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Size 1 to 2 years

Needles size American 1 and 3.

material 6 ounces sport weight. 3 ounces white and 3 ounces blue

Gauge 8 sts to  1 inch

With No. 1 needles, cast on 80 sts, loosely (84 sts, size 2), K 1, P 1 for 1 ¼ inches.

Change to No. 3 needles, K 1 row, P 1 row for 7 ½ inches from start (8 inches, size 2).

To start shaping of crotch: K 38, inc in next st, K 2, inc in next st, K 38, P back.

K 38, inc in next st, K 4, inc in next st, K 38. P back.

K 38 sts and inc in same manner, having 2 more sts between increases until you have 6 sts between increases.

Bind off 4 sts at beg of each Row (continue to inc for crotch in same manner), until all sts are bound off on each side of crotch (24 sts).

K 1 row.

P 1 row on these 24 sts (crotch) for 1 ½ inches.

Cast on 4 sts at end of every row and dec in same manner as you increased, thus having 2 sts less on each K row, between crotch.

K 1 row.

P 1 row on 80 sts, for 7 inches (7 ½ inches, size 2).

With No. 1 needles, K 1, P 1, for 1 inches, bind off loosely.

Pick up 84 sts around each leg, K 1, P 1, ribbing for 1 inch, hind off loosely.

Finishing - Fold tog on wrong side easing long side in for back, leaving left side open 1 ½ inches from top. S c around opening making 2 ch 4 loops for buttonholes.

Straps - Skip 13 sts, with No. 1 needles, pick up 32 sts (holding right side toward you), now work on these 32 sts on ribbing and dec 1 st at beg of every row, until you have 11 sts.

Work in ribbing on 11 sts until strap measures 10 inches.

Work 4 sts, bind off 3, work 4 sts.

On next row, cast on 3 sts over those bound off. Work 1 inch even.

Make another buttonhole.

Dec 1 st at beg of next 4 rows, bind off.

Cast on 10 sts, pick up next 22 sts, work to correspond.

Back Tabs Work same as fronts to 11 sts, bind off.

Finishing - Work 1 row of sc around border and straps if desired.

Sew buttons on tabs at back. Sew 10 cast on sts in back of left front. Sew back to correspond.

Taken from Juvenile Styles 1943