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It turns out that knitting can help save the world! Not literally of course – the world’s going to end, we can’t change that – but it can make some people’s lives better, which is pretty awesome.
My first knitting project this Autumn was a pair of ‘Fish ‘n Chip baby vests’ which will be sent to Uganda to clothe newborns:

“Many are born already infected with HIV, or premature, and their families are so poor that the babies are sent home wrapped in newspaper – giving them the name ‘fish and chip’ babies.”

from www.stcatherinesarmagh.com

I was apparently late to hop on this band-wagon; so many people have donated these vests that there might not even be a need for them at the moment. But I’m going to share the pattern anyway because you might be a knitting-novice and know a baby in need of a nice warm vest whose parents don’t mind that it isn’t from Baby Gap.

'Fish 'n Chip Baby' Vest
‘Fish ‘n Chip Baby’ Vest

Here are the instructions. You’ll notice some are in brackets and italics: this is for those who don’t understand the knitting code; I’ve simplified it. If you’re a seasoned knitter you can ignore everything in brackets.
The instrustions are for knitting the vest in a single colour. If you’d like to make it stripy just alternate wool every four rows, carrying the wool loosely up the sides.

Key:

[ ] = repeat instuctions within square brackets
( ) = simpler intructions for unseasoned knitters

Ingredients:

50g Double Knitting wool (ask at your wool store, they’ll show you what Double Knitting wool is, and don’t worry, they won’t judge you)
4mm straight needles (you’ll need knitting needles that are 4mm in width, and you will need two of them)

Instructions:

Cast on 44 stitches

[K2, P2] rib, for 18 rows
(knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the row, then repeat for another 17 rows)

St st 30 rows
(knit 1 row, purl 1 row until you’ve done 30 rows (this is called stocking-stitch))

Cast on 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows and change back to K2, P2 at the same time. Rib another 22 rows.
(before you start the next row, cast on 12 stitches. Then knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the row. Before starting your next row, cast on 12 stitches and K2, P2 for another 22 rows.)

Next row: [K2, P2] five times, K1, cast off 26 stitches loosely in rib to allow it to stretch over the baby’s head, P1, [K2, P2] five times.
(knit 2, purl 2 until you’ve done 21 stitches ending on 1 knitted stitch. Then cast off 26 stitches loosely. Purl 1, then knit 2 purl 2 until the end of the row.)

Next row: [K2, P2] five times, K1, cast on 26 stitches loosely, P1, [K2, P2] five times.
(knit 2, purl 2 until you’ve done 21 stitches ending on 1 knitted stitch. Then cast on 26 stitches loosely. Purl 1, then knit 2 purl 2 until the end of the row.)

[K2, P2] rib, for 22 rows.
(knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the row, then repeat for another 21 rows.)

Cast off 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
(Next row: cast off 12 stitches, then continue the row in knit 2 purl 2. Next row: cast off 12 stitches, then continue the row in knit 2 purl 2.)

St st 30 rows
(knit 1 row, purl 1 row until you’ve done 30 rows.)

[K2, P2] rib, for 18 rows
(knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the row, then repeat for another 17 rows)

Cast off.

Sew the sides and undersides of the sleeves.

Et voíla, you have knitted a baby vest.
Feel free to send me your photos, I’d love to see how yours turned out.

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