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Maile Sweater

By: Nikki Van De Car

This free knitting pattern is very special as it's for your newborn. The Maile Sweater fits a three month old baby. Super fine yarn is used to create the fine lace pattern around the edges of this gorgeous lace baby cardigan. This would be a perfect coming home outfit for a baby born in colder winter months. The lovely lace work in this sweater makes it a project that youll treasure forever.

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Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

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Can someone explain this pattern.....repeat the last 8 rows 2X more, then work even until piece measures 4.5 inches, ending in WS row. Give example please.

repeat last 8 rows 2 more times-means knit through the pattern rows, when you get to the end go back 8 rows in the instructions and do them again, this will add 16 rows of pattern to what you have already knit and you continue on the pattern rows until the piece measures 4.5" end on a wrong side row means you should finish on the back of the piece.

Ooh, that's cute!

I have been knitting for over 70 years, yet I find the directions for this sweater extremely confusing!!

Hi, empowellrvm 9202937. If you have questions about the pattern, we recommend contacting the pattern designer directly (specified in the byline). Best of luck! --Editors of AllFreeKnitting

hi, i a new to knitting. i am doing this sweater for my niece and it is coming out really well. i however dint understand these instructions for knitting the body: '(K to 3 sts before m, ssk, k2, k2tog)2X, k to end Work 7 rows even. Repeat the last 8 rows 2X more, then work even until piece measures 4.5 inches, ending in a WS row. (119 sts). Could someone explain in detail what the 2X would mean and the rest of the instructions?

Hi Sweetha :) Here we go! Knit until you're 3 stitches before your marker. SSK (slip, slip, knit), knit 2 stitches, knit 2 together, then knit 2 together again, knit to the end. Then, knit 7 rows just straight knitting. Then, do the first part of these instructions again on the 8th row. Do all this a total of 2 more times. Then, just plain knit until your piece measures 4.5 inches, ending with a purl (WS, or "wrong side") row. You should have 119 stitches on your needle. Hope this clarifies. If you need help with understanding any of the stitches, like "SSK," and how to do them, I'd suggest doing a search on YouTube like "knitting, ssk" so you can find the visual instructions on how to do the stitch.

When I said "knit 7 rows, just plain knitting," what I mean is, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, etc. until you've knit 7 more rows. Then you repeat the whole 8 rows you've just knit. Nikki's pattern calls for "raglan" sleeves. If you don't understand how they work yet, go to YouTube and in search, type "dropsdesign." On their page, they've got a tutorial on raglan sleeves. They have many helpful tutorial videos. So does LiatMGat on YouTube. I learned how to knit primarily from these two YouTube pages. To knit this sweater pattern, you'll find everything you need on those two YouTube pages in order to complete it. Happy knitting!

I used a bit heavier wool and this turned out just wonderful. Great pattern.

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