Free Baby Cardigan Knitting Pattern
Araucania (affiliate link) Ranco Multi fingering weight yarn 376 yd (344 m)/100 gr, color #322 (A) - 1 skein
Lorna's Laces (affiliate link) Shephers Sock Solid 215 yds/197 m pe 57 gr skein - 1 skein. Color Natural. (B) - 1 skein
Lorna's Laces (affiliate link) Shephers Sock Solid 215 yds/197 m pe 57 gr skein - 1 skein. Color Pewter. (C) - 1 skein
You'll need small amounts of the last 2 yarns. Yarn A: 1 skein is enough for the cardigan and the bonnet.
Needles: 2 (2.75 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge for garter stitch: 20 st x 40 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)
Gauge for stocking stitch: 24 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts
In rounds: all rows - knit
All rows - knit sts
1 round and all odd rounds - knit sts
2 round and all even rounds - purl sts
The 1st and last stitch of the pattern are selvedge stitches. To make the edges of your work even and smooth 2 more stitches (selvedge stitches) are added. You should always slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch. The selvedge stitches are not counted in the pattern unless otherwise specified.
The cardigan is worked from the top to the bottom back and forth without seams.
With yarn C cast on 54 sts on needles #2 and knit 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 edge st, 7 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 10 sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 14 sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 10 sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 7 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work garter stitch for 26 rows (13 ridges) increasing for 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows: *M 1, k 1 (raglan st), M 1*. Work 18 rows with yarn C, 4 rows with yarn B and 4 rows with yarn C.
With yarn A on needles #3 work stocking stitch for 16 rows increasing for 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row. You'll have 222 sts.
Divide for sleeves
Work 1 edge st, 28 sts of the left front and 1 raglan st, cast on 4 sts with single cast on, transfer 52 st of the left sleeve to a length of yarn, work 1 raglan st, 56 sts of the back, 1 raglan st, transfer 52 st of the right sleeve to a length of yarn, cast on 4 sts with single cast on, work 1 raglan st and 28 sts of the right front and 1 edge st. Total 126 sts for the body of the cardigan (back and fronts). Work stocking stitch for 40 rows. With yarn C on needles #2 work garter stitch for 6 rows. Cast off.
Sleeves worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer 52 sts from the yarn to the needles #3 and pick up 4 sts over the 4 underarm sts. You'll have 56 sts. Place marker on the 2nd underarm st. Work 6 rounds.
To decrease the sleeve decrease by 2 sts on both side of the marker in every 3rd round 10 times (29 sts total in 30 rows).
With yarn C on needles #2 work garter sts for 6 rounds. Cast off.
For button bands with yarn C on needles #2 pick up 54 sts along the center of the front and knit 8 rows of garter stitch. Cast off.
On the right band make 5 button holes as follows: yo, k2tog.
Sew on 5 buttons.
Close up of the front
Back of the cardigan