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Home : Patterns : Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan

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Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: 70351AD
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 8 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

0-6 months (6-12 months, 12­-18 months, 2-3 years)
Finished Chest 21 (22, 24, 27 1/2) in. (53.5 (56, 61, 70) cm)
Finished Length 9 1/2 (10, 12, 14) in. (24 (25.5, 30.5, 35.5) cm)


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Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®


17 sts + 25 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Garter Ridge
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (RS): Knit.
Rows 2,4, 6, 8, 10: Purl.
Rows 11-14: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-14 for Garter Ridge pattern.

Cast on 80 (84, 92, 108) sts. Knit 2 rows, inc 10 sts evenly across last row - 90 (94, 102, 118) sts. Beg with Row 1, work in Garter Ridge pattern for 6 rows.
Next Row:
Buttonhole Row (for boys): Knit to last 5 sts, bind off 2 sts, knit to end.
Next Row: P3, cast on 2 sts, p to end.
Buttonhole Row (for girls): K3, bind off 2 sts, knit to end.
Next Row: Purl to last 3 sts, cast on 2 sts, purl to end. Continue in Garter Ridge pattern, working Buttonhole Row every 6th row twice more. Work until piece measures 5 (5 1/4, 6 1/2, 8) in. (12.5 (13.5, 16.5, 20.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Divide for Fronts and Back Work across 24 (25, 27, 31) sts and slip to a holder for Right Front, work across 42 (44, 48, 56) sts and slip to a holder for Back, work across remaining 24 (25, 27, 31) sts for Left Front.
Left Front Continue in Garter Ridge pattern until piece measures 6 1/4 (6 1/2, 7 1/2, 8 1/2) in. (16 (16.5, 19, 21.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Neck Decrease 1 st at the end of every RS row 10 (11, 13, 15) times total - 14 (14, 14, 16) sts. Continue even in pattern until piece measures 9 1/2 (10, 12, 14) in. (24 (25.5, 30.5, 35.5) cm) from beg. Bind off.
Back Slip sts for Back from st holder back to needle and join yarn. Continue in Garter Ridge pattern as established until piece measures 9 1/2 (10, 12, 14) in. (24 (25.5, 30.5, 35.5) cm) from beg. Bind off.
Right Front Slip sts for Right Front from st holder back to needle and join yarn. Beg with a WS row, work as for Left Front reversing all shaping.

SLEEVES, Cast on 23 (25, 27, 27) sts. Knit 2 rows, inc 3 sts evenly spaced across last row - 26 (28, 30, 30) sts. Beg with Row 1, work in Garter Ridge pattern, AT THE SAME TIME, inc at each side every 6th row 5 (6, 8, 10) times - 36 (40, 46, 50) sts. Work even in Garter Ridge pattern until piece measures 5 1/2 (6 1/2, 8, 10) in. (14 (16.5, 20.5, 25.5) cm) from beg. Bind off.

FINISHING Sew shoulder seams. From RS, pick up and k 53 (57, 65, 72) sts along Right Front edge, 16 (18, 22, 26) sts across Back neck and 53 (57, 65, 72) sts down Left Front edge - 122 (132, 152, 170) sts. Knit 2 rows. Bind off. Sew Sleeve seams. Set in Sleeves. Sew on buttons. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 8 reviews)
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Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan Reviewed by Lynn Crow on 2014-06-12 *****
This sweater took me just one day since the instructions were easy to follow. I didn't use a row counter to keep the count on the garter stitch pattern straight while doing the increases every 6 rows but I will in the future. I plan to make more because it was so much fun.

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