Beginner Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern- a classic sweater that’s knit top down with no seaming! Ideal for Beginner+ knitters.
If you dislike sewing seams, this is the pattern for you! The pattern begins at the yoke, then the sleeve stitches are put on a holder and finished off after you are done with the body. The sweater is knit in one piece and there are no seams to sew.
This sweater uses both circular and double point needles. If you’re comfortable using both of these needles, this should be a fairly easy knit.
If you’re new to knitting there may be some abbreviations in this pattern that you’re unfamiliar with.
PM- place a stitch marker.
M1- Make 1 stitch
Slm- slip stitch marker
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Beginner Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern
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Yarn: Lion Brand Ferris Wheel in Cotton Candy (#4 worsted weight yarn, 1 skein)
Also needed: stitch markers
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ with size US 8 knitting needles
Sizes: 6 months, 12 months, 18 months
With the larger circular needles, cast on 30 (36-36) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth in rows.
Row 1: (RS). K2. M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K4 (6-6). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K14 (16-16-18). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K4 (6-6-8). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K2. 38 (44-44) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *Knit to next marker. M1. Slip marker (Slm). K1. Slm. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to the end of the row.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep the last 2 rows twice more. 62 (68-68) sts.
Join together and begin working in rounds.
Round 1: Cast on 10 (12-12) sts. K5 (6-6). PM (place marker) for the beginning of the round. *Knit to next marker. M1. Slm. K1. Slm. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to the end of the round. 80 (88-88) sts.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *Knit to the next marker. M1. Slm. K1. Slm. M1. Rep from *3 times more. Knit to the end of the round.
Rep 2nd and and 3rd rounds 8 (8-9) times more. 152 (160-168) sts.
Work 1 (3-4) rounds even.
Divide for Body and Sleeves:
Round 1: K22 (23-24). Slip next 32 (34-36) sts onto stitch holder for Left Sleeve. Cast on 2 sts. K44 (46-48) for Back. Slip next 32 (34-36) sts onto stitch holder for Right Sleeve. Cast on 2 sts. K22 (23-24). 92 (96-100) sts for the Body.
Knit in rounds until the work from dividing round measures 6½ (7½-8) inches.
Next round: *K1. P1. Rep from *around.
Repeat round 5 times more. Bind off in ribbing.
Using the double pointed needles, K32 (34-36) from stitch holder. Pick up and knit 2 underarm sts. Join in round. PM between picked up sts for beg of round. 34 (36-38) sts for Sleeve.
Knit in rounds, dec 1 st at beg and end of every following 9th (10th-11th) round 4 times. 26 (28-30) sts. Work until the sleeve measures 7 (7 1/2- 8) inches from the underarm.
Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rounds. Bind off in ribbing.
With smaller double-pointed needles and beginning at back left shoulder seam, pick
up and knit 52 (54-54) sts around the neck opening. Join in round and place marker.
Work in K1. P1. ribbing for 5 rows. Bind off in ribbing.
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