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How to Knit a Baby Cardigan

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The small canvas of a baby’s sweater is the perfect place to try out a slip-stitch pattern. This one uses four freshly picked colors of mill-dyed superwash wool. Knitted flat in one piece to the armholes, the cardigan’s simple shaping keeps seams to a minimum while highlighting the whimsical stitch pattern.

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  • Size: Chest circumference: 16 (18-1⁄2, 21-1⁄2)", sized to fit child age 6 (12, 24) months

  • Yarn: DK-weight yarn (shown: Knit Picks Swish DK, 100% superwash merino wool, 123 yd.)

    MC: Sugar Plum (lavender), 2 (3, 3) skeins

    CC1: Parrot (green), 1 (2, 2) skeins

    CC2: Amethyst Heather, 1 (2, 2) skeins

    CC3: Tidepool Heather, 1 (2, 2) skeins

  • Gauge: 24 sts and 45 rows = 4" in sl st patt on larger needle

  • Needles:

    Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to achieve gauge

    Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to achieve gauge

  • Notions:

    Stitch markers

    Stitch holders or waste yarn

    Tapestry needle

    Three 3⁄4" buttons

  • Special abbreviations:

    Double yo: Wrap yarn around needle twice.

    • Seed stitch:

      Row 1: *K1, p1. Rep from * to end of row.

      Row 2: Purl the knit sts and knit the purl sts.

      Rep Row 2 for patt.

      Baby Bubbles cardigan chart.
      Baby Bubbles cardigan chart.

To begin, work the lower edge:

  1. With MC and smaller needles, CO 96 (112, 128) sts. Work in seed st until piece measures 3⁄4" from beg.

Work the body:

  1. With larger needles, work rows 1–12 of bubbles chart. Rep until piece measures 7 (8, 9)" from beg, ending with a WS row.

Separate for armholes:

  1. Next row (RS): K21 (25, 29), BO 6 sts, k42 (50, 58), BO 6 sts, k21 (25, 29). Cont working on left front only.

  2. Work even until left front measures 9-1⁄2 (10-1⁄2, 11)" from beg, ending with a RS row.

Shape the left front neckline:

  1. Next row (WS): BO 8 (10, 12) sts, work to end of row — 13 (15, 17) sts.

  2. Next 3 RS rows: Work to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 — 10 (12, 14) sts.

  3. Work even until left front measures 12 (13, 14)" from beg. Place shoulder sts on holder or waste yarn.

Work the right front:

  1. Rejoin yarn to right front, beg with a WS row. Work as for left front, reversing neck shaping.

Work the back:

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  1. Rejoin yarn to back, beg with a WS row. Work even until back measures 12 (13, 14)" from beg. Work first 10 (12, 14) sts and place these sts on holder, BO next 22 (26, 30) sts, work to end, place last 10 (12, 14) sts on holder.

Work the cuff:

  1. With MC and smaller needles, CO 34 sts. Work in seed st until piece measures 3⁄4" from beg.

Work the sleeve:

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  1. With larger needles, rep rows 1–12 of bubbles chart until piece measures 8 (9, 10)" from beg. At the same time, inc at each end of every RS MC row (rows 1 and 7 of chart) 15 times — 64 sts. Work 2 rows MC, then BO.

  2. Make a second sleeve to match.

To finish:

  1. Weave in ends and block pieces.

  2. With RS tog, join shoulder seams using 3-needle BO.

Work the neck edge:

  1. With smaller needles and MC, pick up and knit 70 (82, 94) sts along neck edge, working from RS and beg at right front.

  2. Work in seed st until neck edging measures 3⁄4" from beg. BO.

Work the left front band:

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  1. With smaller needles and MC, pick up and knit 74 (82, 88) sts along edge of left front, working from RS and beg at upper edge.

  2. Work in seed st until edging measures 3⁄4" from beg. BO.

Work the right front band:

  1. With smaller needles and MC, pick up and knit 74 (82, 88) sts along right front, working from RS and beg at lower edge. Work in seed st for 3 rows, ending with a WS row.

  2. Next row (RS): Work to last 32 sts. *Work 6 sts, k2tog, double yo, ssk. Rep from * twice more, work last 2 sts.

  3. Next row (WS): Work in seed st, knitting into front & back of each double yo from prev row. Work 2 more rows in seed st. BO.

  4. Steam bands lightly to block.

  5. Sew buttons to left band under buttonholes.

    Baby Bubbles cardigan schematic.
    Baby Bubbles cardigan schematic.

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