Mother Teresa Baby Vests

My grandmother is an avid knitter; she loves to keep busy even when she is ‘relaxing’ by watching TV or something of the sort. She is 91 years old and still very active; she goes for long walks nearly every day, and she keep her mind active by playing scrabble and going to Bible Study classes.

One of the main items she loves to knit is Mother Teresa vests. These are baby jerseys which she gives to various orphanages and other needy charity organizations.

She makes about two or three vests every week and has donated nearly two hundred of them already. There is a huge and constant demand for these vests for needy new-borns, and they do a superb job of providing warmth and comfort, as well as preventing illnesses.

The baby vests are pretty simple to make. Below is the pattern: so if you are willing to make a few to donate to your local orphanage, or just as a gift for someone you know, follow the instructions and get knitting 🙂

My gran with her latest batch of Mother Teresa vests:

How to Make a Mother Teresa Baby Vest:

4 ply wool
No. 9 Needles (3.75mm)

Worked in one piece

Cast on 60 stitches
Knit 1, Purl 1, plain rib for 15 cm

Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows (53 stitches)
Continue rib for 7 cm

Next row: Rib 16, turn, work a further 15 rows
16th row: Work to end, break off wool

Rejoin wool at base. Cast off 20 stitches.
Rib to last 16.
On these stitches, rib 15 rows.
Cast on 20 stitches, rib 16 from the other side (52 stitches)
This forms the neck opening.
On these stitches, rib a further 7 cm

Cast on 4 stitches at the end of the next 2 rows (60 stitches)

Work a further 15cm in rib as for the front.

Cast off in rib.

Pick up and knit 42 stitches around the armhole in contrast wool
Rib 8 rows
Cast off in rib.

Sew up side seams

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