Sunday, 9 June 2019

Plain and Simple Baby Cardigan

I have been asked by a charity group to write a plain, no-nonsense, unisex baby cardigan with a button front and long sleeves...... traditional in style, but knitted in a more modern way - no separate borders or picking up of stitches !! 

Well - here is my 'Plain and Simple' Baby Cardigan. Hope it fits the brief! 

Plain and Simple Baby Cardigan


This cardigan is easy to knit. 
The sleeves are knitted first and the stitches left on a stitch holder. 
Then, the body is worked in one (fronts and back together with the borders) from the lower edge upwards.
There is a joining row where the sleeve stitches are added in ......
and the top part is knitted all-in-one.
There are only 2 sleeve and underarm seams to join. 

The style is ideal for a baby boy or girl - 
and is practical in use because of the raglan-style shaping. 

And of course - more experienced knitters can easily add in a more fancy pattern stitch instead of stocking stitch if desired. 


PLAIN and Simple Baby Cardigan Jacket             0 - 3 months Baby

Requirements:

Around 60g DK yarn              
4mm needles                         
5 small buttons

Tension/Gauge:

22sts = 4” (10cm)

Measurements:

Width:             17" (43 cm)                
Length:             9½" (24cm)   
Sleeve length:  5½" (14cm)


Instructions:

Begin with the Sleeves (work 2)

Using 4mm needles, cast on 27sts
1st Row:   S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
2nd Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
Repeat last 2 row 4 times more 
Work 36 rows in stocking stitch, increasing one stitch at each end of 5th, 11th, 17th and 23rd rows         (35sts)
The sleeve should now measure about 5½” – you can add more rows if required
Next Row:  Cast off 3sts, work to last 3sts, cast off 3sts       (29sts)
If you have never done this before – don’t panic !! It is easy to do
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     TOP TIP   To cast off 3sts at the end of a row ~
You work across the row until you have just 3sts remaining on your left hand needle. Knit the first st, knit the second st, and pass the first over the second. Knit the last st and pass the second st over it. You will now have a loop - cut the yarn and pull it through the loop. Easy !  
Leave these 29 stitches on a spare needle

Work the Main Part

Cast on 97sts
1st Row:   S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
2nd Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
3rd Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
4th Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
5th Row:   S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
6th Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
Repeat last 2 rows twice more
11th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
12th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat the last 2 rows 3 times more
19th Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
20th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
21st Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
22nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat the last 2 rows six times more
35th Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
36th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
37th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
38th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat the last 2 rows once more
41st Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k17, cast off 6sts, k40, cast off 6sts, k16, p1, k1, p1, k2

Joining Row ~
42nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p17, put the 29sts on a stitch holder back onto the left-hand needle and purl across them, purl 41sts from the back, put the 29sts on a stitch holder onto the left-hand needle and purl across them for the second sleeve, purl 17sts from left front, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1                    (143sts)

Work the Top Part all in one

43rd Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k37, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, p1, k1, p1, k2                             (135sts)
44th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
45th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k14, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k35, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k14, p1, k1, p1, k2                             (127sts)
46th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
47th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k13, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k33, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k13, p1, k1, p1, k2                             (119sts)
48th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
49th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k12, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k31, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k12, p1, k1, p1, k2                             (111sts)
50th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
51st Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, k11, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k29, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k11, p1, k1, p1, k2        (103sts)
52nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
53th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k10, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k27, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k10, p1, k1, p1, k2                             (95sts)
54th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
55th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, p1, k1, p1, k2                               (87sts)
56th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
57th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k8, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k8, p1, k1, p1, k2                               (79sts)
58th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
59th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k7, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k7, p1, k1, p1, k2                                             (71sts)
60th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
61st Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k6, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2                                             (63sts)
62nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
63rd Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
64th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
65th Row:   S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
66th Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
67th Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
68th Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
Cast off in rib 

Sew up the sleeve and underarm seams     
Darn away ends         

Add 5 small buttons


Happy Knitting ! 


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