Knit Baby Sweater – Simply Sweet

Simple, snuggly, and oh so cute! The Simply Sweet knit baby sweater is fast and easy to knit. It makes a great introduction to raglan sweater shaping.

Simply Sweet Raglan Knit Baby Sweater

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Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater Knit Along

This sweater was released in 5 parts as the Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater KAL. The 5th and final section has now been released, so the pattern is complete. Check out the main KAL post to find video tutorials for all 5 sections.

Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater KAL on Stitches n Scraps

The giveaway for the KAL is still open until April 30th, 2021. Enter for a chance to win this fabulous prize from our sponsor, Knit Picks! Find all the details and giveaway information in the main Raglan Baby Sweater KAL post.

Knit Picks Brava Yarn

We Crochet / Knit Picks provided the Brava Worsted yarn for this design. I chose Fig (#28432) as my main color, and Dublin (#28429) as my accent color.

Knit Picks Brava Worsted Yarn

I’ve really enjoyed working with this yarn. It’s soft and easy to knit with. Plus there’s a huge array of colors to choose from!

Knit Picks Prism Options Interchangeable Needles

I knit my sweater using Knit Picks Prism Options needles, which Knit Picks sent me for free for this project. Due to an error on my end, I got them a bit late, so you will see some other needles in the videos and pictures for the first few sections.

Knit Picks Prism Options Needles

Make your own button!

Don’t have a button on hand? Consider crocheting one! I love crocheting buttons with the same yarn used in the sweater, so that they match perfectly. For my button, I used button #4 from my 4 buttons pattern.

4 crochet buttons

Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater

4-medium
Project Level Easy

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Materials

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted yarn  (Worsted weight, 100% acrylic)
    • 175-275 yds #28432 Fig (A)
    • 50-75 yds #28429 Dublin (B)
  • Needles: (See note below)
    • Size 8 / 5 mm knitting needles or size needed to match gauge
    • Size 7 / 4.5mm knitting needles, or one size (.5 mm) smaller than your other needles.
  • Notions:
    • Yarn Needle
    • 5 Stitch markers, preferably with 1 different from the other 4.
    • 2 stitch holders or 2 yds of waste yarn
    • 1/2 to 3/4 inch button

This pattern is worked mainly in the round, but is not specific to a particular method. double pointed, circulars, 2 circulars, or magic loop are all fine options for the main portion of the sweater. If using one set of circulars, you may need to switch to one of the other options for the sleeves.

Project Level

Easy: Basic stitches, increases, working in the round.

Sizes

6 mo [12 mo, 18 mo, 2T, 3T, 4T]

Instructions are shown for 6 month size, with other sizes listed in [ ]

SizeTo Fit Chest Circumference:
6 mo17 inches
12 mo18 inches
18 mo19 inches
2T20-21 inches
3T22-23 inches
4T24-25 inches

Gauge

16 dc x 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Abbreviations used

k = knit
p = purl
m1l = Make 1 left
m1r = Make 1 right
k2tog = knit next 2 stitches together
yo = yarn over
pm = place marker
sm = slip marker
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
rnd = round
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Instructions

Collar Ribbing

See the video for this section here.

Collar ribbing is worked flat, in rows, to allow for a button flap at one end.

With B and smaller needles, cast on 54 [54, 54, 58, 58, 62].

Row 1 (WS): (K1, p1) across.

Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, (k1, p1) across.

Row 3: Sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, p1, (k1, p1) across

Row 4: Bind off 6 in pattern, (k1, p1) across. (48 [48, 48, 52, 52, 56] sts).

Sizes 2T, 3T, 4T only: Repeat row 3 twice more.

Switch to larger needles

Next Row (WS): With larger needles, p across, cut B, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Yoke

See the video for this section here.

Row 1 (RS): With A, k 7 [7, 7, 9, 9, 10], m1r, k1, pm, k1, m1l, 6 [6, 6, 5, 5, 5], m1r, k1, pm, k1, m1l, 14 [14, 14, 17, 17, 19], m1r, k1, pm, k1, m1l, 6 [6, 6, 5, 5, 5], m1r, k1, pm, k1, m1l, k to end of row. (56 [56, 56, 60, 60, 64] sts)

Row 2 (WS): P across, slipping markers as you come to them.

We are now going to switch from rows to rounds. Turn your work before rnd 3, as though you were starting a new row. At the end of the round, do not turn but rather continue working in rounds for the rest of the sweater. You should now always be on the right side of the fabric.

Rnd 3 (RS): (K to 1 st before marker, m1r, k1, sm, k1, m1l) 4 times, k to end of rnd. (64 [64, 64, 68, 68, 72] sts)

Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. It is helpful if this marker looks different from the others. Slip this marker whenever you come to it, unless otherwise specified. Continue working in rounds.

