An Bronntanas Baby Cardigan

An Bronntanas

An Bronntanas is a cute and pretty baby cardigan that’s versatile enough for a girl or a boy. The simple lace design on the yoke adds interest.

MATERIALS

Yarn: Double knit 250 – 490 metres/273 – 534 yards

Shown In: Drops Cotton Merino Uni Colour.  50g = 120 metres/140 yards (50% cotton, 50% wool).  Shade 13 – Coral: 2,3,3

Needles: 3.5mm and 4mm

Notions: Stitch holders or scrap yarn, tapestry needle, buttons (approximately 7-8)

NOTES

CDD – Centred Double Decrease: Slip 2 sts from left to right needle, knit the next stitch and pass the slipped stitches over (2 stitches decreased)

TENSION/GAUGE

21 sts x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm with 4 mm in stocking stitch

SIZE

3 – 6 – 12 months

sleeve length: 15.5 – 16.5 – 19 cm (6¼ – 6½ – 7½ in)
body length: 15 – 16.5 – 18 cm (6 – 6½ – 7 in)
total length: 24 – 26.5 – 29 cm (9½ – 10½ – 11½ in)
width: 25.5 – 27 – 28.5 cm (10 – 10¾ – 11¼ in)

Click here for Standard Knitting Abbreviations

PATTERN

The cardigan is knit yoke down on circular needles. Sleeves and button bands are picked up after body knitting has been finished.

NECK AND YOKE

With 3.5 mm circular needle cast on 59 – 61 – 65 sts. Work 5 rows single rib (k1, p1).

Keeping with 3.5 mm needle and with RS facing work the first increase row as follows.

3 months: k4, (M1, K3) x 17, k4 (76 sts)

6 months: k4, (M1, K3) x 19 (80 sts)

12 months: k4, (M1, K3) x 19, k4 (84sts)

All sizes: purl the next row and all even rows.

row 3: k3, (k2tog, YO, k2) x 18 – 19 – 20, k1

row 5: k2, (k2tog, YO, k1, YO, k1) x 18 – 19 – 20, k2

row 7: knit

row 9: k3, (k2tog, YO, K3) x 18 – 19 – 20, k1

row 11: k2, (k2tog, YO, k1, YO, k2) x 18 – 19 – 20, k2

row 13: k1, k2tog, (YO, k3, YO, #CDD) x 17 – 18 – 19, YO, k3, YO, SSK, k2

row 15: knit

row 17: k5, (YO, k6) x 18 – 19 – 20, YO, k5

row 19: k3, (k2tog, YO, k1, YO, SSK, k2) x 18 – 19 – 20, k1

row 21: k2, (k2tog, YO, k3, YO, SSK) x 18 – 19 – 20, k2

row 23: knit

row 25: k6, (YO, k7) x 17 – 18 – 19,YO, k5

row 27: k4, (k2tog, YO, k1, YO, SSK, k3) x 18 – 19 – 20

row 29: k5, (YO, k3, YO, k5) x 17- 18 – 19, YO, k3, YO, k4

3 months only

row 30: change to 4 mm needles and p30, p2tog,(p18, p2tog) x 6, p to end (177 sts). Go to Body, below.

6 & 12 months only: (purl row 30)

row 31: k2, (k1, k2tog, YO, k5, YO, SSK) x 19 – 20, k2

6 months only

row 32: change to 4 mm needles and p42, p2tog, (p38, p2tog) x 3, p to end (190 sts). Go to Body, below.

12 months only: (purl row 32)

row 33: k4,YO (k7, YO, CDD, YO) x 19, k7, YO, k3 (206 sts).

Change to 4 mm needles and work 3 rows. Go to Body, below.

