I'm happy to post the pattern instructions for your personal use. I modified the written basic stitch pattern to include a 3 stitch border on each side and to make a wide, single rippled edge, rather than the several shown in the stitch pattern photo in Barbara's book.
I also posted the pattern and photo to Ravelry under the tags "baby" and "bib".
I'd love to see photos of the bib, if anyone knits one!
MISS THING BABY BIB
by Linda Ball
Sized for newborn and older -approximately 13 inches x 9 inches.
Peaches and Cream Cotton yarn:
(MC) Apple Green- one ball
(CC) Lemonade -one ball
Size 7 needles
Large eye tapestry needle to weave in yarn tails.
Knitting Stitch reference book: Treasury of Knitting Patterns
by Barbara G. Walker, Schoolhouse Press. 1998, page 205.
MC - Main Color
CC - Contrast Color
Slip 1- always slip stitch from left needle onto right needle as to knit.
Using MC, C/O 42 stitches and knit in the following modified Feather and Fan pattern:
Row 1. K.
Row 2. P.
Row 3 (Border) K 3,(K2tog) x 3, (YO, K1) x 6, (K2tog) x 6, (YO, K1) x 6, (K2tog) x3, (Border) K3.
Row 4. K.
Repeat in pattern for 6 inches, ending having just worked Row 3. Leaving short tail, cut MC, turn work, attach CC, and Knit Row 4.
With Right Side of work now facing, work with CC yarn in Stockinette Stitch, Slipping the first stitch of every row. Continue in this manner until section worked in CC yarn measures 2 inches, ending having worked a Wrong Side Row.
Setting Up For Straps:
With Right Side facing, Slip 1, K 10, Bind Off 20 stitches, Knit remaining stitches on needle.
Turn work to Wrong Side.
Working on Wrong Side of Bib, Slip 1, P 10.
Place The 11 stitches BEFORE THE BO that are resting on your other needle onto a stitch holder for the present time.
Continue working this strap in Stockinette stitch for 5 inches or longer as you prefer, remembering to Slip the first stitch at the beginning of every row.
Bind Off on Right Side and cut CC. Attach medium size button SECURELY to this strap 1/2 inch from BO edge .
Buttonhole Strap: rolled edges ( Need to water spritz to block flat if you hate the roll!) See below for pattern update if you prefer the garter stitch border strap version!
Placing stitches on stitch holder back on your needle and with Right Side facing, attach CC yarn and work this strap in stockinette stitch for 4 1/2 inches, slipping the first stitch at the beginning of every row. End having worked a Wrong Side Row.
Next Row: Slip 1, K4, BO 1 Stitch, K remaining stitches on needle.
Purl Side row: Slip 1, P4, CO 1 stitch, P remaining stitches on needle.
Continue in Stockinette stitch until strap length is equal to the other one.
PATTERN UPDATED 6/30/09 FOR FLAT EDGES: GARTER STITCH BORDER
Continue to keep the first 3 and last 3 stitches in garter stitch pattern as you work each strap. Follow the pattern for working the remaining middle sections of each strap and the button hole.
PATTER UPDATE 5/24/2011 THOSE STRAPS AGAIN!
You could also choose to just knit the upper section and the straps in plain old Garter stitch if you want to. Just keep in mind that you need to incorporate that buttonhole with whatever stitch pattern you decide to use!
Cut CC yarn and weave in all tails. Lay Bib flat and wet block, shaping to desired size.
It takes very little yarn and lends itself to various combinations of leftover yarns, cotton or acrylic.
I was tickled to see that over time some folks on Ravelry have offered their own colorful interpretations.
Leave a comment and send me a photo link if you make one!
CONDITIONS OF USE:
1.Please be kind and not sell this published pattern nor the finished item made from this pattern. Gift it or donate a bib to your charity of choice instead.
2. Yarn shop owners may distribute this pattern free of charge to their customers.