How do you knit cute? Here’s the pattern for the baby color block sweater.
Baby Color Block Sweater
Designed by Mary Lou Fall
(5) Hanks Jil Eaton MinnowMerino, (100% extra fine superwash merino, 77 yds) (2) hanks green, (2) hanks pink, and (1) hank blue/purple
Circular Sizes 6 and 8
Double point needles Sizes 6 and 8
4 to 5 buttons, ¾ to 1 in.
16 sts to 4 in. square over St st using size 8 needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Kf&b – knit into the front and back of the st
ssk – slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next stitch as if to purl, slip the tip of the left needle into the fronts of both stitches and knit them.
K2tog – knit two stitches together
Technique for Stitches
Stockinette st – When knitting in the round, knit every row.
Garter st – When knitting in the round, purl the first round, knit the second round. Two rounds make 1 ridge.
The color block sweater is knitted in one piece, starting at the neck edge. Directions are written for size 6 months with changes for larger size (up to 1 year) in parentheses.
Beginning at neck edge with blue/purple yarn and larger size 24 in. needle, cast on 2 sts, place marker, cast on 10 (11) sts, place marker, cast on 16 (17) sts, place marker, cast on 10 (11) sts, place marker, cast on 2 sts. 40 (43) sts.
Row 1: Kf&b (knit into the front and back of the first st (first increase made) *inc, slip marker, inc k to within 1 st of next marker* rep at each marker to last st, inc. (10 increases)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Inc, *k to within 1 st of next marker, inc, slip marker, inc*, rep at each marker, k to last st, inc.
Work rows 2 and 3 until there are 22 (23) sts between the back markers. At the end of the last increase row, cast on to the right tip of the needle 3 sts.
Purl the next row and at the end, cast on to the right tip of the needle 3 sts as before.
Row 1: On the next row, *knit to within 1 st marker, inc, inc*, rep at each marker, k to end of row.
Row 2: P
Continue to work the last 2 rows, and change to pink yarn when you have 36 (41) sts between the back markers. Increase as established until there are 40 (45) sts between the back markers, ending after a p row.
Divide for Sleeves
Knit to first marker and remove, k1. Slip all the sts between here and the next marker on to a stitch holder for the left sleeve. Cast onto the right tip of the needle 5 sts and join to the back sts. Knit across the back sts to the next marker, k1, slip all the sts between here and the next marker onto a stitch holder for the right sleeve. Cast on 5 sts as before and join to front sts. Knit to the end of the row.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 9-1/2 (10-1/2) inches measuring from the top of the shoulder. Change to green and using smaller 24 in. circular needle, work ¾ “of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.
Right front (as worn): Join green yarn with right side of work facing you using smaller circular needle, pick up 8 sts across front, 10 (11) across top of sleeve, 16 (17) sts across back neck, 10 (11) across top of other sleeve and 8 sts across other front. Work 2 ridges of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.
Slip the sleeve sts off stitch holders onto 2 of the larger size double point needles. With right side of work facing you, using a third double point needle, join green yarn to right edge of armhole and pick up 7 sts across the armhole, placing a marker after three. This is the beginning of the round.
Rnd 1: Knit one round
Distribute the sts evenly between the other needles.
Rnds 2-6: Knit
Rnd 7: K1, ssk, k to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog
Knit 4 more rounds for the smaller size OR knit 3 more rounds for the larger size.
Repeat Rnd 7
Work as established, decreasing every 5 (4) rounds, until sleeve measures 5-1/2” (6”) measured from armhole, or ¾” less than desired length.
Continue decrease round (Rnd 7) until 24 (26) sts remain. Change to smaller double point needles and work 2 ridges of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.
NOTE: If the sweater is for a girl make the buttonholes on the right band. For a boy, make the buttonholes on the left band. Begin picking up stitches at the lower edge of right front with knit side of work facing you for the right band. For the left band, begin picking up at the neck edge of the left front with the knit side of work facing you.
With knit side of the work facing you, pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows using the smaller circular needle and green yarn. Count these sts and make a note. Mark buttonholes using safety pins, mark 2 sts for each buttonhole desired, spacing them evenly, about 2-1/2” apart with the first buttonhole 2 sts from the upper edge.
*Knit to marked sts, bind off* rep until all pinned sts are bound off, k to end of row. On next row, *k to bound off sts, cast on 2 sts*, rep to end of band. Knit every row until there are 2 garter st ridges. Bind off loosely.
**Every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate instructions.