Corry’s Baby Sweater in size 6-9 months (This sweater is knitted from the top down, requiring no seaming and flexible use of limited yarn and/or multiple colors.) gauge: 4.5 sts. = 1 inch materials for sweater: yarn: approximately 360 yards of worsted weight yarn needles: 24” or 29” circular needles size 8 and double point size 8 16” or 24” circular size 7 and double point size 7 (Note: You can knit this all on a size 8 needle, but the smaller size needle will create a more finished look.) other: 8 – 10 stitch markers, 12” of scrap yarn and a yarn needle materials for hat: yarn: 90 yards of worsted weight yarn needles: 16” size 7 and size 8 circular needle other: 1 stitch marker sweater pattern: With smaller gauged needle cast on 67 stitches. Knit in seed stitch (KI, P1) for 2 ½”. Change to large gauged needle and knit another ½” until collar measures 3”. The body of the sweater will be knit next, so you can change colors here if desired. set up row: Knit 6 stitches in seed stitch pattern (this is your button band and you will continue this seed stitch pattern throughout the sweater), place a marker – “pm”, purl 9 sts (sweater front), pm, purl 1 (these “1” sts between markers are your “seam” stitches), pm, purl 6 (sleeve), pm, purl 1, pm, purl 21 (back), pm, purl 1, pm, purl 6 (sleeve), pm, purl 1, pm, purl 9 (sweater front), pm, work last 6 stitches keeping in seed stitch pattern. next row - Right Side row – “RS”: Continue with seed stitch for button band. On every right side row (RS) increase a stitch in the stitch before the marker that marks the 1 seam stitch. Then slip the marker – “sm”, knit 1 sttich, sm, and increase in the stitch that follows the marker. Continue to the end of the row increasing a stitch on each side of the seam stitch markers. (You will be increasing 8 stitches on every RS row.) next row – Wrong Side row – “WS”: Continue the first and last 6 stitches of each row in seed stitch pattern. Purl across row, slipping markers as you come to them. (After an inch of knitting on the body of the sweater, see note about button band which follows this section.) Repeat these two rows 14 times until there are 49 stitches between the back markers. Take a measurement and make sure the body of the sweater measures 4 ½ “. If it does not, knit without increasing another few rows, ending after having just purled a row (WS). Note about button band: Because you are likely to knit for a baby whose gender you may not know, it is up to you to decide what side the button holes should be on. If in doubt, make them on the right side, meaning you will make them at the end of a RS row. Begin buttonholes after 1 inch of knitting the body and every 15 rows after that as follows. Knit the first 3 stitches of buttonhole band in pattern, yarn over –“YO”, knit 2 stitches together in pattern and then knit last stich in pattern. When you turn to the WS, knit the first 2 stitches in pattern and before knitting the YO, I twist the YO so that it will make a tighter buttonhole. next row (separating the sleeves from the body): Knit the first 29 sts. in pattern to the first set of markers. Remove marker and remove all remaining seam stitch markers as you get to them. With a yarn needle, move the seam stitch and the next 34 stitches on to a piece of scrap yarn. Tie the scrap yarn off to secure the stitches. Make 2 new stitches just by looping yarn on to your working needle, knit the next 51 stiches. Place next 35 stitches on to a piece of scrap yarn, make 2 new stitches, and knit the remaining 29 in pattern. You will now be knitting just the body. Continue until piece from underarm measures 5 1/2“. (If you are changing color yarn, knit one row in the new color before working in seed stitch pattern.) Change to smaller needle and knit in seed stitch pattern for 1 ¼”. sleeves: Place the 35 sleeve stitches on double pointed needles. Attaching yarn (leaving a 6” tail), pick up 4 stitches under the arm and placing a marker at the most center of the underarm. Knit for 1”. Decrease on the following round as follows beginning at marker. Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together. Knit to last 3 stitches, then slip one stitch, knit 1 stitch then pass slipped stitch over the stitch just knit, knit I stitch and then you are back of the marker. Continue knitting and do another decrease round every 1 ¼ “ (2 more times) until there are 33 stitches left and the sleeves measure 5” from under the arm. (If you are changing color yarn, knit one row in the new color before working in seed stitch pattern.) Change to smaller needle and knit in seed stitch pattern for 1”. pattern for hat: With smaller circular needle, cast on 71 stitches. Knit in seed stitch pattern for 1”, knitting 2 stitches together at the end of the last stitch – 70 stitches. Change to larger needles and knit until hat measures 5” from cast on edge. First decrease round: Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round.
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