Friday, November 7, 2014

A Free Knitting pattern - Baby Cardigan Raglan from Bottom up.

I just finished this Baby Cardigan with Raglan sleeves.  I found it hard to find bottom up raglan pattern.  The pattern is created by me improvising or mixing two neat knitting patterns.  See if you like it.

                                    Wonderland Heather Baby Cardigan

Date started –        Sept  11 2014
Date Finished -      Oct 22, 2014.

Materials used:

Yarn: 3 balls  ( 3 X 50 gms) 100% Washable Merino wool
                           From Knit Picks DK wt .( The name of this particular yarn I used is Wonderland Heather)
                            Each 50 gms 123 yds.
 Needles:         Recommended needle: US size 5
                        But I used US 7 ( 4.5 st =1” ) .

Place markers.
Buttons 3 (about 1” in diameter)

Finished piece;  Width 21.5" Length 10"  ( Suitable for 9 mo - 1 yr old child)

Patterns used :
Seed St pattern = k 1, p1 with odd number of stitches taken, just repeat the same in the next row. So that there is purl on knit st and knit on purl stitch.

Stockinette St. pattern = knit I row, purl 1 row.

Lacy Pattern from Shoelessval:

 Lacy Pattern takes 16 sts.

Row 1: P1, K3, K2tog, K1, Yo, P2, Yo ,K1 ,Ssk, K3, P1

Row 2: and all even rows: K1, P6  ,K2 , P6 , K1

Row 3: P1, K2, K2 tog, K1, Yo, K1, Yo, K1, Yo, K1, Ssk, K2, P1

Row 5: P1, K1, K2tog,  K1, Yo, K2, P2, K2, Yo, K1, Ssk, K1, P1

Row: 7: P1,       K2tog, K1, Yo, K3, P2, K3, Yo, K1, Ssk,        P1

Row 8:   K1,  P6,  K2,  P6,  K1.

Abbreviations:  K=Knit, P=Purl, Yo= Yarn Over, Ssk= slip as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together in that position, SKP= slip one st as if to knit, slip second st as if to purl, knit them together in that position. K2tog = knit 2 st together. PM= place marker,  

Cast on 97 sts.
Knit 6 rows in seed sts. Then:

 Maintain border with Seed sts. pattern with 5 sts,  the Lacy pattern w/16 sts.
            PM, K 55 sts,PM
            Lacy  pattern for the next 16 sts.
            PM. Follow seed pattern for the next 5 sts for maintaining border. ( 97 sts)

Maintain border and patterns until the piece measures approximately 6 inches ( or whatever you want.  I made 6.5 inches),  or  the when the  8 rows of Lacy pattern is finished ending with a K row.

Last row of Body: (with 97 sts)

Border ( Seed st pattern ) w/5 sts.   Purl 19 sts,   Bind off 6 sts
Purl 37 st    Bind off 6 sts
Purl 19 sts,   Border ( seed sts pattern) w/5 sts.
Cut yarn. Place body in a spare needle. (=97sts)

Cast on 27 sts.
Work on Seed sts for 6 rows.
Increase 8 sts evenly (over the next 5” or approximately 30 rows.  I increased 2 every 5th and 6 row) for ultimately getting 35 sts. 35 sts.
Work evenly in stockinette sts until piece measures 5.5” ending with a K row.
On the last row: Bind off 4 sts. Purl to last 4 sts. Bind off last 4 sts. You have 27 sts now.

Make 2 .

Maintain border (Seed pattern) w/5 sts.
K 19 sts, of the front, PM
K27 sts of the sleeve, PM
K37 sts of the back, PM
K27 sts of the sleeve, PM
K19 sts of the front, PM
Maintain border (Seed pattern) w/5 sts.
Purl 1 row maintaining border.

Next row- begin decreasing and making button hole.

Button hole: K2, Yo, K2tog  in Row 1, Row 9 and Row 17 or as you please.

K2, Yo, K2tog, K1, Kto 3 sts before marker.
K2 tog, K1, slip marker, K1, SKP, Knit to 3 sts before marker
K2tog, K1, Slip marker, K1, SKP, Knit to 3 sts before marker
K2tog, K1, Slip marker, K1, SKP, Knit to 3 sts before marker
K2tog, K1, Slip marker, K1, SKP, Knit to end maintaining border pattern

Row 2 : Maintain border pattern, P to last 5 sts. Border.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1 with out the button hole .
Row 4 : Same as Row 2.

Keep on working maintaining button holes as needed until there is no st left in the sleeves between the raglan pattern.   In other words the two raglan pattern in the sleeve will merge.  At this point make the neck band.

Make the seed pattern for 4 rows.  Bind off on the 5 th row.


Sew up sleeves and underarms.  Sew on three buttons appropriately to fit the holes.  Weave all loose ends.  If you want block the piece to give it a nice touch.

This pattern is made by me using two resources that I am thankful to.
Http:// is where I got the lacy pattern.  I loved the pattern she used there.  But I did not quite make that.

For the main template of the Baby Cardigan I used the pattern from
 Plymouth Yarn C116 – The Yarn Patch, FantasyNaturale.  Again I modified it quite a bit.  I did not use the lacy design in that pattern,  just the template for the cardigan.

Hope you enjoy this pattern.  Please leave me some comments if you happen to try it.


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