March 6, 2012

Lace Baby Sweater


Hello! Here's a pattern for an adorable lace baby sweater I have knitted- I have literally gone knitting CRAZY. I hope you like it! The sweater is a little jacket that has two different patterns, the bottom is an open, lace pattern and the top is a moss stitch pattern. It is finished with three little buttons and a ribbon tie, the ribbon tie is optional, you may also omit the buttons entirely and form ribbon closures. The shape is a-line.

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You will need size 6 knitting needles and yarn that is between 3 and 4 gauge- the yarn should say what number gauge it is on the label. I used a normal sized ball of baby yarn for this.
There was some leftover (for matching booties?!). This will fit a baby between 0-3 months.


You may also use size 7 needles for the lace portion, then, at row 40, change to size 6.

To begin:
BACK
Cast on 73 stitches
Row 1 K
Row 2 K2tog, *K4, yo, K1, yo, K4, s2kp2o, repeat from *, end skpo
The s2kp2o means slip 2, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over
Row 3 P
Row 4 K2tog, *K3, (yo, k3) 2 times, s2kp2o, repeat from *, end skpo
Row 5 P
Row 6 K2tog, *K2, yo, K5, yo, K2, s2kp2o, repeat from *, end skpo
Row 7 P
Row 8 K2tog, *(K1, yo) 2 times, skpo, K1, K2tog, (yo, K1) 2 times, s2kp2o, repeat from *, end skpo
Row 9 P
Row 10 K2tog, *yo, K3, yo, s2kp2o, repeat from *, end skpo
Row 11 P

Repeat rows 2-11 until you have knitted 39 rows.

Row 40 *K2, K2tog, repeat from *, K1 last (you should have 55 stitches)
Row 41 P2tog, P24, P3tog, P24, P2tog (you should have 51 stitches)
Row 42 K
Row 43 P
Row 44 K
Row 45 P
Row 46 *K1, P1
Row 47 *P1, K1
Row 48 *P1, K1
Row 49 *K1, P1

Rows 46-49 form the 4 row moss stitch repeat. Repeat rows 46-49 reaching row 67.

Row 68 *P1, K1 for 13 stitches, leave these 13 stitches on a stitch holder. Bind off 25 stitches in the pattern, knit remaining 12 stitches in the pattern.
Row 69 *K1, P1
Row 70 bind off in pattern
Rejoin the yarn to the 13 stitches on the stitch holder, knit one row *K1, P1, next row, bind off in pattern.

LEFT FRONT
When knitting the even lace pattern rows, end skpo, not s2kp2o for the last repeat.
Cast on 42 stitches
Row 1 K
Row 2 same pattern as the back’s row 2, except last 5 stitches are knitted
Row 3 P
Row 4 same pattern as the back’s row 4, except last 5 stitches are knitted
Row 5 P
Row 6 same pattern as the back’s row 6, except last 5 stitches are knitted
Row 7 P
Row 8 same pattern as the back’s row 8, except last 5 stitches are knitted
Row 9 P
Row 10 same pattern as the back’s row 10, except last 5 stitches are knitted
Row 11 P

Repeat rows 2-11 until you have knitted 39 rows.

Row 40 *K1, K2tog (you should have 28 stitches)
Row 41 P
Row 42 K
Row 43 P
Row 44 K
Row 45 P
Row 46 *K1, P1, repeat from *, end K3
Row 47 P3, *P1, K1
Row 48 *P1, K1, repeat from *, end K3
Row 49 P3, *K1, P1

Repeat rows 46-49 until you’ve knitted 62 rows.

Row 63 bind off 5 stitches, *K1, P1
Row 64 *P1, K1, dec. 1 stitch at end
Row 65 bind off 2 stitches, *K1, P1
Row 66 *K1, P1, dec. 1 stitch at end
Row 67 bind off 2 stitches, *K1, P1
Row 68 *P1, K1, dec. 1 stitch at end
Row 69 bind off 2 stitches, *K1, P1
Row 70 bind off in *K1, P1 pattern

RIGHT FRONT
When knitting the even lace pattern rows, end skpo, not s2kp2o for the last repeat.
Cast on 42 stitches
Row 1 K
Row 2 K5, same pattern as the back’s row 2
Row 3 P
Row 4 K5, same pattern as the back’s row 4
Row 5 P
Row 6 K5, same pattern as the back’s row 6
Row 7 P
Row 8 K5, same pattern as the back’s row 8
Row 9 P
Row 10 K5, same pattern as the back’s row 10
Row 11 P

Repeat rows 2-11 until you have knitted 39 rows.

Row 40 *K2 tog, K1 (you should have 28 stitches)
Row 41 P
Row 42 K1, yo, K2tog, K to end (this forms the lowest button hole)
Row 43 P
Row 44 K
Row 45 P
Row 46 K3, *K1, P1
Row 47 *P1, K1, P last 3
Row 48 K3, *P1, K1
Row 49 *K1, P1, P last 3

Repeat rows 46-49 until reaching 62 rows with the following exceptions:

Row 52 K1, yo, K2tog, *P1, K1 (this forms the middle button hole)
AND
Row 61 *K1, P1, last 3: P1, yo, P2tog (this forms the top button hole)

