Since moving almost 18 months ago, I have met many genuinely lovely people. And some of those people have had, or are about to have babies. And horror of horrors, I have not knitted for any of them! There is one special little boy who is now a smiley toddler who I had in mind when I created this cardigan. I hope he enjoys wearing it.
This is a very easy pattern knit entirely in garter stitch so suitable for beginners. The measurement is suitable for a child 12-18 months old.
You will need as much contrasting and/or self striping yarn as you can live with. I used three skeins of the red and white and two skeins of the blue and white but there was a lot left over of both skeins. You could knit each sleeve, front, back and hood in different colours and bring it all together with the edging. Let your imagination fly!
I used 3.5mm needles with this yarn. The tension is 20 stitches and 28 rows = 10 cms with the needles you are using with your yarn. You will also need four buttons.
Cast on 66 stitches and knit in garter stitch until the work measures 28 cms from cast on edge. Cast off. That’s the back done!
Front (make 2)
Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k1 – 5 sts at the end of this row.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3 (Increase Row): Sl 1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 7 sts.
Rep last 2 rows 19 more times – 45 sts when all increases have been completed.
Next Row (WS): Knit.
Next Row (RS): Sl 1, k2tog (this is the corner), knit to last 2 sts, kfb (front edge), k1 – 45 sts.
Rep last 2 rows until front edge measures 23cm, end with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Sl 1, k2tog, knit to end of row – 44 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows until side edge measures 18 cms, ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Sl 1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows until 5 sts rem.
Last Row: Sl 1, k3tog, k1 – 3 sts. Bind off.
Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 36 sts.
Knit 5 rows in one colour. Change to second colour, and knit 5 rows.
Increase Row: K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 38 sts.
Rep last 6 rows 7 more times – 52 sts when all increases have been completed.
Work in Garter st until piece measures 18 cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, place marker, k1, pm, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k1 – 9 sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Increase Row: K1, kfb, knit to 1 st before marker, kfb, slip marker, k1, sm, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 13 sts.
Rep last 2 rows 23 more times – 105 sts when all increases have been completed.
Divide for Front Opening: K52 sts, join a second ball of yarn (or use the other end hidden in the middle of the skein) and bind off 1 st , knit to end of row.
Decrease Row: Sl 1, k2tog, knit to end of first side, with second ball of yarn, knit across all sts of second side to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (corner made) – 51 sts remaining on each side.
Repeat Decrease Row 47 more times – 4 sts rem on each side.
Next Row: (K1, k2tog, k1) on each side – 3 sts rem on each side.
Last Row:(K3tog) on each side. Fasten off.
Sew the shoulder seams together, then sew the sleeves to the body. Next sew the sleeve and side seams. Sew the top of the hood together and then sew it to the neck edge. All that remains is to pick up and knit 5 rows of garter stitch all the way along the entire edge of the cardigan starting at a side seam. You are likely to need circular needles to fit all the stitches. I cheated and knitted along the edge and hood and other edge, then knitted around the bottom. That is much easier! Place a marker where you want the button holes and when you are knitting the second row of garter stitch and have reached a marker, k2 tog, yo to create a button hole. Sew on buttons.
Block lightly and watch your favourite toddler wear it!