Red Heart Soft Buttercup Santa Baby Sweater

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by Lorna Miser, Red Heart

Red Heart Soft Buttercup Santa Baby Sweater

Cozy and adorable at Christmas!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 16 sts and 20 rows in Stockinette stitch using smaller needle to knit a sweater that measures approximately 18 (20, 22, 24, 26) inch in Finished Chest and 9 (10-1/2, 12, 13-1/2, 15) inch in Finished Length. This translates to approximately 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. Save time, check your gauge. If the hook or needle listed under supplies does not work, use the size that allows you to obtain the required gauge. Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
    You will need 2 skeins of Really Red yarn to make this sweater in sizes 6 months, 12 months and 18 months and 3 skeins of Really Red yarn to make this sweater in size 24 months. Regardless of size, you will need one skein of White yarn to make this sweater. You will need 4 buttons to make this sweater in size 6 months; 5 buttons to make this sweater in size 12 months; 6 buttons to make this sweater in size 18 months and 7 buttons to make this sweater in size 24 months.
    Download the template for abbreviations and stitches not explained elsewhere and the pattern.
    Special abbreviations:
    M1 = Make 1 (Inc) = lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole, [knit or purl as indicated by pattern st].
    3-Needle Bind-off (seaming 2 pieces together as you bind off) = place stitches of pieces to be joined on separate needles or each end of a circular needle, hold one behind the other with right sides facing each other in left hand; with a third needle the same size, k2tog (1 from one needle and 1 from the other) - 1 st on right-hand needle, *ktog, in same manner, bind off; repeat from *.
    dec = On right side rows, work ssk at beginning and k2tog at end of rows. On wrong side rows, work p2tog at beginning and ssp at end of rows.
    Note: Sweater is worked flat in one piece to the underarm, then divided for fronts and back upper body.
  • 2
    Lower Body:
    With larger needles and White, cast on 54 (60, 66, 72, 78) sts. Knit 6 rows, cut White. Continue with smaller needles and Really Red.
    Increase row (Right Side): *K1, m1, k2; repeat from * to end—72 (80, 88, 96, 104) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) inch, end on wrong side row.
    Divide for Front and Back:
    K18 (20, 22, 24, 26), place sts on holder for right front. Place last 18 (20, 22, 24, 26) sts on holder for left front.
  • 3
    Back:
    Continue on center 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) sts in St st for 4 (4-1/2, 5, 5-1/2, 6) inch, end with a wrong side row.
    Next row (Right Side): K8 (10, 12, 14, 16) shoulder sts, place on holder; bind off 20 sts for back neck; k8 (10, 12, 14, 16) shoulder sts, place on holder.
  • 4
    Left Front:
    Place sts for left front on needle; join Really Red. Beginning with a right side row, work in St st for 2 (2-1/2, 3, 3-1/2, 4) inch, end on a right side row.
    Next row (Wrong Side): Bind off 5 st, work to end of row.
    Dec 1 st at neck edge every right side row 5 times—8 (10, 12, 14, 16) sts. Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Place sts on holder.
  • 5
    Right Front:
    Place sts for right front on needle; join Really Red.
    Beginning with a right side row, work in St st for 2 (2-1/2, 3, 3-1/2, 4) inch, end with a wrong side row.
    Next row (Right Side): Bind off 5 sts, work to end of row.
    Dec 1 st at neck edge every right side row 5 times—8 (10, 12, 14, 16) sts. Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Place sts on holder.
  • 6
    Sleeves:
    With larger needles and White, cast on 15 (18, 18, 21, 21) sts. Knit 6 rows, cut White. Continue with smaller needles and Really Red.
    Increase row (Right Side): *K1, m1, k2; repeat from * to end—20 (24, 24, 28, 28) sts.
    Continuing in St st, inc 1 st each side every 4 rows 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) times—32 (36, 40, 44, 48) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) inch. Bind off.
    Repeat for other sleeve.
  • 7
    Hood:
    With smaller needles and Really Red, cast on 56 (64, 72, 72, 72) sts. Work in St st until hood measures 6 (7, 8, 8, 8) inch. Slip half the sts to spare needle; fold hood in half with right sides together. Join 3-needle bind-off.
  • 8
    Finishing:
    Block pieces. Place front and back sts of left shoulder on separate smaller needles; hold with right sides together, join with 3-needle bind-off. Repeat for right shoulder.
    Sew sleeve seam; sew sleeve into armhole.
    Pin center hood seam to center of back neck; pin front edge of hood to front edge of sweater. Pin hood edge to neckline, folding a pleat with extra hood fabric between center back neck and shoulder seams on each side. Sew hood in place.
    Front Band:
    With larger needles, White, and beginning at bottom of right front, pick up and knit 21 (24, 30, 36, 38) sts along right front, 42 (48, 54, 54, 54) sts around hood, 21 (24, 30, 36, 38) sts along left front—84 (96, 114, 126, 130) sts. Knit 1 row.
    Buttonhole row (Right Side): K2 (2, 2, 2, 3), [k2tog, yo, k3 (4, 4, 4, 4) sts] 3 (3, 4, 5, 5) times, k2tog, yo, k2 (2, 2, 2, 3); knit to end of row.
    Knit 3 rows. Bind off.
    Sew buttons on left front opposite buttonholes.
    Weave in ends.
    With White, make 3 inch pom pom; sew to point of hood.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart Soft Yarn Really Red 104595723
  • Red Heart Buttercup Yarn White 104506967
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles Silvalume 5.0 mm 8 US 104236226
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles Silvalume 6.0 mm 10 US 104236244
  • Susan Bates Easy Wrap Pom Pom Maker 4 pc. 104237915
  • 3/4 inch Buttons
  • Spare Needle for 3 Needle Bind Off
  • Yarn Needle
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