Baby Sophisticate Sweater
Knit by Beth Knarr
I’ll admit it — I have this obsession with babies dressed in grandpa sweaters. So when I found out I was expecting a little boy, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to knit him his own little cardigan, complete with shawl collar and leather buttons.
I have always have wanted to work with the Spud and Chloe Sweater, as it is super soft AND washable! The fiber blend to me is the best of both worlds — the soft merino gives shape and warmth, while the cotton keeps it soft and light enough to put on a precious tiny human.
This yarn blooms quite a bit when blocking, so be sure to check your gauge and block your swatch!
The Baby Sophisticate pattern by Linden Down is very popular on Ravelry (being made over 9,000 times!) and is FREE! The pattern comes in two sizes, 0-3 months and 6-12 months. I made the 6-12 months size so there would be room to grow into it. I used 2 skeins, with plenty of yarn left over to make a matching hat and socks. The designer also has a paid version of the pattern for sale on Ravelry, called Baby& Child Sophisticate, that includes more sizes, from baby up to child size 10.
The Yarn Details:
55% Superwash Wool / 45% Certified Organic Cotton
100g / 160yds / 146m
7-9 US / 4.5-5.5mm
4-5 sts per inch / 2.5cm
* Suggested gauge only. Works beautifully with large or small needles.
Tips for the Pattern:
This is an easy enough pattern to make as a first sweater project. It is worked from the top down, back and forth in rows. The shawl collar uses easy short row shaping. Stitches are picked up to add the button band and collar together.
If you browse the many projects on Ravelry, many people have made modifications, which are helpful. Here are a few of my suggestions:
- The pattern has you sewing up the hole at the armpit. Instead, I cast on 4 stitches to cover the gap after splitting for the sleeves. I picked up 2 additional stitches when starting the sleeve, and decreased down to the original sleeve stitch count during the first few rounds of the sleeve.
- Using a provisional cast on rather than picking up stitches along the cast on edge for a less rigid seam.
- I used magic loop on the sleeves.
- Check your gauge on the sleeves, as most people knit more tightly in the round than back and forth. I went up one needle size to work the sleeve.
- When working the short rows on the shawl collar, which is done in garter stitch, it can be hard to see your wraps when you are going back to pick them up. I place a stitch marker on each wrap so it is easy to find them when working back when picking them up. (see photo below)