Write On Baby …

Here is a little early Christmas gift from me to you… ❤

 

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Free Pattern designed by ©Lynn Hamps for Wightstitches.

 

This beautifully warm jumper will keep your little one cosy on the coolest of days. It works up quickly and the length and sleeves can be tailor made to fit perfectly or be made with room to grow.

Stretchy decorative ribbing, together with the buttoned shoulder, allows for ease of dressing and movement as do the shaping of the upper part of the sleeves which are worked in a squishy garter stitch, so are soft on delicate skin. They are picked up and worked from the body of the jumper and worked from shoulder to cuff, thus allowing for adjustments for the perfect fit. Making them longer and turning back the cuffs would give longer wear if you prefer.

To top it off, the band of stocking stitch is a blank canvas to personalise however you like using easy duplicate stitching.

A pdf version of the pattern can also be downloaded for free here and includes  charts for two alphabets and numbers.

Materials:

100g skein of Aran/Worsted weight yarn in MC (main colour).

25g skein of Aran/Worsted weight yarn in CC (contrast colour).

Small amount of DK/Light worsted for duplicate stitching.

5.5 mm needles…straights or circular to your preference.

3 small buttons.

2 stitch markers or scrap yarn

Large eyed tapestry needle.

 


 

Finished Size/Gauge:

Gauge (in pattern): 18 sts by 22 rows = 4 inch square.


 

Finished sizes (approximately):

Age (approx)            Chest                Length                  Sleeves

3-6 months       20 ins/51 cms     10 ins/25.5 cms    6 ins/15 cms

6-12 months      22ins/56 cms      12 ins/30.5 cms    7.5 ins/18 cms

 

Method:

Front and back pieces are knitted separately, from the bottom up. The neckline is then completed with the button band and the shoulder seams are sewn/buttoned together. Stitches are then picked up for the sleeves and the side and sleeve seams are sewn. Duplicate stitching to your favoured design is then worked.

Happy Knitting…


 

Stitches and Abbreviations

K: Knit    P: Purl     K2tog: Knit 2 together   M1pw: Make 1 purl-wise

Yo: yarn over    K2togtbl: Knit 2 together through back loop

Sts: Stitches   Rep: Repeat   WS: Wrong Side.   RS: Right Side.


 

Pattern:   (Larger size instructions are in brackets)

Back

Cast On 56 (64) sts using MC

Row 1:  (RS) K2, P2 to end of row

Row 2:    K2, P2 to end of row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 four more times = total of 10 rows

Row 11:  (WS) Purl across row increasing evenly as follows…

P8 (8), M1pw, P14 (16), M1pw, P12 (16), M1pw, P14 (16), M1pw, P8 (8)

= 60 (68) sts

Row 12:    K1, P1 to end of row

Row 13:    K2, P2 to end of row

Repeat rows 12 and 13 until piece measures 6 inches/15 cms (7 inches/18 cms).

Place markers at each end of the row ready for armholes.

Continue to repeat rows 12 and 13 until piece measures 10 inches/25.5 cms (12 inches/30.5 cms).

Cast off on a WS row in knit.

Front

Work exactly as back, including the row where the markers are placed for the armholes.

Work rows 12 and 13 once more then row 12 once more again.

Fasten off MC.

With WS facing, join in CC.

Next row:  P across row

Next row:  Knit across row

Rep these two rows of stocking stitch 10 more times plus one extra purl row =13 rows of stocking stitch in total.

Fasten off CC.

Separate remainder of original skein of MC into two even balls.

Rejoin one of the MC balls of yarn to your work in the same place that you fastened off the CC.

Next row:   (RS) Knit across row

Next row:    K2, P2 to end of row

Next row:   K1, P1 to end of row

Repeat the last two rows until piece measures 3 ins/7.5 cms (4 ins/ 10 cms) from markers, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck/Left Shoulder

Row 1:   (RS) K1, P1 rep for a total of 20 (24) sts

Join in second small ball of MC and cast off 20 sts across centre in knit.

Then continue this row: P1, *K1, P1, rep from * to end of the row.

