How you can help

If you're a knitter – or have always wanted to try – making a pair of booties or a vest is one of the most practical ways you can help. You're welcome to use one of the patterns below for baby booties or a singlet, or use one of your favourites. Every item you donate will help a child in need. 

When your masterpiece is complete, you can either drop it off at your local Plunket clinic or post it to the address below and we’ll distribute these to the children who need them most. 

The Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust 
PO Box 38299, 
Wellington Mail Centre, 
Lower Hutt 5045 

Thank you and happy knitting!

Plunket knitting patterns

Abbreviations: K, knit; P, purl; sts, stitches; beg, beginning; rep, repeat; st st, stocking stitch; y fwd, yarn forward; psso, pass slip stitch over; sl, slip; sl st, slip stitch; tog, together; patt, pattern; rem, remaining; dc, double crochet; ch, chain; tr, treble.  

Baby booties 

Sizes: Fits baby size 3-6 months 

Materials 

  • One ball of Double Knit (DK) wool  
  • One pair 3.75 needles (size 9) or size needed to obtain tension 

Tension: 24 sts and 32 rows = 10 cm in stocking st.  

Instructions 

  • Cast on 33 sts. Work 10 rows in (K1. P1) ribbing.  
  • Next row: (RS). (Eyelets). K1. *yo. K2tog. Rep from * to end of row.  
  • Next row: Purl.  
  • Divide for instep: Next row: K22. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.  
  • Next row: P11. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.  
  • Work 12 rows even across centre 11 sts for instep. Break yarn.  
  • With RS facing, rejoin yarn to last st on right-hand needle.  
  • Pick up and knit 7 sts down right side of instep. K11 across instep. Pick up and knit 7 sts down left side of instep. K11 from left-hand needle. 47 sts 
  • Knit 11 rows (garter st).  
  • Shape heel and toe: 1st row: (RS). K2. K2tog. Knit to centre 5 sts. K2tog. K1. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.  
  • 2nd row: Knit.  
  • Rep last 2 rows once more, then 1st row once. 35 sts rem.  
  • Cast off loosely knitwise (WS).  

Finishing: Sew back and sole seam. Using 2 strands of yarn, make a twisted cord 30.5 cm long and thread through eyelet row, having ends meet at centre 

Baby singlet  

Measurements: To fit underarm 40cm, length 27cm  

Materials 

  • 1 ball of 2 ply (25g) wool  
  • 1 pair 3mm (No. 11) knitting needles 3mm (No. 10-11) Crochet hook 

Tension: 32sts to 10cm over st st using 3mm needles 

Back & Front: (both alike)  

Using No. 11 needles cast on 61 sts. Work 10 rows Moss st, starting each row K1. Change to stocking st and continue until work measures 18cm.  

Begin Pattern:  

1st Row: P2. * K3, y fwdsl 1, K2 tog, psso, y fwd, K3, P3 rep from * to last 11 sts, K3, y fwdsl 1, K2 tog, psso, y fwd, K3, P2.  

2nd Row: K2, * P9, K3, rep from * to last 11 sts, P9, K2.  

3rd Row: P2, * K1, K2 tog, y fwd, K3, y fwdsl 1, K1, psso, K1, P3, rep from * to last 11 sts, K1, K2 tog, y fwd, K3, y fwdsl 1, K1, psso, K1, P2.  

4th Row: As 2nd row. Repeat row 1 to 4 inclusive 4 times.  

Shape shoulder: Work 13 sts in pattern, then cast off next 35 sts loosely. Continue on last 13 sts, repeating pattern 3 times. Cast off 13 stsRejoin yarn to other side and work to match first shoulder. Cast off 13 sts 

To make up: Join shoulder seams. Cast off loosely or for shell edging (optional): using hook, work 1 row dc evenly around neck edge having a number divisible by 6. Next round: 1 ch * 1 dc in first dc, miss 2 dc, 5 tr in next dc, miss 2 dc, rep from * to end, sl st in 1 ch at beg. Fasten off. Join side seams leaving 8cms open for armholes. Work shell edging around armhole. 

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