Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Classic Cardi

this is my go-to pattern for making sweaters for babies or toddlers. it is a very simple design but i think that is what makes it most attractive to me. it is versatile, can be either boy or girl, flatters many types of yarn, is easy to adjust gauge with and quite frankly i think it looks classy, hence the name.

this pattern is for personal or charity use only. not for retail sales (small scale craft booths/fairs ok as long as i get credit for pattern) DO NOT sell pattern for any reason, it is to remain free. i retain the copyrights to this pattern, do not use photos, do not copy to any other website, link here.

classic cardi

sizes 6month (12 month, 18 month, 2 years)


3 (4,5,6) balls sirdar snuggly baby bamboo DK (80% bamboo 20% wool, 104 yards, 50 grams) OR
1(1, 2, 2) ball TLC baby (100% acrylic, sport weight,490 yards, 6 oz.)
size 6 straight or circular needles
size 6 DPNs (optional)
10 +/- 1/2" buttons (will depend on your gauge)
needle and thread
4 stitch markers
cable needle
2 stitch holders or spare yarn


k- knit
p- purl
k2tog- knit 2 together
skp- slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
bo- bind off
c4f- cable 4 front
m1- make 1 by picking up bar between stitches with left needle from the back and knitting into the front
pm- place marker
sm- slip marker
yo- yarn over


in a word there is no gauge, you can do this pattern with any yarn you want and i will be leaving the directions open to any gauge by giving pattern measurements rather than row counts.
start my making a gauge square with whatever yarn you are chosing for this project with appropriate sized needles (examples are made with sirdar baby bamboo and tlc baby)

do a little bit of math, figure out what the gauge of stitchs will be for 9 (10, 11, 12)" and proceed

cast on stitch amount is closest to 9 (10, 11, 12)" in a multiple of 4+2 (minimum of 36 stitches)

work 2x2 rib for 5 rows

time for a little more math if your total numer of stitches is divisable by 6 move on, if not knit all stitches next row spacing increases evenly to bring your total to the next number divisible by 6 (ex. total number is 52, increase 2 stitches evenly to a total of 54)

seperate for raglan pattern by taking your total number subtract 24 and divid by 6 this will be your magic number (ex. total number of 54-24=30. 30/6=5. 5 will be your magic number)

row 1 knit your magic number, place marker, p k4 p, knit your magic number, place marker, p k4 p, knit your magic number twice, place marker, p k4 p, knit your magic number, place marker, p k4 p, knit your magic number

row 2 k all k and p all p

row 3 *knit to marker, m1 before slipping marker, p c4f p, slip marker, m1* repeat *-* 3 more times, knit to end

row 4 rep row 2
row 5 knit to marker, m1 before slipping marker, p k4 p, slip marker, m1* repeat *-* 3 more times, knit to end

rep row 2-5 until the angled cable measures 5(5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2)"

on purl row *p to first k, bo k p4 k* rep *-* 3 more times, p to end

knit to bo gap, slip sleeve stitches to a holder/scrap yarn, knit back stitches to next gap, slip sleeve stitches to second holder/scrap yarn, knit remaining stitches.

knit stockinette st for 4 (5, 6, 7)"

work 5 rows of 2x2 rib. bo

(optional to use DPNs to make it seamless, use stitch marker to note start/end for decrease rows)

attach yarn and knit stockinette for 1 inch.

work decreases row: k2, k2tog, k to last 4, skp, k2

work a decrease row every inch until sleeve measures 6 (7, 8, 9)"

work 5 rows 2x2 rib. bo with long tail. use tail to mattress stitch the seam shut being sure to sew shut bound off cable.

repeat for other sleeve

button bands

pick up and knit 3 stitches for every 4 rows up front side of cardigan with a multiple of 4+2 total stitches

work 2x2 rib for 5 rows. bo

pick up same number of stitches on opposite side

work 1 row 2x2 rib

row 2 *k2 p2 k2, k2tog yo* rep to last 6 stitches, finish in rib pattern

work 3 rows 2x2 rib. bo

weave in all ends and sew on buttons to correspond with button holes.

