Mint Baby Trio

This little hat, cardigan and baby blanket set makes a great gift for newborns or older little ones. All pieces feature reversible stitch patterns so there is no wrong side.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Size: Blanket = 29” square; Cardigan Chest = 19 (21, 23, 25)”; Hat Circumference = 14.75 (17.25, 18.75, 20)”; Cardigan: Newborn-3 mo (6-12 mo, 18-24 mo, 4-6 year), shown in 6-12 mo size

Gauge: 18 sts x 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Triangles patt (Rows 17-28 of Blanket Chart A) using larger needle after wet blocking; 18 sts x 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Ribbing patt (Rows 1-12 of Blanket Chart B) using larger needle after wet blocking; 12 stitch Reversible Cable panel = 1.5” [4 cm] wide using larger needle after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Universal Yarn Uptown DK (100% anti-pilling acrylic; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): #146 Aqua (3 balls for Blanket; 1 ball for hat; 2 (2, 3, 3) balls for cardigan)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) set of dpns, 24” circular, 32” circular, 40” circular and US size 4 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needles and set of dpns
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, 6 (7, 8, 8) 3/4” buttons, 5 mm crochet hook (for provisional cast-on), smooth waste yarn

Abbreviations

Dpn(s): Double pointed needle(s)
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
K3tog: Knit three stitches together
Ssk: Slip slip knit
Tbl: Through the back loop

Pattern Notes

The Blanket is knit from the center out. When there are too many stitches to comfortably fit on dpns, switch to circular needles. You may prefer to use the 2 circular needle method for the outer several inches of the blanket.
The Blanket Edging, Cardigan Hem, and Hat Brim all incorporate the Reversible Cable. These edgings are worked as knit-on edgings. Stitches will be cast on for the edging, and then at the end of every right side edging row, either a k2tog or k3tog will be worked with stitches from the main piece, thereby binding off stitches as you go.
As written, the buttonholes are on the right side or “girl” side of the cardigan. For boys, place buttonholes on the left side instead.

Provisional Crochet Cast-on: With crochet hook and waste yarn, chain on 5-10 more stitches than the specified cast-on number in the pattern. Beginning a few chains from one end, using working yarn and needle, pick up and knit 1 stitch in the bottom bump of each crochet chain. When it is time to unravel the cast-on, carefully unzip the chain 1 stitch at time, placing resulting live stitches on to knitting needle.

Blanket Pattern

Cast on 12 sts to 1 US size 6 dpn leaving 8” tail. Divide evenly among 4 dpns and join to work in the round.

Section A

Set-up Rnd: * P1, pm, p1, k1, pm; rep from * to end.
Work Rows 1-28 of Blanket Chart A, then rep Rows 17-28, 3 more times, then rep Rows 17-22, 1 more time. (308 sts sts; 12 sts each cable, 65 sts each textured section)

Section B

Work Rows 1-12 of Blanket Chart B, 2 times, then rep Rows 1-3, 1 more time. (420 sts; 12 sts each cable, 93 sts each ribbed section)
Next rnd: Work Row 4 of Blanket Chart B to last 2 sts. Break yarn.

Edging

Using the crochet provisional cast on, cast on 14 sts to dpn.
Side 1, Row 1 (RS): K1, [k1, p1] 6 times, k2tog tbl (last Edging st together with first st from Blanket, turn. This counts as row 1 of Edging Chart.
Work Rows 2-12 of Edging chart, then rep Rows 1-12, 11 more times. The last Blanket st joined will be one st past the next marker.
Corner 1: Work Rows 1-18 of Corner Edging Chart. 9 sts from Blanket have been joined. You are now 2 sts before the next m.
Side 2: Work Rows 1-12 of Edging Chart.
Corner 2: Work as for Corner 1.
Side 3, Corner 3: Work as for Side 2 and Corner 2.
Side 4: Work as for Corner 2.
Corner 4: Work Rows 1-17 of Corner Edging Chart. All sts from Blanket have been worked. Break yarn. Place provisional cast on sts onto dpn. Slip rem Edging sts onto second dpn. Graft both sets of sts tog using Kitchener stitch.

