Infant Cardigan

Infant Cardigan
Infant Cardigan

Step 1: Getting Started

Create this lovely knitted Infant Cardigan with our free knitting pattern in various colors and color combinations for a lovely baby sweater. This little cardigan would make a sweet addition to any baby's wardrobe or as a treasured baby shower gift.

Directions are given for size 6 months with size 1 year in parentheses. Materials needed are about 3 ounces Columbia Minerva Baby Nantuck 3-ply yarn, 1 skein embroidery floss in contrasting color, 1 pair each numbers 1 and 3 standard knitting needles, size 3 steel crochet hook, 6 small pearl buttons.

Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Abbreviations: k (knit) p (purl) St (stitch) tog (together) dec (decrease) Inc (increase) sl (Slip) sc (single crochet) ch (chain) lp (loop)

Gauge: 7 sts equal 1 inch, 10 rows equal 1 inch

Pattern St: (Multiple of 6)

Step 2: Pattern Instructions

Pattern St: (Multiple of 6)

Rows 1, 3:

* P 2, k 4, repeat from * across.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: P.

Rows 5, 7: K 3, * p 2, k 4, repeat from * across, end p2, k 1.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern st.

BACK: With number 1 needles, cast on 72 (78) sts. K 1, p 1 in ribbing for 1 inch.

Change to number 3 needles, work pattern st until entire piece measures 7 (7-1/2) inches.

Shape Raglan Armhole: At beginning of each of next 2 rows, bind off 2 (2) sts-68 (74) sts.

Row 3: K 2 sts tog, work across in pattern as established to last 2 sts, k 2 tog.

Row 4: P.

Repeat these 2 rows 18 (20) times more. Sl remaining 30 (32) sts onto holder for neck.

Step 3: The Next Step

LEFT FRONT: With number 1 needles, cast on 36 (38) sts. K 1, p 1 in ribbing for 1 inch.

Change to number 3 needles and work pattern st (on size 1 only, end rows 1 and 3 with p 2; rows 5 and 7 with k 3) until piece measures same as back, ending same row of pattern st.

Shape Raglan Armhole: At beginning of next row, bind off 2 sts.

Row 2: P.

Row 3: K 2 tog, work in pattern as established to end of row.

Repeat last 2 rows 9 (11) times more, end p row-24 sts.

Shape Neck: K 2 tog, work to last 10 sts, sl these 10 sts onto holder. Continue to dec 1 st at arm edge every other row in same manner as before 7 times more, AT SAME TIME, dec 1 st at neck edge every other row 6 times, fasten off.

Right Front: Work to correspond to left front, reversing placing of pattern and all shaping. To dec for armhole, work to last 2 sts, k these 2 sts tog.

Sleeves: With number 1 needles, cast on 36 (36) sts. K 1, p1 in ribbing for 1 inch.

Change to number 3 needles and work pattern st, inc 1 st each end of needle every 3/4 inch 6 (9) times, forming new patterns as sts are inc. Work even in pattern as established on 48 (54) sts until piece measures 61/2 (7-1/2) inches, end with p row.

Shape Raglan Cap: At beginning of each of next 2 rows, bind off 2 sts. Dec in same manner as on back until 8 (10) sts on needle. Place these 10 sts onto holder.

Step 4: Finishing Up

Finishing: Sew sleeves to back and front armholes. Sew underarm seams.

Neckband: With number 1 needles, pick up 82 sts around neck including sts from holders. K 1, p 1 in ribbing for 14 rows. Bind off in ribbing. Fold neck-band in half, sew bound-off sts to first row of ribbing on wrong side.

Front Band

Row 1: Starting at lower right front edge, work sc to first row of neckband, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Buttonholes: Sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1 st, make 5 more buttonholes, evenly spaced, last one to be made 3 sts above end of ribbing, work to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in each st and under each ch, fasten off.

Left Front Band: Work in same manner as right front band, omitting buttonholes. Block to size. Sew on buttons.

Tie Cord: Make double chain as follows: Using 2 strands of yarn, ch 2, insert hook into first st, * with right hand draw through a lp, with right hand draw through both lps on hook *. To continue, insert hook into left lp, then work from * to * until ch measures 23 inches, fasten off. Pull cord through neck opening, tie a loose knot at each end of cord.

Neck Trim: Using embroidery floss, make a chain 11 1/2 (12) inches long. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch st across, fasten off.

Thread tapestry needle with piece of yarn and sl st band around first row of neck ribbing to within front bands.