I received the good news that my dear nephew and his wife were expecting twin boys. O Joy! So I had to hurry up and knit something nice before the cold weather arrives in their corner of world.
Now I have never, ever knitted for a baby before; not even when my own kids were babies so I needed to find something easy and quick. I found the perfect free pattern at Ravelry by Linden Heﬂin.
I would say it’s for advance beginner to intermediate knitter.
I choose a simple worsted weight yarn, and for the cardigan needles # 9 , for the hat needles # 7 for a 6-9 months old. I knit loosely so the cardigans came out more for 6 months old.
The patterns is knitted from the top down which means not seams to sew. It was actually so easy that I am ready for more.
Here are the instructions for the Cardigan:
w&t: wrap and turn – bring yarn to front, slip next stitch from left to right needle, bring yarn to back, slip wrapped stitch back to left needle, turn work pm: place marker sl1: slip 1 stitch inc1: increase one stitch by making a backward loop (see make 1,<http://knitty .com/ISSUEspring03/FEATtheresa.html>) PU: pick up
Begin Cardigan: In this part of the pattern, you will be knitting the yoke of the cardigan. The increases on either side of the markers start to shape the sleeves and body. The three increases on either side of the neck create a slight v that helps to shape the shawl collar. CO 28 sts
Row 1: sl1, k2(3), pm, k5(6), pm, k12(14), pm, k5(6), pm, k3(4)
Row 2 (and all WS rows): sl1, p remaining sts
Row 3: sl1, inc 1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to last stitch, inc1, k1 [38(44) sts]
Row 5: sl1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to end Row 7: sl1, inc 1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to last stitch, inc1, k1 [56(62) sts] Row 9: sl1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to end Row 11: sl1, inc 1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to last stitch, inc1, k1 [74(80) sts] Row 13: sl1, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, slip m, k1, inc 1, rep. from * to end Repeat row 2 and row 13 3(4) times more, until 106(120) sts. Continue working in St st until yoke measures 3.5(4.5)”, ending on a WS row.
Split for body: K to first m (right front), remove m, place next 23(26) sts on holder, join yarn to back, k to next m (back), remove m, place next 23(26) sts on holder, k to end (left front) Continue body in st st, slipping the first st of each row, until length from underarm is 6(7)” (you should have 56(68) sts for body) Work 7 rows in garter stitch, continuing to slip first st of every row BO all sts in knit Sleeves: Place 25(26) sts from holder onto dpns K all sts for 5(6)” Work 7 rows in garter stitch (in the round -p1 row, k1 row) BO all sts in knit Repeat for other sleeve
Make collar: Starting at left bottom edge, PU 1 st for every slipped sts along sides and every cast on st around neck of cardigan K 4 rows Row 5: k to 18(22) sts from end, w&t Row 6: k to 18(22) sts from end, w&t Row 7: k to 2 sts from wrapped st, w&t Repeat row 7 5 times more (you should have wrapped and turned 4 times on each side of the collar) Next row: K to the last 17(21) sts, picking up and knitting the wraps as you go, k2tog, YO, *k2(3), k2tog, YO, repeat to last 3(4) sts, k3(4) Work 3 more rows in garter stitch (picking up and knitting the wraps on first row) BO all stitches (loosely! I prefer EZ’s sewn bind off <http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer 06/FEATsum06TT.html>) Weave in ends (you will also have a hole at the underarm that needs to be sewn) Sew on buttons
Hat pattern: Free Knitting Pattern Baby Hat with Top Knot
Now instead of the top knot I simple closed the hat and add a pompom.
I choose a simple worsted weight yarn and needles # 6 and 7 US for size 3-6 months.
Hat circumference approx 13″ (33cm) – fits head size 14-16″ (35-40cm)
cast off = bind off in US
garter stitch = one round in knit stitch, one round in purl
K = knit
K2tog = knit two stitches together
sts = stitches
[ ] = work the instructions in the brackets by the number of times indicated
Using your smaller needles cast on 78 place stitch marker and join to begin knitting in the round.
Work 8 rounds garter stitch ( knit one round, purl one round)
Change to your larger needles and work in stockinette until the hat measures 4 ¾ “
Next Round: [K2tog,K4] to end. 65sts.
Knit 3 rounds
Next Round: [K2tog, K3] to end . 52 sts.
Knit 3 rounds
Next Round: [K2tog, K2] to end. 39 sts.
Knit 1 round
Next Round: [K2tog, K1] to end. 26 sts.
Knit 1 round
Next Round: [K2tog] to end . 13 sts.
Knit 1 round
Next round: [ k2tog] to end k1. 7 sts
Knit 1 round
Next round: [k2 tog] to end k1. 4st.
Cut yarn and pass thought the all the stitches, secure and hide yarn.
Make a pompom and add on.
Now if I just had knitted a pair of booties the outfit would be completed but time is running out and I better mail the gifts before snow start falling.
Those little babies will look adorable in their new cardigans.