Finishing

Block Blanket. Weave cast-on tail in and out of cast on sts. Pull taut. Weave in ends.

Cardigan Pattern

With smaller circ ndl, cast on 81 sts (all sizes).

Neck Edging

Row 1 (RS): * K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): * P1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Rep Rows 1-2, 1 more time.

Yoke

Switch to larger ndl.
Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of Left Front chart over 2 sts, pm, work Row 1 of Reversible Cable chart over 12 sts, pm, cast on 1 st, k3, p1, k5, p1, k2, m1, cast on 1, pm, work Row 1 of Reversible Cable chart over 12 sts, pm, cast on 1, m1p, k5, p1, cast on 1, pm, work Row 1 of Reversible Cable chart over 12 sts, pm, cast on 1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k2, m1, cast on 1, pm, work Row 1 of Reversible Cable chart over 12 sts, pm, cast on 1, m1p, k1. (91 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Work Row 2 of Right Front chart to m, work Row 2 of Reversible Cable chart to m, work Row 2 of Sleeve chart to m, work Row 2 of Reversible Cable chart to m, work Row 2 of Back chart to m, work Row 2 of Reversible Cable chart to m, work Row 2 of Sleeve chart to m, work Row 2 of Reversible Cable chart to m, work Row 2 of Left Front chart to m.
Cont in patt through row 18 (24, 30, 36) of Fronts and Back charts. (157 (181, 205, 229) sts; 11 (14, 17, 20) Front sts, 31 (37, 43, 49) Sleeve sts, 25 (31, 37, 43) Back sts, 12 sts each Reversible Cable) Work even in patt for 6 more rows. 

Separate Body and Sleeves

Row 1 (RS): Work in patt over Front sts to m, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, place Sleeve sts on waste yarn, cast on 4 sts for underarm, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, work over Back sts to m, place Sleeve sts on waste yarn, cast on 4 sts for underarm, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, work in patt over Front sts to end. (101 (113, 125, 137) sts)
Row 2: Work in patt to cast-on sts, [k1, p1] 2 times; rep from * 1 more time, work in patt to end.
Cont in patt as est’d for 4 more rows, keeping cast on sts in k1, p1 ribbing.

Establish Ribbing Pattern

Newborn-3 Mo (18-24 mo) Sizes Only
Row 1 (RS): K2, [p1, k3, p1, k1] 1 (2) time(s), p1, k2, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, k2, p1, k1, [p1, k3, p1, k1] 3 (5) times , p1, k1, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, k2, p1, [k1, p1, k3, p1] 1 (2) time(s), k2.
Row 2: P2, [k1, p3, k1, p1] 1 (2) time(s),  work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, p2, k1, [p1, k1, p3, k1] 3 (5) times, p1, k1, p2,  work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, p2, k1, [p1, k1, p3, k1] 1 (2) time(s), p2. 

6-12 Mo (2-4 Year) Sizes Only
Row 1 (RS): K2, [p1, k3, p1, k1] 2 (3) times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, k1, [p1, k3, p1, k1]  5 (7) times, p1, k1, p1, k2, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1, k3, p1] 2 (3) times, k2.
Row 2: P2, [k1, p3, k1, p1] 2 (3) times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, p2, k1, p1, k1, [p1, k1, p3, k1] 5 (7) times, p1, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [k1, p1] 2 times, work in Reversible Cable patt to m, [p1, k1, p3, k1] 2 (3) times, p1. 

All Sizes
Rep Rows 1-2 until piece meas 5 (61/2, 71/2, 81/2)” from separation of Body and Sleeves, ending with WS row.

Hem

Cast on 14 sts using knitted cast-on method. Beg with Row 7 (11, 7, 11) of Edging Chart, work through Row 12 of chart, then rep Rows 1-12 until all Body sts have been bound-off, ending with a RS row. Bind off rem 14 Edging sts over next WS row.

