Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sporty Simple Stripe Baby Cardigan


Stripes are classic - and there are so many colour combinations to choose from!
Simple 2-colour stripes are a great place to start.
 
This cute cardigan looks great in pastel or bright colours.
 
 
2-colour stripes look really good with white, grey or navy as the main or contrast colour
 
 
Have some fun - see what you colours you have in your stash....
 
If you don't mind darning away lots of ends then use lots of colours instead of just two!
 
Or why not make a sporty version in your team colours?
 
 

2 row stripe Baby Cardigan
To fit a baby of around 6 - 9 months
Actual width  ~  22" (56cm)
Length  ~  11"  (28cm)
Sleeve length  ~  6 1/2 " (16cm)
 
Requirements
DK yarn - (8ply) - or any yarn which gives the correct tension
Tension  ~  22stitches = 4"  (10cm)
3.25mm and 4mm needles
5 buttons
 
The Back and Fronts (knitted in one piece to the armholes)

Using 3.25cm needles and main colour, cast on 117sts

Work 10 rows in k1, p1 rib

Change to 4mm needles and add in contrast colour

Work in stocking stitch - one row knit, one row purl in contrast colour then one row knit, one row purl in main colour for 28 rows

Continue with this sequence of stripes (throughout)

Shape armholes  

Knit 1 row

Purl 25sts, cast off 6sts purlwise, p54sts, cast off 6sts purlwise, p24sts

Continue on first front only ~

Next Row: Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows until 15sts remain, ending after working a purl row

Cut off both yarns

Slip first 4sts onto a safety pin for the neckband

Rejoin yarn to remaining 11sts

Next Row: Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl to last 2sts, p2tog

Next Row: K2tog, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl

Next Row: K2tog, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl   (5sts)

Next Row: K2, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl   (4sts)

Next Row: K1, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl   (3sts)

Next Row: K2tog, k1

Next Row: P2tog, fasten off

Cut off both yarns, rejoin to 55sts for the back, and continue in stripe sequence ~

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: S1, purl to last st, k1

Repeat the last 2 rows until 23sts remain, ending after a purl row

Slip these 23sts onto a stitch holder for the neckband

Cut off both yarns, rejoin to 25sts for the second front, and continue in stripe sequence ~

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end

Next Row: Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows until 15sts remain, ending after working a purl row

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, k8, then slip remaining 4sts onto a safety pin for the neckband

Next Row: P2tog, purl to end

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog

Next Row: Purl

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog

Next Row: Purl  (5sts)

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, k2

Next Row: Purl  (4sts)

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, k1

Next Row: Purl  (3sts)

Next Row: K1, k2tog

Next Row: P2tog, fasten off


The Sleeves (Both alike)

Using 3.25cm needles and main colour, cast on 33sts

Work 10 rows in k1, p1 rib, inc one stitch on last row   (34sts)

Change to 4mm needles and add in contrast colour

Work in stocking stitch - one row knit, one row purl in contrast colour then one row knit, one row purl in main colour – increasing  one stitch at each end of 3rd and every following 4th row until 46sts

Continue in stripe sequence ~

Work straight (no further increases) until 33 rows of stocking stitch have been worked

Cast off 3sts purl to last 3 sts, cast off 3sts

Cut off both yarns, and rejoin to remaining 40sts

Next Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, work to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

Next Row: Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows until 8sts remain

Slip these 8sts onto a stitch holder for the neckband

Cut off both yarns

 

The Buttonhole Band

Using 3.25cm needles and main colour, cast on 7sts

Work 64 rows in k1, p1 rib, making a buttonhole on the 3rd and every following 16th row (that is the 3rd, 19th, 35th and 51st rows)

Leave the stitches on a safety pin for the neckband.

Cut off yarn

 

The Button Band

Using 3.25cm needles and main colour, cast on 7sts

Work 64 rows in k1, p1 rib.  Do not cut off yarn

The Neckband

Rib across the 7sts from the button band, knit across the 4sts on a safety pin from the front neck, pick up and knit 10sts from the front slope edge, knit across the 8sts from one sleeve top, 23sts from the back, and 8sts from second sleeve top, pick up and knit 10sts down front edge, 4sts on a safety pin at the front neck, then rib across the 7sts of the buttonhole band.   (81sts)

Rib across the row, making a buttonhole as before (above the others made on the buttonhole band)

Work 3 rows in rib.

Cast off in rib.

Join the sleeve seams, and join the sleeves to the back and fronts.

Join the button and buttonhole bands to the fronts.

Sew on buttons.


 
 
 
If you want a smaller baby cardigan, you can follow the instructions above and use 4ply yarn and 3.25mm needles
 
To fit a baby of around 0 - 3 months
Actual width  ~  17 1/2 "  (45cm)
Length  ~  9"  (23cm)
Sleeve length  ~  5 " (13cm)

 
 
 

 

15 comments :

  1. It's a lovely little cardigan Marianna, I love stripes especially when it's only two because you can carry the wool up the sides and there aren't many ends to weave in. Thank you for another lovely pattern. :)

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  2. This is a lovely baby-shape cardigan.

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  3. Good morning. I love to read your blog and have nominated you for an award. You can see more info here:
    http://bagsofwool.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/liebster-award.html

    Have a great day!
    Una of Great Balls of Wool.

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    1. Una - what a delight to find that you have nominated me as one of you award winners!
      It's my first blog award - so it is a huge honour. Thank you so much.
      Best wishes. Marianna

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  4. i just LOVE STRIPES!!! and these cute baby cardigans are not the exception. They are super cute, Marianna. I will have to make one soon ;-)

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  5. Super! ♥ What a cute, cute cardigan. Both are pretty, I like the one in mint/turquoise tones especially :-). Thank you so much for the pattern, dear Marianna, and a general big thank you for always sharing your great patterns!
    Have a nice evening :-). Nata xxx

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  6. Super cute and so nice of you to give examples of striping patterns! Thanks for the pattern!

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  7. Hi

    I love this pattern and am going to give it a go. Whilst I have never done one, I understand that the front and back are knitted together thus creating one seam to sew at the end down the side. However I'm a bit stumped with the instruction just after the shape armholes section "Continue on first front only" Could you please explain a bit more.
    Thanks

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  8. Hello, loving knitting this pattern, but I'm not a knitting expert by any means, please could you tell me how to do the button holes. Thank you

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  9. What a fantastic pattern. Nice of you to put some colour variation styles for people to look at too. Thank you very much

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  10. What a fantastic pattern. Nice of you to put some colour variation styles for people to look at too. Thank you very much

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  11. 'Shaping arm hole', row: p25, c/off 6, p54, c/off 6, p24... Well that doesn't add up to 117 St. I have knitted it twice in two different ways and it isn't working. Please help me get this right.

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    1. If you include the stitches you use to C/O 6, you have two stitches left over. 25+7+54+7+24 = 117. After that, the directions get hazy. I don't know what 'Continue on first front only means.'

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  12. I'm trying this pattern and I got to the armholes and became throroughly confused. What does 'Continue on first front only' mean?

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    1. after youve completed cast off sections you should see three sections separated by the cast offs. Two fronts and the back. Work on the section you still have the yarn attached to first. This is a front. Then you complete the back section (middle section on needles) and finally the other front.

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