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Brother and Sister Baby Cardigans

Brother and Sister Baby Cardigans

If your babies are anything like I used to be, they'll throw a fit if their brother or sister gets something and they don't. Why not make them both one of these Brother and Sister Baby Cardigans? These free knitting patterns are each a little bit different, with the girl's version featuring a lacy detailing, and the boy's version featuring cables. The sweet purple color is also lovely for a little girl, and the cerulean suits a boy perfectly. These baby sweater patterns are just the thing for twins or close-in-age siblings.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Willow Yarns™ Gosling Sport (50% superwash merino/25% bamboo/25% nylon; 50g/137yd)
    • 733404-0020 Fairy Princess [3 (3, 3, 4) balls]: Lace Version
    • 733404-0022 Kiddie Pool [3 (3, 3, 4) balls]: Cable Version
  • US size 5 (3.75mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 5 (3.75mm) dpn or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 3 (3.25mm) straight needles
  • US size 3 (3.25mm) dpn
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • Waste yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • One 3/4" (1.9cm) button: Lace Version
  • Seven 5/8" (1.6cm) buttons: Cable Version

 

Measurements:

3-6 (6-12, 12-18, 18-24) mos

Chest: 18 (20, 22, 24)" [46 (51, 56, 61)cm]

Length: 9¾ (11, 12, 13½)" [24.8 (28, 30, 34)cm]

 

Abbreviations:

beg: beginning

BO: bind off

cn: cable needle

CO: cast on

dec, dec’d: decrease, decreased

dpn: double pointed needles

inc ’d: increased

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

kfb: knit in the front and back of next stitch—1 stitch increased

m: marker

p: purl

pat: pattern

pm: place marker

rem: remain/remaining

rep: repeat/repeats

rnd/rnds: round/rounds

RS: right side

sl: slip

ssk: slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together—a decrease is made

st/sts: stitch/stitches

St st: Stockinette stitch

WS: wrong side

yo: yarn over

 

Gauge: 24 sts x 30 rows = 4" (10.2cm) in St st with size 5 needle. Save time, check your gauge.

 

Stitch Guide:

 

Left lace panel: (8 sts)

Row 1 (RS): P1, (k1, k2tog, yo) twice, p1.

Rows 2, 4, and 6 (WS): K1, p6, k1.

Row 3: P1, (k2tog, yo, k1) twice, p1.

Row 5: P1, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, p1.

Rep Rows 1-6 for pat.

 

Right lace panel: (8 sts)

Row 1 (RS): P1, (yo, ssk, k1) twice, p1.

Rows 2, 4, and 6 (WS): K1, p6, k1.

Row 3: P1, (k1, yo, ssk) twice, p1.

Row 5: P1, k2, yo, ssk, k2, p1.

Rep Rows 1-6 for pat.

 

Cable panel: (8 sts)

Row 1 (RS): P1, sl 2 sts onto cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn, k2, p1.

Rows 2 and 4: K1, p6, k1.

Row 3: P1, k2, sl 2 sts onto cn and hold to back, k2, k2 from cn, p1.

Rep Rows 1-4 for pat.

 

Pattern Note:

Sweater is worked from the top down.

 

Instructions

 

Collar

With size 3 straight needle, CO 62 (68, 68, 72) sts. K 4 rows.

Next Row (WS): K11 (11, 11, 12) for right front, pm, k9 (11, 11, 12) for sleeve, pm, k22 (24, 24, 24) for back, pm, k9 (11, 11, 12) for sleeve, pm, k11 (11, 11, 12) for left front.

Change to size 5 straight needles.

 

Setup Yoke

 

Lace Version:

Row 1 (RS): K1, work left lace panel over next 8 sts, *k to 2 before m, kfb, k1, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 more times, k to last 9 sts, work right lace panel over next 8 sts, k1—8 sts inc’d.

Row 2 (WS): P1, work right lace panel over next 8 sts, p to last 9 sts, work left lace panel over next 8 sts, p1.

 

Cable Version:

Row 1 (RS): K1, work cable panel over next 8 sts, *k to 2 before m, kfb, k1, sl m, kfb; rep from * 3 more times, k to last 9 sts, work cable panel over next 8 sts, k1—8 sts inc’d.

Row 2 (WS): P1, work cable panel over next 8 sts, p to last 9 sts, work cable panel over next 8 sts, p1.

Both Versions: Rep last 2 rows 15 (17, 20, 23) more times—54 (60, 66, 72) sts for back, 190 (212, 236, 264) sts total.

 

Divide Sleeves

Work in pat as established to m, remove m, sl next 41 (47, 53, 60) sts onto waste yarn, remove m, CO 3 sts, k to next m, remove m, sl next 41 (47, 53, 60) sts onto waste yarn, remove m, CO 3 sts, work to end of row as established—114 (124, 136, 150) sts.

Work in St st and lace/cable panels as established for 5 (5½, 6, 6½)" [12.7 (14, 15.2, 16.5)cm], ending with a WS row.

Change to size 3 straight needles.

K 6 rows.

BO all sts loosely.

 

Sleeves

Place 41 (47, 53, 60) sleeve sts from holder onto size 5 dpn. Pick up and k3 from CO edge at underarm, pm after second st for beg of rnd—44 (50, 56, 63) sts. Join to work in the rnd.

K every rnd for 1" (2.5cm).

Dec Rnd: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d.

Rep Dec Rnd every 5 (6, 6, 8) rnds 5 more times—32 (38, 44, 51) sts rem.

K every rnd until sleeve measures 4 (5, 6, 7)" [10.2 (12.7, 15.2, 17.8)cm].

Change to size 3 dpn.

(P1 rnd, k1 rnd) twice.

P1 rnd.

BO all sts loosely.

 

Button Band—Lace (Cable) Version

With size 3 straight needles, pick up and k1 in each garter ridge and 3 sts per 4 rows in St st section along left (right) front edge.

K 3 (7) rows.

BO all sts.

 

Buttonhole Band

 

Lace Version:

With size 3 straight needles, pick up and k1 in each garter ridge and 3 sts per 4 rows in St st section along right front edge.

Next Row (WS): K6, BO 2 sts, k to end.

Next Row (RS): K to last 6 sts, CO 2 sts, k to end.

K 1 row.

BO all sts.

 

Cable Version:

With size 3 straight needles, pick up and k1 in each garter ridge and 3 sts per 4 rows in St st section along left front edge. Place 7 m evenly across band, starting and ending 6 sts from either end.

K 3 rows.

Next Row (RS): *K to m, k2tog, yo; rep from * 6 more times, k to end.

K 3 rows.

BO all sts.

 

Finishing

Sew button(s) to button band opposite button holes.

Weave in ends. Block.

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I love the subtle differences in these brother and sister cardigans. The lace panel and cable really dress up this basic raglan sleeve design. Raglan sleeves are my favorite for babies because the sweater follows the shape of those little bodies without creating bulky uncomfortable areas. For a more casual look, these sweaters would look perfect in a primary shade.

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