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Home Run

By Daniela Nii
IntermediateRecycled

This baseball jersey was definitely inspired by the yarn I’ve picked for this “green” issue of Petite Purls. The yarn is a sturdy 75% recycled cotton made from t-shirt remnants so that instead of using new resources, it was saving the fiber from the landfill and giving it a second chance. Because the yarn is of a stiffer nature, I decided to turn it into an over shirt that can take some abuse. And when it came to pick a number for the jersey, the #3 was a clear winner, honoring the legendary baseball player Babe Ruth. Perhaps some of the talent will rub off on my boy too?

Sizes

2T[4, 6, 8, 10]
Shown in size 6.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 24[26, 28, 29.5, 31] inches

Length: 15[16, 17, 19, 20.5] inches

Materials

Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend [75% Recycled Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 145 yards/132 meters per 3 ounce/85 gram skein];

#1870 Denim (MC); 3[4, 4, 5, 5] skeins
#1105 Vanilla (CC); 1 skein

Any soft, worsted, off-white scrap yarn for duplicate stitching the number on the front and back of jersey (the cotton yarn is too stiff for this purpose); 25 yards
(I used Patons Classic Wool [100% pure new wool; 223 yards/205 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein; #00201 Winter White])

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4 mm 24 inch circular needle and set of double pointed needles (set of 5)
US C-2 (2.75) mm crochet hook

Notions

Stitch marker
Stitch holder
Tapestry needle

Gauge

18.5 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

The jersey is nearly seamless. It is worked in the round, bottom-up until the armholes are reached. The stitches are then split and you continue flat for the front and back upper body. After closing the shoulder seams, you will pick up stitches around the armhole and knit the sleeves in the round top-down. 

The pattern chart is read from the right to the left. It shows all RS rows with the WS rows knit as the stitches appear.

Duplicate stitch is used to apply the number on the front and back (use a soft, worsted yarn to cover the knit stitches well; the cotton yarn is too stiff to work well for duplicate stitch).

Box Stitch (circular)

Multiple of 4 sts
Rnds 1 and 2: * K2, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 3 and 4: * P2, k2; repeat from * to end
Repeat these 4 rows.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round using a circular needle and dpns, duplicate stitch, and single crochet stitch for neckline


INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

With MC, cast on 100 [108, 116, 124, 130] sts.
Place stitch marker. Being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.

SEED STITCH BAND
Rnd 1: * K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: * P1, k1; repeat from * around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2, 1(2, 2, 3, 3) more times.

Home RunIncrease Rnd: * K10[9, 8, 10, 9], M1; repeat from * 10(12, 14, 12, 14) times, K0[0, 4, 4, 4]: 110[120, 130, 136, 144] sts.

Knit around until Body measures approximately 8.25 [8.75, 9.5, 11, 12] inches from the cast on edge or .75 inch less than your desired length to underarm.

Double Stripes

Rnd 1: Join CC and knit around.
Rnd 2: Purl around.
Rnds 3 and 4: With MC, knit around.
Rnd 5: With CC, knit around.
Rnd 6: Purl around.
Break CC.
Knit around and split stitches into front and back stitches: 55[60, 65, 68, 72] per side. Set front stitches aside. You will now work back and forth.

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Armhole Shaping And Diamond Band

Note: You will work the armhole shaping and the Diamond Band chart AT THE SAME TIME.

In order to center the diamonds you will be working a partial diamond pattern, 3 pattern repeats, and another partial diamond pattern.

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 2[2, 3, 4, 4] sts, k2[3, 3, 3, 4], work Row 1 of the Diamond Band chart, work pattern repeat 3 times plus any partial pattern as marked in chart, k5[6, 7, 8, 9]: 53[58, 62, 64, 68] sts.

Row 2 (WS): Bind off 2[2, 3, 4, 4] sts, work stitches as they appear: 51[56, 59, 60, 64] sts.
Row 3: Bind off 1[2, 2, 2, 2] sts, k1[1, 1, 1, 2], work Row 3 of the Diamond Band chart, k3[4, 4, 4, 5]: 50[54, 57, 58, 62] sts.
Row 4: Bind off 1[2, 2, 2, 2] sts, work stitches as they appear: 49[52, 55, 56, 60] sts.
Row 5: Bind off 1[1, 1, 1, 2] sts, work Row 5 of the Diamond Band chart, k2[2, 2, 2, 3]: 48[51, 54, 55, 58] sts.
Row 6: Bind off 1[1, 1, 1, 2] sts, work stitches as they appear: 47[50, 53, 54, 56] sts.
Continue with the Diamond Band chart row 7 to the end of the chart, ending with a WS row.

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Then work the Double Stripes in the flat as follows:
Row 1 (RS): Join CC and knit across.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: With MC, knit across.
Row 4: Purl across.
Row 5: With CC, knit across.
Row 6: Knit across. Break CC.
Row 7 (RS): With MC, knit across.

