knitting free pattern for baby cardigan

cardigan made using this pattern

Free pattern- oft knitted by me!

If you have read my previous articles, you will now have the yarn and the needles and hopefully the attitude to make this cardigan. If you are picking this up new and want that further advice please follow the links to my previous articles, knitting for babies and knitting for babies part two

Remember, we are making an 18" or 46cm cardigan which should fit a baby from around nine to thirteen pounds.

THE BACK

Cast on 57 stitches using the 3.25 mm UK 10 or USA 3 needles.

We then need to form the rib which gives the garment a strong start and avoids it being pulled too much out of shape.

Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch and do that until the end of the row ( in patterns that would read K1,P1)

Next row purl 1 stich , Knit 1 stitch and do that until the end of the row (in patterns that would read K1, P1)

Repeat these rows 5 times so that you have knitted a total of 12 rows!

CHANGE THE NEEDLES TO 4MM UK 8 USA 6

1st row- knit all of the row

2nd row- purl all of the row

In knitting patterns this is called st-st which is an abbreviation for stocking stitch.

Continue with this stocking stitch until your garment measures 15cm or 6 inches. Measure the garament from the bottom of the rib to the last row of your knitting. In this case always end on a purl row so that your garment is facing the correct way for shaping.

SHAPE ARMS

This part of the garment is often referred to as shape Raglan - I am sure that those of you who sew will know why but I am not really sure!

Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the row. I do this by knitting the stitch and then pulling the first stitch over the second. .

After casting off knit until the end of the row. The next row is the same cast off 4 stitches but this time purl to the end of the row. You should have 49 stitches at the end of this row.

SHAPING

1st row- Knit 1 stitch, slip a stitch, knit one stitch, pass the stitch that you slipped over the knitted stitch which means that you have one less stitch on your needle, then knit towards the end of the row but stop when you reach the last three stitches- now knit the next two stitches together and then knit 1 stitch- These instructions are K1,S1,K1,PSSO,Knit to last 3 sts,K2tog,K1

2nd row- purl to the end of the row

3rd row - knit to the end of the row

4th row- purl to the end of the row

You should now have 47 stitches on your needle.

Repeat these 4 rows twice so that you stitch 8 rows in total and decrease in the first row of the set of four. You should now have 43 stitches on your needle.

RAGLAN SHAPING - WHERE ROWS DIMINISH IN SIZE REALLY QUICKLY!

1st row- Knit 1 stitch, slip 1 Stitch, Knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over, knit the rest of the row but stop at the last three stitches , knit two stitches together, knit 1 stitch. These instructions are: K1,S1,K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

2nd row- Purl to the end of the row.

Repeat these rows 9 times so that you work 18 rows. You should now have 23 stitches on your needle.

Cast off these 23 stitches-There, you have the back done, congratulations due all round!

When the celebrations have worn off you need to turn your attention to the left front.

LEFT FRONT

Using the 3.25mm UK 10 USA 3 Cast on 33 stitches

We need to do the rib like we did for the back

1st row knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 k1p1k1 to the end of the row

2nd row purl1, knit 1, purl 1 p1k1p1 to the end of the row

These rows are repeated until you have knitted 11 rows in total- you will end after a row that is a 1st row, knit1, purl1, knit 1

Next row- slip the first 7 stitches on to a safety pin ( they may be called diaper pins in the states). There are now 26 stitches left, rib as in 2nd row to the end of this row.

CHANGE TO 4MM, UK 8, USA 6 NEEDLES

1st row - knit

2nd row- purl

remember this forms the stocking stitch- continue with these rows until the length of the front measures 15cm or 6". Make sure that you end after you have just completed a row 2 purl.

SHAPE RAGLAN

Cast off 4 stitches and knit to the end of the row. - there should be 22 stitches on your needle.

2nd row- purl to the end of the row.

SHAPE NECK

1st row- Knit 1, slip 1, K1, pass the slipped stitch over, knit to last 2 stitches and then knit2 together . K1,S1,K1,PSSO, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog you will have 20 stitches on your needle.

2nd row- purl to end

3rd row knit to end

4th row- purl to end

The next 8 rows are these 4 rows repeated twice , so at the end you should have 16 stitches on your needles.

Things now get a little complicated. My advice is that if you have been knitting for a while or if you are tired, take a break- even experienced knitters can look at their work the next day and think- oh my goodness! Also strong drink and knitting dont mix!

