Red Heart Soft Baseball Jersey

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by Julie Farmer, Red Heart

Red Heart Soft Baseball Jersey

Your little one will hit a home run in cuteness when you knit this baseball-themed jersey for him or her!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 17 sts and 23 rows (4 inch) to knit a jersey that measures approximately 21 (23, 25, 27) inch to fit the chest; 25 (27, 29, 31) inch finished chest and 10-1/2 (12-3/4, 13-3/4, 15-1/2) inch across the bottom. Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Save time, check your gauge. Save time, check your gauge. If the needle listed under supplies does not work, use the size that allows you to obtain the required gauge. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere and the pattern. Special Stitches: pfb (Purl into front and back) = Purl next st but do not remove from needle, purl into back loop of same st and remove from needle. ssk = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop. Stripe Pattern = *Work 8 rows with Light Grey Heather, 2 rows with Navy; repeat from * for Stripe Pattern. Notes: Body of jersey is worked in one piece, beginning at left edge. Piece is divided at neck and Back and Front halves worked at the same time with separate balls of yarn. Roll Light Grey Heather and Navy into two separate balls, if needed, before beginning. The color is changed, as specified in Stripe Pattern, throughout the Body and Sleeves to create stripes. Sleeves are worked separately and sewn to Body. You may wish to use circular needles, working back and forth in rows as if working with straight needles, to accommodate the width of the Body fabric. You will need 1 skein of Light Grey Heather to make this Jersey in size 2 years and 2 skeins for sizes 4 years, 6 years and 8 years; you will need 1 skein each of Navy and White to make this Jersey for sizes 2 years, 4 years, 6 years and 8 years.
  • 2
    Body: With larger needles and Light Grey Heather, cast on 45 (54, 58, 66) sts, place a marker on needle, cast on 45 (54, 58, 66) more sts – 90 (108, 116, 132) sts. Slip marker as you come to it. With Light Grey Heather, work in Stockinette st (k on right side, p on wrong side) for 8 rows. With Navy, work in Stockinette st for 2 rows. Continue to work in Stockinette st and change color as in Stripe Pattern until piece measures about 4 (3-3/4, 4-1/4, 4-3/4) inch from beginning, end with a wrong side row.
  • 3
    Divide at Neck: Notes: The piece is now divided to begin neck. Continue to change color as in Stripe Pattern throughout remainder of Body. Row 1 (right side): Knit to marker for back, remove marker, join a 2nd ball of yarn, bind off next 2 sts, knit to end of row for left front—45 (54, 58, 66) back sts and 43 (52, 56, 64) left front sts. Left Front and Back: Note: Left front and back are now worked at the same time using the separate balls of yarn. Row 2: Purl to last 3 left front sts, p2tog, p1; Purl across back sts—42 (51, 55, 63) left front sts. Row 3: Knit across back sts; Bind off first 2 left front sts, knit to end of left front sts—40 (49, 53, 61) left front sts. Row 4: Purl to last 3 left front sts, p2tog, p1; Purl across back sts—39 (48, 52, 60) left front sts. Repeat last 2 rows 0 (4, 2, 0) more times—39 (36, 46, 60) front sts. Row 5 (13, 9, 5): Knit across back sts; Bind off first 3 left front sts, knit to end of left front sts—36 (33, 43, 57) left front sts. Row 6 (14, 10, 6): Purl to last 3 left front sts, p2tog, p1; Purl across back sts—35 (32, 42, 56) front sts. Repeat last 2 rows 3 (1, 3, 5) more times—23 (28, 30, 36) sts left front sts. Row 13 (17, 17, 17): Knit across back sts; Bind off all left front sts and fasten off 2nd ball of yarn. Right Front and Back: Row 1 (right side): With 2nd ball of yarn, cast on 23 (28, 30, 36) sts for right front following the back sts remaining on needle—45 (54, 58, 66) back sts and 23 (28, 30, 36) right front sts. Row 2: Purl to last 2 right