Rockford Peaches Baseball Uniform

Topsy Webkinz slides into first in her new Rockford Peaches uniform!

Here’s how you make it:

Rockford Peaches Uniform (worked on size 8 needles)

            Back:

                        Cast on 20 stitches loosely

                        Work in stockinette stitch for 12 rows or until piece measures 2 ¼ inches

                        Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 1, knit 2 together

                        Row 14: Purl 4, cast off 12, purl 4

                        Row 15: Knit the first 4 stitches, place the last 4 stitches on a holder

                        Work 5 more rows stockinette stitch with the first 4 stitches

                        Bind off

                        Reattach yarn to the last 4 stitches and work 5 rows stockinette stitch

            Right side:

                        Loosely cast on 7-8 stitches

                        Work 12 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit rest of row

                        Row 14: purl

                        Row 15: Knit 4, cast off 2

                        Break off yarn

Reattach yarn to the 4 remaining stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 5-7 more rows

Bind off

            Left side:

                        Loosely cast on 7-8 stitches

                        Work 12 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 13: Knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 14: purl

                        Row 15: Cast off 2, knit 4

                        With remaining 4 stitches, work 5-7 rows stockinette stitch

 

            Skirt:

Cast on 64 stitches

                        Work in garter stitch (knit every row) until piece measures about two inches

                        Do not bind off!        

                        Break off yarn, leaving a long tail

                        Thread the tail through the stitches as you take them off the needle

            Sleeves (make 2):

                        Loosely cast on 28-30 stitches

                        Knit 5 rows

                        Bind off

            Finishing:

                        Weave in all ends. Sew the side seams 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches up from the bottom. Sew the shoulder seams on the wrong side. Gently gather the skirt as you sew it on to the bodice. To do this, pick up two loops from the top of the skirt for every one stitch you pick up on the bodice. Sew in the sleeves, pinning them first to make sure they don’t turn inside-out. Sew on 4 snaps for closure. Sew on a red felt letter and baseball diamond emblem. Make a belt for the costume, either by sewing on a strip of felt or using a pop can tab as a buckle. (You can use ¼ inch ribbon here too.)

 

* Did you know? – The Rockford Peaches and the general phenomenon of women’s baseball teams during WWII are famous due to the movie with Tom Hanks, but women’s teams were popular long before that. Every major factory had a men’s team, a women’s team, or sometimes both in what were called “industrial leagues”. These teams played various sports, but baseball was especially popular in many areas. Supierior pitching and catching abilities could help you land a job even in rough times, just as they did for my gradmother in 1933.

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