Today, I’d like to introduce you to a unique way of creating a Knitted Baby Cardigan. As many of you already know, we’ve crafted cardigans by starting from the neck, from the bottom, or by seaming different pieces together. However, what makes today’s tutorial fascinating is that we won’t be shaping the knitted garment in the traditional horizontal lines; instead, we’ll be working vertically.
In this case, the twist doesn’t end there. We’ll also be using the wrong side of the stockinette stitch – an uncommon choice that yields a beautiful and original result.
Whether you’re an expectant mother or simply want to create a special handmade gift for a newborn, this PINK LADY Knitted Baby Cardigan offers a perfect and comprehensive option for the cooler months ahead.
Materials to make a Knitted Baby Cardigan size 3 months
1 ball of Katia Merino Classic en el color 26. 100g = 240m. DK/Light weight.
4 mm straight knitting needles (or the size needed to obtain the tension sample).
1 wood button
20 stitches x 38 rows in Garter stitch
In addition to the free size (3 months) that you will find in this tutorial, the Pink Lady cardigan is available in different sizes, both for babies and girls.
- Girl’s sizes: 2 years, 4 years and 6 years
Each size is available for individual purchase, allowing you to select the specific size you need. You can also choose to purchase the pattern containing all eight sizes at an irresistible price. You can choose the perfect size for your little one, ensuring she will be comfortable in her new cardigan. Simply Click here or on the image below to get the PDF pattern!
With the PDF pattern, you’ll enjoy several additional advantages that will greatly simplify your knitting experience:
You’ll be able to download it and have it readily available whenever you need it, without relying on a mobile connection.
You can conveniently print the PDF pattern to have a physical copy at your fingertips while you knit. This enables you to take notes, highlight crucial sections, and reference the pattern without the need to switch between screens.
Detailed row-by-row indications
And stitch-by-stitch guidance!
You won’t need to worry about making calculations on your own.
The PDF pattern offers instructions on how to knit a border that won’t roll up, for those who don’t want a hem at the bottom of their garment.
You’ll have access to all the precise measurements of the garment, including width, total length, armhole length, neckline, sleeve dimensions, and more.
Step by step on how to make a Knitted Baby Cardigan
Knit the first sleeve and shape the body
To begin your Garter Stitch Cardigan, start by knitting one of the sleeves. Cast on 32 stitches and knit for 29 turns (remember that each turn equals two rows) until you have a 15 cm length of fabric.
When you have reached this length of 15 cm, which corresponds to the sleeve from the cuff to the armhole, knit 22 stitches at the end of the work and knit one row. Then, knit another 22 stitches at the other end. This will shape both the front and the back of the handmade cardigan.
Once you have the 22 stitches on each side, knit the first 22 stitches in stockinette stitch, the middle 32 stitches in garter stitch and the remaining 22 stitches in stockinette stitch. You will continue knitting in this manner until the fabric measures 11 cm.
It’s time to start creating the opening for the neck…
Knit the neck opening and right front
You should knit 38 stitches, then bind off 6 stitches, and continue knitting the row until the end. Always remember that the first 22 stitches are worked in stockinette stitch, and from there on, switch to garter stitch until you reach the final 22 stitches, which should also be worked in stockinette stitch
If you prefer a more guided approach to knitting and want to follow along stitch by stitch, I’ve got you covered! You can purchase the Pink Lady Knit Cardigan pattern in our tutorial size (3 months) for just €2.99. And if you need a larger size for your little lady, I have a range of baby and girl sizes available for only €3.99.
From this point onward, you will be working with the 32 stitches at the front. You can safely leave the other stitches on the needle; they won’t interfere with your knitting.
Simply knit these 32 stitches for 16 rows (8 turns) in garter stitch. Counting the rows in garter stitch is quite straightforward; each little bump created after a row counts as a turn. So, if you’d rather not count each row as you knit, you can check after a few rows to ensure you have ‘8 bumps.’
Once you reach your desired length, bind off the stitches and cut the yarn.
