Designer: Ivonne @montanocrochet
Ollin baby bloomers were inspired by the geometric designs found in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic time. Like the word itself meaning ‘movement’, these geometric designs have lived through many eras, including our own, reminding us of our roots and what our ancestors were capable of achieving.
The Ollin bloomers are beginner friendly baby shorts, worked legs first, then joined and worked in the round to form the bottom. The mosaic pattern is created through a 14 round repeat.
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The beautiful yarn used for the pictured sample is from Cara of Spirit Song Studio. The sample uses a worsted weight base, which is 70% Untreated Alpaca, 30% Merino Western, 112g/198meters/216yards. The MC used is Madeek, and the CC is Our Home On Native Land.
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Sizes 0-3, 6 (12, 18, 24) months
A Circumference at widest part: 20, 22.75 ( 22.75, 24.75, 27 ) inches / 51.5, 57.3 ( 57.3, 63, 68.7 ) cm
B Leg Circumference: 6.7, 7.2 ( 7.5, 8, 8.4 ) inches / 17, 18 ( 19, 20, 21 ) cm
C Leg Ribbing Depth 1.5 inch / 3.8 cm
D Total Length 9.5, 10.5 ( 12.5, 14.5, 16.5) inches / 24, 26.6 ( 31.7, 36.8, 41.9 ) cm
E Total Width 10.1, 11.3 ( 11.3, 12.4, 13.5 ) inches / 25.8, 28.6 ( 28.6, 31.5, 34.3 ) cm
- Spirit Song Studio, worsted, 70% Untreated Alpaca, 30% Merino Western
- MC Madeek 1, 1 (2, 2, 2) skeins
- CC Our Home On Native Land 1, 1 (1, 1, 1) skein
- US 8 (5mm) circular needle, 24-inch/61 cm or size needed to obtain gauge
- US 8 (5 mm) DPNs, 7-inch/17.78 cm (2 sets)
- Darning Needle
- Crochet hook for the drawstring
- Stitch Markers
- BO – bind off
- BORm – beginning of round marker
- CC – contrast color
- CO – cast on
- DPNs – double pointed needles
- K – knit
- MC – main color
- Rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – round(s)
- Sl wyib – slip with yarn in back
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- Tbl – through back loop
14 sts and 24 rows = 4”/ 10 cm square in Mosaic colorwork
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Mosaic colorwork is worked one color at a time; please read charts carefully before proceeding. Dominant (working) color is indicated in the far left column. Sts in working color are knit, and sts in non-working color are slipped with yarn in back.
Leg Ribbing (make two)
Using US 8/ 5 mm DPNs, CO 32, 34 (36, 38, 40) sts, plus one. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts, K first and last st tog.
Setup Rnd 1: *k1tbl, p1 rep from * for 1.5”/3.8 cm or until desired length. Do not BO, break yarn leaving a 4” / 10 cm tail. Set aside.
Rep for second leg using another pair of US 8/5m DPNs, but do not break yarn
Joining Rnd 2: Still working on the second leg, place BORm and using cable cast-on, CO 4, 6 (4, 6, 8) sts.With the same working yarn, join the first leg cuff, by working one row of ribbing around. Using the cable cast-on, CO 4 (6, 4, 6, 8), and work ribbing around the second leg until you reach BOR. You should have 72 (80, 80, 88, 96) sts on two sets of DPNs
*Note: change to circular needle now or after a few rows of the mosaic chart so that you don’t stretch the sts out.*
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Knit Chart Written Instructions
Rnd 1-2: K around.
Rnd 3-4 (CC): Sl2 wyib, *k5, sl3 wyib rep from * to BORm.
Rnd 5-6 (MC): K2, sl1 wyib, *k3, sl1 wyib rep from * to BORm.
Rnd 7-8 (CC): K3, *sl1 wyib, k1, slwyib 1, k5 rep from* to BORm.
Rnd 9-10 (MC): K4, *sl1 wyib, k7 rep from * to BORm.
Rnd 11-12 (CC): K3, *sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k5 rep from * to BORm.
Rnd 13-14 (MC): K2, sl1 wyib, *k3, sl1 wyib rep from * to BORm.
Rnd 15-16 (CC): Sl2 wyib, *k5, sl3 wyib rep from * to BOR.
Rnd 17-18: K around.
*Please read construction notes for how to work mosaic knitting pattern*
Refer to Ollin Knit Chart or Ollin Knit Chart Written Instructions
Work Ollin Knit chart Rnds 1-18, around all sts 2, 2, (3, 3, 4) times total. Break CC.
K even with MC until 6, 7 ( 9, 11, 13 ) in/ 15.3, 17.7 ( 22.9, 27.9, 33 ) cm from cable cast-on or until desired body length.
Rnd 1: Work *k1tbl, p1* until your ribbing measures 2in/ 5cm or until your desired length.
BO sts using a regular Bind-off.
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With CC, using crochet hook, ch 80 or to desired length, and secure. Weave cord in and out of ribbing. Tie a knot at either end of cord.
Close the seam at the crotch with a crochet hook or darning needle as desired. Weave in ends, wash and block to diagram.
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