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Classic Baby Sweater

By: Bernat Design Team

Classic Baby Sweater

An essential in every baby's first wardrobe is a Classic Baby Sweater. Knitted sweaters like this one will get baby off to a good start in life - cozy, comfortable, and cute as ever. This sweater is basic and handsome, with a simplicity you don't often seen in knitting patterns. Free baby knitting patterns are often cutesy and over-the-top, but this is just the thing for you parents with more classic tastes. The best part is that it fits any occasion, so try knitting a few of different colors for the newest member of your family.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Bernat® Satin (3.5 oz/100 g; 200 yds/182 m) Silk
    • Size 3 mos - 2 balls
    • Size 6 mos - 2 balls
    • Size 12 mos - 2 balls
    • Size 18 mos - 3 balls
  • Sizes U.S. 6 (4 mm) and U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 3 st holders.

 

Measurements:

To fit chest measurement

3 mos: 16" [ 40.5 cm ]

6 mos: 17" [ 43 cm ]

12 mos: 18" [ 45.5 cm ]

18 mos: 19" [ 48 cm ]

 

Finished chest

3 mos: 19" [ 48 cm ]

6 mos: 20" [ 51 cm ]

12 mos: 21" [ 53.5 cm ]

18 mos: 22" [ 56 cm ]

 

Abbreviations:

Bernat Abbreviations

 

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

 

Instructions

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.

 


BACK

**With smaller needles, cast on 45 (47-50-52) sts.

Knit 3 rows, noting 1st row is WS and inc 2 (3-3-3) sts evenly across last row. 47 (50-53-55) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 5½ (6½-7-7¾)" [14 (16.5-18-19.5) cm], ending with a WS row.

 

Shape raglans:

Cast off 3 sts beg next 2 rows. 41 (44-47-49) sts.**

Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep last 4 rows 1 (1-3-5) time(s) more. 37 (40-39-37) sts.

Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Next row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 9 (10-8-6) times more. 17(18-21-23) sts. Leave rem sts on a st holder.

 

FRONT

Work from ** to ** as given for Back.

 

Divide for front opening: Next row: (RS). K20 (22-23-24). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Purl.

Next row: K1. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep last 4 rows 1 (1-3-5) time(s) more. 18 (20-19-18) sts.

 

Sizes 3, 6 and 12 mos only: Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 2 (3-1) time(s) more. 15 (16-17) sts.

 

All sizes: Shape neck edge: 1st row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 2 (3-4-5) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a safety pin.

2nd row: Purl.

3rd row: K1. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.

4th row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.

5th row: As 3rd row.

6th row: Purl.

Rep 5th and 6th rows once more. 5 sts.

 

Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row to 2 sts.

Next row: (WS). P2.

Next row: K2tog. Fasten off.

 

Sizes 3, 12 and 18 mos only: With RS of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on a spare needle: K2tog. Knit to end of row.

 

Size 6 mos only: With RS of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on spare needle and knit to end of row.

 

All sizes: Next row: (RS). Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep last 4 rows 1 (1-3-5) time(s) more. 18 (20-19-18) sts.

 

Sizes 3, 6 and 12 mos only: Next row: (RS). Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 2 (3-1) time(s) more. 15 (16-17) sts.

 

All sizes: Shape neck edge: 1st row: (RS). Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

2nd row: Purl to last 2 (3-4-5) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a safety pin.

3rd row: ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

4th row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl.

5th row: As 3rd row.

6th row: Purl.

Rep 5th and 6th rows once more. 5 sts.

Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row to 2 sts.

Next row: (WS). P2.

Next row: ssk Fasten off.

 

SLEEVES

With smaller needles, cast on 28 (28-30-34) sts.

Knit 3 rows, noting 1st row is WS and inc 2 sts evenly across last row. 30 (30-32-36) sts.

 

Change to larger needles and proceed instocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and every following 6th (8th-10th-10th) rows to 40 (40-42-44) sts.

 

Cont even until work from beg measures 5½ (6-7½-8)" [14 (15-19-20.5) cm], ending with a WS row.

 

Shape raglans: Cast off 3 sts beg next 2 rows. 34 (34-36-38) sts.

Work 2 rows even.

Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep last 4 rows 0 (0-0-2) times more. 32 (32-34-32) sts.

Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Next row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 7 (9-12-10) times. 16(12-8-10) sts.

Next row: (RS). K1. Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Next row: P1. P2tog. Purl to last 3 sts. P2togtbl. P1.

Rep last 2 rows 2 (1-0-0) time(s) more. 4 (4-4-6) sts. Leave rem sts on a st holder.

 

FINISHING

Neckband: Sew raglan seams. With RS of work facing and smaller needles, K 2 (3-4-5) from right front safety pin. Pick up and knit 10 sts up Right Front neck edge. K4 (4-4-6) from right sleeve st holder. K17 (18-21-23) from back neck st holder, dec 2 sts evenly across. K4 (4-4-6) from left sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 10 sts down Left Front neck edge. K2 (3-4-5) from left front safety pin. 47 (50-55-63) sts.

Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

 

Front opening edging: With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 13 (14-17-20) sts down left front opening edge. Pick up and knit 13 (14-17-20) sts up right front opening edge. Cast off.

 

Sew side and sleeve seams.

 

Classic Baby Sweater Diagram

Key:

Red: 3 mos

Yellow: 6 mos

Green: 12 mos

Blue: 18 mos

 

Notes:

Love this sweater, but looking for the adult version? Check out this Mom's Classic Sweater!

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I had to go back and read over the instructions again once I saw the comments. No worry though. I see how the sleeves are attached. By keeping stitches on a holder and joining them together it makes for a nice seam. I would knit all my sweaters that way if I could. It is a sweet sweater and should knit up quickly. You always need a pull over sweater for those cooler days. Thank you.

Tricia, did you see that you can make a matching one for mom? Such a cute idea..

Oh my, this sweater is so sweet, and there is a matching one for mom too! It is cute as is, but it also leaves so many options open for embellishments and colour changes, making it easy to personalize for a boy or a girl. I see a couple of people have mentioned there are errors in the pattern. Have they been corrected yet?

Hi everyone, what a beautiful little sweater "right" I have to say, something is not quite right with this pattern.. has anyone re-wrote it out to fix the errors? If so I would love to male this little beauties.

Hello, This is the first time I am knitting a sweater and I am confused when it comes to the finishing section. does anyone know of a good resource to help me break down some of these instructions? something that explains how to finish a sweater?? thanks

Is there a purl row missing between these two rows? On the front Sizes 3, 12 and 18 mos only With RS of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on a spare needle K2tog. Knit to end of row.Size 6 mos only With RS of work facing, join yarn to rem sts on spare needle and knit to end of row.All sizes Next row (RS). Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.Work 3 rows even.Rep last 4

Hi, I had the same question.... I looked at the adult's sweater pattern and it does have the purl row. It would have been nice to have it here. Happy Knitting!

I used this pattern as my first attempt at knitting a sweater. It was a bit confusing, especially where it says "with RS facing"... facing away or toward you? Not sure if this is common knitting lingo. The end result came out ok. If I do it again I think I'll do 4rows ribbing at the ends of the sleeves, as well as at the waist. As it is now the seams curl and there isn't much stretch. Overall, a good pattern, thanks.

rs facing always means facing the knitter, it is common knitting lingo. As far as the curl goes stocking stitch will always do that, ribbing will eliminate it but it will also change the integrity of the pattern.

Where can I find the adult version?

Hey there, longmansc! We just added the adult version. You can find it by searching for Mom's Basic Sweater, or clicking the link just below this pattern to the page. Happy knitting!

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