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How to make a little baby cardigan
I wanted to make something really simple and fast. I’m guessing the size but it looks like a 0-3 months, apologies if I’m way out!

I made this in just over an hour! Great if you need a quick last minute gift. It hasn’t been test knit, except by myself, so please let me know if you find anything wrong.

I’m going to try and make it bigger, add longer sleeves etc and will add those details as and when I do

A big thank you to Linnah for noticing an error in stitch counts, I’ve now corrected this :)

Posted by Cate B. Published See Cate B.'s 2 projects »
  • Step 1

    5.5mm needles (I used circulars but straights will work too, you knit back and forth and not in the round)
    4 stitch markers
    Approximately 100yards of yarn (this is very approximate as the gift didn't list the yardage. I'm guessing the amount from the magazines suggestion of alternative yarn that could be used for the project it was intended for)
    Needle to weave ends, stitch on button and to embroider flowers, if you choose to add them
    One button
    Scraps of green yarn for stems and any colour preferred for flowers if you are adding them

  • Step 2

    Abbreviations used
    RS - right side
    WS - wrong side
    P - purl
    K - knit
    Sts - stitches
    YO - yarn over the needle
    K2tog - knit 2 stitches together
    KFB - knit into the front and back of the next stitch (increases one stitch)
    PM - place marker
    SM - slip marker
    Mkr - marker
    S1 - slip one stitch without knitting
    CO - cast on (I use long tail cast on but you can use whichever you prefer)
    Rep - repeat the instructions in the brackets

  • Step 3

    The cardigan is knit in one piece with no seaming
    CO 45 sts
    1 & 2. K1, P1 rib across all sts
    3. (K1, P1) rep to last 3 sts, yo, K2tog, K1
    4. (WS) S1, K2, P6, PM, P7, PM, P13, PM, P7, PM, P6, K3
    5. (RS) S1, K2, (K to 2 sts before mkr, KFB, K1, SM, K1, KFB ) rep three times, K to end
    6. S1, K2, P to last 3 sts, K3
    7 - 27. Rep rows 5 & 6. You should then have the following number of stitches between the mkrs. 21/31/37/31/21
    (Thank you to Linnah on Ravelry for noticing my numbers were wrong)
    28. S1, K2, P to mkr and then cast off sts until you reach the next mkr (27 sts), this will form the sleeve. P to the next mkr and then rep for the next sleeve. P to last 3 sts, K3
    29. S1, K to end of row. (77 sts)
    30. S1, K2, P to last 3 sts, K3
    31 - 38. Rep rows 29 & 30
    39. S1, (K1, P1) rep to end f row
    40. S1, (P1, K1) rep to end f row
    41. S1, (K1, P1) rep to end f row
    Cast off all sts purl wise
    Weave in ends and add button.
    I then embroidered stems along each front at different heights and small flowers on each stem. You could use small buttons for flowers if you wanted, or add anything else or nothing at all!

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