Top Down Vintage Cardigans

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Top Down Vintage Cardigans

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Cardigan for babies and toddlers with beautiful, simple details.

Measurements

3 mos
16 ins [40 cm]
18 ins [45.5 cm]
6 mos
17 ins [43 cm]
20 ins [51 cm]
12 mos
18 ins [45.5 cm]
23 ins [58.5 cm]
18 mos
19 ins [48 cm]
25 ins [63.5 cm]
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The materials for this project cost $59.19

Step 1:

Select your options

Size:

  • 3 mos
  • 6 mos
  • 12 mos
  • 18 mos
To fit chest measurement
16 ins [40 cm]
Finished chest measurement
18 ins [45.5 cm]

Version

Step 2:

Click each color to change it or go with the colors recommended by the designer

Main Color (MC)

Beehive Baby Sport | Precious Pink, 09420Edit Color
$4.99

Takumi Bamboo Double Point Knitting Needles 7" 5/Pkg

Size 5/3.75mm
$9.25

Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 16"

Size 3/3.25mm
$8.49

Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 16"

Size 5/3.75mm
$8.49

Plastic Straight Cable Needles

3/Pkg
$2.99

Bead Stitch Markers

Pink 3/Pkg
$15.98

ButtonTHIS Solid Color Buttons 1" 4/Pkg

Periwinkle
$9.00
The materials for this project cost $59.19

Abbreviations

Approx = approximately

Beg = beginning

C4B = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle

C4F = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle

cont = continue(ity)

Dec = decrease(ing)

Inc(s) = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.

K = knit

k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.

P = purl

pat = pattern

pm= place marker

psso = pass slipped stitch over

rep = repeat

rnd(s) = round(s)

RS = right side

Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.

ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.

st(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch)

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

To fit chest measurement
3 mos 16 ins [40 cm]
6 mos 17 ins [43 cm]
12 mos 18 ins [45.5 cm]
18 mos 19 ins [48 cm]
Finished chest measurement
3 mos 18 ins [45.5 cm]
6 mos 20 ins [51 cm]
12 mos 23 ins [58.5 cm]
18 mos 25 ins [63.5 cm]

MATERIALS

Girl Version
Beehive Baby Sport (100 g/3.5 oz;328 m/359 yds)
Sizes3 mos6 mos12 mos18 mos 
Main Color (MC)
Precious Pink (09420)
1122
Set of four size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) double-pointed knitting needles. Sizes 3.25 mm (U.S. 3) and 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) circular knitting needles 16” [40.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension. Cable needle. 4 stitch markers. 6 buttons.
Boy Version
Beehive Baby Sport (100 g/3.5 oz;328 m/359 yds)
Sizes3 mos6 mos12 mos18 mos 
Main Color (MC)
Bonnet Blue (09143)
1122
Set of four size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) double-pointed knitting needles. Sizes 3.25 mm (U.S. 3) and 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) circular knitting needles 16” [40.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension. Cable needle. 4 stitch markers. 6 buttons.

GAUGE

24 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stocking stitch.

INSTRUCTIONS

Panel Pat (worked over 8 sts).

1st row: P1. K2. C4F. P1.
2nd row: K1. P6. K1.
3rd row: P1. C4B. K2. P1.
4th row: As 2nd row.
These 4 rows form Panel Pat.

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Sweater is worked from the neck down.
Cast on 28 (32-36-40) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. PM. K3 (3-4-4). PM. K18 (22-24-28). PM. K3 (3-4-4). PM. K2.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: Inc1 in each of first 2 sts. Slip marker. *Inc1 in next st. Knit to 1 st before marker. Inc1 in next st. Slip marker. Rep from * to last 2 sts. Inc1 in each of last 2 sts. 38 (42-46-50) sts.
4th row: As 2nd row.
5th row: Inc1 in first st. *Knit to 1 st before next marker. Inc1 in next st.
Slip marker. Inc1 in next st. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to last st. Inc1 in last st.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (2-3-4) times more. 68 (72-86-100) sts.
Next row: (WS). Cast on 3 (5-7-6) sts. Purl to end of row. Cast on 3 (5-7-6) sts. 74 (82-100-112) sts.
Next row: K1. Work 1st row of Panel Pat. *Knit to 1 st before marker. Inc 1 in next st. Slip marker. Inc1 in next st. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to last 9 sts. Work 1st row of Panel Pat. K1. 82 (90-108-120) sts.
Next row: P1. Work 2nd row of Panel Pat. Purl to last 9 sts. Work 2nd row of Panel Pat. P1.
Panel Pat is now in position.
Keeping cont of Panel Pat as placed, rep last 2 rows 13 (15-16-17) times more. 186 (210-236-256) sts.

Divide for armholes: Next row: Pat to first st marker. Slip next 39 (43- 48-52) sts onto length of yarn (left sleeve). K54 (62-68-76). Slip next 39 (43-48-52) sts onto length of yarn (right sleeve). Pat to end of row. 108 (124-140-152) sts.
Next row: Pat across first 9 sts. Purl to last 9 sts. Pat across last 9 sts.
Next row: Pat across first 9 sts. Knit to last 9 sts. Pat across last 9 sts.
Keeping cont of pat at each side edge, cont even work from division for Sleeves measures approx 4 (6-6½-7)” [10 (15-16.5-18) cm], ending on a 3rd row of Cable Panel.

Girl Version only: Next row: (WS). Pat across first 9 sts. Dec 0 (4-2-2) sts evenly across to last 9 sts. Pat across last 9 sts. 108 (120-138-150) sts.
Border: 1st row: Pat across first 9 sts. *yo. K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. yo. K1. Rep from * to last 9 sts. Pat across last 9 sts.
2nd row: Pat across first 9 sts. Purl to last 9 sts. Pat across last 9 sts.
Rep last 2 rows until Border measures 1” [2.5 cm]. Cast off loosely.

Boy Version only: Next row: (WS). Pat across first 9 sts. Inc 6 (6-6-10) sts evenly across row to last 9 sts. 114 (130-146-162) sts.
Border: 1st row: K1. *P1. K2. C4F. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P6. K1. Rep from * to last st. P1.
3rd row: K1. *P1. C4B. K2. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
4th row: As 2nd row.
Rep last 4 rows once more. Cast off loosely.

Sleeves
Divide 39 (43-48-52) sts onto 3 double-pointed needles. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
Knit 5 (3-3-3) rnds even.
Next rnd: (Dec rnd). ssk. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Rep last 6 (4-4-4) rnds 3 (3-4-4) times more. 31 (35-38-42) sts.
Knit even in rnds until Sleeve measures 3½ (4-5-)” [9 (10-12.5-14) cm] from dividing row.
Next rnd: Purl.
Next rnd: Knit.
Next rnd: Purl.

Neckband: With smaller circular needle and RS facing, pick up and knit 42 (44-52-56) sts along neck edge. Do not join. Knit 2 rows. Cast off loosely.

Buttonhole band: With RS facing of Right Front for Girl Version or Left Front for Boy Version and smaller circular needle, pick up and knit 58 (68- 73-88) sts along front edge. Do not join.
1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: K3. *Cast off 2 sts. K8 (10-11-14), including st on needle after cast off. Rep from * to last 5 sts. Cast off 2 sts. K3.
3rd row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
4th row: Knit
Cast off loosely.

Button band: With RS of work facing and smaller circular needle, pick up and knit 58 (68-73-88) sts along Left Front for Girl version and Right Front for Boy version. Do not join.
Work as given for Buttonhole band, omitting references to buttonholes.

Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.