Knitted Baby Cardigans

Knitted Baby Cardigans

I love knitting baby cardigans. They are great as shower gifts as well as for advancing and practicing your knitting skills. Below are patterns that I have tried and succeeded. 

Hyphen Baby Cardigan

Knitting baby cardigans is one of my favorite past time activity. This pattern was written by Lisa Chemery. You can find it on Ravelry for a small fee. I paid about $10 CAD for this pattern. I only post patterns that I have made. This means that they are doable!

Tips

  • I was confused when I got to the increases. M1A is a new knitting term for me and when I went to the given video, I thought M1A meant (make a loop +1 knit). Because of that, the increases were completely off. M1A is only the loop itself. That is the only way M1A + K2 will create accurate stitch counts
  • There are places when there are stitch count totals. Do check to see if yours match to avoid missing out on any errors that will be painful to fix 
  • I used 9″ 5mm circular needles for the arms
  • The buttons were plastic snap buttons I bought from Amazon. Refills are cheap on Aliexpress.
  • Online counters are useful for keeping track of where you are. I always lose my actual counters!

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Jasmine Baby Cardigan

This pattern is one of my favorite from Marianna. She has a lot of straight forward and fast projects. These are super adorable paired with baby-themed buttons! Click here to see the instructions.

Tips

  • If using DK needles, use at least 4.25mm and up. I made one with 3.75mm and the arm came out very narrow. Unless you’re trying to make a premie outfit, don’t make the same mistake I did
  • Always use a circular needle with a short cable line to make fast sleeves
  • You can buy these adorable buttons on Ebay. They are usually around $2 CAD for 100 of them! I like to buy from Aliexpress now because Ebay has had a lot of their items held back at customs for months. 

Vintage Top-Down Inspired Cardigan

Some of the vintage cardigan patterns are hard to follow along. So I decided to do some tweaking and made my own. I changed the border of the cardigan as the seed stitches were driving me crazy and I didn’t like how they looked anyway. The original design and instructions can be found here. Below is my own modified version. 

3.5mm, Light Fingering Yarn

Abbreviations

  • yo:yarn over
  • ktog: knit 2sts together
  • PM: place marker

 

CO64

Rows 1-4 in stockinette will create a cute, curled neckline.

R1: K

R2: P

R3: K

R4: P

R5: K

R6: K

R7: (Buttonhole)(k3,yo, ktog,k3); PM; k; PM  in last 8 sts; (k8)

** Each border = k8 on every row. I abbreviated them to make the pattern look easier to read. B1=k8; B2=K8. This creates a simple garter border on the cardigan **

R8: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R9: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R10: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R11: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R12: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R13: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R14: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R15: B1; K across row increasing in first and every 5th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (74 sts).

** Always count check when reminded!! I got lazy before and had to take the cardigan apart ! **

R16: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R17: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R18: B1; K until last 8sts, B2  << Notice K

R19: k1P1K1, yo, k2tog, P1K1P1; knit to end of row, B2

R20: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R21: (buttonhole row)  K3, K2tog, K3; K across row increasing in first and every 3rd st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (110 sts).

R22: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R23: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R24: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R25: B1; K across row increasing in every 5th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (128 sts).

R26: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R27: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R28: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R29: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R30: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R31: B1; * yo, Ktog, repeat from *, B2

R32: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R33: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R34: B1; * With right needle, pick up stitch from bar between sts and place on left needle. P picked up st with next st on needle together* B2

R35: (buttonhole row)  K3, K2tog, K3; K until last 8sts, B2 

R36: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R37: B1; K across row increasing in 1st st and every 10th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (140sts).

R38: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R39: B1; K across row increasing in first and every 5th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (165 sts).

R40: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R41: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R42: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R43: B1; K across row increasing in every 10th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (179sts).

R44: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R45: B1; K across row increasing in every 8th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (199sts).

R46: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R47: B1; K until last 8sts, B2 

R48: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R49: B1; K across row increasing in 1st, and every  12th st between borders, in the last 8 sts, B2 (215sts).

R50: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R51: B1; * Y o, slip (sl) 1, K 2, slip the sl st over the 2 knitted sts, repeat from * across row, ending with K 1; B2

R52: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R53: B1; K 2, * y o, sl 1, K 2, slip the sl st over the 2 knitted sts, repeat from * across row ending with K 2; B2

R54: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R55: B1; K 1, * y o, slip 1, K 2, slip the sl st over the 2 knitted sts, repeat from * across row; B2

R56: B1; P until last 8 sts, B2

R57: 



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