I was making a baby cardigan for a friend of mine who had a baby girl. I was knitting it using a 30daysweater.com layout. I decided to use some open work pattern to make it wearable in spring and even summer. I would be interesting to see someone else making it. Here is a free baby knit cardigan pattern.

Baby Cardigan

Baby Cardigan

Size: 0 – 3 month

Gauge: 24 sts x 35 rows = 4” in stockinet stitch

Yarn: any sport weight yarn. I was using yarn that was stashed for a while and didn’t have any labels.

With main colour (MC) cast on 40 sts.

Row 1 (WS): p1, PM (right front), p1, PM, p7, PM (sleeve), p22, PM (back), p7, PM (sleeve), p1, PM, p1 (left front).

Row 2: (RS) k1, k1 into the sts below (inc), lift one right (KRL), k2, lift one left (KLL), k6, lift one right (KRL), k2, lift one left (KLL), k21 (one st before marker), lift one right (KRL), k2, lift one left (KLL), k6, lift one right (KRL), k2, lift one left (KLL), k1 into the sts below (inc), k1.

Row 3 and all odd rows: purl.

Row 4: k1, k1 into the sts below (inc), k2, KRL, k2, KLL, k7, KRL, k2, KLL, k22 (one st before marker), KRL, k2, KLL, k2, k1 into the sts below (inc), k1.

Continue increases on the RS of your work. For a neckline inc by k1 st into the st below after the first st and before the last st until you have 11 sts before the first marker and after the last marker (left and right fronts of cardigan).

Inc for raglan one st before and one st after markers 2, 3, 4, 5 by KRL and KLL. Work raglan increases until you have a total of 172 sts. End with purl row.

Divide for sleeves:

Row 1: K26, transfer 35 sts to the holding needle or working yarn (sleeve), CO 1 st, k50, transfer 35 sts to the holding needle or working yarn (sleeve), CO 1 st, k26. Total 104 sts for body.

Row 2: purl.

Row 3: knit.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: purl.

Row 6, 8, 10: knit.

Row 7, 9, 11: purl.

Repeat rows 4 – 11 one more time.

Change colour (B). Start zig-zag lace pattern.

Row 1: purl.

Row 2: purl.

Row 3: *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, yo, rep from * till 8 sts, end with k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k5.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso,  k1, k2tog, yo, k1, rep from * till the end.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: *k3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, rep from * till the end.

Row 8: purl.

Rep row 1 – 8 of zig-zag lace pattern one more time.

Purl next 8 rows.

Bind off in purl.

This is how lace pattern looks like. I hope you’ve got the same.

Cardigan lace work

Cardigan lace work

Sleeves:

Transfer 35 sts from holding needle (or scrap yarn) to 3 double pointing knitting needles. Pick up 3 sts from body edge. PM for the beginning of the round. With the main colour start working in the rounds in the following way.

Round 1 – 3: knit.

Rnd 4: purl.

Rnd 5: k2tog, knit till 3 last sts, k2tog, k1.

Rnd 6 – 11: knit.

Rnd 12: k2tog, knit till 3 last sts, k2tog, k1. Total of 34 sts at the end of round.

Change colour (B)

Rnd 13: purl.

Rnd 14: *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, yo, rep from *, k2.

Rnd 15: knit.

Rnd 16: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso,  k1, k2tog, yo, k1, rep from *, k2.

Rnd 17: knit.

Rnd 18: *k3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, rep from *, k2.

Rnd19: knit.

Rnd 20: purl.

Rep rnd 19 – 20 three more times.

Bind off in knit.

Make one more sleeve the same way.

Cardigan sleeve

Cardigan sleeve

Button band:

CO 29 evenly along cardigan right front panel from bottom to top. Knit 3 rows.

Next row: k17, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k2.

Knit 3 rows. Bind off.

CO 29 sts evenly along cardigan left front panel from top to bottom. Knit 7 rows. Bind off.

Collar: (optional)

CO 40 sts alongside the neckline from right front panel to the left front panel. Knit 4 rows.

Row 5: (RS) Knit all stitches.

Row 6: K4, purl until last 4 sts, k4.

Rep rows 5 – 6 six more times.

Knit 4 rows. Bind off.

I hope you enjoy knitting this free pattern. Don’t hesitate to point out any errors or inconsistencies as recording patterns is new to me and I am still learning. Happy baby knitting!