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If you have been following my blog for some time, you probably have noticed that, for me, “less is more”; it’s a motto of mine! When it comes to 2-needle knitting, I like simple stitches and simple patterns, with not too much decoration and I always try to use natural fiber. Not long ago I came upon a post on Facebook of a knitted baby sweater that met all of my criteria; it was love at first sight. So today I’m showing you my step by step tutorial to knit this adorable baby sweater yourselves.
As you can imagine, judging by how easy it is to make it, the materials we’re using is what stands out, which is why I thought about knitting it with 100% merino wool (no mixes or acrylics used, it had to be the most natural possible). Therefore, my choice for this project has been Big Merino by DROPS.
You can knit this pattern either with straight or circular needles. If you have never knitted with circular needles, don’t be scared because the use I have given them has been exactly the same I would give the straight needles, knitting in rows and turning my work every time I finish one. The big difference in this case is that with circular needles, you can knit in a more comfortable way because they’re shorter and easy to handle, and allow you to have many stitches at once on the cable (it’s clearly visible on the pictures).
And since we have all the materials ready and set, shall we begin now?
How to make a Garter Stitch baby Sweater – Natural Baby
1. Cast on the stitches for the body
We begin by casting on 30 stitches and knitting garter stitch until we get 16cm.
2. Cast on the stitches for the sleeves
Once you have 16cm long fabric, cast on 25 stitches at the end of the work for a sleeve, turn the work and knit all the stitches. Cast on another 25 stitches for the other sleeve to finish the row.
3. Reserve stitches for the bib and one sleeve
Once you reach this point, divide the work in three parts, first the sleeve on a side, then the part that will make up the bib and on the other side the other sleeve
- Knit 35 stitches and reserve them in a stitch holder
- Knit 10 stitches and reserve them to make up the bib part of the sweater
- Knit the 35 remaining stitches
4. Knit the sleeves
Now is the moment to start knitting one of the sleeves. For that, we have to turn work and knit 35 stitches. At the end of the work, without turning work again, we pick up two of the stitches from bib. We do this step so the bib can be put on the sweater and we attach the buttons, if it’s easier for you, you can pick up these two stitches at the end, when it’s time to knit the stitches we set aside for the bib.
The next step will be to join the two sides of the sleeves to keep knitting one piece, for that, on the next row we will continue like this:
- Knit 35 stitches, cast on 10 stitches and knit 35 stitches.
5. Knit the sleeves and finish up the back
Now that you have joined both parts, continue knitting what will be the back part of the sleeves until you get 16 cm. of fabric (as shown on the picture).
Once you’re there, bind off the 25 stitches from one sleeve, knit the row, turn your work and bind off the 25 stitches from the other sleeve. With the remaining 30 central stitches, we will knit garter stitch until completing 16 cm. and then bind off all the stitches.
6. Seam the sleeves and the sides of the body
Turn your work and with a tapestry needle, seam the sleeves and the sides of the body of your knitted baby sweater.
We’re almost there! Now you have to pick up the stitches for the bib. Remember that if you didn’t pick up 2 stitches on each side before you started on every sleeve, now it’s the time to do it.
To shape the bib, knit 18 rows taking into account we must sew the buttonholes for the buttons to pass.
Rows 1-2: Knit all the stitches
Row 3: Knit 2 st. yarn over, knit two stitches together, knit 7 st., yarn over, knit two stitches together, knit 2 st.
Row 4-14: Knit all the stitches
Row 15: Knit 2 st. yarn over, knit two stitches together, knit 7 st., yarn over, knit two stitches together, knit 2 st.
Row 16-17: Knit all the stitches
Rows 18: Bind off all the stitches
For the final touch, even though I did it after taking the pictures, I put on a wooden “handmade” tag, which I talked about on this post.
Now you have your knitted baby sweater – Natural Baby ready to wear!
Remember that just like I said before on this post, the size of the garment depends on the size of the needles you use, the type of wool you choose and your particular way to knit, so if you’re going to knit this garment with another type of wool or needle different from the ones indicated above, I recommend you to first make a small sample of the fabric to avoid any surprises and so you can adapt the pattern, if necessary.
Just like I mentioned above, I came upon this picture of a sweater on Facebook, but I haven’t found anything about it on the internet, so if you have something on the source, don’t forget to let me know so I can mention it on the post.
So, will you say yes to the minimalist tendency?
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