Too-Cute Penguin Baby Sweater

Penguin lovers rejoice! This cozy baby sweater is just for you. Complete with a hood and front pocket, you can make this sweater for babies age newborn to 12 months.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Newborn (3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months); Finished Dimensions: Chest 19 (20.5, 22, 24, 26)”

Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rnds= 4” in Stockinette Stitch

Materials

Yarn: Simplicity by HiKoo (55% merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 117 yards [107 meters]/50 grams): Black (MC, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) skeins), White (CC, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins), Orange (CC2, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) skeins)
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular (16”) needles, US size 4 (3.5 mm) circular (16”) needles, US size 4 (3.5 mm) set of 4 dpn(s)
Notions: Tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors, stitch marker

Pattern

With size 5 needles and MC, CO 42 (44, 46, 50, 52) sts as follows, 1 front st, pm, 8 (8, 8, 10, 10) sleeve sts, pm, 24 (26, 28, 28, 30) back sts, pm, 8 (8, 8, 10, 10) sleeve sts, pm, 1 front st.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS) Increase: *K1, m1R, sm, m1L, knit to 1 st before m; rep from * 3 more times. (8 sts increased)
Row 3 (WS): Purl.
Row 4 Neck and Raglan Increase (RS): Kf/b, *knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L; rep from * 1 (1, 2, 3, 3) more times, knit to last st, kf/b. (10 sts increased)
Row 5 (WS): Purl.
Repeat last 2 rows 2 (2, 3, 4, 5) more times. (80 (82, 84, 118, 120) sts)
After last RS row, using a Cable CO, CO 16 (18, 18, 16, 16) sts, pm for beginning of round (BOR).
Knit 1 rnd.
Inc: *Knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L; rep from * 3 more times, knit to the BOR m. (8 sts increased)
Knit 1 rnd.
Repeat last 2 rnds 5 (7, 8, 7, 7) more times.
Separate Sleeves
*Knit to m, move 28 (32, 36, 38, 40) sleeve sts to scrap yarn, using Cable CO, CO 2 sts, knit to next m, move 28 (32, 36, 38, 40) sleeve sts to scrap yarn, pm (becomes your new BOR m), knit to end of rnd.
Knit every rnd until piece measures 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5, 6)”/10.0 (11.5, 12.5, 14.0, 15.0) cm from underarm.
Switch to CC2 and size 4 needles.
Knit 1 rnd.
Work k2, p2 rib for 1”/ 2.5 cm.
Bind off in pattern.

Sleeves

Move 28 (32, 36, 38, 40) sleeve sts to dpns evenly, reattach MC and knit. Pick up and knit 1 st, pm, pick up and knit 1 st. Knit 3 rnds.
Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before m, ssk, k1. (2 sts decreased)
Knit 5 rnds.
Work Decrease Rnd every 4 (4, 5, 6, 6) rnds 2 (4, 6, 5, 4) more times.
Knit even until sleeve measures 5 (5.5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7)”/ 12.5 (14.0, 14.0, 15.0, 16.5, 18.0) cm from underarm.
Switch to size 4 ndls and CC and knit 1 rnd.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 1.5”/ 4.0 cm.
Bind off in pattern.

Hood

Begin at rt front edge with size 5 ndls and MC, pick up and knit 2 front sts, 6 (6, 6, 8, 8) arm sts, 24 (26, 28, 28, 30) back sts, 6 (6, 6, 8, 8) arm sts and 2 front sts. Knit 5 sts on each side in garter st.
Knit 5 sts, purl to last 5 sts, knit.
Increase Row (RS): K5, *K1, kf/b; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k6. (55 (58, 61, 67, 70) sts)
K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
K5, *k2, kf/b; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k6. (70 (74, 78, 86, 90) sts)
K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Continue in St st with the first and last 5 sts being worked in garter st. Work in pattern until hood measures 4 (4, 4, 5, 5)”/ 10.0 (10.0, 10.0, 12.5, 12.5) cm ending with a WS row.
With CC K22 (24, 26, 30, 32) sts. With MC k26, with white k22 (24, 26, 30, 32) sts.
Work in color pattern for 4 rows.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k22, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Continue in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32) ssk, k20, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k18, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k16, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k14, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k12, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
K22 (24, 26, 30, 32), ssk, k10, k2tog, k22 (24, 26, 30, 32).
Work purl row in pattern.
With CC only, continue to work in St st with first and last 5 sts worked in Garter st until hood measures 6 (6, 7, 8, 8)”/ 15.0 (15.0, 18.0, 20.5, 20.5) cm ending with a RS row. Kitchener closed.
With size 4 ndls and CC, pick up 18 (20, 22, 24. 26) sts across front only. Knit for 4 rows. Bind off knitwise.

Eyes (Make 2)

With MC and smaller circulars, CO 5 sts. Knit 2 rows.
Inc Row: Kf/b, k3, kf/b.
Purl.
Inc Row: Kf/b, k5, kf/b.
Purl.
Knit.
Purl.
Dec Row: Ssk, k5, k2tog.
Purl.
Dec Row: Ssk, k3, k2tog.
Purl.
Knit.
Bind off all sts purlwise.
Whipstich to hood using photo as a guide.

Nose

With smaller circulars and CC1, CO 11 sts.
Work in St st for 4 rows.
Dec Row: Ssk, k9, k2tog
Purl.
Dec Row: Ssk, k7, k2tog.
Purl.
Dec Row: Ssk, k5, k2tog.
Purl.
Dec Row: Ssk, k3, k2tog.
Bind off all sts purlwise.
Whipstitch to hood using photo as a guide.

Pocket

With CC and smaller circulars, CO 30 sts.
(WS): Purl.
(RS): Knit.
(WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Dec Row (RS): K3, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3.
(WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat last 2 rows 10 times more.
Knit 1 row.
Bind off leaving a long tail.
Whipstitch pocket to front of sweater, using photo as a guide.

Finishing

Wash and block to measurements. yarn ball

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