The Novice No Sleeve Baby Sweater

There’s nothing quite like putting in your blood, sweat and tears in to a project where you end up with something so adorable that you’re impressed with it for approximately the rest of your being.photo 2 (2) As a novice knitter ( and somebody who likes to see results fast), I’m always looking for something simple, yet oh so beautiful that I can make. I say simple because I am a pro at dropping stitches and forgetting what line of the pattern I’m on. I know exactly how to get frustrated and start over and over again. I also know how to get so fed up that I hide from the needles for seven to eight months. And when I’m ready to face my fears, I’ve forgotten again, so I need to start over. It’s vicious cycle. So the simpler and quicker the better. I find the best way to jazz something up though, is to use bright, bold colours to hide the simplicity of the actual knitting which is why I chose this particular pattern and adapted it so that it didn’t look so dull.

With only a few weeks left of a close family members pregnancy, I was on a mission to finish this sweater in time for the birth. It was friendly and easy to get the hang of, so has become a favourite of mine.

Size:

This baby sweater will fit a child aged 9-12 months, with ages 2 & 3 in brackets alongside the pattern as (age 2: age 3).

Materials:photo 1 (2)

Yarn A – Stylecraft Teal

Yarn B – StyleCraft Mustard

Yarn C- Stylecraft Blue

One pair of 4mm (UK 8/US6) needles

2 Stitch Holders

Large Eyed Needle

Tension: 

22sts and 28 rows to 10cm over st st on 4mm

Instructions:

Back:

  • Cast on 62 sts with Yarn B (66:70)
  • Row 1 – (RS) Rib K2 [P2 K2] till end
  • Change to Yarn A
  • Row 2 – P2 [K2 P} till end
  • Work a further 3 rows inc 2sts evenly across last row.
  • Work in stripe pattern of [2 rows of yarn B, 4 Rows in Yarn C, 2 Rows of Yarn B, 4 Rows of Yarn A] throughout.
  • Beginning with a knit row, work in st st until back measures 15cm (17cm: 19cm) from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Shape Armholes:

  • Cast off 6sts at beg of 2 rows. (52 (56:60) sts)
  • Next row: K2, skpo, k to last 4 sts, K2Tog, K2
  • Next row: P to end
  • Rep last 2 rows x3.(4:5) (44 (46:48) sts) **
  • Continue in st st until back measures 26 (29: 32) cm from cast on edge ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck:

  • Next row: K12 (12:13). turn and leave remaining sts on a spare needle
  • Next row: P to end
  • Next row: K to last 3 sts, K2Tog. K1
  • Next row: P to end (11 (11:12) sts)
  • Cast off.
  • With RS facing place centre 20 (22:22) sts on a stitch holder, rejoin yarn to remaining sts and K to end.
  • Next row: K1, skpo, k to end
  • Next row: P to end (11 (11:12) sts)
  • Cast off

Front:

  • Work as given for back until **
  • Continue in st st until front measures 20 (23:26) cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Front Neck:

  • Next Row: K16 (17: 18), turn and leave remaining sts on a spare needle
  • Next row: P to end
  • Next row: K to last 3 sts, K2Tog, K1
  • Next row: P to end
  • Rep last 2 rows x 4 (5:5) (11 (11:12) sts)
  • Work straight until front measures same as back to shoulder
  • cast off
  • With RS facing, place centre 12 sts on a stitch holder and rejoin yarn to remaining 16 sts, K to end.
  • Next row: P to end
  • Next row: K1, Skpo, K to end
  • Rep last 2 rows x4 (5:5)
  • Work straight until front measures same as back to shoulder
  • Cast off

Neckband

  • Join right shoulder seam
  • With Yarn A, pick up and K24 down LS of front neck, K12 from front neck stitch holder, pick up and K24 up RS of front neck, 6 sts down RS back neck, K20 (22:22) sts from back stitch holder, pick up and K6 up LS back neck.
  • Next row: P2 [K2, P2] to end.
  • Next row: K2 [P2, K2] to end.
  • Next row: P2 [K2, P2] to end.
  • Change to Yarn B
  • Next row: K2 [P2, K2]
  • Cast off in rib

Arm Bands:

  • Join left shoulder and neckband seam.
  • With Yarn A, RS facing, pick up and K70 (74:78) sts.
  • Next row: P2 [K2, P2] to end.
  • Next row: K2 [P2, K2] to end.
  • Next row: P2 [K2, P2] to end.
  • Change to Yarn B
  • Next row: K2 [P2, K2]
  • Cast off in rib.

Making Up:

  • Join side and armband seams.
  • Darn in ends

Notes:

  • This pattern is adapted from Baby &  Toddler Knits made easy with some of my own adaptations.
  • You can use any 3 colours of yarn that appeal to you. I find that it works really well in Blue, Cream and Navy.
  • The arm and neckband can be quite tricky so you might need to put in just an extra ounce of concentration.
  • Iron the knit very lightly once complete to just finish it off.
  • Check yarn label for washing instructions.
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7 Responses to The Novice No Sleeve Baby Sweater

  1. Bev says:

    Hi. I love the look of this pattern and as it says ‘beginner’, I might just be able to manage it….lol. I was wondering if you might have it in a size 6, please?

    • Hey! It is really easy. The only place I had any trouble was around the neck because I’d never picked up stitches around an edge before, but now I know how, it’s really simple. Do you mean for a child age 6?

  2. Diane Gidaro says:

    I would love to have this pattern in a larger size. My grandson is 3. Thank you.

  3. Chi says:

    Hi, I am currently knitting this. the pattern doesn’t seem to say what to do with the middle stitches that are placed in stitch holder , while shaping shoulders. could you help?

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