One Piece Garter Stitch Baby Sweater- a classic, boatneck sweater that's easy to knit!
If you're new to knitting, or you just want an easy project, this baby sweater is it! This sweater is knit entirely in Garter Stitch and it is worked as one piece. Instead of having to sew 4 pieces together (2 sleeves, front, and back), you just fold this sweater over and sew under the arms and side seams. There is some simple casting on and binding off for the sleeves and neck. This is a straight-forward knit that's ideal for beginners!
One Piece Garter Stitch Baby Sweater
Yarn: Lion Brand Jeans in Capri (2 skeins)
Guage: 2 inches = 8 sts with the size US 8 needles
Size: 18-24 months
Cast on 46 sts. Work in Garter st until piece measures about7 ½ inches from the cast-on edge.
Cast on 30 sts, knit to end of row.
Rep last row once more - 106 sts at the end of row.
Work in Garter st until piece measures about 4 ½ in. above sleeve cast-on row.
Use the larger set of needles to bind and cast off for the neck. This will ensure that the neck can easily fit over baby's head.
Neck Bind-Off Row: Knit 40 (switch to larger needles) bind off center 26 sts. for neck and (switch to smaller needles) knit to the end of the row. There will be 40 sts. on each side of the neck.
Neck Cast-On Row:
Using smaller needles, knit 40 sts. Switch to large needles and cast on 26 sts (loosely) and (switch to smaller needles) knit to the end of the row.
Using the small needles, work in Garter st until the piece measures about 4 ½ inches above the neck.
Sleeve Bind-Off Row
Bind off 30 sts, knit to end of row.
Rep last row once more - (you are left with 46 sts)
Work in Garter st until piece measures 7 ½ inches from sleeve
Bind off loosely.
Finishing: Fold the piece over and line up the sleeves and sides. Sew side seams and seams under the arms. Weave in ends.
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