Row 2:   (Turn and continue working over the sts last worked, this will be the left side shoulder/neckline when the finished jumper is right facing…leave the other shoulder unworked for now)

K2, P2, across 20 (24 sts)

Row 3:   Cast off 2 sts in knit, P1, *K1, P1 to end of row = 18 (22sts)

Row 4:    K2, P2 to end of row

Row 5:    K2tog, P1*, K1 P1 to end of row = 16 (20 sts)

Row 6:    K2, P2 to end of row

Row 7:    K1, P1 to end of row

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until piece measures the same as the back. Ending with a row 7.

Cast off all 16 (20) sts in knit with WS facing.

Fasten off.

Right Shoulder/ Neckline Using the still attached MC.

Row 1:    (WS) Cast off 2sts in knit at neckline, P1, *K2, P2 to end 18 (22) sts

Row 2:    (RS) K1, P1 to last 2 sts, K2tog = 17 (21 sts)

Row 3:    P2tog, K1, *P2, K2 to end = 16 (20) sts

Row 4:    K1, P1 to end

Row 5:     K2, P2 to end

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until piece measures the same as the back ending on a WS row. Do not fasten off.

Button Band

Row 1:    (RS) K2, P2 to end

Row 2:    K2, P2 to end

Repeat these two rows twice more, and row 1 only, once more again. = 7 rows in total.

With WS facing, cast off all remaining sts in K2, P2 rib.

Fasten off.

Button Hole Band

With Back piece WS facing, count 18 (22) of the cast off sts from the armhole edge and along top of back towards centre. Place a marker. Turn back piece so RS is now facing and pick up and knit 18 (22) sts from marker to outer edge.

Row 1:   (WS) P2, K2 to last 2sts, P2

Row 2:    (RS) K2, P2 to last 2 sts, K2

Repeat rows 1 and 2 once more.

 

Row 5:    P2 (4), K1, yo, K2togtbl, P1, K2, P1, yo, K2togtbl, K1, P2, yo, K2togtbl, P2 (4)

(Tip: If you would like to use larger buttons, particularly for the larger size, instead of working k2togtbl, just k2tog for a larger buttonhole.)

Row 6:    K2 (4), P2, *K2, P2 to last 2 (4) sts, K2 (4).

Row 7:     P2 (4), K2, *P2, K2 to last 2 (4) sts, P2 (4)

Row 8:    Cast off 4sts in rib, continue in pattern to end of the row.

Row 9:    Cast off 4sts in rib, continue in pattern to end of the row.

Row 10:   Cast off remaining sts in rib

Fasten off.

Sew on buttons. Sew other shoulder seam together and neatly weave in all tails.

Finishing Neckline

With RS facing and starting at the top of the button band, evenly pick up and knit 60 (64) sts around the entire neckline edge, ending at the top of the button hole band.

Knit 2 rows in plain garter stitch.

Cast off all sts in knit on the WS.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Button up the shoulder.

Sleeves

Row 1:    With MC and RS facing, pick up and knit 49 (57) sts along armhole edge between markers. On the button band side, work right through both thicknesses of the bands.

Row 1:    Knit across all sts.

Continue to knit every row until sleeve measures 1 inch/2.5cms (1.5 ins/4 cms) ending on a WS row.

Next Row:    K2tog, Knit to last 2 sts K2tog = 47 (55) sts

Continue to knit every row and decrease 1 st at each end of a WS row every ½ in/1.5 cms until there are 35 (39) sts remaining.

Continue to knit every row, working straight until the sleeve measures 5 ins/ 13 cms (6.5 ins/16.5 cms) or desired length less 1 inch/2.5 cms for cuff.

Cuff

Row 1:    K1, P1 to last st, K1

Row 2:    K1, P1 to last st, K1

Work rows 1 and 2 {Moss stitch} until cuff measures approx 1 in/2.5 cms.

Cast off in K1, P1.

Fasten off.

With RS facing each other, neatly sew seams from bottom rib to cuff edge on both sides.

Weave in final tails.

Add Duplicate stitching to the panel.

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I hope you enjoy this complimentary pattern…do let me know if you make one for your favourite Munchkin 😀

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