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Two Skein Baby Sweater

Keep it simple with the Two Skein Baby Sweater. This classic knit baby sweater pattern uses just two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, making it an affordable, year-round option. This sweet little sweater pattern is perfect for boys and girls. Learning how to make baby clothes is a great next step for beginner knitters who are looking for a challenge beyond scarves and hats. What better way to get started than with adorable free baby knitting patterns like this one?

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Materials:

  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 2 skeins 946 Peruvian Print. (See Notes section below regarding yardage)
  • Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8]
  • Stitch holders (2)
  • Stitch markers (2)
  • Yarn needle

 

GAUGE: 17 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in Broken Rib.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

ABBREVIATIONS:
Dec = decrease
inc = increase
k = knit
mm = millimeters
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
wyib = with yarn in back
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

Special Abbreviation
Ssk = Slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time to right needle; insert point of left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together from this position.
P1, k1 Rib (worked over an even number of sts)
Row 1: * P1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Row 1 for P1, k1 Rib.

 

Directions are for size 12 months; changes for sizes 18 months and 24 months are in parentheses.

Finished Chest: 24 (26, 28)”.
Finished Length: 12 (12¾, 13½)”.

 


NOTES
Purchase 3 skeins of yarn if exact matching stripe pattern is desired on front and back pieces, and sleeves. Unwind yarn as necessary to matching color repeat to begin each piece.

 


Broken Rib Pattern
Row 1 (Right Side): * P1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Broken Rib.


SWEATER

Back
Cast on 52 (56, 60) sts. Work in P1, k1 rib for 1”, end by working a wrong side row.


Begin Broken rib and work even until piece measures 7 (7½, 8)” from beginning, end by working a wrong side row.


Shape Armholes
Dec 1 st at each end of next 2 rows–48 (52, 56) sts **.
Work even until armhole measures 5 (5¼, 5½)”, end by working a wrong side row.


Shape Shoulders
Rib 13 (14, 15) sts and place on holder for left shoulder; bind off 22 (24, 26) sts for back neck, work to end of row. Continue on these 13 (14, 15) sts for right shoulder, p 1 row even. Bind off. With wrong side facing attach yarn to sts on holder and p across. Bind off.


Front
Cast on and work same as for Back to **.
Work even for 1”, end by working a wrong side row.


Divide for Neck Shaping
Next Row: Rib 22 (24, 26) sts, k2tog, join a separate skein
of yarn matching color repeat if desired, ssk, work to end  of row. Working both sides at once with separate skeins of yarn, repeat decs at each neck edge every other row 10 (11, 12) times more–13 (14, 15) sts each side. Work even until armhole measures 5 (5¼, 5½)”, end by working a wrong side row.


Shape Shoulders
Working both side at once with separate skeins of yarn, work 2 rows even. Bind off.


Sleeves (Make 2)
Cast on 26 (28, 30) sts. Work in P1, k1 rib for 1”, end by working a wrong side row.


Begin Broken rib and shape sleeve by inc 1 st at each end next row, then every 4th row 8 times–44 (46, 48) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 8 (9, 10)” from beginning, end by working a wrong side row. Bind off.


FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams.


Neckband
With right side facing, begin at back right shoulder edge, pickup and k22 (24, 26) sts across back neck edge, 18 (19, 20) st down left front neck edge, place a marker on center st of V, and 18 (19, 20) sts up right front neck edge–58 (62, 66) sts.
Row 1: Begin P1, k1 rib and work to center st, p2tog, rib to end.
Row 2: Work even in rib.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: K the k sts and slip the purl sts wyib.
Bind off loosely.


Sew top edges of sleeves to armhole edges and sew about 1/2” of sides of tops of Sleeves to underarm edges. Sew side and sleeve seams.

 

Two Skein Baby Sweater Chart

 

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I have not made as yet but will do so soon.Very good colour combinations.

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