Row 63 *P1, K1, bind off last 5 (cut yarn with enough to weave in during later finishing, 12+ inches)
Row 64 rejoin yarn with a 12+ inch tail, bind off 1, *P1, K1
Row 65 *K1, P1, last 4 p2tog twice
Row 66 bind off 1, *P1, K1
Row 67 *P1, K1, last 4 p2tog twice
Row 68 bind off 1, *P1, K1
Row 70 *K1, P1, last 4 p2tog twice
Row 71 bind off in *K1, P1

SLEVES (make 2)
Cast on 23 stitches
Row 1 K
Row 2 *K1, P2
Row 3 K1, P1, *K2, P1
Row 4 K1, P2
Row 5 *K1, P1
Row 6 inc. 1 (K), *P1, K1
Row 7 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 8 *P1, K1
Row 9 inc 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 10 inc 1 (P), *K1, P1
Row 11 *P1, K1
Row 12 *K1, P1
Row 13 inc. 1 (P) *K1, P1
Row 14 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 15 *K1, P1
Row 16 *P1, K1
Row 17 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 18 inc. 1 (P) *K1, P1
Row 19 *P1, K1
Row 20 *K1, P1
Row 21 inc. 1 (P) *K1, P1
Row 22 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 23 *K1, P1
Row 24 *P1, K1
Row 25 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 26 inc. 1 (P) *K1, P1
Row 27 *P1, K1
Row 28 *K1, P1
Row 29 inc. 1 (P) *K1, P1
Row 30 inc. 1 (K) *P1, K1
Row 31 *K1, P1
Row 32 *P1, K1
Row 33 *P1, K1
Row 34 *K1, P1
Row 35 *K1, P1
Row 36 *P1, K1
Row 37 bind off in *P1, K1

The sleeves’ correct side will be obvious to you by the moss stitch pattern being matched to the top of the other parts of the jacket.

I would recommend hand washing and laying the pieces flat to dry before assembling, since the center front has knitted portions that have most likely taken on a curled shape. Once the pieces are dry, mattress stitch the shoulder seams first, then the sleeves, then attach the sleeves to the jacket. The sleeves only go as far down as the moss stitch pattern on the bodice. Sew the side seams of the jacket. Select and sew on your buttons and or ribbon.

9 comments:

La Dolce Duchessa said...

Hi there! I apologize, I realize this has had a few errors in it, primarily in the left front and right front, listing row 10 as the back's row 9, it should be, and is now, the back's row 10. (It's the logical progression of the pattern). Anyhow, I believe that this is accurate now! But, as always, if you find anything difficult, or you believe it's incorrect, please comment and let me know! Happy knitting :)

Amanda Dunne said...

Hi.. can you explain how you bind five stitches on right side front at the end of the row.. do i cut the yarn and rejoin at row 63 ..

Anonymous said...

Hi i like to knit but not accomplished as yet.. I wanted to ask you some questions about your pattern if you dont mind !! im attempting it for my baby due in dec ..

im stuck on the right front .. where it says Row 63 *P1, K1, bind off last 5.. can you give instructions on how to bind off these last five stitches exactly as after many attempts i find i cant actually bind off at the end of a row.. Also.. the sleeves are giving me a little trouble.. Im finding that im not staying in pattern.. my sleeves dont look as it should.. xx thanks for your pattern by the way its lovely !!

La Dolce Duchessa said...

Hello! Yes. The only way you could handle row 63 would be to bind off those final stitches in the pattern and then cut the yarn, leaving enough to weave in later during finishing. Then, the next row, you'd need to rejoin the yarn, also leaving a long enough tail to weave in during finishing (I like to leave at least 12 inches. I hope that is clear- thank you for your question- you're right, the pattern should have said that! With regard to your sleeve question, is it that it's hard to maintain the stitch pattern when you are increasing stitches?

Anonymous said...

hi im not an accomplished knitter so it is hard for me to figure out how to keep it in pattern but ill be fine .. ..Ill figure it out...hahahaha thanks so much for answering my question.. this cardigan is beautiful, dying to see it finished.. thanks for sharing it xxxx

La Dolce Duchessa said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm sure you are quite accomplished! Congratulations on your baby on the way! I'd love to see a picture of your sweater and your baby!

ps if the sleeves drive you crazy, just do stockinette sleeves! Or ribbed all the way!

Anonymous said...

Hi there!!!! love love your pattern. I too am new at this and I'm trying to knit this for my cousin's daughter. I'm at the left front part right before the moss stitch pattern begins. I noticed that on the "right" (knit side), it is ending by knitting 3 knit stitches,which make the knitted end that runs along the front at the opposite side of where is it on the "lacy part". For the right side, the instructions say to knit 3 first then continue on with the moss stitch pattern, which makes the knitted line run evenly from the top to the bottom of the sweater (from the moss stitches all the way to the lacy part). Should it be the same on the left side or is it done on purpose that way? Because when i knit 3 knit stitches last, it looks a little off. Thanks for your help:) I hope I explained it well! :)

Anonymous said...

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La Dolce Duchessa said...

Hi there- thank you for reading and what a kind thing to do for your cousin's daughter! I hope I understand the question, if not, please correct me, I think you're talking about the top of the bodice, the two edges that will ultimately be buttoned together. The pattern asks you to keep the three stitches on either side in the middle kind of plain, and on one side you'll create button holes (and on the other side while finishing, sew on buttons). It is plain and different from the rest of the bodice because it's like a placket. Does that make sense? You don't have to do k3, you can k,p,k to create a nice rib if you like, which I've tried recently in a version of this sweater. Let me know if that isn't helpful!