front sts, pfb, p1; Purl across back sts—24 (29, 31, 37) right front sts. Row 3: Knit across back sts; Cast on 3 sts at beginning of right front sts, knit to end of right front sts—27 (32, 34, 40) right front sts. Repeat last 2 rows 3 (1, 3, 5) more times—39 (36, 46, 60) right front sts. Row 10 (6, 10, 14): Purl to last 2 right front sts, pfb, p1; Purl across back sts—40 (37, 47, 61) right front sts. Row 11 (7, 11, 15): Knit across back sts; Cast on 2 sts at beginning of right front sts, knit to end of right front sts—42 (39, 49, 63) right front sts. Repeat last 2 rows 0 (4, 2, 0) more time(s)—42 (51, 55, 63) right front sts. Row 12 (16, 16, 16): Purl to last 2 right front sts, pfb, p1; Purl across back sts—43 (52, 56, 64) right front sts. Row 13 (17, 17, 17) (joining row): Knit across back sts; using the 2nd ball of yarn cast on 2 sts at beginning of right front sts, then using ball of yarn attached to back sts, knit to end of right front sts—45 (54, 58, 66) right front sts, 90 (108, 116, 132) total sts. Cut 2nd ball of yarn. Work even in Stockinette st over all 90 (108, 116, 132) sts, and continue to change color as in Stripe Pattern, until piece measures about 4 (3-3/4, 4-1/4, 4-3/4) inch from back and right front joining row, end with a wrong side row. Bind off.
  • 4
    Sleeves (make 2): Body With larger needles and Light Grey Heather, cast on 13 (18, 18, 18) sts. Work in Stockinette st and change color as in Stripe Pattern until piece measures about 10 (12, 13, 14) inchfrom beginning. Bind off. Cuff: Row 1 (right side): With right side facing, larger needles and White, pick up and k42 (52, 56, 60) sts evenly spaced across one side edge of sleeve body—42 (52, 56, 60) sts. Row 2: Purl. Row 3 (decrease row): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1—40 (50, 54, 58) sts. Repeat last 2 rows 6 (10, 11, 12) more times—28 (30, 32, 34) sts. Work even in Stockinette st until sleeve measures about 5-1/2 (8, 9, 11) inch from beginning. Work in Garter st (knit every row) until sleeve measures about 7 (10, 11, 13) inch from beginning. Bind off.
  • 5
    Finishing: Body Edging: With right side facing, smaller needles and Light Grey Heather, pick up and k54 (58, 60, 65) sts evenly spaced across lower edge of back. Work in Garter st for about 1-1/2 (2, 2, 2) inch. Bind off. With right side facing, smaller needles and Light Grey Heather, pick up and k27 (30, 32, 34) sts evenly spaced across lower edge of left front. Work in Garter st for about 1-1/2 (2, 2, 2) inch. Bind off. Bind off. Repeat to work edging across lower edge of right front. Center top of one sleeve on side edge of body and sew in place. Sew other sleeve, centered, to other side edge. Fold Body in half and sew side and sleeve seams. Front Bands and Neckband: With right side facing, smaller needles and Light Grey Heather, pick up and k28 (34, 36, 40) sts evenly spaced across right front edge to beginning of neck shaping, 19 (22, 24, 29) sts across right neck edge, 26 (32, 32, 34) sts across back neck, 19 (22, 24, 29) sts across left neck edge, and 28 (34, 36, 40) sts across left front edge—120 (144, 152, 172) sts. Work in Garter st for 2 rows. Buttonhole Row (wrong side): K2, [bind off 2 sts, k5 (7, 8, 9)] 3 times, bind off 2 sts, knit to end of row. Next Row: [Knit to next set of bound-off sts, cast on 2 sts] 4 times, knit to end of row. Next Row: Knit. Bind off. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart Soft Yarn Light Grey Heather 100367887
  • Red Heart Soft Yarn Navy 104212370
  • Red Heart Soft Yarn White 104212368
  • Susan Bates Heart Shaped Stitch Markers 5-9 mm 8-13 US 104679144
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles Silvalume 5.0 mm 8 US 104236226
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles Silvalume 4.5 mm 7 US 104236225
  • 3/4 inch Buttons (4) (such as one pack of La Petite 4 Hole Buttons 3/4 inch Black 104235701)
  • Yarn Needle
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