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Im the Boss Baby Sweater

Sure, mommy and daddy make the rules, but we all know who the real boss of the family is. This I'm the Boss Baby Sweater is just the thing to feed your child's growing sense of influence and authority. She knows that with a face like that, nobody can say no. This baby sweater is different from most baby knitting patterns as it includes duplicate stitch embroidery on the front, so you don't have to worry about the words while you're knitting the bulk of the sweater.


Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Bernat® Giggles™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 185 yds /169 m) Main Color (MC): Giggling Green (56230)
    • 6 mos - 2 balls
    • 12 mos - 2 balls
    • 18 mos - 3 balls
    • 24 mos - 3 balls
  • Bernat® Giggles™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 185 yds /169 m) Contrast A: White (56005)
    • 6 mos - 1 ball
    • 12 mos - 1 ball
    • 18 mos - 1 ball
    • 24 mos - 1 ball
  • Sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needles 24" [60 cm] long.
  • Set of 4 size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 stitch holders
  • 4 stitch markers
  • 3 buttons
  • Tapestry needle




To fit chest measurement

6 mos: 17" [43 cm]

12 mos: 18" [45.5 cm]

18 mos: 19" [45.5 cm]

25 mos: 21" [53.5 cm]


Finished chest

6 mos: 20 1/2" [52 cm]

12 mos: 21" [53.5 cm]

18 mos: 22" [56 cm]

24 mos: 23" [58.5 cm]



Beg = Beginning

Dec = Decrease(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop

P = Purl

PM = Place marker

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

RS = Right side

St(s) = Stitch(es)

Tog = Together

WS = Wrong side

Yo = Yarn over


Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.



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.



Note: Pullover is worked in one piece from top down. Yoke is worked in rows with opening on right front. Body below underarms and sleeves are knit in rnds.


With A and smaller circular needle, cast on 41 (49-49-57) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth in rows across needle, proceed as follows:

1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows (K1. P1) ribbing once more. Break A.


With MC and larger circular needle, proceed as follows:

1st row: (RS). K1. *M1. K14 (16-16-18). M1. K1. PM on last st. M1. K4 (6-6-8). M1. K1.* PM on last st. Rep from * to * once more. 49 (57-57-65) sts.

2nd row: Purl.

3rd row: K1. M1. *Knit to marked st. M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Rep from * twice more. Knit to last marked st. M1. K1.

Rep 2nd and 3rd rows 12 (12-13-13) times more. 153 (161-169-177) sts. Work 1 (1-3-3) row(s) even.


Divide for Body and Sleeves:

1st row: (RS). K44 (46-48-50) for Front. Slip next 32 (34-36-38) sts onto st holder for Left Sleeve. Cast on 2 sts. K44 (46-48-50) for Back. Slip next 32 (34-36-38) sts onto st holder for Right Sleeve. K1. Cast on 1 st. 92 (96-100-104) sts for Body.

Join in rnd, placing marker between cast on sts for beg of rnd. Knit in rnds until work from dividing rnd measures 6 1/2 (7 1/2-8-8 1/2)" [16.5 (19-20.5-21.5) cm]. Break MC. Change to A and smaller circular needle.

Next rnd: Knit.

Next rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.

Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing 5 times more. Cast off in ribbing.



With MC and set of larger double pointed-needles, K32 (34-36-38) from st holder.

Pick up and knit 2 underarm sts. Join in rnd, placing marker between picked up sts for beg of rnd. 34 (36-38-40) sts for Sleeve.

Knit in rnds, dec 1 st at beg and end of every following 9th (10th-11th-12th) rnd 4 times. 26 (28-30-32) sts. Knit even in rnds until Sleeve from dividing rnd measures 7 (7 1/2-8-9)" [18 (19-20.5-23) cm]. Break MC.

Change to A and smaller double-pointed needles.

Next rnd: Knit.

Work 4 rnds in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Body. Cast off in ribbing.


Buttonhole band:

With RS facing, A and smaller circular needle, pick up and knit 22 (24-26-28) sts down right front opening, beg at neck edge. Do not join in rnd.

Next row: (WS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.


Sizes 6 and 18 mos only:

Next row: (Buttonhole row). Rib 4 (5) sts. *yo. K2tog. Rib 4 (5) sts. Rep from * twice more. (3 buttonholes).


Sizes 12 and 24 mos only:

Next row: (Buttonhole row). Rib 4 (5) sts. *yo. K2tog. Rib 5 (6) sts. Rep from * once more. yo. K2tog. Rib 4 (5) sts. (3 buttonholes).


All sizes:

Next row: (WS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.

Cast off in ribbing.



With RS facing, A and smaller circular needle, pick up and knit 22 (24-26-28) sts up right sleeve opening.

Do not join in rnd.

Work as given for Buttonhole band, omitting references to buttonholes.



Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes. Centering chart at Front of Sweater approx 2 1/2" [6 cm] up from bottom ribbing, duplicate stitch message using A. To prevent catching Back, place a piece of cardboard in Body when working embroidery.


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Cute sweater, with or without the duplicate stitch embroidery. It's the perfect pullover for little ones because the neck opens nice and wide to help get them dressed and undressed quickly. I like the extra long length too


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