Easy Loom Knitting Baby Sweater

This is a pattern for an easy-to-make baby sweater. A good first project for someone who has learned their basic stitches on the knitting loom. Please feel free to contact me about it if you have any questions. Detailed instructions and pictures will be coming next week. I wanted to familiarize you with the pattern first before stepping you through it. The pattern was written for the gauge listed below. You may find that you need to use a different loom to knit to that gauge (that’s OK!). If you would like to use a different loom and need a different gauge, you will need to convert the pattern. Please contact me for help if you need it. I will post this same pattern converted to use with a Knifty Knitter and chunky yarn soon.

Infant Sweater

Creative Commons LicenseInfant Sweater byRebecca Novelli is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Pattern Information

Loom: DA ESG Wonderloom
Gauge: 4 sts 5 rws per 1″, Twisted Stockinette St
Yarn: Pymouth Jellie Beenz, Baby Blue
Estimated Ydg: 220
Main stitch: Twisted Stockinette St (knit tbl (e-wrap) stitch)

Suggestions

Cast-on: Crochet cast-on
Bind-off: Provisional and Crochet bind-offs
Increase stitch: Bar increase

Loom Knitting Instructions

Back

  • Cast on 41 sts.
  • Estab rib pat on Row 1: *K1 , P1.
  • Repeat from *. End K1. Work 7 rws. On row 8, increase as below using a bar increase. [1.5"].
  • Rib-to-Body Inc Row:[Work 6, inc 1 in next st] 5x, work 6. (46 sts)
  • Work in pat st until piece meas 6″ [row 22]. Place underarm markers.
  • Cont in pat st until piece meas 10.5″ [row 46].
  • Bind off all stitches using a provisional bind-off using a different color yarn. Do not gather. (Stitches will be used as: 15 shoulder sts, 16 back neck sts, 15 shoulder sts.)

Work Front. (below)

Front

  • Work as for back, including all shaping, and, at the same time when piece meas 8.5″ [row 34]
  • Begin Neck Shaping: Work to stitch 20. Bind off center 6 sts using a provisional bind-off using a different color yarn. Do not gather.
  • Attach another ball of yarn on opposite side of bound off stitches and complete the row.
  • Work both sides at once. Bind off 2 sts (each side) at neck edge 1 x using provisional bind-off. Use the same yarn used for the center stitches.
  • Dec 1 st at each neck edge by binding off as above, every other row 3x.
  • The bind-off will be a wide “U” shape around the neck. These stitches will be picked up when you finish off the sweater.

  • Cont in pat st until each side meas 10.5″ [row 46].
  • Leaving a long tail on each side, bind-off as for back but with separate yarns holding each side.

Work sleeves. (below)

Sleeves

  • Cast on 21 sts.
  • Work same as body rib for 7 rws [1.5"]. On the next rib rw:
  • Cuff-to-Sleeve-Inc Row: Work 5 [inc 1 in next st, work 4, inc 1 in next st, work 5] 1 x, [inc 1 in next st, work 4] 1 x.
  • Sleeve Shaping: Work one (odd #) row.
  • Begin sleeve shaping: Inc 1 st on each side every 2nd rw 1x, then every 4th rw 5x.
  • Cont in pat st until piece meas 6.5″[row 26].
  • Leaving a long tail, bind off using a provisional bind-off using a different color piece of yarn (total of 36 sts). Do not gather.

Blocking

Some people choose to skip this step but it’s a mistake. It makes a difference, even with acrylic and it’s your chance to “fix” uneven fabric.

  • Wet block by spray. Do not press.

Finishing & Assembly

Sides

  • Place RS Front and Back fabrics facing each other.
  • On the left side, join the seam from the bottom up to row 22 where the underarm markers are located and then again for the top 6 rows.
  • Repeat the the right side.
  • Weave in all ends.

Finish each shoulder. (15 sts)

Shoulders

  • With the sweater inside out, place the stitches from both fabrics for the left shoulder onto a loom (first 15 stitches)
  • Knit off all stitches
  • Bind off using the crochet bind-off.
  • Weave in ends.
  • Repeat for the right shoulder (last 15 stitches).

Finish the Neck.

Neck

  • On a circular loom, place the 16 sts from each fabric around neck edge for a total of 32 stitches on the circular loom.
  • Work in single rib (*K1 , P1; rep from * to end) for 1″ or desired length.
  • Bind off loosely using a crochet bind-off.
  • Weave in ends.