1st row - Knit 1, Slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last 2 stitches k2 stitches together K1,S1,K1,PSSO knit to last 2 sts, k2tog

2nd row- purl to end

3rd row - knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over, knit to end k1,s1,k1 psso KNIT to end

4th row- purl to end

5th row - knit 1, slip1,knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches together K1,S1,K1,PSSO knit to last 2 sts, k2 tog

6th row- purl to end

7th row - knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over, knit to end K1,S1,K1 Psso, knit to end

8th row- purl to end

9th row Knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, K1,S1,K1,PSSO knit to last 2 sts, k2tog

10th row - purl to end

11th row - Knit 1, slip1, knit1, pass slip stitch over, knit to end. K1,S1,K1,PSSO knit to end.

12th row- purl to end- you should now have 7 stitches left on your needle.

Again the next part is a little complicated, but just do each row at a time and you will get there.

1st row knit1, slip1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over, knit to end K1,s1,k1,psso KNIT TO END

2nd row purl to end

3rd row Knit 1, slip 1, knit1, pass slip stitch over, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together

K1,S1,K1,PSSO knit to last 2 sts k2tog

4th row- purl to end

5th row knit1, slip1, knit 1 pass slip stitch over, knit to end K1,S1,K1,psso knit to end

6th row purl to end

7th row knit 1, slip 1, pass slip stitch over, knit to end K1,S1,K1 PSSO knit to end

8th row purl to end.

you should have 2 stitches left on your needle

9th row - knit 2 together and pull the yarn though so the left front is fastened off securely.

The right front is the same as the left but the shapings are reversed- for those who are first timers on this I have included instructions just as for the left front. We are going to put button holes on this side as we are not sure if the baby is a boy or a girl!

RIGHT FRONT

Using the 3.25mm UK 10 USA 3 Cast on 33 stitches

We need to do the rib like we did for the back

1st row knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 k1p1k1 to the end of the row

2nd row purl1, knit 1, purl 1 p1k1p1 to the end of the row

Repeat these two rows twice, so you knit 4 rows in total.

5th row Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, pull the yarn loosely over the needle to the front of the work- keeping the yarn very loose knit the next two stitches together. rib to end Rib3,yfwd,k2tog.rib to end.

Row 6 to 11 as 1st and 2nd row. of rib.

Next row Rib as per 2nd row to last 7 stitches then leave these stitches on a safety pin and turn to start the work on the remaining 26 stitches.

CHANGE TO 4MM, UK 8 AND USA 6 NEEDLES.

1st row - knit

2nd row- purl

remember this forms the stocking stitch- continue with these rows until the length of the front measures 15cm or 6". Make sure that you end after you have just completed a row 2 purl.

SHAPE RAGLAN

Cast off 4 stitches and knit to the end of the row. - there should be 22 stitches on your needle.

2nd row- purl to the end of the row.

SHAPE NECK

1st row- Knit 2 stitches together, knit to the last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, K1 K2TOG,knit to last3sts,K2tog,K1

2nd row- purl to end

3rd row knit to end

4th row- purl to end

The next 8 rows are these 4 rows repeated twice , so at the end you should have 16 stitches on your needles.

You might want to take a break at this point, make some tea or coffee and refresh yourself for the next part.

1st row - knit to last 2 stitches then knit 2 stitches together

2nd row- purl 2 together, purl to the end of the row

3rd row - knit to end

4th row- purl 2 together then purl to the end of the row

5th row - knit to last 2 stitches then knit 2 stitches together

6th row- purl 2 together, purl to the end of the row

7th row - knit to end

8th row- purl 2 together, purl to the end of the row

9th row

knit to last 2 stitches then knit 2 stitches together

10th row - purl 2 together, purl to the end of the row

11th row - knit to last 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches together

12th row- purl 2 together,purl to the end of the row- you should now have 7 stitches left on your needle.

only a few more rows to go, so keep the faith and plough on!

1st row- knit to last 2 stitches then knit 2 stitches together

2nd row- purl to end of row.

3rd row- knit 1, purl 1 , knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to end then knit 2 together

4th row- purl to end

5th row - knit to last 2 stitches then knit 2 stitches together.

6th row- purl to end

7th row- knit to last 2 stiches then knit 2 stitches together

8th row - purl to end

9th row knit 2 together and pull the yarn through so that the right front is fastened off securely.

SLEEVES (TWO ALIKE)

Both sleeves are knitted exactly alike

We are back to the rib as we have done on the back and the left and right fronts.

