Baby Baby Sweater Pattern

One of my favorite yarns to dye is a cotton lycra blend I call Baby Baby.  It is a great yarn for natural dyeing; when I dipped it in the indigo vat, it took the dye fabulously.  It looks stone washed with one dip.  Trying to find a pattern that would compliment the yarn was becoming frustrating, so I decided to try my hand at something really easy like a baby sweater.  This pattern knits up quickly.  The yarn is quirky; you will soon get the hang of using it, however!  The key is to keep your tension loose.  I started out with size five needles, but ended up using a US 7.

Coming soon….I’m also designing a hat to use up the remainder of the second skein.


Baby Baby
An Easy Sweater Pattern for a New Baby by Suzie Jenkins

Finished Size Using DK Yarn
18 ¼ inches body circumference
8 ½ inch  body length
3 ½ inch sleeve length

Yarn
Approximately 300 yards. The yarn used is a very stretchy cotton lycra hand dyed yarn from Lakeshore Textiles called Baby Baby.  Baby Baby is a DK weight yarn.     Baby Baby comes in a 200 yard skein, and there is enough left from the second skein for a little hat.
Needles and Notions
US 7  24 inch circulars for DK weight yarn with stretch
1 split stitch marker or safety pin
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn or 2 stitch holders
Gauge
Gauge will determine the size of sweater.
Newborn-  three month -5 ½ stitches per inch.
Six month -1 year- 4 stitches per inch
1-2 year- 3 stitches per inch

Notes Sizing can be accomplished by varying the yarn size.  These dimensions are adequate for a newborn to three month old baby.  The yarn used is a very stretchy cotton lycra hand dyed yarn from Lakeshore Textiles called Baby Baby.  Baby Baby is a DK weight yarn.   It’s best to knit with loose tension; at first knitting in this way seems odd, but soon will become easy as the beautiful fabric emerges.  A larger sweater for a year old baby is knit following the same directions but using a heavier weight yarn; a worsted weight boucle such as  Dragonne, a wool and nylon yarn with a lot of stretch, or a sweater for a toddler using a bulky yarn such as Lakeshore Textiles Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton.

It is best to know the size you are aiming for, and keep your tape measure close by.  The body circumference can  be altered by casting on more or less stitches and the  length more or less ridges.

Directions
Loosely cast on 100 stitches.
In garter stitch, knit 25 garter ridges, or approximately 41/2 inches.  This is where length can be added to the sweater by knitting additional ridges.
Place the stitch marker on the right side of the sweater.
Separating the fronts….
Knit next 25 stitches and place them on waste yarn or stitch holder.
Knit next 75 stitches to end, turn.
Knit next 25 stitches and place them on waste yarn or stitch holder.
The two fronts are now on waste yarn.

Photo shows one front on waste yarn, one front completed, back completed.  The V area between the front and the back is where the stitches will be picked up to knit the sleeve.

Knitting the back…Knit center 50 stitches 3 ½ inches or 22 garter ridges. Bind off loosely.
Knitting the fronts….Pick up the stitches from waste yarn on right front and knit 3 ½ inches or approximately 22 garter ridges.  Bind off loosely.  Repeat on left side.

Sleeves…On right side, pick up a stitch in every garter ridge starting at the top right back, along the right back to the armpit, up the right front.  There should be approximately 56 stitches.  Knit 11 garter ridges.
Decrease row….. Knit 5 stitches, knit two together, repeat k5, k2t to end.  48 stitches.
Knit 8 rows, or 4 garter ridges.
Decrease rows…k3, k2t to end, repeat over again.  32 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off loosely.
Repeat on Left side.

Finishing
With Right sides together, pin along upper sleeve seams to shoulders,  two inches.  Leave 5 inches approximately for the neck opening. Using a tapestry needle and yarn, stitch seams along sleeve top and shoulder closed.