Sleeves

Place held Sleeve sts on dpns.
Rnd 1: Beg at center of underarm, pick up and knit 2 sts along cast-on edge, 1 st in gap, work in patt over Sleeve sts, pick up and knit 1 st in the gap and 2 sts along other side of cast-on edge. (37 (43, 49, 55) sts) PM and join to work in the rnd.
Rnd 2: [K2tog] 2 times, work in patt to last 4 sts, [ssk] 2 times. (33 (39, 45, 51) sts rem)
Rnds 3-6: Cont in patt.

Establish Ribbing Pattern

Newborn-3 Mo (18-24 Mo) Sizes Only
Rnd 1 (RS): K2, p1, k3, [p1, k1, p1, k3] 4 (6) times, p1, k2.

6-12 Mo (2-4 yr) Sizes Only
Rnd 1 (RS): K3, [p1, k1, p1, k3] 5 (7) times, p1, k1, p1, k3.

All Sizes
Rep Rnd 1, 5 more times.
Dec rnd: K1, ssk, work in patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec’d. Rep Dec rnd every 6 rnds, – (1, 3, 8) more times, then rep Dec rnd every 4 rnds, 3 (4, 4, -) more times – 25 (27, 29, 33) sts rem. Work even in Ribbing patt until Sleeve meas 4.5 (6, 8, 10)”.

Cuff

Switch to smaller dpns.
Rnd 1: [K1, p1] to last st, k1.
Rep Rnd 1, 3 more times. Bind off all st loosely in patt. 

Buttonhole Band

With larger circ ndl and RS facing, beg at lower edge, pick up and knit 47 (57, 63, 69) sts evenly along Right Front.
Row 1 (WS): P2, * k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (buttonhole row): Work 2 (4, 2)sts in est’d rib patt, * yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 3 times; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, k2tog, p1, k2. (6 (7, 8, 8) buttonholes)
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: Work even in rib patt.
Bind of all sts pwise over next WS row. 

Button Band

With larger circ ndl and RS facing, beg at Neck edge, pick up and knit 47 (57, 63, 69) sts evenly along Left Front.
Row 1 (WS): P2, * k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Rows 2-4: Work even in rib as est’d.
Bind of all sts pwise over next WS row.

Finishing

Block cardigan. Weave in ends. Sew buttons to button band opposite buttonholes.

Hat Pattern

Body

Using the crochet provisional cast-on, cast on 66 (78, 84, 90) sts using larger ndl. Divide sts evenly among dpns and join to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1: * K3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rep Rnd 1 until Hat meas 1.75 (2.5, 3, 3.5)” from cast-on edge.

Shape Crown

Rnd 1: * Ssk, [k1, p1] 2 times; rep from * to end. (55 (65, 70, 75) sts rem)
Rnd 2: * K2, p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 3: * Ssk, p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end. (44 (52, 56, 60) sts rem)
Rnd 4: * K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 5: * Ssk, k1, p1; rep from * to end. (33 (39, 42, 45) sts rem)
Rnd 6: * K2, p1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 7: * Ssk, p1; rep from * to end. (22 (26, 28, 30) sts rem)
Rnd 8: * K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 9: * Ssk; rep from * to end. (11 (13, 14, 15) sts rem)
Rnd 10: * Ssk; rep from * to last 3 (3, -, 3) sts, sssk 1 (1, -, 1) time. Break yarn leaving 6” tail. Pass tail through rem live sts, pull taut, fasten off. 

Brim

Place cast-on sts onto ndl. Cast on 20 sts to larger dpn using a provisional cast on.
Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of Hat Brim chart, working the k2tog with the last cast-on st tog with first Hat body st. Cont through Row 8 of chart, then rep Rows 1-8 of chart until all sts have been bound-off from Hat body, ending with RS row 7 of chart. 11 (13, 14, 15) total reps of chart have been worked. Break yarn. Place provisional cast on sts onto dpn. Slip rem Edging sts onto second dpn. Graft both sets of sts tog using Kitchener stitch.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block. yarn ball

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