Black Bear Baby Sweater

Mama bear loves her baby bear in this sweet little dress. Featuring colorwork on both the front and back, as well as contrasting ribbing at the hem, sleeves and collar, this adorable dress will look oh-so-cute on your little one.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Chest Size 16 (17, 18, 19, 20)” for infant size 3m (6m, 12m, 18m, 24m)

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Berroco Comfort (50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 210 yards [193 meters]/100 grams): #9771 Driftwood Heather (MC, 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) skeins, #9760 Beet Root (CC1, 1 skein), #9807 Military Mix (CC2, 1 skein), #9734 Licorice (CC3, 1 skein)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm) straight, 8 (5.0mm) straight

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) ½” buttons, matching thread, sewing needle

Special Stitches

K1, P1 Rib

All Rows: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

 

Pattern Notes

For size 3m, omit Rows 1 and 22 of chart. Work Rows 2-21 for a total of 20 rows of chart.

Sleeves are grafted in after front and back of dress are worked.

 

Pattern

Back
With CC1 and smaller needles, CO 48 (50, 52, 54, 58) sts.

Ribbing

Work in K1, P1 Rib for 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) rows.

 

Body

Change to larger needles and with MC, knit 1 row.

Working in St st, dec 1 st each side next row and every 10th row 3 times. (40 (42, 44, 46, 50) sts)

Work 0 (0, 4, 8, 12) rows even in St st.

 

All Sizes

Work Band Chart in St st for next 3 rows.

Change to CC2.

Cont in St st for 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) rows.

 

Armhole

Row 1: BO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, work in St st for 16 (17, 18, 18, 20) sts, join other end of yarn ball, BO 4 sts, work in St st to end.

Row 2: BO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, work in St st to end (work both sides at same time). (16 (17, 18, 18, 20) sts each side).

Work even in CC2 and St st for 5 rows.

Work Band Chart in St st for next 3 rows.

Work even in MC and St st for 3 (4, 4, 6, 6) rows.

 

Neck Shaping

Work both sides at same time.

Sl 4 sts from neck edge to waste yarn or holder. (12 (13, 14, 14, 16) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 5 times. (7 (8, 9, 9, 11) sts)

Work even in St st 2 (3, 3, 5, 5) rows.

BO all sts.

 

Front

With CC1 and smaller needles, CO 48 (50, 52, 54, 58) sts.

Ribbing

Work in K1, P1 Rib for 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) rows.

 

Body

Change to larger needles and MC, knit 1 row.

Working in St st, dec 1 st each side next row and every 10th row 3 times. (40 (42, 44, 46, 50) sts)

Work 0 (0, 4, 8, 12) rows even in St st.

 

All Sizes

Work Band Chart in St st for next 3 rows.

Change to CC2.

Cont in St st, work 0 (1, 2, 3, 5) sts in CC2, work across Band Chart, work 0 (1, 2, 3, 5) sts in CC2 for 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) rows.

 

Armhole

Row 1: BO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, work Band Chart as est in St st to end. (38 (40, 42, 43, 47) sts)

Row 2: Rep Row 1. (36 (38, 40, 40, 44) sts)

Work even in Band Chart as est in St st for 5 rows.

Work Band Chart in St st for next 3 rows.

Work even in MC and St st for 3 (4, 4, 6, 6) rows.

 

Neck Shaping

Work 12 (13, 14, 14, 16) sts, sl next 12 sts to holder or waste yarn, join other end of yarn ball, work 12 (13, 14, 14, 16) sts, working both sides at same time.

Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 5 times. (7 (8, 9, 9, 11) sts)

Work even in St st for 2 (3, 3, 5, 5) rows.

Block pieces.

Sew Front to Back at shoulder seams.

 

Sleeves

With RS facing, MC, and larger needles, pick up and k34 (36, 36, 42, 42) sts between armhole BO sts. (34 (36, 36, 42, 42) sts)

Work even in St st 0 (3, 6, 9, 12) rows.

Dec 1 st each side every 6th row 5 times. (24 (26, 26, 32, 32) sts)

Change to CC2 and smaller needles.

Work in K1, P1 Rib for 3 (3, 5, 5, 7) rows.

BO all sts in rib.

 

Collar

With CC2 and RS facing, pick up and k4 sts from Left Back Neck holder, 4 (5, 5, 7, 7) sts across Left Back Neck edge, 4 (5, 5, 7, 7) sts across Left Front Neck edge, 12 sts from Front Neck holder, 4 (5, 5, 7, 7) sts from Right Front Neck edge, 4 (5, 5, 7, 7) from Right Back Neck edge, 4 sts from Right Back Neck holder. (36 (40, 40, 48, 48) sts)

Work in K1, P1 Rib for 3 (3, 5, 5, 7) rows.

BO all sts in rib.

 

Button Band

With RS facing, smaller needles and CC2, pick up and k10 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts across Right Back placket.

Work in K1, P1 Rib for 3 rows.

BO all sts in rib.

 

Buttonhole Band

With RS facing, smaller needles and CC2, pick up and k10 (12, 12, 14, 14) sts across Left Back placket.

Row 1: Work in K1P1 rib.

 

Sizes 3m (6m, 12m, -, -) Only

Row 2: Cont in est rib patt, work 2 (3, 3, -, -) sts, BO next st, work next 4 (5, 5) sts, BO next st, work last 2 sts.

Row 3: Cont in est rib patt, work first 2 sts, CO 1 st, work next 4 (5, 5) sts, CO 1 st, work last 2 (3, 3) sts.

BO all sts in rib.

 

Sizes – (-, -, 18m, 24m) Only

Row 2: Cont in est rib patt, work 3 sts, BO next st, work next 3 sts, BO next st, work 3 sts, BO next st, work last 2 sts.

Row 3: Cont in est rib patt, work 2 sts, CO 1 st, work next 3 sts, CO 1 st, work next 3 sts, CO 1 st, work last 3 sts.

BO all sts in rib.

 

Finishing

Seam sleeve and side seams.

Weave in ends.

Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.

 

 

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Comments
  • Vickey S.

    I love this. a 76 I still knit and crochet. Usually small things for a pregnancy care center for newborns to new mothers that can’t afford nice things for their future babies. if you want to make any for them contact me at Vickey/PO Box 1006/crescent city, CA 95531. I will get them to them or look up on goggle and mail them direct to them. thanks for this pattern. I just love it. Have to purchase the colors. it is awesome. Hugs to the creator and publishers from me.

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