Cast on 27 stitches and knit 9 rows in rib as follows

Row 1- knit1, purl1, knit 1, k1,p1,k1

Row 2 purl 1,knit 1, purl 1, p1,k1,p1

Row 10- purl1, knit1,purl1,kn

it 1, pick up the loop between the last stitch and the next stitch

and then knit into the back of this loop, we call this make 1 stitch, continue knitting the row by repeating the following stitches 3 times, rib 6 make 1, then rib the last 5 stitches.You will now have 31 stitches left on your needle.

CHANGE TO 4MM NEEDLES UK8 USA 6


Row 1- knit to end of row

Row 2- purl to end of row

Row 3- knit to end of row

Row 4 - purl to end of row

Row 5- increase 1 stitch at either end of row ( i do this by knitting two stitches into the first stitch then two stitches into the last stitch.

repeat these five rows four times so that you now have 41 stitches on your needle.

You now have to continue knitting in stocking stitch but dont increase anymore. When the sleeve gets to about 6.5 inches or 17cm stop but make sure that you finish just after you have done a purl row.

SHAPE RAGLAN

Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows keeping the stocking stitch going. You will now have 33 stitches on your needle.

1st row Knit 1, slipp 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last 3 stitches k 2 stitches together, knit 1 k1,s1,k1,psso knit to last 3 stitches k2tog,k1

2nd row purl

3rd row knit

4th row purl

You will now need to repeat these four rows twice more. and then row one and two again. You will now have 25 stitches on your needle.

We now continue the shaping but at a quicker rate just like we did on the back.

1st row knit1,slipp 1 stitch, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last 3 stitches, k2 together, knit 1 K1,S1,K1,PSSOknit to last 3 sts,k2tog,k1

2nd row purl

These two rows have to be repeated 8 times so that 16 rows in total are done in stocking stitch ]you should have 7 stitches left on your needles

Cast these 7 stitches off!

Remember you need to make two identical sleeves

BUTTON BORDER

Join the raglan seams, these are the sloping parts attach one side of the sleeve to the front and one side of the sleeve to the back. Ensure that all the work is facing the same way when you sew or you will have to pick all the stitches out and start again. I use the yarn that i am knitting the garment in and a tapestry needle to sew.


Using the 3.25 mm UK10 and USA 3

Pick up the stitches from the left front- remember you left 7 stitches on a safety pin. You need to do some rib now to match that already done. The trick of this is to make the rib slightly shorter than the distance it has to travel so that it is stretched a little. It needs to go up the front and about halfway across the back of the garment. Sometimes i sew it in position as I go along so that it is easier to judge the amount needed.When you have knitted a long enough length, cast off.

At this point we need to decide where the buttons go. We already , made a button hole on the other button band so we know where the first one is going. We need to have about 4 buttons to keep this on the baby. What I do is mark the position of the buttons on the band by means of a little contrasting cotton tack which is easily removable.

Still using the 3.25mm UK10 and USA 3 needles pick up and knit the 7 stitches from the safety pin of the right front. Remember we need to put the button holes in. Again this needs to be stretched a little and I always sew this in place as I go as I want to get the buttons in the correct place. Just before your marker do the button hole row which is knit1,purl1,knit1, pull the yarn over, knit 2 stitches together and rib to end.

Again the button band needs to go up the front of the garment and finish on the back of the neck. When it gets there, cast off and finish sewing it in.

You have nearly finished but there is a bit more to do. Make sure that all the seams are joined. This is a chance, if you have made a hole somewhere, to sew it up! All the loose ends need to be cut off but first of all sew them all in so that they do not unravel

Buy some buttons , you may want to take the cardigan with you to make sure that the buttons you buy are not too big. When you get home, sew them in.

You have completed your cardigan and congratulations are in order

well done!

Coats Yarn Red Heart Classic Yarn, Mexicana
Coats Yarn Red Heart Classic Yarn, Mexicana

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CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM Author

mega1- it's a good idea to start small, because then you will succeed- good luck with your project. I have knitted this pattern so many times!


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mega1 4 years ago

There seem to be a lot of babies and toddlers and young ones around so this is just the pattern I need to start making little sweaters - so I can work up to adult sized sweaters. Thanks for this pattern. Good instructions!


Catherine 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this pattern.I spent days searching for just this and finally found yours today.Its exactly what I want.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Oh this brings back memories! I actually found something that I was good at! lol! I used to make my sons little jumpers and cardigans, this is making want to get the needles and wool out again! great info, and each step covered precisely, voted up! cheers nell

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