some baby goodies

so, i don't have a baby but i really like making baby clothes for a couple reasons... firstly they are small, so therefore quick. secondly i can use smaller amounts of yarn so i can test out new stuff... and lastly some of them are just soooo cute i can't resist. the plus side is while i don't have rugrats of my own i do have friends of childbearing age who are interested in having children so i will soon (in the next couple years) be able to rid myself of some of these extras. i have made some that i particularly like and will be keeping for that day when i do have interest in some poop machines of my own.

here is my first one, i really like this one and it will be part of my own personal stash. i am going to post the pattern here after this post, it is very simple but i like how it looks classic and is versatile. i made this one in sirdar snuggly baby bamboo (bamboo/wool blend and just heavenly) i bought 3 balls (at about 6 bucks a piece) so i could test it out and it was literally JUST enough to finish this little sweater. i added 9 gray 1/4 inch buttons.

next i have this little guy, it is made from bluemint simply soft. i had bought the yarn and made myself a tunic-y top with it but i have a 3/4 skein left and i figured i would whip up this little hoodie. it was totally inspired by this little koala zipper pull i found on sale at the local fabric store. i also bought a little dinosaur one but have yet to find the perfect project for it. it was a psurprisingly boring project but hey thats what you get when you make a stockinette project, i did add seed stitch to the edges and i added a braided piece to sinch the hood part. overall i think its cute and will go into the give away pile.

i also made this little one, but it has a home already as the lady i work for is pregnant with a girl. it is made from some tlc baby yarn and it is a 3/4 crochet version of the prest-o chang-o . i had every intention of knitting this one but it was just not working out so i just pulled out my hook and winged it. i think it came out very similar. i did knit the panels but could have crocheted them as well. it was very easy as the basic shape of the sweater is pretty boxy the body is crocheted in seed stitch and made like a big U then added the sleeves to the middle of the body U and seamed it in one piece. it took 6 1/2 inch buttons. i didnt do the panel in the original pattern just looked in my own stitch guide book.

i personally love knitting with wool, wool blends and other natural fibers (bamboo, soy, cottons etc) but i have come to the harsh conclusion that unless it is someone VERY VERY special to me, or someone i know will take gentle care i dont use natural fibers in casual gifts especially babywear. i dont trust that people will listen to the washing instructions and acrylic is just so easy wear and usually washs pretty well. so i have abided myself to being honest that if i made a lovely wool baby sweater it will be tossed in the regular wash and end up doll sized and not at all useful and since i am a realist (i watch babies for a living for geez sake.) that babies are too messy to give a wool object a very long shelflife. plus you dont have to worry about any moths eating that lovely sweater between babies fitting into it if you do the hand-me-downs. so i just keep the nice fibers for myself or others i REALLY REALLY trust. *sigh* oh well...

and speaking of natural fibers here is my current project, it is a sweater for myself. i wanted a very classic looking sweater, that when i go back to a work place, can easily go from casual errands on the weekend to looking nice and presentable in the workplace. this is being made from some reclaimed cashmere. i had found 2 very lovely and in very good shape cashmere sweaters at the thrift store by hubby's work. i bought both which set be back about 10 bucks or so. i washed and carefully unraveled both sweaters, they were a mens large or Xlarge and both were cream, same brand. they were not the exact same cream but there is enough from each to make their own sweaters/projects. this was the slightly more yellow cream and i should have enough to finish it, i really like it so far. i used shortrow shaping to pull the front neckline down a little bit in the raglan, i am doing to continue the cable/rib for a total of 6 inches (am currently at only 3 inches and about 4 inches long is looking better and better each row i do) it is very small, on size 3 needles. this is 3 weeks work for me which is totally unheard of i dont usually work with such fine yarn. the yarn was actually one of the machine knit sweaters with a lace weight so i doubled it to 2 plys of laceweight so it is somewhere around a heavy lace/light sock. i will really love this onces its done and it just fits so perfectly now as i try it on. ok ok back to my knitting and drowning in yarn, hope you like these. thanks for looking.