The Dylan Sweater: Free Knitting Pattern

dsc03808The coral sweater in my previous blog entry had to be finished in a hurry and delivered today.  I made a crochet cap to go with it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to photograph the completed set.  Nevertheless, I’m writing out the pattern for the size 12 months infant sweater as I promised.  I am extremely pleased with the finished product, and it makes a simple but elegant baby gift, especially when knit in a soft, lofty yarn.

I’ve named this the “Dylan” sweater because that is the name of my beautiful step-granddaughter.  She is four now, and loves girly things, but also likes things to be simple enough to wear for play. 

As always, this pattern is copyrighted.  Please make it for your own use or for gifts, but do not reproduce the pattern to sell and do not make this item to sell. 

Dylan Sweater

Yarn:  Classic Elite Allure 25% cashmere/25% angora/50% very fine merino, 215 yards, or worsted weight yarn of your choice.

Gauge:  4 sts/inch.                  Needles:  US 8 or size to obtain gauge.

Crochet hook:  Approximately size G.

Button:  One large colorful button.

The sweater was knit flat on straight needles as a back and two front pieces, but pattern could be adjusted to knit back and fronts as single piece to armhole.  It was sized for US infant 12 months (chest 18 inches, back-waist 7.5 inches, wrist-shoulder 7.5 inches).  The completed dimensions were chest 22 inches, length 8.5 inches, sleeve 7 inches.  To close, right front laps over left with loop and button at top of  placket.

Left front:  Cast on 30 stitches.  Work first six rows in seed stitch (k1 p1 across on WS rows, p1 k1 across on RS rows).  Starting row 7, on WS rows begin with four stitches in seed stitch, and on RS rows end with four stitches in seed stitch, forming seed stitch button band.  Work the remainder of each row in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS). 

     When piece measures 6.5 inches from bottom, increase the seed stitch portion of each row to 16 stitches.  Do this for three rows, then bind off the seed stitch portion (16 stitches), staying in pattern.  Continue stockinette on remaining 14 stitches until piece measures 8.5 inches long.  Bind off remaining stitches. 

Right front:  Cast on 18 stitches.  Work first six rows in seed stitch.  Starting row 7, on RS rows begin with four stitches in seed stitch pattern, and on WS rows end with four stitches in seed stitch, forming seed stitch button band.  Work the remainder of each row in stockinette stitch. 

     When piece measures 6.5 inches from bottom, work three more rows, then bind off seed stitches (4 stitches), staying in pattern.  Continue stockinette on remaining 14 stitches until piece measures 8.5 inches long, and bind off all stitches.

Back:  Cast on 44 stitches.  Work first six rows in seed stitch.  Starting row 7, work in stockinette stitch. 

When piece measures 6 inches from bottom, change to seed stitch, working remainder of back completely in seed stitch to make textured yoke.  When piece measures 8 inches long, work 14 stitches, bind off 16 center stitches, staying in pattern.  Tie on second ball of yarn and work remaining 14 stitches.  Continue to work both shoulders in seed stitch until piece is 8.5 inches long, then bind off both shoulders. 

Sleeves:  Using one needle and two balls of yarn, cast on two sets of 26 stitches.  You will work both sleeves at one time, using one ball of yarn for each sleeve.  Begin with six rows of seed stitch, then change to stockinette stitch and continue until sleeves measure 6.5 inches long.  Work three more rows in seed stitch, then bind off both sleeves. 

Finishing:  Block all pieces.  Sew shoulder seams.  Mark center of each sleeve at top and match it up to shoulder seam, pinning remainder of sleeve in place on front and back.  Stitch sleeve to front and back.   Sew from wrist to underarm to bottom of sweater on either side (sleeeve seam and side seam).  Weave in loose ends and trim.  Sew large button securely to top of left button band, just inside the edge.  Using crochet hook, chain a loop on top edge of right button band in position to hold button. 

Knit happy!

Peace.

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