Rnd 4: K around, slipping markers as you come to them.

Rnd 5 (RS): (K to 1 st before marker, m1r, k1, sm, k1, m1l) 4 times, k to end of rnd. (72 [72, 72, 76, 76, 80] sts)

Repeat rnds 4-5 6 [7, 8, 8, 9, 9] times more. (120 [128, 136, 140, 148, 152] sts)

Repeat rnd 4 4 [3, 4, 5, 4, 5] times more. (120 [128, 136, 140, 148, 152] sts)

From beginning of collar, work should now measure about 4 [4.25, 4.75, 5, 5.25, 5.5] inches tall. It’s ok to work some more or fewer repeats of rnd 4 if needed to reach the correct length.

Measuring armhole depth

Body

See the video for this section here.

Split for sleeves

Rnd 1: (K to marker, remove marker, place all sts up to next marker on a stitch holder or waste yarn, remove marker, cast on 4 [4, 4, 5, 5, 5] ) twice, k to end of rnd. (26 [28, 30, 29, 31, 31] sts removed for each sleeve, 76 [80, 84, 92, 96, 100] sts remaining for body)

Body and sleeve caps

Rnds 2-24 [33, 33, 32, 34, 35]: K around.

From beginning of collar, work should now measure about 8 [9.75, 10.25, 10.25, 11, 11.25] inches tall. It’s ok to work some more or fewer plain knit rounds if needed to reach the correct length.

Measuring body

Cut A, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Hem

See the video for this section here.

Switch to color B.

Rnd 1: With B, k around. (76 [80, 84, 92, 96, 100] sts)

Change to smaller needles.

Rnd 2: Sl 1, p1, (k1, p1) around.

Rnds 3-6 [6, 6, 8, 8, 8]: (K1, p1) around.

From beginning of collar, work should now measure about 8.75 [10.5, 11, 11.25, 12, 12.25] inches tall. It’s ok to work a few more or fewer ribbing rounds if needed to reach the desired length.

Bind off all stitches using a tubular bind off.

Tubular bind off

If you prefer, you can bind off in pattern instead, the same way as the button flap bind off.

Button

Lay sweater flat, back side up, and align the button flap so that it sits smoothly without any bunching. Carefully place a safety pin or stitch marker through the buttonhole and into the fabric beneath.

Button placement

Remove the button flap by pulling it over the marker or pin. Sew the button onto this marked position.

sew in button

Weave in all ends.

Sleeve

See the video for this section here.

Starting from the edge of either underarm, place the 26 [28, 30, 29, 31, 31] live stitches from the waste yarn onto your larger needles. Note that we have not yet attached a working yarn, simply picked up the live stitches.

Picking up stitches for rnd 1 of sleeve

Rnd 1 (RS): With A, and starting at the center of the underarm, pick up and knit 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4] sts across half of the underarm, k all stitches on the needle, pick up and knit 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 4] sts across the other half of the underarm. (32 [34, 36, 37, 39, 39] sts)

Rnd 1 of Sleeve Finished

Rnd 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (30 [32, 34, 35, 37, 37] sts)

Sizes 6 mo, 12 mo, 18 mo, 2T, 3T only:

Rnds 3-6: K around

Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 2. (28 [30, 32, 33, 35] sts)

Rnds 8-12: K around

Repeat rnds 7-12 3 [4, 4, 4, 4] times, then repeat rnd 7 once more. (20 [20, 22, 23, 25] sts)

Repeat rnd 8 3 [2, 3, 5, 6] times more.

Size 4T only:

Rnds 3-7: K around

Rnd 8: Repeat rnd 2. (35 sts)

Rnds 9-14: K around

Repeat rnds 8-14 4 times then repeat rnds 8-11 once more. (25 sts)

Sizes 2T, 3T, 4T only:

Last rnd: K2tog, K around. (22 [24, 24]) sts.

Cut color A, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Finished sleeve without cuff

Cuff

Switch to color B.

Rnd 1: With B, k around. (76 [80, 84, 92, 96, 100] sts)

Change to smaller needles.

Rnd 2: Sl 1, p1, (k1, p1) around.

Rnds 3-6 [6, 8, 8, 10, 10]: (K1, p1) around.

Bind off all stitches using the same bind off that you used for the hem.

Sleeve should now measure 6.5 [7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5] inches from underarm. It’s ok to work one or two more or fewer ribbing rounds if needed to reach the desired length. Be sure to track any modifications so that you can repeat them for the other sleeve.

Simply Sweet Raglan Baby Sweater Sleeve

Repeat Sleeve and Cuff instructions for 2nd sleeve.

Finishing:

Weave in all ends

Wash and block

Simply Sweet Raglan Knit Baby Sweater

I hope you enjoyed this Raglan baby sweater pattern. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is available on Ravelry for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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