly larger suspenders.
2. Knit the back piece of the knitted romper
The back piece of our knitted romper will be knitted the same way as the front piece, although you should take into account some small considerations:
- From the first 6 rows in Garter stitch we will start directly with the increases (remember that for the front piece we knitted 10 rows in stockinette stitch)
- Instead of making 4 increases on the end of each row, we must make 2 increases on each row.
- Finally, this back piece does not have suspenders, since we finished them on the front piece. Therefore once you have knitted the 10 rows in Garter stitch for the romper, we will cast off all the stitches.
3. Join both pieces
To join the front and back piece of our knitted romper we must place the right side of the work facing each other and seam the sides as usual.
Once we have the two pieces together, it’s time to get rid of all those little white yarn ends that are disturbing the wrong side of our garment. You can choose to tie them with a sewing needle and cut the excess, or sew them with normal thread and needle. And yes, you must arm yourself with patience for this operation, but I assure you that the result is worth it!
4. Finish the crotch region and sew on the suspenders to the body of the knitted romper
Cheer up! we only have to add the final touches!
To finish the crotch region and give it a more polished look, pick up 52 stiches on each side of the crotch region, knit 5 rows in 1 by 1 rib stitch (one knit stich one purl stitch) and cast off all the stitches.
Do not worry if when you pick up the stiches you do not end up with 52 stitches, is not important if there are 50, 52, or 56, the only important part is that you pick up the same amount of stitches on both side of the crotch region.
To finish, with a sewing needle, sew on the suspenders to the back of the knitted romper and add the snaps or buttons.
You can learn how to add snaps without the necessity of using a specific machine in this tutorial. It is very simple and with some simple pliers you will have a professional result in your clothes.
In these links, you can find snap buttons at a great price and with a huge variety that you will not find in any physical establishment
If you want to give your knitted romper an special touch, you can ad a wooden Handmade label.
This is a type of knitted garment that can be used both in spring-summer, if you choose cotton yarn like the one you see in the images, or in autumn-winter combined with a shirt or body, some tights and a cardigan. You can also use wool to make it, everything will depend on how hot the baby in question is.
Choose the combination you choose, for sure the result will be spectacular!
If you have enjoyed this Topitos knitted romper pattern and tutorial, please, do not hesitate to share it or comment below. I love to hear your opinions and I can try to resolve any questions that you may have if you decide to make it.
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