Friday, 30 November 2012

Free Pattern: Moss stitch baby cardigan


 



I made this cute cardigan for a friend's baby girl and I love the colourful buttons. Experimenting with colours and styles that you wouldn't wear yourself is definitely a benefit of making pieces for other people. This cardigan is made to fit a baby of 6-9 months.
 
 
The pattern is provided in full in this post, but you can download a printable version below.



 
 
Tools
200g Aran weight yarn (shown here in Rowan pure wool aran)
1 pair of 4mm needles
1 pair of 3mm needles
Stitch holder
9 buttons
 

Abbreviations

K- knit stitch
P-purl stitch
Yon- Yarn over needle
K2tog- knit two stitches together
P2tog- purl two stitches together
Yfrn- yarn forward round needle
 

Explanations

Yon, k2tog- Leave the yarn in front of the work. Insert the tip of the right hand needle knitwise into the next two stitches. Move the yarn to the back of the work and knit the two stitches together. It is important to knit the two stitches together to maintain the stitch number.
Yfrn, p2tog- bring the yarn to the front of the work, wrap the yarn round the needle once so that the yarn is once again at the front of the work. Purl the next two stitches together.

Pattern


Back

 
1. Cast on 52 stitches (52)
2. Work in rib (K2,P2) for 4 rows
3. K1, P1, repeat to end
4. P1, K1, repeat to end
5. The last two rows set the pattern (moss stitch), work in pattern for a further 44 rows
6. Cast of 4 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows (44) 
 
Shape raglan
7. Working in pattern decrease 1 stitch each end of the next and 8 further alternate rows (26). I decreased by knitting or purling two stitches together.
 

Tip:  Whether you knit or purl when decreasing in moss stitch will depend on where you are in the pattern. If the innermost stitch of the two you are knitting together is a knit stitch then you should P2tog, if the innermost stitch is a purl stitch then K2tog. This will maintain the continuity of the moss stitch pattern.
 
8.Work 1 row
9. Decrease one stitch at beginning of next row, work a further 5 stitches in pattern, and turn leaving the remaining stitches on a holder (6)
 
 
Right Shoulder
 
10. Work 1 row (6)
11. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (5) 
12. Work 1 row (5)
13. Decrease 1 stitch each end (3) 
14. Work one row 
15. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge (2)
16. Decrease 1 stitch (1)
17. Cast off remaining stitch
18. Pick up stitches off the holder, cast off 12 stitches, work 5 stitches and decrease 1 stitch at end of  row (6)
19. Work left shoulder the same as for the right shoulder.
 

Left front

 
 
20. Cast on 30 stitches (30) 
21. Work in rib (K2,P2) for 4 rows
22. K1, P1, repeat to end
23. P1, K1, repeat to end
24. The last two rows set the pattern (moss stitch), work in pattern for a further 44 rows
25. Cast of 4 stitches at the beginning of the next row (26)
 

Shape raglan

26. Working in pattern decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge of next and following 6 alternate rows (19)
27. Cast off 8 stitches at the beginning of next row and decrease one stitch at the end (10)
 
Left shoulder
28. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge of next row (10)
29. Decrease 2 stitches (knit/purl 3 together) at neck edge (8)
30. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (7)
31. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge (6)
32.Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (5)
33.Work 1 row
34. Decrease each end (3)
35. Decrease neck edge (2)
36. Knit last two stitches together (1)
37. Cast off remaining stitch.
  

Right Front

38. Cast on 30 stitches
39. Work two rows in rib
40. K2, yfrn, p2tog, k2, p2, continue in rib to end of row (30)
41. Work 1 row in rib 
42. Work 6 rows in moss stitch (30)
43. Buttonhole row: K1, P1, yon, K2tog, *P1, K2 to end
44. Work 7 rows in moss stitch
45. Buttonhole row (repeat row 43)
46. Work 7 rows in moss stitch
47. Buttonhole row
48. Work 7 rows in moss stitch
49. Buttonhole row
50. Work 7 rows in moss stitch
51. Buttonhole row
52. Work 4 rows in moss stitch
53. Cast off 4 stitches at beginning of next row (26)
54. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (25)
55. Work 1 row
56. Buttonhole and decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (24)
57. Work 1 row
58. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (23)
59. Work 1 row
60. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (22)
61. Work 1 row
62. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (21)
63. Work 1 row
64. Buttonhole and decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (20)
65. Work 1 row
66. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (19)
67. Work 1 row
68. Cast off 8 stitches at beginning of next row (11)
 
Right shoulder
 
69. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge of next row (10)
70. Decrease 2 stitches (knit/purl 3 together) at neck edge (8)
71. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (7)
72. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge (6)
73. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge (5)
74. Work 1 row
75. Decrease each end (3)
76. Decrease neck edge (2)
77. Knit last two stitches together (1)
78. Cast off remaining stitch.
  

Sleeves-work both the same

 
79. Cast on 24 stitches
80. Work 4 rows in rib
81. K1,P1, repeat to end
82. P2, K1, repeat to end
83. The last two rows set the pattern (moss stitch), work in moss stitch for a further 10 rows.
84. Increase 1 stitch at each end of next row and following 16th row (28)
85. Work a further 13 rows
86. Cast of 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows (20)
 
Decrease raglan
87. work two rows
88. decrease one stitch each end (18)
89. work 3 rows
90 decrease one stitch each end (16)
91. work 4 rows
92. decrease 1 stitch each end (14)
93. work 4 rows
94. decrease 1 stitch each end (12)
95. work three rows
96. decrease 1 stitch each end (10)
97. work 3 rows
98.  decrease 1 stitch each end (8)
99. Work one row
100. Cast off last 8 stitches (0)

Neck edging

101. Press pieces and join pieces together at shoulder seams shoulder seams (using backstitch or preferred alternative)
102. Using 3mm needles pick up 15 stitches across the right front, 7 stitches across the right arm, 24 stitches across the back, 7 stitches across the right arm and 15 stitches across the left front (66)
103. Work in rib for 2 rows
104.  K2, yfrn, p2tog, k2, p2, continue in rib to end of row (66)
105. Work 1 row in rib
106.  Cast off very loosely in pattern
107. Sew the arm and side seams and sew in loose ends.
108. Sew on buttons in line with the buttonholes and you’re finished!
 
Thanks for using this pattern. Feel free to let me know how you get on
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


 
 

3 comments:

  1. Hi
    Is there any chance you can explain step 9 more. I have 26 stitches and need to get to 6. I'm not that good and a bit stuck.

    Thanks Justine

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  2. Hi Justine. I will try my best to explain. Pleased you are trying the pattern! At step 9 you are working the right shoulder. You decrease the first stitch and then work another 5 stitches. At this point you have 6 stitches on the right hand needle and 19 on the left. For the next few rows we are only going to be knitting with the 6 stitches on the right hand needle. So you need to slip the 19 stitches on the left hand needle on to a stitch holder (which looks like a large safety pin) or a spare needle, You will come back to these later in the pattern (at step 18). You should now have 6 stitches to work with and can continue with the pattern. At step 18 simply slip the 19 stitches back onto a needle. Happy knitting

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  3. Thanks for getting back to me. I'll give it a go and let you know if I cope.

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