Little Gentleman Cardigan


Little Gentleman Cardigan

Keep baby looking dapper in the Little Gentleman Cardigan. This timeless baby cardigan pattern features a classic fold-over collar, raglan style sleeves, and three sweet buttons for a snug-fit. Coordinate baby's classic sweater with a checkered button down shirt or clip-on bow tie for a preppy look everyone will go gaga over.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)


  • Patons® Shetland Chunky™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 148 yds/136 m)
    Sizes: 12 months, 18 months
    New Royal (78134) 2, 3 balls
  • Size U.S. 10 (6 mm) circular knitting needle 24" [60 cm] long. Set of 4 size
  • U.S. 10 (6 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 4 stitch markers. 2 stitch holders. 5 buttons.




To fit chest measurement

12 mos 18" [45.5 cm]
18 mos 19" [48 cm]

Finished chest
12 mos 19½" [49.5 cm]
18 mos 21½" [54.5 cm]


GAUGE = 15 sts and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.


Stitch Glossary


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.


Note: Jacket is worked in one piece from neck edge down.

Collar: With circular needle, cast on 27 (31) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Rep last row for Seed St Pat until work from beg measures 2½" [6 cm], ending on a WS row.
Next row: Cast on 2 sts. Pat to end of row.
Next row: Cast on 2 sts. Pat to end of row, inc 1 (0) st in center of row. 32 (35) sts.

Begin shaping raglans:
1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) twice. K3. PM on last knit st. K4 (5). PM on last knit st. K11 (12). PM on last knit st. K4 (5). PM on last knit st. K2. (P1. K1) twice.
2nd row: (K1. P1) twice. K1. Purl to last 5 sts, slipping markers. (K1. P1) twice. K1.
3rd row: K1. P1. Cast off 2 sts for buttonhole. K2. (M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Knit to next marked st) 3 times. M1. K1 (marked st). M1. K2. (P1. K1) twice. 40 (43) sts.
4th row: (K1. P1) twice. K1. Purl to last 5 sts, slipping markers. K1. Cast on 2 sts over cast off sts. P1. K1.
5th row: (K1. P1) twice. Knit to next marked st. (M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Knit to next marked st) 3 times. M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Knit to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice. 48 (51) sts.
6th row: As 2nd row. Rep 5th and 6th rows 4 (5) times more. 80 (91) sts.
Next row: K1. P1. Cast off 2 sts for buttonhole. Knit to next marked st. (M1. K1 (marked st). M1. Knit to next marked st) 3 times. M1. K1 (marked st).
M1. Knit to last 4 sts. (P1. K1) twice. 88 (99) sts.
Next row: (K1. P1) twice. K1. Purl to last 5 sts, slipping markers. K1. Cast on 2 sts over cast off sts. P1. K1. 
Rep 5th and 6th rows 3 (4) times more. 112 (131) sts.

Divide Sleeves and Body: Next row: (RS). (K1. P1) twice. K13 (15). Slip next 23 (28) sts onto a st holder for Sleeve. Cast on 4 sts. K32 (37) (Back). Slip next 23 (28) sts onto a st holder for Sleeve. Cast on 4 sts. K13 (15). (P1. K1) twice. 74 (83) Body sts.
Keeping cont of Seed St borders, cont in stocking st, working buttonholes rows (as before) on following 11th and 12th (13th and 14th) rows from previous buttonholes until 4 buttonholes in total have been worked, ending on a WS row.
Work a further 8 (10) rows even, dec 1 (0) st in center of last row. 73 (83) sts. Next 2 rows: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Next row: K1. P1. Cast off 2 sts for buttonhole. Seed St pat to end of row.
Next row: Work in Seed St Pat, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Next 2 rows: Work in Seed St Pat.
Cast off in pat.

Sleeves: With RS facing and set of 4 needles, beg at center of underarm cast on edge, pick up and knit 2 sts. K23 (28) from Sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 2 sts along rem of underarm cast on edge. Divide sts on 3 needles as follows: (9, 9, 9) [(9, 10, 10)]. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st. 27 (32) sts. Knit 6 (4) rnds even.
Next rnd: K2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Rep last 7 (5) rnds 1 (2) time(s) more. 23 (26) sts.
Knit even in rnds until Sleeve measures 4½ (5)" [11.5 (12.5) cm], dec 1 (0) st in center of last row. 22 (26) sts.
Next rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
Next rnd: *P1. K1. Rep from * around.
Rep last 2 rnds once more.
Cast off in pat.


Sew on buttons to correspond to buttonholes.


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There is a pattern similar that is called Baby Sophisticate and works up well. Here is photo of mine.

I think I figured it out. Put the marker BEFORE the designated raglan center stitch and remember to make one stitch (m1) before and after the designated raglan center stitch. For the buttonhole, just do a yarn over (yo), then knit two stitches together (k2tog).

I still think there is something wrong. The stitch count in row 3 doesn't add up. 8 by M1, but -2 from the cast-off. Also, the button hole seems to end up in the wrong location. Any more ideas?

so frustrating to try to get this pattern to work and yet it is exactly what i am looking for. Has anyone corrected it?

the pattern is not making sense. the stitch count is off. has anyone been able to figure this out?

I agree. Can anyone post the errata?

Also do not understand 5th row raglan shaping knit to next marked St 3 times do you just knit theses stitches or do m1 k1 m1 on the marked stitches?

I am stuck on the row 3 of shaping the Raglans. I only get 38 stitches after eight increases but binding off two for the buttonhole. What am I missing?

I am having the same problem


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