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Raglan Cotton Baby Sweater with Stripes

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

Size: 12m (18m, 24m, 2, 4)
Chest: 18 (19, 20, 21, 23) inches [46 (48, 50, 58) cm]

Materials:  Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Sport weight yarn, 164 yards (150 meters)  / 50 gr, color Natural - 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) balls (A) (shop for this yarn here!)
Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Sport weight yarn, 164 yards (150 meters)  / 50 gr, color Red - 0.25 ball (B) (shop for this yarn here!)
4 small buttons.

Needles: Circular US# 2 (2.75 mm) and dpn US # 2 (2.75 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 28 sts x 40 rows= 4" x 4"(10 x 10 cm)

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch in rows:
1st row and all odd rows - knit sts
2nd row and all even rows - purl sts

In rounds: all rows - knit

Ribbing 1X1 in rounds:
All rounds: *1k, 1p repeat across the round.

Directions

The sweater is worked from the top to the bottom back and forth and in rounds without seams.
With yarn A cast on 47 (47, 47, 47, 49) sts and purl 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 edge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 9 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 21 (21, 21, 21, 23) sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 9 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work stockinette st for 47 (51, 55, 59, 67) rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each even row as follows: M1 (make 1 - increase), k1, M1 at the raglan st.
At the same time in order to shape the neckline increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in all even rows 6 (8, 10, 12, 18) times.

Divide for sleeves
Row 48 (52, 56, 60, 68): knit the left front sts, transfer left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 sts with single cast on (for an underarm), work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 sts with single cast on (for an underarm) and knit right front stitches, cast on 4 sts with single cast on (for a front closure) and continue to work in rounds. Knit left front sts. Place a marker, this will be the beginning of the round.

Bodice:
Work 37 (41, 45, 49, 57) rounds more in stockinette or to desired length. To make stripes, work 3 rounds in color A and 1 round in color B.
Work 10 more in 1x1 ribbing. Bind off.

Placket:

Left placket: with right side facing, pick up 27 (31, 35, 39, 47) sts, work 3 rows in 1x1 ribbing.
Row 4: rib 3 sts, *k2tog, yo, rib 6 sts repeat 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) times for button holes
Rows 5-7 ribbing. Bind off.

Right placket: pick up 27 (31, 35, 39, 47) sts, rib 7 rows, bind off.
Sew the short side of the placket to the bodice, behind the left placket.


Sleeve:
Sleeves are worked in rounds. Best to use dpn.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 3 sts over the 3 underarm sts. Place a marker on the second underarm st, we'll make decreases before and after this st.
Work 20 rounds. Starting with round 21 make 1 st decrease in each odd round. In turn, make a decrease before the marked st, the next time make a decrease after the marked st.
To make a decrease before the marked st, ssk; to make a decrease after the marked st, k2tog.
Work 48 (52, 56, 60, 74) rounds in stockinette. Work another 15 rounds in 1x1 ribbing.
Bind off.

Collar:
With yarn A pick up sts on circular needles along the neckline.
Work stockinette st for 12 rounds. Bind off.
Thread yarn B in a tapestry needle and slip-stitch the collar in place.

Enjoy!



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