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Spring Morning Baby Cardigan

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Spring Morning Baby Cardigan
Spring Morning Baby Cardigan
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There's nothing sweeter than a cozy baby on a rainy day. Wrap your little one up in this Spring Morning Baby Cardigan, one of the cutest free knitting patterns you'll ever come across. Knitting for baby has never been more fun; this pattern utilizes four different colors of yarn, and has instructions on four different age ranges so no baby is left out. Beginning knitting can be a confusing time, but not when patterns are this thorough. Whether you're expecting or raising a beautiful baby already, this is the pattern for you.

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Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size: 3 or 3.25 mm, 6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight: (3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Main Color (MC): (White)
    • 0-6 months: 2 balls
    • 6-12 months: 3 balls
    • 12-18 months: 3 balls
    • 18-24 months: 4 balls
  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Contrast A: (Blue) - 1 ball
  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Contrast B: (Green) - 1 ball
  • Patons® Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Contrast C: (Yellow) - 1 ball
  • Sizes 3¼ mm (U.S. 3) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 3 buttons

 

Measurements:

Chest measurement

0-6 months: 16 ins [41 cm]
6-12 months: 18 ins [46 cm]
12-18 months: 20 ins [51 cm]
18-24 months: 22 ins [56 cm]

 

Finished chest
0-6 months: 18½ ins [47 cm]
6-12 months: 20 ins [51 cm]
12-18 months: 22 ins [56 cm]
18-24 months: 24 ins [61 cm]

 

Abbreviation:

Sl1P = slip next st purlways, with yarn at WS of work.

 

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.

 

Instructions


The instructions are written for smallest size. If
changes are necessary for larger sizes, the
instructions will be written thus ( ).

 

BACK

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 63 (69-75-83) sts.

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

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

These 2 rows form (K1. P1) ribbing.

Work a further 3 (3-5-5) rows in ribbing, thus ending with WS facing for next row.

 

Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:

1st row: (WS). With MC, purl.

2nd row: With A, K1. *Sl1P. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

3rd row: As 2nd row.

4th row: With MC, knit.

These 4 rows form pat.

Work a further 28 (32-36-40) rows in pat.

Using B in place of A, work 32 (36-40-44) rows in pat.

Using C in place of A, cont in pat until Back from beg measures 10 (11-11¾-12½) ins [25.5 (28-30-32) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Cast off, placing markers either side of center 25 (27-29-33) sts to mark back neck edge.

 

LEFT FRONT

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 30 (34-36-40) sts.

1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.

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

These 2 rows form (K1. P1) ribbing.

Work a further 3 (3-5-5) rows in (K1. P1) ribbing, inc 1 st at center of last row and ending with WS facing for next row. 31 (35-37-41) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as given for Back until 17 (17-21-21) rows less than Back have been worked to shoulder cast-off, ending with WS facing for next row.

 

Shape neck: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 6 (8-8-10) sts at beg of next row. 25 (27-29-31) sts.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows 5 times. 19 (21-23-25) sts. Work 4 (4-8-8) rows even in pat, ending with RS facing for next row.

Cast off.

 

RIGHT FRONT

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 30 (34-36-40) sts.

1st row: (RS). K2. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

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

These 2 rows form (K1. P1) ribbing.

Work a further 3 (3-5-5) rows in (K1. P1) ribbing, inc 1 st at center of last row and ending with WS facing for next row. 31 (35-37-41) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as given for Back until 16 (16-20-20) rows less than Back have been worked to shoulder cast-off, ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Shape neck: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 6 (8-8-10) sts at beg of next row. 25 (27-29-31) sts.

Work 1 row even in pat.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows 5 times. 19 (21-23-25) sts.

Work 4 (4-8-8) rows even in pat, ending with RS facing for next row.

Cast off.

 

SLEEVES

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 35 (37-39-41) sts.

Work 2½ ins [6 cm] in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back, ending with WS facing for next row.

Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as given for Back, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of 4th and every following 6th (4th-4th-6th) row until there are 41 (45-45-49) sts, taking inc sts into pat.

 

Size 12-18 months only: Inc 1 st at each end of every following 6th row until there are 49 sts.

 

All Sizes: Work 4 (4-0-2) rows even in pat, thus ending on a 4th row of pat.

Using B in place of A, cont in pat, inc 1 st at each end of 2nd (2nd-6th-4th) and every following 6th row until there are 47 (53-57-57) sts.

Work 6 (0-0-2) rows even in pat, thus ending with a 4th row of pat.

 

Sizes 0-6, 6-12 and 12-18 months only: Using C in place of A, cont even in pat until Sleeve from beg measures 6¼ (6¾-7½) ins [16 (17-19) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Size 18-24 months only: Using C in place of A, cont in pat, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of every following 6th row from previous inc until there are 61 sts.

Cont even in pat until Sleeve from beg measures 8¼ ins [21 cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

 

All Sizes: Cast off.

 

HOOD

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 109 (117-125-133) sts.

Work 5 rows in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back, ending with WS facing for next row.

 

Change to larger needles.

Beg with 1st row of pat and using C in place of A, proceed in pat as given for Back until Hood from beg measures 5 (5½-6¼-7) ins [12.5 (14-16-18) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Keeping cont of pat, cast off 4 sts beg next 22 (24-26-28) rows.

Cast off rem 21 sts.

 

FINISHING

Sew shoulder seams.

