This Knitting Baby Sweater page is a continuation of the Baby sweater page where we designed a pattern for a baby sweater. Now lets use it for our knitting project.
First of all, we will simplify its look to make a working sketch which is easy to use. I cleaned all extra information and now our pattern is ready for work. Here it is. A classical pattern for knitting baby sweater.
Sure it is not the only possible pattern to knit a baby sweater. But our goal for today is to understand the idea about knitting a sweater. Once you know the principal, it will be easy to figure out how to work with any kind of pattern. No matter whether you are going to knit or to crochet a sweater.
We are going to knit this pink sweater. I don't say that this is "the cutest sweater in the world" to convince you to knit it. It is just a regular classically shaped sweater. But you know this saying:" Give a man a fish and he will eat it for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life."
My point is, that you shouldn't buy a pattern or take it from the book together with description and after that have a big headache if your yarn and knitting needles didn't produce the recommended stitch gauge or your child needs a little bit different size of a sweater. Be your own boss. :) Lets go to learn fishing!
For knitting baby sweater take the yarn you like, try a few knitting needles, (use the one recommended one on the yarn label as a starting point), choose the gauge swatches you like the best and calculate gauge for every one of the three patterns necessary.
Here are the gauges for knitting baby sweater of our example.
To begin from the bottom of the sweater, cast-on:
2 sts/cm x 34 cm = 64 sts.
Pattern#1 has 6 sts to repeat (Knit 5, Purl l) through the pattern. Hence, number of the stitches has to be multiple to 6: 60 sts (pattern itself) + 2 sts to form the edge= 62 sts.
Repeat to knit the rows until piece measures 24 cm: 2.8 rows/cm x 24 cm = 67 rows.
To make change from Pattern #1 to Pattern #2 at the Bust Line (68th row): 2.2 sts/cm x 34cm = 74 sts (rounded). It means that difference between number of stitches for two patterns is: 74 sts - 62 sts = 12 sts. They have to be added evenly through the 62 sts.To form armhole:
For our example it will take us 13 rows to form armhole. Continue 25 rows more to reach a shoulder line. There are 38 rows between bust and shoulder line total.To form shoulder line and neck line:
Original slope of the shoulder line was 3cm / 8cm (see the pattern). Now it will become 2cm / 6 cm. Hence , to form a shoulder line we have to bind off: 2 sts/cm x 6 cm = 12 sts through the height of 2.8 sts/raw x 2 cm = 6 rows for each shoulder. A new neck line is 58 sts - 2 x 12 sts = 34 sts wide and 6 rows tall.
Mark midpoint of the back (28sts) and work each part separately. Bind off a shoulder line: 4sts at the beginning of every "right" raw. (6 rows total). To form a neck line: at the end of every "right" raw place on a stitch holder: 1st raw - 7 sts, 2nd - 4sts, 3rd-4sts (the same 6 rows as the shoulder line).
Make calculations for the knitting baby sweater front part similar to calculations we've made for the back part. Back and front parts have differently shaped armholes and neck lines, but the principle to calculate them is still the same.
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