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Baby Polar Bear Sherpa Knit Hoodie

Who doesn’t love a baby in a hooded animal sweater? This one knits up really quickly using super bulky, fur-like yarn. With no edgings and a simple hook and eye closure, this quick knit is also a breeze to finish.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 6 months (12 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 6, 8, 10)

Finished Chest Size 20 (22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30)”

Shown in size 3T.

Gauge: 8 sts and 12 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Lion Brand Go for Faux (100% polyester; 65 yards [60 meters]/100 grams): 098 Baked Alaska (2 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9) balls)

Needles: US size 13 (9.0 mm) 24” circular needles and DPNs

Notions: Markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle, large hook and eye, needle and thread to match yarn

Abbreviations

P2togtbl: Purl 2 sts together through their back loops. (1 st decreased)

M1: Make 1 st by placing a firm backwards loop on the right needle.

M1R: Make 1 right leaning st.

M1L: Make 1 left leaning st.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from the bottom up. Sleeves are picked up around the armhole edges for top-down sleeves. The hood is worked from the neck to the front edge. Ears are worked separately and sewn to the hood.

This yarn is unique in that it does not curl at the edges, so it needs no special edge treatments. If you are substituting a different yarn, consider working the first inch of the body in garter stitch, then work the first and last 3 sts of the body in garter stitch. Finish the sleeves with 2” of garter stitch as well.

Pattern

Body

Using circular needle, CO 40 (44, 48, 50, 54, 56, 58, 62) sts. Beg with a WS (purl) row, work in St st until piece measures 8 (9, 9.5, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5)” from CO edge, or to desired length to underarm, ending after a WS row.

Separate back and fronts:

With RS facing, k10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15), turn. Place next 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 30, 32) sts on holder or waste yarn for Back, and place last 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15) sts on separate holder or waste yarn for Left Front.

Right Front

Work even for 2 (2.5, 3, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4, 4.25)”, ending after a WS row.

Row 1 (RS): BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3), k to end. (8 (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) sts rem)

Row 2: P to last 2 sts, p2togtbl. (7 (8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) sts rem)

Row 3: K1, ssk, k to end. (6 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) sts rem)

Row 4: P.

Row 5: K1, ssk, k to end. (5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) sts rem)

Row 6: BO 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4), p to end. (3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts rem)

Row 7: K.

BO rem sts. Break yarn and pull though last st.

Back

Place held Back sts onto needle and join yarn to work a RS row. (20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts)

Work even for 5.5”, ending after a WS row.

BO 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 10 (10, 12, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14) sts on holder for back of neck.

Left Front

Place held Left Front sts back onto needle and join yarn to work a RS row. (10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15) sts)

Work even for 2.5 (3, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4, 4.25)”, ending after a WS row.

Row 1 (RS): BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3), p to end. (8 (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) sts rem)

Row 2: K to last 2 sts, k2tog. (7 (8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) sts rem)

Row 3: P1, p2togtbl, p to end. (6 (7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) sts rem)

Row 4: K.

Row 5: P1, p2togtbl, p to end. (5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) sts rem)

Row 6: BO 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4), k to end. (3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts rem)

Row 7: P.

BO rem sts. Break yarn and pull through last st.

Sew shoulder seams.

Hood

With RS facing, beg at right front edge, pick up 8 (8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9) sts up to held back neck sts, place held back sts onto left needle and k across, pick up 8 (8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9) sts down to left front edge. (26 (26, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32) sts)

Set-up Row (WS): P13 (13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16), pm, p to end.

Inc Row: K to 1 st before next m, M1R, k1, sl m, k1, M1L, k to end. (2 sts increased)

Work 3 (3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1) rows even.

Rep Inc Row. (30 (30, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36) sts)

Work 3 (3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1) rows even.

Rep Inc Row. (32 (32, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 38) sts)

Sizes 4T (6, 8, 10) ONLY:

Work 1 row even.

Rep Inc Row. (38 (40, 40, 40) sts)

All Sizes:

Work even until hood measures 5 (5.5, 6, 7, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 10.5)”, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row: K to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, sl m, k1, ssk, k to end. (2 sts decreased)

Next Row: P.

Rep last 2 rows once. (28 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 36, 36) sts rem)

Rep Dec Row. (26 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 34, 34) sts rem)

WS Dec Row: P to 3 sts before m, p2togtbl, p1, sl m, p1, p2tog, p to end. (2 sts decreased)

Rep last 2 rows once more. (20 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 28, 28) sts rem)

Place half of sts on left needle and half on right needle. Fold work in half with WS tog. Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Graft the 2 sides tog.

Sleeves

With dpns, beg at underarm, pick up 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) sts up to shoulder seam and 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) sts down to underarm. (14 (16, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24) sts)

Join to work in the rnd and pm for beg of rnd.

Work in St st for 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6)”.

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before BOR, ssk, k1. (18 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 26, 26) sts rem)

Work even until sleeve measures 8 (9, 10, 10.5, 11, 11, 12, 13)”, or to desired length. BO all sts.

Ears

Make two.

CO 3.

Row 1: K.

Row 2: K1, M1, k1, M1, k1. (5 sts)

Row 3: K.

Row 4: K1, [M1, k1] 4 times. (9 sts)

Rows 5-13: K.

Row 14: SSK twice, k1, k2tog twice. (5 sts rem)

Row 15: K.

Row 16: SSK, K1, K2tog. (3 sts rem)

Row 17: K.

Break yarn and pull through rem sts.

Finishing

Fold ears in half with tails together and down. Align CO/BO edges so that top of ear forms an arc. Bend ear ends forward to create a cup shape. Sew bottom edge of ears to hood.

Sew hook and eye to front of sweater using needle and thread.

 

Weave in ends. Wash and block.

 

 

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