Pretty In Pink Baby Cardigan

The arrival of a new baby is an occasion for celebration. But a new life needs new things, and even before the baby arrives, new parents may be rushing to obtain a new wardrobe, as well as all sorts of accessories and toys.
Fortunately, if you can knit, then you can skip the mall and make a lot of baby items yourself. Whether you’re looking to make something as a gift for a newborn, or you’re trying to provide something for your own baby you’ll be sure that baby is staying warm and looking fashionable with this knitted cardigan.
I chose a beautiful multicoloured baby soft yarn in shades of pink and lilac.

Gauge: For 6 to 9 months: 22sts x 32 rows =4″ in St st with larger needles

Materials: Baby double knit type yarn

Size 4 US (3.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 5 US (3.75 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch holders     4 buttons
Abbreviations used in this pattern : yo – yarn over needle. k2tog- knit 2 together. Inc- increase
                            Dec- decrease. St st- stockingette stitch. Sl-slip 1 stitch. psso- pass slip stitch over

Instructions

Back

With smaller needles, Cast on 61 sts.

K1, P1 rib for 12 rows.
Inc 1 st at end of last row. 62 sts
Change to larger needles

Row 1: K 5 *YO, K 2 tog, rep from *to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 2: And all even rows, K 4, P to last 4 sts, K 4.
Row 3: K.
Row 5: K 7, *YO, K 2 tog, K 6, rep from *to last 6 sts, K 6.
Row 7: K 5, *K 2 tog, YO, K 1, YO, K 2 tog, K 3, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K 5.
Row 9: Same as Row 5.
Row 11: K.
Row 13: Same as Row 1.
and work 23 rows in St st.

Shape Armholes

Cast off 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.

Row 1: K1, slip 1, pass slipped stitch over, work to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat these 2 rows until 24 sts remain, ending with a purl row.
Cast off.

Left Front
With smaller needles, Cast on
K1, p1 rib for 11 rows.
Next row: K1, p1 rib 7 sts, then slip these sts to a stitch holder, work rib to end.
Change to larger needles
Row 1: K 5 *YO, K 2 tog, rep from *to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 2: And all even rows, K 4, P to last 4 sts, K 4.
Row 3: K.
Row 5: K 7, *YO, K 2 tog, K 6, rep from *to last 6 sts, K 6.
Row 7: K 5, *K 2 tog, YO, K 1, YO, K 2 tog, K 3, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K 5.
Row 9: Same as Row 5.
Row 11: K.
Row 13: Same as Row 1.
and work 23 rows in St st.

Shape Armholes And Neck
Row 1 (RS): Cast off 4 sts, work to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Rows 2 and 4: Work even in St st.
Row 3: K1, sl1, psso, work to end.
Row 5: K1, sl1, psso, work to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Rep last 4 rows until 2 sts rem.
K2tog.
Fasten off.
Right Front
With smaller needles, Cast on 35 sts.
K1, p1 rib for 2 rows.
Row 3 is button hole row. K1, p1 rib 3 sts, yo, K2tog, work rib to end.
K1, p1 rib 8 more rows.
Next row: K1, p1 rib. Slip last 7 sts worked to stitch holder.
Change to larger needles
 Row 1: K 5 *YO, K 2 tog, rep from *to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 2: And all even rows, K 4, P to last 4 sts, K 4.
Row 3: K.
Row 5: K 7, *YO, K 2 tog, K 6, rep from *to last 6 sts, K 6.
Row 7: K 5, *K 2 tog, YO, K 1, YO, K 2 tog, K 3, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K 5.
Row 9: Same as Row 5.
Row 11: K.
Row 13: Same as Row 1.
and work 23 rows in St st.

Continue working to correspond with left front, reversing shaping.
Sleeves
Make two.
With smaller needles, Cast on 33 sts.
K1, p1 rib for 16 rows (this makes a nice cuff you can turn back to adjust sleeve length as needed).
Change to larger needles.                                                              
Work 13 rows of pattern and 23rowsSt st 
AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st each end of Rows 3, 11, and 19 – 39 sts.
Shape Armhole And Cap
Cast off 4 sts beg next 2 rows.
Purl one row.
Cont in St st and dec 1 st each end next and every 4th row until 7 sts rem as follows:
K1, sl1, psso, work to last 3 sts, K2tog, k1.
Cast off.
Finishing                                                                                                     
Sew raglan seams together.
Left Front Band
Slip 7 sts from holder to smaller needles.
Rejoin yarn and work k1, p1 rib to center of back of neck.
Cast off.
Right Front Band
Work as left but make 3 more button holes evenly spaced as before.
Sew on bands.
Join all seams.
Weave in ends on wrong side.
Sew on buttons.
Knitting for babies  means thinking about the baby with every stitch and giving an item that is filled with love, warmth, and positive thoughts.
Knitting for baby! What could be more fun! Enjoy!
    
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