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Home : Patterns : Cheerful Baby Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: Cheerful Baby Cardigan

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®
Pattern #: 70624AD
Rating: ***3.0 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: 9 mos, 18 mos, Child 3

Finished Chest 24 (26, 28) in. (61 (66, 71) cm)
Finished Length 12 (14, 16) in. (30.5 (35.5, 40.5) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Color (A)

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Taupe Hazelnut Cactus
*Cotton-Ease (Article #830). 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
Four 11/16 in. (18 mm) buttons
Sewing needle and thread

Cheerful Baby Cardigan

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease®


16 sts and 32 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (knit every row).
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.

Making a Gauge Swatch


*Knit 2 rows with B, knit 2 rows with A; repeat from * for Stripe Pattern.


Cardigan is worked in one piece from lower back edge, up to and over shoulders, and down to lower front edges.

With A, cast on 48 (52, 56) sts. Change to B. Work in Stripe Pattern until piece measures 4 (4 1/2, 5) in. (10 (11.5, 12.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Sleeves
Inc 1 st at each end of every RS row 19 (22, 24) times – 86 (96, 104) sts. Piece should measure approximately 9 (10, 11) in. [23 (25.5, 28) cm] from beg.
Shape Cuffs
Cast on 8 (8, 10) sts at end of next 2 rows – 102 (112, 124) sts.
Work even in Stripe pattern for 3 (4, 5) in. (7.5 (10, 12.5) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Back Neck
Next Row (RS): K42 (47, 52) sts and slip to a holder for right front. Bind off next 18 (18, 20) sts, k rem 42 (47, 52) sts for left front.
Shape Left Front
Work even in Garter st for next 3 rows. Inc 1 st at neck edge on every RS row 3 times – 45 (50, 55) sts.
Next Row: Cast on 2 sts at neck edge – 47 (52, 57) sts.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Cast on 7 (7, 8) sts at neck edge – 54 (59, 65) sts.
Work even until cuff measures 6 (7, 8) in. (15 (18, 20.5) cm).
Bind off 8 (8, 10) cuff sts – 46 (51, 55) sts.
Dec 1 st at side edge on every RS row 19 (22, 24) times – 27 (29, 31) sts.
Work even until left front is same length as back. Bind off.
Mark for first button about 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) below neck edge and last button about 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) above lower edge. Evenly space 2 remaining buttons between first and last.
Shape Right Front
Rejoin yarn to right front sts at neck edge (WS). Work as for left front, reversing all shaping and working buttonholes (on RS, opposite markers) as follows: k to last 4 sts of row, work (k2tog, yarn over) for buttonhole, k2 (front edge).

Fold Cardigan in half at shoulders. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew on buttons. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2togb = Knit 2 stitches together through back loop
RS = right side st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 3 reviews)
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Cheerful Baby Cardigan Reviewed by Shahina Mumtaz on 2010-09-23 ****
very easy to follow pattern.i really enjoyed knitting this pattern for my grand daughter with the same colours.

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