Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My Mommy Taught Me to Share

So here are the details of the cuteness:
Baby Cuteness Cardigan
(Pattern is based on Mason-Dixon Baby Kimono with a little tweaking.)
Yarn: Bernat Baby Softee - Sport D.K. weight (color: Rock a Bye Baby) - 4 1/4 oz. 333 yd. skein
(used less than one skein)
Needles: US size 6 (4mm)
Gauge (Now stop laughing. Of course I figured out the gauge. Geez.): 5.5 st./inch.
This cardigan is knit in one piece and folds over with only a few seams to sew. Easy.
-Cast on 44 st.
-Knit all rows in garter stitch for 5 inches, ending with a WS row. (You're beginning at the back bottom)
-Next row (RS): (Beginning the sleeves) Cast on 4 st. using backward loop method.
-Repeat this at the beginning of the next 13 rows. (14 increase rows = 7 4-stitch increases on each side = 28 st. per sleeve = 100 total stitches - How's that for helpful?)
-Knit even in garter stitch until sleeve measures about 2.5 inches from the last increase row, ending with a WS row.
-Next row (RS): K 38, bind off center 24 st. (for neck opening), K to end.
-You're now working on the left front.
-Next 3 rows: Knit in garter stitch.
-On next and every following RS row, increase 1 st. at neck edge.
(To increase I did this: K2, yo, K to end. You can also K1, yo, K to end OR K1, M1, K to end OR even K, Kf&b, K to end. It's up to you. Choose your poison.)
-Continue to knitting with increases until there are 50 st.
-Knit even until sleeve is 5" wide at wrist. (You may already be there - or you're close - after stopping the increases. Only a few more rows to knit at the most.)
-Bind off 4 st. at beginning of the next 7 WS rows to finish sleeves.
-Knit all rows even (22 st.) until front is the same length as the back.
-Bind off.
-Now you'll work the right front:
-Rejoin yarn to sts. of right sleeve at neck edge (WS).
-Next 3 rows: Knit in garter stitch.
-On next and every following RS row, increase 1 st. at neck edge.
(You'll mirror what you did on the left front. I did this: K to last 2 st., yo, K2.)
-Continue to knitting with increases until there are 50 st.
-Knit even until sleeve is 5" wide at wrist. (Just like before.)
-Bind off 4 st. at beginning of the next 7 RS rows to finish sleeves.
-Knit all rows even (22 st.) until front is the same length as the back.
-Bind off.
Finishing:
-Weave in ends.
-If necessary based on your yarn, block using your chosen blocking method.
-Sew up side and underarm seams.
-Add on the closure of your choice. I crocheted two chains and sewed one on each side at the opening of the v-neck. You could also knit narrow i-cord or use ribbons the same way. You could also crochet a button loop for one side and sew on a button.
So that's it. That's the Cuteness.
I'm knitting a hat to go with this sweater, and then I'm going to start another Cuteness. I really wish I could knit one for myself, but I doubt I could make this translate to an adult size and have it not become one of those things you fold up and keep in your closet permanently. If anyone has ideas, let me know.

And one more thing.
Go

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Please.


2 comments:

Sheila said...

Thanks so much for tweaking and sharing. It's adorable.

Jen said...

Thanks, Knelley! I saw that you will be at SnB tomorrow. Can't wait to see ya!