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Sakura Baby Sweater

Cherry trees have some of the most beautiful blossoms in the world, but you know your little one has them beat. Dress her up in a Sakura Baby Sweater to show the world how cute you already know she is. Knitting for baby is already more fun than knitting for yourself, so why not make her something she'll love wearing? Adorable and pink, this baby sweater is best suited for really feminine, girly-girls. The blue and green accent colors give this pullover a natural vibe, also helping to match it to just about any pairs of pants or skirts.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 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

Materials:

  • Willow Yarns™ Fawn Worsted (50% bamboo/50% acrylic; 50g/99yd)
    • MC: 731281-0003 Pattycake - 3 (4, 5, 7, 8) balls
    • CC1: 731281-0004 Powder Blue - 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) balls
    • CC2: 731281-0012 Teddy Bear - all sizes 1 ball
  • US size 9 (5.5mm) 16" circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 9 (5.5mm) 24" circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 9 (5.5mm) dpn or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Waste yarn, to hold sleeve sts
  • Yarn needle

 

Measurements:

18m (2y, 4y, 6y, 8y, 10y)

Chest: 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32)" [56 (61, 66, 71, 76, 81) cm]

 

Abbreviations:

Knitting abbreviations here.

 

Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 4" (10.2cm) in St st. Save time, check your gauge.

 

Pattern Notes:

 

Yoke Stripe Sequence: 1 rnd CC1, 1 rnd CC2, 1 rnd CC1, 2 rnds MC, 2 rnds CC1, 2 rnds MC, 1 rnd CC1, 1 rnd CC2, 1 rnd CC1, 2 rnds MC, 2 rnds CC1, 2 rnds MC, 1 rnd CC1, 1 rnd CC2, 1 rnd CC1.

 

Edging Stripe Sequence: 2 rnds MC, 1 rnd CC1, 1 rnd CC2, 1 rnd CC1, 2 rnds MC.

 

CO using the 16" circular needle and switch to the 24" circular needle once you have enough sts.

For the smallest sizes, you may need to use the 16" circular needle for the body after the sleeve sts are placed on holders.

 

Instructions

 

Yoke

With 16" circular needle and MC, CO 1 st, pm, CO 1 st, pm, CO 4 sts, pm, CO 1 st, pm, CO 14 (16, 18, 18, 20, 22) sts, pm, CO 1 st, pm, CO 4 sts, pm, CO 1 st, pm, CO 1 st—28 (30, 32, 32, 34, 36) sts.

Row 1 (WS): P.

Row 2: CO 1 st, *k to m, M1, sl m, k1, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, k to end.

Row 3: CO 1 st, p to end.

Row 4: CO 1 (2, 2, 2, 1, 2) sts, *k to m, M1, sl m, k1, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, k to end.

Row 5: CO 1 (2, 2, 2, 1, 2) sts, p to end.

Row 6: CO 2 (2, 3, 2, 2, 2) sts, *k to m, M1, sl m, k1, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, k to end.

Row 7: CO 2 (2, 3, 2, 2, 2) sts, p to end.

Row 8: *K to m, M1, sl m, k1, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, k to end, CO 4 (4, 4, 6, 10, 10) sts— 72 (76, 80, 80, 84, 88) sts.

Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist work, work to first marker, this is now the beg of the rnd. Beg working in Yoke Stripe Sequence, once you’ve reached the end of the stripe sequence cont pat in MC.

K 1 rnd.

Inc Rnd: *Sl m, k1, sl m, M1, k to m, M1; rep from * 3 more times.

Rep Inc Rnd every 2 rnds 5 (6, 7, 9, 10, 11) more times. Rep Inc Rnd every 4 rnds 2 more times—136 (148, 160, 176, 188, 200) sts.

 

Divide for Sleeves

Removing raglan shaping markers as you go, sl next 36 (38, 40, 44, 46, 48) sts onto waste yarn, CO 3 sts, pm for new beg of rnd, CO 3 sts, k to m, sl next 36 (38, 40, 44, 46, 48) sts onto waste yarn, CO 6 sts, k to end of rnd—88 (96, 104, 112, 120, 128) sts.

 

Body

Work in St st until body measures 6 (7, 8, 9, 10½, 11)" [15.2 (17.8, 20.3, 22.9, 27, 28) cm] from underarm.

 

Edging

Beg working in Edging Stripe Sequence.

Next Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep above rnd 6 more times.

With MC, BO all sts in pat.

 

Sleeves

Place held sleeve sts onto dpns. Pick up and k 3 sts from underarm, pm for beg of rnd, pick up and k 3 more sts from underarm, k to end of rnd.

K 2 rnds.

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

Rep Dec Rnd every sixth rnd 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) more times—20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30) sts rem.

K even until sleeve measures 9 (9½, 10, 10½, 12, 13¼)" [22.9 (24.1, 25, 27, 30, 34) cm] from underarm.

 

Edging

Beg working in Edging Stripe Sequence.

Next Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep above rnd 6 more times.

With MC, BO all sts in pat.

 

Neck Finishing

With MC and 16" circular needle, starting at the center back, pick up and k52 (56, 60, 60, 64, 68) sts along neck edge.

Next Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Cont in ribbing, work 3 more rnds in MC, work 1 rnd in CC1.

With CC2, BO all sts in pat. Weave in all ends and block.

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Love the look of the sweater, but the stitch numbers don't work. At divide for sleeves, I have the 136 stitches noted for the first size, but slipping 2 sections of 36 stitches onto a holder, casting off two sets of 6 stitches, leaving 88 on the round requires that I start with 172 stitches. Any help would be welcome

The instructions for this decidedly feminine sweater are written very well, but this could be a great winter sweater of a boy too. The design is timeless, just think of making it in primary colors. I like that the designer included sizes all the way up to size 10, so it can be knit for almost any child on your list.

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