If you are new to knitting and want to learn how to knit a baby sweater, now you can learn the basics of knitting a baby sweater with ease and adorably, even if you have just started knitting. This method is so simple, portable, and quick that you won’t ever get bored and this is perfect to make your first knitting project.
This simple double-breasted infant sweater knitting pattern will fit up to six months old baby and has a drop sleeves feature with a square neck and is a button toggle sweater. You don’t need to learn to purl if you know how to knit you can easily make this sweater. You will be surprised to learn this easy baby sweater knitting patterns for beginners.
- 2 skeins Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (any shade that you like)or 220 yards chunky yarn of your choice
- knitting needles 1 pair size 9 US (5.5 mm)
- 4 duffel coat toggles
- yarn needle for finishing
3.5 stitches and 8 rows per inch with garter stitch.
Preemie (for Newborn, 3 months, 6 months). The instructions are shown for knitting baby sweaters for the smallest size.
- Chest size finished garment: 14 (16, 18, 20.5) inches
- Length from back neck: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches
Using needles of size 9 cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches.
Make Garter Stitch knit every row and make sure every piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches.
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches when stitching the first 2 rows. There are 18 (22, 24, 28) stitches remaining.
Keep working in Garter Stitch until each piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches.
You have to make two front pieces for this sweater: one side with buttons and another side with the buttonholes.
With size 9 needles, cast on stitches 16 (18, 22, 24)
Again work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches.
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches when starting the next row. This will be the armhole edge. There will be 13 (15, 18, 20) stitches remaining.
Keep working in Garter Stitch until piece measures 6 (7, 7.5, 8.5) inches, you have to end at the edge opposite of the bound off stitches.
Bind off 9 (10, 12, 12) stitches at the starting of the next row. This will be the neck edge. There are 4 (5, 6, 8) stitches remaining, you have to keep stitching for the shoulder part
Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches from cast-on edge till the top of shoulder.
Just like the first front keep doing the garter stitch until piece measures 3 (3.25, 3.5, 4.25) inches.
To Make the buttonholes follow: Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 4 (5, 5, 6), K2tog, yo, knit to end. The buttonholes have to make close to the neck edge, and opposite to the edge of the armhole.
Continue working in Garter Stitch until piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches, which ends at the edge of the armhole.
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches when starting the next row. There are 13 (15, 18, 20) stitches remaining.
For the next row, make buttonholes: K1, K2tog, yo, K4 (5, 6, 6), K2tog, yo, K to end.
Continue working in garter stitch until the piece measures 6 (7, 7.5, 8.5) inches, and ending it at the opposite edge of the bound off stitches.
Bind off 9 (10, 12, 12) stitches when starting the next row. This will be the neck edge. There are still 4 (5, 6, 8) stitches remaining, which will be knit for the shoulder area.
Continue to stitch in Garter knitting pattern until piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches from cast-on edge to top of shoulder.
With size 9 needles, cast on 20 (21, 25, 28) stitches.
Work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8) inches.
knit the second sleeve in the same way.
If this is the first time you are making a sweater garment, then remember this assembling order because this finishing method can be used on most of the garments. To block the pieces is normal at this time- either before you sew or after sewing. You can work according to your preference but there is not much benefit from blocking acrylic yarn. Wash the sweater in a gentle washing cycle and then pull the pieces to bring it back to the shape as per the schematic and let it dry flat to improve the overall look.
You have to use yarn for all the sewing.
- To sew the shoulder seams join the front tops to the back tops. Position the front side properly keeping in mind the buttonholes, like for girls on the left side for boys on the right side.
- Sew the sleeves at the armholes.
- Sew the sleeve seams and the side together
Finishing the Baby Sweater
With the help of yarn sew the toggle buttons in place matching the locations with buttonholes.you ca cuff the sleeves for a more cute look.