Continue knitting the back
You will proceed to knit the back area of your knitted baby cardigan by working the 38 stitches you had set aside on the needle for 24 rows.
At the end of the final row, cast on 6 stitches at the edge of the work and leave your knitting on the needle without cutting the yarn. You will resume working on it once the right front piece is completed.
Knit the right front piece
Although this cardigan is easy to knit, this is the moment when close attention is crucial for everything to turn out just right.
You’ll need to create a small piece to form the other front section where the buttonhole will be placed. To do this, on the available needle, cast on 32 stitches and knit two rows in garter stitch. On the next row, knit 3 stitches, knit two together, bring the yarn to the front, and finish knitting the row as usual
Afterward, knit 8 rows, starting with 10 stitches in garter stitch and the following 22 stitches in stockinette stitch. Once completed, the finished piece should resemble the one in the photo. It’s essential to ensure that the yarn tail ends in the location shown in the picture, specifically in the garter stitch region.
Join the front piece to the main piece and knit the body
You now have two fabric pieces, one smaller and one larger. The smaller piece has just been completed with the yarn ending in the garter stitch area. The larger piece has the yarn attached, also ending in the garter stitch area. It is time to join the two pieces together. The ball of yarn should be attached to the larger piece, and we will use it to continue knitting the remaining stitches of the smaller piece. First, knit the 10 garter stitches, followed by the 22 stockinette stitches. No hesitation, let’s get it done!
The two pieces are now connected! All that’s left is to continue knitting for another 13 rows, alternating between stockinette and garter stitch.
Knit the other sleeve
To shape the second sleeve, bind off 22 stitches, knit the 32 center stitches, and then bind off the remaining 22 stitches.
All that remains is to knit the 29 turns (58 rows) of the other sleeve and bind off all the stitches.
Now that you have finished knitting the sleeves of your project, it’s time to assemble everything. To do this, use a tapestry needle to join the sleeves and sides seamlessly. Once these pieces are securely in place, you can add the finishing touch – a button that will give your creation a polished look.
Although it’s not a standard practice, I personally like to add a hem at the bottom to prevent any unwanted rolling. This gives the final product a more refined appearance that I find quite satisfying. So, let’s get started and put the finishing touches on our masterpiece
Do you prefer to knit your garment without hem at the bottom?
The PDF pattern provides instructions for knitting an alternative border that won’t curl up, allowing you the option to skip hemming at the bottom. Follow these steps with confidence and select the method that best suits your project and personal preferences.
As you can see, this is a unique and straightforward approach to creating a Knitted Baby Cardigan, starting from the sleeve rather than the neck or the bottom, as we typically do.
I adore the combination of garter stitch with the reverse side of stockinette stitch. It’s not a technique we often use since we usually reserve the reverse side for the wrong side of the work. However, in this case, it adds a distinctive touch to the finished piece.
What do you think of combining this Knitted Baby Cardigan with a matching pixie hat and booties?
To make these adorable knitted booties, all you must do is follow this tutorial I published a couple of months ago. The only variation is done in the first step, when knitting the ankle region, instead of knitting 16 rows (8 turns) you must knit 26 rows (13 turns). The rest is knitted, as shown in the tutorial. Finally, this time, I added two yarn tassels to match the pixie hat instead of adding a button as decoration.
Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting out, I hope this tutorial and pattern will inspire you to unleash your creativity and take on the challenge of knitting your own Pink Lady Cardigan. With its charming design and cozy texture, this cardigan is sure to become a beloved addition to any little one’s wardrobe.
I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed this post and are feeling a strong dose of inspiration to kickstart your next project. If Pink Lady Rebecca has won you over, I encourage you to share your experiences and accomplishments with all of us on social media. I’d love to see your unique interpretation! Don’t forget to include the hashtags #creativaatelier, #rebecaPinkLady, and #PinkLadyCardigan, so we can all admire your creations. Knitting within a community is even more enriching! 💖🧶”
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