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

Plain and Simple Baby Cardigan ~ Premature Baby 

PLAIN and Simple Baby Cardigan Jacket   ~  Medium Premature Baby Jacket                        

Requirements:

35g DK yarn               
4mm needles             
5 small buttons

Tension/Gauge:

22sts = 4” (10cm)

Measurements:

Width:                          13” (33cm)
Length:                        7“ (18cm)
Sleeve length:             4½” (11.5cm)


Instructions:

Begin with the Sleeves (work 2)

Cast on 25sts

1st Row:   S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
2nd Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
Repeat last 2 rows 3 times more 
Work 26 rows in stocking stitch, increasing one stitch at each end of 5th, 11th and 17th rows   (31sts)
The sleeve should now measure about 4½” – you can add more rows if required 
Next Row:  Cast off 3sts, knit to last 3sts, cast off 3sts         (25sts)

If you have never done this before – don’t panic !! It is easy to do
·        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 25 stitches on a spare needle, or stitch holder


Work the Main Part

Cast on 77sts

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 once more
9th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
10th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat the last 2 rows twice more
15th RowS1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
16th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
17th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
18th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat the last 2 rows four times more
27th Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
28th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
29th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1. p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
30th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
31st Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k12, cast off 6sts, knit 30sts, cast off 6sts, k11, p1, k1, p1, k2

Joining Row ~
32nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p12, put the 25sts on a stitch holder back onto the left-hand needle and purl across them, purl 31sts from the back, put the 25sts on a stitch holder onto the left-hand needle and purl across them for the second sleeve, purl 12sts from left front, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1                    (115sts)



Work the Top Part all in one
33rd Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k10, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k27, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k10, p1, k1, p1, k2                 (107sts)
34th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
35th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, p1, k1, p1, k2                   (99sts)
36th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k13
37th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k8, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k8, p1, k1, p1, k2                   (91sts)
38th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
39th Row S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), k1, p1, k7, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k7, p1, k1, p1, k2                        (83sts)

40th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
41st Row:   S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k6, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2                   (75sts)
42nd Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
43rd Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k5, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k5, p1, k1, p1, k2                   (67sts)
44th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
45th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, k4, p1, k1, p1, k2                     (59sts)
46th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
47th Row:  S1, k1, p1, k1, p1, knit to last 5sts, p1, k1, p1, k2
48th Row:  S1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl to last 5sts, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
49th Row:  S1, * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
50th Row:  S1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end
51st Row:  S1, k2tog, yrn, (makes a buttonhole), * k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
52nd 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 ! 


I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.  
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.    

However, please do not copy my patterns

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20 comments:

  1. Thank you for this pretty little cardigan. It's adorable.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate it. M

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    2. I love this pattern Marianna thank you soo much.

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  2. what a lovely wee cardigan, thank you for the great pattern

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    1. Thank you :) - I think it will look good knitted in self-patterning yarn too ! M

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  3. It's amazing
    Thank you once again for a wonderful pattern

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  4. I love your patterns, easy to follow and always knit up beautifully. How a about this for a preemie?

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  5. Love it!!! Any chance that larger sizes will be available anytime soon????

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  6. you have no idea how many knitters will be delighted with this pattern; Thank you very much

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  7. Beautiful little pattern, ans so easy to knit. I love that there are no separate bands to knit. Thank you so much for the free pattern. Is it possible to make this in larger sizes though as there is a history of bigger babies round here?

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  8. Just what I've been looking for. Wool shop here I come!

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  9. knitting this just now lovely easy pattern thanks marianna

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  10. This is awesome thank you soo much. I can't wait to knit one in cotton.

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  11. lovely wee cardigan so easy to knit

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  12. Just finished one so easy to knit thank you for the pattern

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  13. love all your patterns, thank you so much

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  14. This is great, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, looking forward to knitting �� again.

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  15. Hi Marrianna I love this pattern so much my grandson is getting bigger now and I was wondering if at some point you could make it bigger.
    Love your patterns

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  16. Great pattern Would love it in a Newborn size

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