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Nora Bellows of Noni tells her story of designing the
Grow-Verlis --Overalls That Grow With Your Child. "These fun
overalls were inspired some time ago when my little boy started sprouting up,
seemingly over night, leaving the hems of pants that fit perfectly well, or were
even still too big, waving around far above his little feet and the tops of his
shoes. Girls can get away with this phenomena a bit more easily, passing off
jeans that used to cascade over shoes as Capri pants. You see, every mom and
grandma knows that our wee ones tend to grow like weeds vertically and only very
slowly horizontally. Could I easily make clothes longer. . . without the fuss of
taking out hems, adding fabric, ripping out the hem and purl rows, etc?"
"These overalls, Grow-veralls I call them, are my solution to
this problem. I made them striped so you could use anything in your stash that
gets the gauge (and you are willing to wash in whatever way the fiber requires).
I made them striped, too, so that you could add to them quickly and easily and
at any time without worrying about dye lots or whether you have enough of such
and so color. No, add to them with abandon when your little sprout starts to
shoot up. If a knee gets ripped up, no worries. Simply take out that block of
color and rework. Quite simple."
"I left out the ubiquitous overall buttons on the side since
knitted fabric gives and a tube shape would be more wearable than fussing with
buttons or snaps that added bulk (and thus the possibility of pokey things my
little boy would hate) and the propensity to come undone on the playground.
Finish with conventional overall strap and button hardware or your preference. I
used ribbons as straps so they could easily be replaced-a little non-fusible
medium weight interfacing was all I added to give the hardware something to grab
onto so as not to pull right through your knitting just as your sweet one
reaches for the next monkey bar."
Pattern Difficulty Intermediate. Requires knowledge of
knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing, working on circular and
double-pointed needles, and some simple seaming and hand-sewing.
22 sts and 26 - 28 rows over 4"/10 cm on a US 7/4.5 mm or
adjust needle size up or down to obtain stitch gauge.
18 mo 500 yards
24 mo 600 yards
2T 700 yards
3T 800 yards
4T 900 yards
5T 1,000 yards
Needles & Other Materials
US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle (for
grow-veralls pant legs), US 7 (4.5mm) 24" circular needle (for body of
grow-veralls) and US 7 (4.5mm) set of double pointed needles (for straps)
Blunt and sharp tapestry needles
Sewing needle & like-colored sewing thread
Suspender button and 1.5" Suspender Button Hook (at your
LYS via Noni)
1/8 yd non-fusible medium weight interfacing (for inside