THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE KNITTING PATTERN. You may download it immediately after check out.
Technical Editing by Katherine Vaughan Latest Update June 6 2013.
Free Knitting Pattern: You can download this pattern FREE from Craftsy - http://www.craftsy.com/user/44593
or from Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/people/NancyMunroe
This is an easy project for beginners. You will need to know how to do knit and purl stitches as well as Yarn over. Knitting on 4 double pointed needles for the No Sew sleeves is optional.
Back to Basics. This design is timeless and classic. It will always be in fashion. Knit this pattern in a luxury fiber for the new baby and keep it for the next generation.
This little sweater design has been my go-to project whenever I have needed a baby sweater since the 70's. My children all had several versions, as did most of my foster children and now my grandchildren have each had one or two.
It is so easy to knit from the top down giving you total control to try on and adjust if necessary. You work the collar then yoke to the underarm and divide the sleeves from the body. Each is worked separately, in the round, with no sewing or finishing except to sew on the buttton when you wash and block.
The actual pattern has evolved over the years and was always just in my head so I thought it was time to write it down. Here it is, as simple and practical as I could make it and it's still as cute as can be.
As with all of my patterns I've chosen a yarn in a very common gauge so that your yarn substitutions will be easy to make. Be sure to choose a very soft and luxurious natural fiber yarn. The simple design will make your luxury yarn "sing". It is especially lovely in handspun yarn which can be purchased at my web site or my Etsy store. Just mention the pattern and I'll spin it with this design in mind.
This Simple Classic Baby Jacket in Garter Stitch is always a big hit with everyone.
Babies love the comfortable fit and luxurious softness of the yarns and Moms love the elegant look and stylish details. The fit is comfortable giving you ease for fitting and Baby lots of room for growing.
You will love knitting from the Top Down with no finishing other than sewing on the button and tucking in the ends!
BONUS section: Fully Illustrated Stretchy Cast Off Tutorial
In Garter Stitch over 4 in (10 cm) = 18.0 sts by 34.0 rows Sizing / Finished Measurements:
Approximate Age: 0-6 months [9-12 months, 18-24 months] Finished Measurements Finished Chest: 21" [23", 25"] Body Length: 9.5" [10.2", 10.9"] Sleeve Length: 6" [6.5", 7"] This garment is designed with lots of ease for an easy fit and longer wear.
Any DK weight natural fiber yarn, approx. 55 yds per oz. 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins OR Nancy Elizabeth Designs - Handspun Merino & Silk DK weight 55 yards per 1 oz. (28 gram skein) 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins OR Nancy Elizabeth Designs - Handspun Merino/Silk and Angora 55 yards per 1 oz. (28 gram skein) 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins 4mm (US 6) Straight or circular whichever is most comfortable as we will be knitting back and forth Optional: Set of 4 double points in same size 4mm (US 6), or size you need to get the correct gauge
You Will Also Need:
1 focal point button
You can also buy the finished handknit sweaters in my Etsy store here: