You Are My Sunshine Jacket

Knit baby clothes make great beginner projects…and this easy jacket knitting pattern is so easy to make and works up quickly.  You can customize it by changing the colours, but I just love these bright sunshine colours.

Size 12 months shown in photo.


Materials
 size 9 mos (12 mos, 24 mos, 36 mos)
Size 7 needle, 
 Cotton type double knitting yarn
1 (2,2,2) skein cream (A)
1 (1,1,1) skein beige(B)
1 (1,1,1) skein orange (C)
1 (1,1,1) skein yellow (D)




ENTIRE SWEATER IS WORKED IN STOCKINETTE STITCH (st st)


BACK
With A, CO 48 (52, 56, 60) sts 
Work 4 rows, st st. 
Next row (RS): K1, *YO, K2TOG, repeat from * to end of row.
 Work in st st for 20 (22,24,26) more rows.
 Next row (RS): Change to B, begin stripe sequence as follows: 
2 rows B  
2 rows A.
2 rows C
2 rows A
2 rows D
2 rows A
 Work a total of 19 (21,23, 25) stripes ending with a beige (B) stripe. 
Next row (RS): Change to A and work 17 (18,19,20) rows. 
Cast off  loosely.




FRONTS (make two mirror image with decreases at neck edges)


With A, CO 24 (26, 28, 30) sts. 
Work 4 rows st st. 
Next row (RS): K1, *YO, K2TOG, repeat from * to end of row. 
Work in st st for 20 (22, 24, 26) more rows. 
Next row (RS): Repeat stripe sequence exactly as back for same amount of stripes.
 Change to A and work 4 rows st st.
 Next row, Cast off 5 (5,6,6) sts for neck edge.
 Continue working in st st, decreasing 1 st at neck edge every 6 (6, 7, 8) times.
 Work in even st st 2 (3,4,5) more rows and cast off.




SLEEVES (make two exactly alike)


With B, CO 45 (47,49, 51) sts Begin stripe sequence as above.
 On stripe 6, decrease 1 st at beg and end of row.
 At stripe 12, dec 1 st at beg and end of row. 
On stripe 17, dec 1 st at beg and end of row. 
If making 9 mos size, change to A after completing stripe 17. If making larger size, work (2, 4, 6) more stripes, decreasing 1 st at the beg and end of row every 6 rows. 
After changing to A, work 10 rows.
 Next row: K1, *YO, K2TOG, repeat from * to end of row. 
Work 3 additional rows in st st. 
Cast off.


FINISHING


Button hole band
With A cast on 6 sts and work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows, 
next row (button hole) K1, P1, yo, P2tog, K1, P1
Continue working in rib  placing button holes at regular intervals until band reaches begining of neck shaping.
Button band
Work same as button hole band excluding button holes.




Collar 
 Begining just after the button hole band  pick up and knit in 20sts evenly, 46 (52, 58,64) sts from the back, then 20 sts evenly to just before the button band.  86 (92, 98,104) sts.
Work evenly in st st for  2.5” (3,3, 3.5)” Then K1,*YO, K2TOG, repeat from * to end of row 
Work 3 rows st st
Cast off. 
Fold over and sew picot hems on all YO edges. Sew shoulder seams and sleeves.
Sew on buttons.




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