How to Knit a Baby Sweater

  • 01 of 06

    How to Knit a Simple Baby Sweater

    Easy Garter Stitch Baby Sweater
    Mollie Johanson

    If you're a brand new knitter wondering how to knit a baby sweater, you can tackle this basic, yet adorable baby sweater with ease—even if you just learned this morning. It's small, portable, and it knits up so fast, you won't have time to get bored—perfect for a first project.

    You don't even have to know how to purl—if you can knit, you can do it. Give it a try, you might just surprise yourself!

    This simple double-breasted sweater pattern is available in sizes preemie to six months and features modified drop sleeves, a square neck, and wooden duffel coat toggles.

    Materials

    • 2 skeins Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in shade 158 Mustard, or 220 yards chunky yarn of your choice
    • 1 pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles
    • 4 duffel coat toggles
    • Scissors and yarn needle for finishing

    Gauge

    3.5 stitches and 8 rows per inch in garter stitch.

    Size

    Preemie (Newborn, 3 months, 6 months). The instructions show the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses. 

    • Chest size finished garment: 14 (16, 18, 20.5) inches
    • Length from back neck: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches

    Updated by Mollie Johanson

    Continue to 2 of 6 below.
  • 02 of 06

    Knitting the Back

    Knit the Back of the Sweater
    Mollie Johanson

    With size 9 needles, cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches.

    Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) until piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches.

    Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches at the beginning of next 2 rows. There are 18 (22, 24, 28) stitches remaining.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches.

    Bind off.

     

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  • 03 of 06

    Knitting the Fronts

    Knit the Two Front Pieces
    Mollie Johanson

    First Front

    With size 9 needles, cast on 16 (18, 22, 24) stitches.

    Work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches.

    Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches at the beginning of next row. This is the armhole edge. There are 13 (15, 18, 20) stitches remaining.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 6 (7, 7.5, 8.5) inches, ending at the edge opposite the bound off stitches.

    Bind off 9 (10, 12, 12) stitches at beginning of next row. This is the neck edge. There are 4 (5, 6, 8) stitches remaining, which you continue to knit for the shoulder.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches from cast on edge to top of shoulder.

    Bind off.

    Second Front (with Buttonholes):

    Work as written for the first front until piece measures 3 (3.25, 3.5, 4.25) inches.

    Make buttonholes as follows: Knit 1, knit 2 togetheryarn over, knit 4 (5, 5, 6), K2tog, yo, knit to end. The buttonholes are formed closest to the neck edge, opposite to the armhole edge.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 4.75 (5.5, 6, 7) inches, ending at the armhole edge.

    Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches at the beginning of next row. There are 13 (15, 18, 20) stitches remaining.

    Next row, make buttonholes: K1, K2tog, yo, K4 (5, 6, 6), K2tog, yo, K to end.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 6 (7, 7.5, 8.5) inches, ending at the edge opposite the bound off stitches.

    Bind off 9 (10, 12, 12) stitches at beginning of next row. This is the neck edge. There are 4 (5, 6, 8) stitches remaining, which you continue to knit for the shoulder.

    Continue to work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches from cast on edge to top of shoulder.

    Bind off.

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  • 04 of 06

    Knitting the Sleeves

    Knit the Sleeves
    Mollie Johanson

    With size 9 needles, cast on 20 (21, 25, 28) stitches.

    Work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8) inches.

    Bind off.

    Make the second sleeve in the same way.

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  • 05 of 06

    Assemble the Pieces

    Assemble the Baby Sweater
    Mollie Johanson

    If this is your first sweater-type garment, note that this is the order for finishing on most garments like this. It is normal at this time to block your pieces (either before or after sewing, whatever your preference), but the acrylic yarn does not benefit much from blocking. Washing the sweater in a gentle cycle, however, and then pulling the piece into shape (according to the schematic) and letting it dry flat will always improve the overall look.

    Use yarn for all the sewing.

    • Sew the shoulder seams by joining the tops of the fronts to the top of the back. Remember to position the fronts according to where the buttonholes are–left for a girl and right for a boy as you look at it.
    • Sew the sleeves into the armholes.
    • Sew the side and sleeve seams. 
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  • 06 of 06

    Finishing the Baby Sweater

    Attach the Buttons to the Sweater
    Mollie Johanson

    Weave in all the ends of the yarn.

    Sew the toggle buttons in place with yarn, matching the location with the yarn over buttonholes. 

    For a cute finish, cuff the sleeves.