My very first knitting pattern! It’s more of a “recipe” than a pattern, however. A friend asked for some knit baby suspenders, so I did a little research, and came up with a plan.

These are SUPER simple and fast to knit. Use whatever scrap yarn you have lying around the house and whatever needles you have that are an appropriate size for your yarn.

These suspenders aren’t intended to actually hold up pants. They are intended to be adorable!

  • Cast on enough stitches to make the suspenders about 1 inch wide.
  • Knit whatever stitch you want! (I used Garter stitch on the yellow pair, and Linen stitch on the multicolored pair)
  • Keep knitting until you have the length you want (Use the Suspenders Size Guide for reference, and keep in mind that knit suspenders will be VERY stretchy).
  • Bind off, knit another just like the first!
  • (Optional) cross and sew your suspenders together in the back.
  • Attach suspender fasteners (I used the Fashion Fit Clips suggested by Ashley’s Little Boy Suspenders craft post) with snap buttons, regular buttons, or just sew them on!
  • Add any embellishments you want!

Feel free to leave comments! I want to see how you customize your baby suspenders!

Download the pattern here or on Ravelry!


2 comments on “Customizable Baby Suspenders!”

  1. These are DARLING!! My immediate thought was to find a non-stretching stitch to make it a firm fabric — and put the attach X in the very middle. They would work perfectly to clip onto my Service Dog’s winter boots so he cannot kick them off and lose them while we’re outside for potty duty time. This year he was gifted with 2 pairs of boots — one a heavy thermal boot and the other a lighterweight rainboot. Both are made by Muttluks — and I surely couldn’t afford to purchase them for him. They are truly magnificant boots for a pooch and I’m extremely grateful to the Secret Santy Paws who gave them to him. My biggest fear was that he’d lose one and these suspenders will help prevent that. His little feets get so cold on the snow and pavement that he howls with pain, just a keening that goes right through your heart. Or he gets salt or chemical ice melter gunk on his feets and can get sick from licking it off — or the melted and refrozen ice crystals turn into shards and cut up his pads. Here in Michigan, boots for my Service Dog are NOT an affectation — he needs to to walk outside safely. LOVE the suspenders — thanks so much for posting!

    • Oh my goodness, Maggie- I want pictures of this service dog in boots and suspenders! It sounds ADORABLE! And absolutely doable.

      You could use a less stretchy yarn, like cotton perhaps, and maybe the Moss Stitch would be less stretchy than others. Or what about the stitch you use to knit up heels of socks? (Row 1: Slip the first stitch purlwise with the yarn in front, purl the rest of the stitches. Row 2: *Slip the first stitch purlwise with the yarn in back, knit the next stitch. Repeat from * across.)

      We don’t have snow here in Austin, but I can only imagine that boots for your pup are absolutely necessary. Good luck with those suspenders, and have a happy holiday! :)

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