Work Box Stitch pattern as follows:
Row 1 (WS): * P2, k2; repeat from * across to last 3[2, 1, 2, 0] sts, p2[2, 1, 2, 0], k1[0, 0, 0, 0].
Row 2 (RS): P1[0, 0, 0, 0], k2[2, 1, 2, 0], * p2, k2; repeat from * to end.
Row 3: * K2, p2; repeat from * across to last 3[2, 1, 2, 0] sts, k2[2, 1, 2, 0], p1[0, 0, 0, 0].

Sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 Only

Row 4: K1[0, 0, 0, 0], p2[2, 1, 2, 0], * k2, p2; repeat from * to end.

Size 4 Only

Repeat Rows 1-3.

Sizes 6 and 8 Only

Repeat Rows 1-4, [1, 2] times, then repeat Row 1 once more.

Size 10 Only

Repeat Rows 1-4, 3 times, then repeat Rows 1-3 once more.

All Sizes - Back Neck and Right Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (RS): Work in pattern across first 15[17, 18, 19, 20] sts, slip sts just worked onto st holder for shoulder, bind off next 17[16, 17, 16, 16] sts, work in pattern across remaining sts: 15[17, 18, 19, 20] sts.
Row 2: Work in pattern across.
Row 3: Bind off 3 sts at neck edge and continue in pattern across: 12[14, 15, 16, 17] sts.
Row 4: Work in pattern across.
Row 5: Bind off 2 sts at neck edge and continue in pattern across: 10[12, 13, 14, 15] sts.
Row 6: Work in pattern across.
Row 7: Bind off 0[0, 1, 1, 1] st at neck edge and continue in pattern across: 10[12, 12, 13, 14] sts.
Work in pattern until armhole measures approximately 5.75[6.25, 6.5, 7, 7.5] inches ending with a RS row.
Next row (shoulder dec): Bind off 5[6, 6, 6, 7] sts at armhole edge and continue in pattern across: 5[6, 6, 7, 7] sts.
Next row (shoulder dec): Bind off remaining sts at neck edge.

Back Neck and Left Shoulder Shaping
With WS facing, slip sts from st holder onto empty needle. Complete same as Right Shoulder Shaping, beginning with Row 3.

FRONT

Work same as Back up to the start of the Box Stitch pattern.
Work Box Stitch pattern as follows:

Row 1 (WS): * P2, k2; repeat from * across to last 3[2, 1, 2, 0] sts, p2[2, 1, 2, 0], k1[0, 0, 0, 0].
Row 2 (RS): P1[0, 0, 0, 0], k2[2, 1, 2, 0], * p2, k2; repeat from * to end.
Row 3: * K2, p2; repeat from * across to last 3[2, 1, 2, 0] sts, k2[2, 1, 2, 0], p1[0, 0, 0, 0].

Sizes 6, 8, and 10 Only

Row 4: P0[0, 1, 2, 0], * k2, p2; repeat from * to end.

Size 6 Only

Repeat Row 1.

Size 8 Only

Repeat Rows 1-3, 1 time.

Size 10 Only

Repeat Rows 1-4, 1 time, then repeat Row 1 once more.

Front Neck and Right Shoulder Shaping

Work the same as the Back Neck and Right Shoulder Shaping.

Front Neck and Left Shoulder Shaping

Work the same as the Back Neck and Left Shoulder Shaping.

SLEEVES

Sew shoulder seams.

With RS facing, using your dpns and beginning at the underarm, pick up a multiple of 4 sts evenly spaced around the armhole edge.

Rnds 1-4: Knit in Box Stitch pattern (circular) around.
Rnd 5 (dec): P2tog, continue in pattern to last two sts, k2tog.
Rnd 6 (dec): P2tog, continue in pattern to last two sts, k2tog.
Repeat Rnds 1-6, 1(2, 2, 3, 3) more times.

Work even in pattern until sleeve measures appoximately 2.5[3, 3.5, 4, 4.25] inches from the armhole edge.

Work DOUBLE STRIPES in the round, then work in St st until the Sleeve measures approximately 6[7.5,8.25, 9, 9.75] inches from the armhole edge.


Work the SEED STITCH BAND.
Bind off all sts in pattern.
Repeat for the second sleeve.

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FINISHING

With RS facing, single crochet around neck starting at the back center. This will give the neck opening some needed structure.
Weave in all ends.

EMBELLISH

Using tapestry needle and scrap yarn, embroider the number in duplicate stitch on front and back of jersey. Place the smaller number on the left bottom front and the larger number in the back center. A chart for the #3 has been included.

Home Run Chart

 

Home Run Chart

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Daniela Nii

Knitting is just one of many techniques Daniela likes to use in her many crafting projects – she is a proud multi-crafter. Her precious crafting time keeps her sane in a high-paced life with two young boys, husband and her own software consulting business. You can follow her crafting projects on her blog and sometimes something makes it into her Etsy shop. She is also on Ravelry as nikkisstudio.

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