 

Button Band:

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 7 sts.

1st row: (RS). K2. P1. K1. P1. K2.

2nd row: K1. (P1. K1) 3 times.

Rep these 2 rows until band, when slightly stretched, fits up front opening edge (left front for girl, or right front for boy) to beg of neck shaping, sewing in place as you work and ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

Mark positions for 3 buttons on this band with first to come 6 ins [15 cm] up from cast-on edge, last to come ½ inch [1 cm] below beg of neck shaping and rem button evenly spaced between.

 

Buttonhole Band: Work to match Button Band with the addition of 3 buttonholes to correspond to button markers as follows:

Make buttonhole (RS): (Rib to marker. Cast off 2 sts) 3 times. Rib to end of row and back, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts on previous row.

Fold Hood in half and sew cast-off center back seam. Matching cast-on edge of Hood to edge of front Borders, sew Hood to neck edge. Place center of cast-off edge of Sleeves to shoulder seams, then sew Sleeves to Back and Fronts. Sew side and sleeve seams, reversing sleeve seam for turn-back cuff. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

 

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I am working on the buttonhole band for this sweater and don't understand the directions. There are 7 sts. and the directions say to bind off 2 sts. three times??? Please help, the sweater is almost done, but this has me stumped.

I loved knitting this sweater for my new grandson (he looks adorable in it!) Theonly problem I had was the hood until it was pointed out to me that the cast off edge when swing it up is the whole of the casts off not just the last row but all the side cast of 4sts aswell. Then it fit perfectly. Did have a little trouble working out how to keep all the colours in the hood looking the same width as rest of sweater. The pattern tells you only to do one colour in the hood, but it was worth it. Love the sweater thanks for the pattern. Hope you like the photo I posted with the others of it finished xxxxx b

This pattern is a nightmare. I have followed the instructions exactly, and I've had to take it apart about 5 or 6 times because it doesn't come out right. The instructions for the right front side pieces came out longer than the back and the left side so I had to improvise. I've taken the first sleeve apart 4 times already because the way you increase is so confusing and does not go with the pattern, and the length of the stripes is not correct at all. The first color is very long, the second color only takes up about 4 rows before you switch to the last color, and when I did, it said to knit the pattern in that last color until it was a certain length, before I even switched to the last color, the sleeve measured past the length that it said to knit to. The instructions for the pattern aren't right either. When knitting the two front pieces, it says to knit 17 rows less than the back before you start the decrease for the sleeve, but when you finish the back, it tells you to measure the length in inches, not by rows. So I had to measure one of the stripes that I knew took 32 rows according to the instructions, and figure out what half was in inches, and measure the front pieces that amout less than the back. It really should be kept in measuring by inches or number of rows, not both. To keep the white vertical stripes, on the row back, you have to move your yarn to the front before you slip purlwise, then move the yarn back to knit the next stitch, and that is not calrified. Luckily, i just made something using a similar technique, so I was abke to figure that out myself after taking it apart once. You have to make 7 separate pieces in total, block them, and sew them together. I'm really disappointed with this piece.

I love everything about it EXCEPT the Siize 3 needles. I knit for charity and can make two or three sweaters with Sizes 6 to 8 in the length of time it would take to make this beauty. So sad...

My stitch gauge in stockinette stitch matches what is required, but in the pattern stitch, the resulting garment would be much larger than the pattern says. I have had to go to a 4 needle and make the smallest size in order to end up with a sweater that is the 6-12 month size. What should the gauge in the pattern stitch be?

Just finished this cardigan. Was a fun stitch pattern and the hood was a bit of a challenge but I did it!

I love this pattern. I have made quite a few now. I really like the effect when I use 'random wool' for the contrast colour. It looks great.

I Have started knitting this pattern, when it reads ws I'm on rs. It is not looking like the picture. Can you help. I uploaded a picture of what it looks like.

I started this pattern and I am having the same problem as Janice Markey. It is very frustrating-I've done the back and half of the left front with the bumps-looks nothing like the picture.

Thank you Janice Markey for your help. I had the same problem as Fran Hammond, and followed your instructions which made perfect sense. The jumper is looking great.

Everything is coming together great except the hood. The hood seems way too big for the neck shaping area. I cast on 133, knitted in pattern for 7" and then started the cast off 4sts. I can't figure this out. Help please.

I love this pattern. It comes up exactlty as on a photo. One suggestion if you are not using exact sizes. Make gauge in pattern to check how much to cast on. This pattern makes the cardigan thicker and smaller. If you take it under consideration it ends up perfect.

Am trying this pattern and it looks nothing like the photo... what am I doing wrong? It looks like this white background with contrasting colour loops (from knitting st after slip one). Photo shows colour in background with vertical lines of white sts. Nothing like what I am getting!!! Please help.

I have just started this pattern and had the same issues as you - on the 3rd row of the pattern when you are using the contrast colour you are on the wrong side of your work and the pattern says to have the yarn on the wrong side when slipping the stitch in purl - knit stitch then bring yarn to front of work (WS) slip stitch in purl - take yarn to back to knit next stitch and continue moving the yarn from back to front for each alternate stitch - knit and then slip purl stitch - i hope this makes sense.

Have knitted it twice. Comes out beautiful every time.

About to sew this together. can't see how to sew in the sleeves

Help Can't tell how to sew in the sleeves.

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