Baby’s First Fair Isle Cardigan

Have fun with this cute little cardi, perfect for your favorite little person. There are no seams in this skill-building knit, so once you’ve sewn on the buttons you’re ready to go!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 3-6 months (12-18 months, 2-3 yr, 4-5 yr); Shown in 12-18 months size; Chest, Buttoned: 22 (23, 24, 25)”

Gauge: 22 sts x 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in fair-isle knitting after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Light Weight Yarn Universal Yarn Uptown DK (100% anti-pilling acrylic; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): #130 Donahue (MC, 1 (2, 2, 2) balls), #114 Sea (CC1, 1 ball, all sizes), #141 Bright Yellow (CC2, 1 ball, all sizes), #103 Blush (CC3, 1 ball, all sizes), #111 Lime (CC4, 1 ball, all sizes)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular needles and set of dpns; US size 3 (3.25 mm) 24” circular set of dpns

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, 3 (3, 4, 4) 1/2” buttons

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down.

Color changes are achieved through the fair-isle or stranded method of knitting. On rows where more than one color is used, hold both colors throughout the row.

Pattern

With CC1 and smaller needle, CO 61 (65, 71, 77) sts.

Break CC1.

Collar

Row 1 (RS): With MC, knit.
Row 2 (WS): P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 4-5: Rep Rows 2-3.
Row 6: Purl, increasing 26 sts evenly across row. (87 (91, 97, 103) sts)

Yoke

Switch to larger needle.

Work Rows 1-5 of Yoke chart.

Row 6: With MC, purl, increasing 26 (27, 26, 30) sts evenly across row. (113 (118, 123, 133) sts)
Rows 7-18: Work Rows 7-18 of Yoke Chart. (179 (187, 195, 211) sts)
Row 19: With MC, knit, increasing 16 (24, 28, 28) sts evenly across rnd. (195 (211, 223, 239) sts)
Rows 20-23: Work Rows 20-23 of Yoke chart.

With MC, purl a WS row.

Break all colors except MC and CC3.

Rep Rows 1-6 of Dots chart until piece meas 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2, 6)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Separate Body and Sleeves

Row 1 (RS): Work in patt over 26 (28, 29, 31) Left Front sts, place next 42 (46, 50, 54) sts on holder for Sleeve, CO 2 sts for underarm, work in patt over 59 (63, 65, 69) Back sts, place next 42 (46, 50, 54) sts on holder for Sleeve, CO 2 sts for underarm, work in patt over rem 26 (28, 29, 31) Right Front sts. (115 (123, 127, 135) sts rem for Body)

Work even in Dots patt until piece meas 6 (7, 8, 9)”, ending with RS row.

Break CC3.

With MC, purl a WS row.

Hem

Switch to smaller needle.

Row 1 (RS): K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.

Rep Rows 1-2, 2 more times.

Switch to larger needle and CC1.

Knit 1 row. Bind off all sts kwise over the next WS row.

Sleeves

Place held Sleeve sts onto dpns.

Rnd 1: Working in Dots patt, pick up and knit 1 st from CO edge, pick up 1 st in gap, work in pattern over held Sleeve sts, pick up 1 st in gap, pick up and knit 1 st from other side of CO edge. (46 (50, 54, 58) sts)
Rnd 2: K1, k2tog, work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (44 (48, 52, 56) sts rem)

Work even in Dots patt until Sleeve meas 1”.

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Rep Dec Rnd every 4 (6, 6, 10) rnds, 3 (1, 6, 2) more time(s).

Rep Dec Rnd every 2 (4, -, 8) rnds, 4 (5, -, 3) times. (28 (34, 38, 44) sts rem)

Work even in patt until Sleeve meas 4 (5 1/2 7, 9)”.

Break CC3.

With MC, knit 1 rnd,

Cuff

Rnds 1-6: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Switch to larger needle.

Rnd 7: With CC1, knit.

Bind off all sts pwise with CC1.

Finishing

Block piece to finished measurements.

Buttonband

With MC and smaller needle, pick up and knit 57 (65, 69, 77) sts evenly along Left Front from Neck edging to Hem.

Row 1 (WS): P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (RS): K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 3-5: Cont in rib as est’d.

Switch to larger needle.

Row 6: With CC1, knit.

With CC1, bind off all sts kwise over the next WS row.

Buttonhole Band

With MC and smaller needel, pick up and knit 57 (65, 69, 77) sts evenly along Right Front from Neck edging to Hem.

Row 1 (WS): P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (RS): K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: P1, *p2tog, [yo] 2 times, ssk, [p1, k1] 3 (4, 3, 3) times; rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2) more times, p2tog, [yo] 2 times, ssk, work in rib to end. (3 (3, 4, 4) buttonholes)
Row 4: Work even in rib, working [k1, p1] into double yo.
Row 5: Work even in rib.
Row 6: With CC1, knit.

With CC1, bind off all sts kwise over the next WS row.With CC1, whipstitch around sides of Buttonband and Buttonhole Bands. Weave in ends. Sew buttons to Buttonband opposite buttonholes.yarn ball

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Comments
  • Elaine K.

    I would like to knit this for my little one but yoke chart is missing. Can someone please send it to me?? Please!

    Reply
    • Tian C.

      Charts are listed under download below the photos on the right-hand side if viewing on your desktop.

      Reply
  • Lorena M.

    What do the m’s on the yoke chart mean and what do the white boxes on the yoke chart stand for? Thanks.

    Reply

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