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Basic Baby Sweater Free Knitting Pattern

Basic Baby Sweater Free Knitting Pattern

One of the best things about this basic baby sweater free knitting pattern is how easy you can create a unique knitted sweater. Multiple sizes available, use different colors to match boy or girl plus a cute little beanie to protect your baby’s head. Also, get some useful tips on how to knit this basic baby sweater in round and how to bind off your center neckline.

Materials: 4 to 12 oz. Worsted weight yarn

Size 8 needles or size to give a correct gauge

Yarn needle for finishing

Gauge at 5 st to 1″                  Gauge at 4 sts to 1″

Cast on                                     Cast on

6 to 12 mths: 60                         6 to 12 mths: 46

Size 2: 64                                   Size 2: 46

Size 4: 68                                   Size 4: 50

Size 6: 72                                   Size 6: 58

Size 8: 76                                  Size 8: 62

Size 10: 80                                Size 10: 66

Size 12: 84                                Size 12: 70

Body:

Rows 1-6: Knit

Row 7 : Knit

Row 8: Purl

Repeat Rows 7 and 8 for _____inches

Size 6mths to 12: 4.5″

Size 2: 5

Size 4: 6

Size 6: 6.5

Size 8: 7

Size 10: 7.5

Size 12: 8

Sleeves:

Cast on ______stitches at the beginning of the next two rows keeping in pattern

5 sts. To 1″                                 4 sts to 1

Size 6 to 12 months: 20                 16

Size 2: 24                                     20

Size 4: 28                                     24

Size 6: 32                                     28

Size 8: 36                                     32

Size 10: 40                                   36

Size 12: 44                                   40

Knit in pattern for ________ inches, keeping first three and last three stitches on all rows in Knit only.

Size 6 to 12: 4″

Size 2: 5

Size 4: 5.5

Size 6: 6

Size 8: 6.5

Size 10: 7

Size 12: 7.5

On all sizes Knit 4 rows even. Bind off as if to purl.

Repeat all rows for a second piece.

Sew shoulders leaving a 7, (7, 7.5, 7.5, 8, 8, 8.5)” hole for the neck opening.

With right sides together , sew under sleeve and side seams as one seam.

 

Some changes you might like to make:

Knit and purl your sleeve stitches slipping the first stitch on every row and dont do the three beginning and end stitches in knit. After completing the sweater, seam the shoulders , then pick up and knit the slipped stitches at the bottom of the sleeve. Work in K1, P1 for 8 rows and bind off. Gives a nice little cuff to your sweater.

You can also pick up the neck stitches as follows

 

After the shoulder seams are sewn you can also , with a 16″ size 6 or 7 circular needle

Pick up_______ stitches

5sts to 1″                                    4 sts. To 1″

6 to 12 mths: 70                          60

2: 74                                           64

4: 78                                           68

6: 82                                           72

8: 86                                           76

10: 90                                         80

12: 94                                         84

Knit 1, Purl 1 around for 6 rows. Bind off loosely in Purl.

You may also prefer to knit your sweater in the round.  Cast on double the amount of stitches(front and back)  and knit in the round on a circular needle until your sweater reaches the underarms.  Work the sleeves on straight needles.

 

Another tip is to knit to the neckline,  bind off your center neckline stitches (neckline opening size times the gauge ) on your knit row , then cast those stitches back on during the following row.  This row will start your back side of the sweater.  Follow the directions, then in reverse for your second piece.