Knitted baby's cardigan
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Before you begin:

alt - alternate, beg - beginning, cm - centimetres, cont - continue, dec - decrease(ing), DK - double knitting, foll - following, g - grammes, in - inch(es), inc - increase(ing), k - knit, k2tog - knit 2 together, mm - millimetres, 0 - no stitches, times or rows, p - purl, p2tog - purl 2 together, patt - pattern, psso - pass slipped stitch over, rem - remain(ing), rep - repeat, RS - right side, s1 - slip one stitch knitways, st(s) - stitch(es), tog- together, WS - wrong side.

  • 2(2:3:3:4:4) 50g balls Sirdar Snuggly DK in shade 441
  • Pair each 3.25mm (UK10) and 4mm (UK8) knitting needles
  • 4(4:4:5:5:5) Buttons
  • 21 sts and 28 rows = 10cm/4in square over pattern using 4mm needles. 

 

  • Wrap 1 slip next stitch onto right hand needle and take yarn to opposite side of work between needles, slip same stitch back onto left hand needle.
  • 1x1 Rib:


Over an odd number of stitches:
RS row *k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
WS row p1, * k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Over an even number of stitches:
All rows *k1, p1, rep from *
to end.

It is essential to work to the stated tension to ensure success. If necessary change the needle size to give the correct tension. Figures in brackets () refer to larger sizes (see measurements chart). Where one set of figures is given this applies to all sizes. If a zero is given, this means you do not need to work these instructions. Circle the size you wish to make before you start. Yarn quantities are based on average requirements when specified tension and yarn is used. Different wool may be used but ensure tension of replacement yarn matches that stated in the pattern for best results.

 

PATTERN

BACK

Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 57(61:69:77:81:89)sts.

Work 7 rows in 1x1 rib.

8th row p3(5:3:1:3:1), p2tog, (p4, p2tog) 8(8:10:12:12:14) times, p4(6:4:2:4:2). 48(52:58:64:68:74)sts.

Change to 4mm needles.

1st row (RS) knit.

2nd row p1(3:1:4:1:4), * k1, p4, rep from * to last 2(4:2:0:2:0)sts, k1(1:1:0:1:0), p1(3:1:0:1:0).

1st and 2nd rows set patt. 

Working in patt as set (throughout) cont until back measures 12(15:18:23:26:31)cm/4¾(6:7:9:10¼:12)in, ending with a WS row.

 

Shape Raglan

Cast off 3(3:3:4:4:4)sts in patt at beg of next 2 rows. 42(46:52:56:60:66)sts.

For 2nd and 5th sizes only

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1. (44:58)sts.

2nd row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2. 

3rd row knit.

4th row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2. 

Rep from 1st to 4th row(0:1) times.(44:56)sts.

For all 6 sizes

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1. 40(42:50:54:54:64)sts.

2nd row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2. 

1st and 2nd rows set raglan shapings. 

Work 24(24:30:32:28:38) rows dec 1 st as before at each end of next and every foll alt row. 16(18:20:22:26:26)sts. 

Cast off rem sts in patt.

LEFT FRONT

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 26(28:32:36:38:42)sts.

Work 7 rows in 1x1 rib.

8th row p3(4:3:2:3:2), p2tog, (p4, p2tog) 3(3:4:5:5:6) times, p3(4:3:2:3:2). 22(24:27:30:32:35)sts.

Change to 4mm needles and proceed as follows:

1st row knit.

2nd row p5, * k1, p4, rep from * to last 2(4:2:0:2:0)sts, k1(1:1:0:1:0), p1(3:1:0:1:0).

1st and 2nd rows set position of patt.

Work in patt as set (throughout) until left front measures 12(15:18:23:26:31)cm/4¾(6:7:9:10¼:12)in, ending with a WS row.

 

Shape Raglan

Next row cast off 3(3:3:4:
4:4)sts, knit to end. 19(21:24:26:28:31)sts.

Next row patt. 

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end. 18(20:23:25:27:30)sts.

2nd row patt to last 2sts, p2.

1st and 2nd rows set raglan shaping.

For 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th sizes only 

Work 2 rows dec 1 st at raglan edge as before in next row. 17(22:24:29)sts.

For 2nd and 5th sizes only

3rd row knit.

4th row patt to last 2sts, p2.

 

For all 6 sizes

Shape Neck

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2sts, k2tog (neck edge). 15(18:20:22:25:27)sts.

2nd row patt to last 2sts, p2.

For 5th size only

Next row knit to last 2sts, k2tog.(24)sts.

Next row patt to last 2sts, p2.

For all 6 sizes

Work 19(6:14:22:29:33) rows dec 1 st at raglan edge as before in next and every foll alt row AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge in 3rd and every foll 6th(0:4th:4th:4th:4th) row. 2(14:10:6:2:2)sts.

For 2nd, 3rd and 4th sizes only

Work(17:11:5) rows dec 1 st at raglan edge in next and every foll alt row AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge in next and every foll(6th:6th:0) row.(2)sts.

For all 6 sizes

Next row patt2tog. Fasten off.

RIGHT FRONT

Work as for Left Front reversing pattern placement and all shaping.

SLEEVES (Both alike)

Using 3.25mm needles cast on 35(35:39:39:43:47)sts, work 7 rows in 1x1 rib.