Closure Options
You may braid strands of yarn and secure on either side fronts for a tie closure.
Buttonholes…as you are knitting fronts, on one side, knit 3, yarn over, knit two together at the 19th and 25th ridge for buttonholes.  Place buttons on the opposite side.


Baby Baby
An Easy Sweater Pattern for a New Baby by Suzie Jenkins

Finished Size Using DK Yarn
18 ¼ inches body circumference
8 ½ inch  body length
3 ½ inch sleeve length

Yarn
Approximately 300 yards.  These dimensions are adequate for a newborn to three month old baby.  The yarn used is a very stretchy cotton lycra hand dyed yarn from Lakeshore Textiles called Baby Baby.  Baby Baby is a DK weight yarn.   It’s best to knit with loose tension; at first knitting in this way seems odd, but soon will become easy as the beautiful fabric emerges.  Baby Baby comes in a 200 yard skein, and there is enough left from the second skein for a little hat.
Needles and Notions
US 7  24 inch circulars for DK weight yarn with stretch
1 split stitch marker or safety pin
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn or 2 stitch holders
Gauge
Gauge will determine the size of sweater.
Newborn-  three month -5 ½ stitches per inch.
Six month -1 year- 4 stitches per inch
1-2 year- 3 stitches per inch

Notes Sizing can be accomplished by varying the yarn size.  These dimensions are adequate for a newborn to three month old baby.  The yarn used is a very stretchy cotton lycra hand dyed yarn from Lakeshore Textiles called Baby Baby.  Baby Baby is a DK weight yarn.   It’s best to knit with loose tension; at first knitting in this way seems odd, but soon will become easy as the beautiful fabric emerges.  A larger sweater for a year old baby is knit following the same directions but using a heavier weight yarn; a worsted weight boucle such as  Dragonne, a wool and nylon yarn with a lot of stretch, or a sweater for a toddler using a bulky yarn such as Lakeshore Textiles Naturally Dyed Organic Cotton.

It is best to know the size you are aiming for, and keep your tape measure close by.  The body circumference can  be altered by casting on more or less stitches and the  length more or less ridges.

Directions
Loosely cast on 100 stitches.
In garter stitch, knit 25 garter ridges, or approximately 41/2 inches.  This is where length can be added to the sweater by knitting additional ridges.
Place the stitch marker on the right side of the sweater.
Separating the fronts….
Knit next 25 stitches and place them on waste yarn or stitch holder.
Knit next 75 stitches to end, turn.
Knit next 25 stitches and place them on waste yarn or stitch holder.
The two fronts are now on waste yarn.
 Photo shows one front on waste yarn, one front completed, back completed.  The V area between the front and the back is where the stitches will be picked up to knit the sleeve.

Knitting the back…Knit center 50 stitches 3 ½ inches or 22 garter ridges. Bind off loosely.
Knitting the fronts….Pick up the stitches from waste yarn on right front and knit 3 ½ inches or approximately 22 garter ridges.  Bind off loosely.  Repeat on left side.

Sleeves…On right side, pick up a stitch in every garter ridge starting at the top right back, along the right back to the armpit, up the right front.  There should be approximately 56 stitches.  Knit 11 garter ridges.
Decrease row….. Knit 5 stitches, knit two together, repeat k5, k2t to end.  48 stitches.
Knit 8 rows, or 4 garter ridges.
Decrease rows…k3, k2t to end, repeat over again.  32 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off loosely.
Repeat on Left side.

Finishing
With Right sides together, pin along upper sleeve seams to shoulders,  two inches.  Leave 5 inches approximately for the neck opening. Using a tapestry needle and yarn, stitch seams along sleeve top and shoulder closed.

Closure Options
You may braid strands of yarn and secure on either side fronts for a tie closure.
Buttonholes…as you are knitting fronts, on one side, knit 3, yarn over, knit two together at the 19th and 25th ridge for buttonholes.  Place buttons on the opposite side.

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