BODY

The yoke is now divided into the body and sleeves. K 25 – 26 – 28 sts, slip the following 38 – 42 – 46 sts on a holder or spare yarn, these will be for the left sleeve. Turn the cardigan around so that the right hand needle is now in your left hand and cast on 2 sts. Turn back and k 51 – 54 – 58 sts. Slip the following 38 – 42 – 46 sts on a holder or spare yarn, these will be for the right sleeve. Turn the cardigan around again and cast on 2 sts. Turn back and knit the remaining 25 – 26 – 28 sts. (105 -110 – 118 sts).

Work until the body measures 10 – 11.5 – 13 cm ending on a purl row. On this last row adjust the stitch count as follows: p 50 – 55 – 59 sts (halfway round the back).

3 & 6 months only: p2tog, p the remaining sts. (104 -109 sts)

12 months only: M1, p the remaining sts. (119 sts).

All Sizes: Change to 3.5 mm needles. Work 14 rows of ribbing as follows.

row 1: (RS) k1, *p2, k3, rpt from * to the last 3 sts, p2, k1.

rows 2, 4, 6 & 8: p1, *k2, p3, rpt from * to the last 3 sts, k2, p1.

row 3: k1, *p2, k2tog, YO, k1, rpt from * to the last 3 sts, p2, k1.

row 5: as row 1

row 7: k1, *p2, k1, YO, SSK, rpt from * to the last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Repeat rows 1 to 6.

Cast off knitting over the k sts and purling over the p sts. Don’t cast off the last st but use it as the first st for the right button band (slip it onto a stitch marker or scrap yarn, so it doesn’t unravel).

BUTTON BANDS

Button band, right: (RS) using 3.5 mm needle and starting at the bottom ribbing, pick up 3 st for every 4 rows up the right front. These instructions are for boys, swop the instructions in italics for girls. Work 5 rows single ribbing and then cast off in rib.

Button band, left: (RS) using 3.5 mm needle and starting at the neck edge, pick up 3 st for every 4 rows down the left front. You need the same number of sts as the other button band. Work 2 rows single rib. On the third row make buttonholes using YO, followed by k2tog (when the YO follows a k1, which looks much neater) or p2tog (when the YO follows a p1). The top buttonhole should be 3 st in, the bottom one 3 sts or more, and the other holes need to be evenly placed.  Next row work as normal single rib, knitting (or purling) into the YO. Cast off in rib.

SLEEVES

Slip the 38 – 42 – 46 sts from one of the holders back onto the circular needle (if using magic loop) or DPNS. Pick up 1 st from the first of the cast on sts under the armhole, PM to indicate start of round, pick up another 1 st from the second cast on st and knit one round until marker. (40 – 44 – 48 sts)

*Knit 7 – 6 – 7 rounds ending at the marker. At the start of next round k1, k2tog, k until last 3 sts before the marker, SSK, k1. Repeat from * 2 – 3 – 3 more times (34 – 36 – 40 sts). Continue without shaping until the sleeve measures 12 – 13 – 15.5 cm. At the end of this last round adjust the stitch count as follows.

3 months: knit to last st, M1, k1 (35 sts)

6 months: knit to last 3 sts, SSK, k1 (35 sts)

12 months: no change (40 sts)

All Sizes: Change to 3.5 mm needles. Work 10 rows of ribbing as follows.

row 1: *p2, k3, rpt from * to end

row 2: as row 1

row 3: p2, k2tog, YO, k1, rpt from * to end

rows 4, 5 & 6: as row 1

row 7: p2, k1, YO, SSK, rpt from * to end

Repeat row 1 x 3.

Cast off knitting over the k sts and purling over the p sts.

FINISHING

Sew on the buttons and sew in loose ends. The cardigan needs to be blocked, keeping to the pattern measurements.

Click here for a print-friendly PDF of the pattern

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Jackie McAvoy lives in the heart of Central Portugal where she combines her professional training as a graphic designer with her passion for knitting. Since 2014 she has been designing knitwear for the little ones which she sees as a great opportunity to try different techniques and learn new skills. You can see more of her designs at kiddiwinksknits

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