Next row p4(4:3:3:3:2), p2tog, (p4(4:3:3:3:3), p2tog) 4(4:6:6:7:8) times, p5(5:4:4:3:3). 30(30:32:32:35:38)sts.

Change to 4mm needles.

1st row knit.

2nd row p2(2:3:3:2:1), * k1, p4, rep from * to last 3(3:4:4:3:2)sts, k1, p2(2:3:3:2:1). 

1st and 2nd rows set position of patt.

Working in patt as set (throughout) work 2 rows more.

Inc 1 st at each end of next and every foll 6th(4th:4th:6th:8th:8th) row to 36(36:38:38:47:44)sts, working inc sts in patt.

Inc 1 st at each end of every foll 8th(6th:6th:8th:10th:10th) row to 38(42:46:46:51:54)sts.

Cont without shaping until sleeve measures 15(17:20:24:29:33)cm/ 6(6½:8:9½:11½:13)in, ending with a WS row.

 

Shape Raglan

Cast off 3(3:3:4:4:4)sts at beg of next 2 rows. 32(36:40:38:43:46)sts.

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1. 30(34:38:36:41:44)sts.

2nd row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2.

3rd row knit.

4th row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2.

From 1st to 4th row sets raglan shapings.

Work 4(4:4:12:12:8) rows dec 1st as before at each end of next and every foll 0(0:0:4th:4th:4th) row. 28(32:36:30:35:40)sts.

Proceed as follows:

1st row k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1. 26(30:34:28:33:38)sts.

2nd row p2, patt to last 2sts, p2.

1st and 2nd rows set raglan shapings.

Work 16(20:22:16:20:26) rows dec 1st as before at each end of next and every foll alt row. 10(10:12:12:13:12)sts. 

Cast off rem sts in patt.

LEFT FRONT BORDER

Join raglan seams. With RS facing, using 3.25mm needles and starting at centre back of neck pick up and knit 8(9:10:10:13:13)sts evenly along back neck, 10(10:12:12:13:12)sts evenly along top of left sleeve, 20(22:25:27:30:32)sts evenly along shaped edge, 30(37:45:57:66:79)sts evenly along straight edge and 7sts evenly along rib. 75(85:99:113:129:143)sts.

1st row [p1, k1] 26(31:38:40:48:50) times, * purl then knit into next st, [p1, k1] twice *, rep from * to * 3(3:3:5:5:7) times, purl then knit into next st, p1, k1. 80(90:104:120:136:152)sts.

Next row work in 1x1 rib.

Next row rib 4(3:4:4:3:3), cast off 1st, [rib 8(11:13:12:15:18), cast 

 

off 1st] 3(3:3:4:4:4) times, rib to end.

Next row rib 21(22:24:26:28:31), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Next row rib 24(25:28:30:32:35), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Next row rib 27(28:32:34:36:39), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Work 2(6:6:8:2:2) rows working 3(3:3:3:4:4)sts more in each wrap row. 

Work 10(6:8:8:10:10) rows working 2(2:2:2:3:3)sts more in each wrap row. 

For 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th sizes only

Work 2(2:2:6:6) rows working 1(1:1:2:2)sts more in each wrap row. 

For all 6 sizes

Next row Working across all sts, rib to last 31(39:46:56:67:79)sts, cast on 1 st, (rib 9(12:14:13:16:19), cast on 1 st) 3(3:3:4:4:4) times, rib 4(3:4:4:3:3).

Work 2 rows more in rib. 

Cast off in rib.

RIGHT FRONT BORDER

With RS facing, using 3.25mm needles pick up and knit 7sts evenly along rib, 30(37:45:57:66:79)sts evenly along straight edge, 20(22:25:27:30:32)sts evenly along shaped edge, 10(10:12:12:13:12)sts along top of right sleeve and 8(9:10:10:13:13)sts to centre back of neck. 75(85:99:113:129:143)sts.

1st row k1, p1, knit then purl into next st, * (k1, p1) twice, knit then purl into next st, * rep from * to * 3(3:3:5:5:7) times, (k1, p1) 26(31:38:40:48:50) times. 80(90:104:120:136:152)sts.

2nd row *K1, p1, rep from *
to end.

2nd row sets rib.

Working in rib as set (throughout) proceed as follows:

Next row rib 21(22:24:26:28:31), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Next row rib 24(25:28:30:32:35), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Next row rib 27(28:32:34:36:39), wrap 1, turn.

Next row rib to end.

Work 2(6:6:8:2:2) rows working 3(3:3:3:4:4)sts more in each wrap row. 

Work 10(6:8:8:10:10) rows working 2(2:2:2:3:3)sts more in each wrap row. 

For 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th sizes only

Work 2(2:2:6:6) rows working 1(1:1:2:2)sts more in each wrap row. 

For all 6 sizes

Working across all sts, work
4 rows more in rib.

Cast off in rib.

MAKE UP

Join side and sleeve seams. Join border seam at centre back of neck. Sew on buttons. Pin out garment to the measurement given. Cover with damp cloths and leave until dry. See ball band for
care instructions.

 

  • Yours tip...

Add button holes to both sides so that it can be passed down to a girl if needed. Buttons are sewn over the unneeded hole.

 

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