Finish each sleeve.

Sleeves

Work with the sleeve RS out and the torso WS out.

  • Setup a FG Wonderloom as a 36-peg circular loom.
  • Place each sleeve row from the torso onto a peg. Remember that the WS should be facing out, down the loom.
  • Push the RS-out sleeve down the torse and place each stitch on top of a stitch on the loom. There should be two stitches on each peg when you are finished.
  • Knit off.
  • Bind off using a crochet bind-off.
  • Weave in ends.
  • Repeat for the other sleeve.

11 Comments

  1. gale
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I would love to make an adult sweater, I havn’t found a pattern. Could you please help.

    Thanks,
    Gale

  2. desi
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    what does it mean to “work in pat”?

    Thanks!

  3. Posted February 9, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this list. Your posts are so helpful!

  4. Posted September 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    desi- work in pattern means that you continue around as the instructions *prior* to that note have indicated.

  5. mayra
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    were is the pictures for this pattern? tell me how to find it.

  6. Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    There are no pictures available of the pattern at this time.

  7. Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    It’s actually work in pat st not work in pat. That may be what caused the confusion. Work in pat st means to work in the pattern stitch, which in this case is Twisted Stockinette St (knit tbl (e-wrap) stitch).

  8. Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jenn, thanks for your answer. Actually, Desi didn’t copy down all of the instructions in her query. To make sure everyone is on the same page, it’s Work in pat st and it means to work in the pattern stitch, which is Twisted Stockinette for this pattern.

  9. mayra
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    hi Rebecca thank you for answering my question it cause you had said u were going to post picyres, but no i hav another question or two…. 1st. what loom such i use? 2nd. on ur pattern for baby sweater u start by saying on BACK: instructions *cast on 41 sts
    than it says *Estab rib pat on row 1: k1,p1… can you tell me what that means… please.

  10. mayra
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    sorry for my bad spelling i meant to say pictures…

  11. Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Mayra,

    1. The loom used is listed in the first line under Pattern Information. Decor Accents was purchased and I’m not sure if this loom is still sold and if it is, if it’s made the same way. As a reminder, what loom was used isn’t nearly as important as the gauge. I’m sure you realize that we could both use the same loom and yarn but our knitting styles may be different — you may work your stitches much tighter or looser than mine so you’d need to change the pattern accordingly or use a different loom to make sure that the size of the garment stayed the same. As you know, this isn’t as important when you’re knitting a scarf or a blanket but when you move to fitted garments, it’s essential! This holds true whether whether knitting with a loom or needles. If you can’t remember how to do this, there are directions on Loom Knitting Help under how to substitute yarn. Even though the title may seem like it’s not related, the concept is the same for both.
    2. As I responded to you privately yesterday, the pattern assumes that you are already familiar with standard knitting vocabulary. Loom Knitting Help does have a small primer on abbreviations as well as a glossary if this is new territory for you. The Craft Yarn Council also has information on How to Read a Knitting Pattern as well as a Knitting Abbreviations Master List. I hope one of these links will help you with your questions.

    While the sweater is marked as easy, as noted in the post’s opening paragraph, it assumes that you have already learned the basic stitches so it’s not an appropriate pattern for someone who is relatively new to knitting. You can learn more about skill levels for knitting and crocheting at the Craft Yarn Council‘s Skill Levels page. Reviewing the information presented about each stitch in this section as well as the ones noted below should also help answer the bulk of your questions.

    1. the single rib stitch pattern
    2. the twisted stockinette stitch pattern
    3. the bar increase stitch
    4. the knit two together through the back loop (k2tog tbl) decrease stitch
    5. the slip slip knit through the back loop (ssk tbl) decrease stitch
    6. the crochet cast-on method
    7. the provisional bind-off method

    The offer to join the preliminary project is still open if you’d like to participate. I think it would help give you a strong background that will help you work this pattern and future patterns with confidence. I think you’ll find the other ladies involved to be very supportive and lots of fun to knit with. Please contact me privately to learn more about it.

    I am sorry the pictures and Knifty Knitter converted pattern weren’t posted but I’ve had some very serious health issues over the past four years as well as family business to attend. This is why I pop on the blog so infrequently. I will try to get both of these done but they will need to wait until after the project I’m working on is near completion as this will help prepare loom knitters to work these patterns.

    Best of luck and happy knitting!