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 byRebecca Novelli is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
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)
Cast-on: Crochet cast-on
Bind-off: Provisional and Crochet bind-offs
Increase stitch: Bar increase
Loom Knitting Instructions
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
The bind-off will be a wide “U” shape around the neck. These stitches will be picked up when you finish off the sweater.
Work sleeves. (below)
- 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.
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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.