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Little Red Baby Sweater

Little Red Baby Sweater

It’s a tiny red sweater, what more is there to say? Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Little Red Baby Sweater drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

It’s warm, it has squishy textured lace (without big holes for tiny fingers to poke through), and most importantly it will transform the wearer into the cutest little cherry you ever did see.

For this sweater we used the Lion Brand yarn Wool Ease in Cranberry. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 132 stitches with US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Ribbing
Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles. Begin pattern as follows:

Purse Stitch (Round Instructions)

Round 1
[Yo, p2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round

Round 2

[K2tog, yo] repeat between brackets to end of round

Next Round
Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 7.5 in / 19 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Knit 66 stitches. Place the remaining 66 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 1 in / 2.5 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 26 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Bind off the next 14 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Knit across the remaining 26 stitches (these will become the right shoulder). Turn your work and purl back.

Right Shoulder

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, k to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 28 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 12 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Place the stitches from the holder or waste yarn back onto your needle. Beginning on the WS, purl to the end of the row.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 28 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 12 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Back

Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.

Neck

With US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles - or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for body – pick up stitches around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

Ribbing
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 1.5 in / 4 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Adjust your bind off tension, and/or the number of stitches you've picked up to create a tighter or looser neckline.

Sleeves

With US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 54 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row
K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 0.75 in / 2 cm until sleeve measures approximately 10.5 in / 26.5 cm and you have 26 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.

Yarn

Worsted
weight |
10 ply

Main Color:

584 meters / 638 yards

Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 7 US / 4.5 mm needles.

Needles

Circular 7 US / 4.5 mm

Circular 6 US / 4 mm

Notions

Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

Size

This pattern is knit to fit kids 2-4 years. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

Info
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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

26 in / 66.0 cm

Body Length:

7.5 in / 19.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

11 in / 28.0 cm

Sleeve Length:

10.5 in / 26.5 cm

Positive Ease:

4 in / 10.0 cm

BET: Between

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

P: Purl

P2TOG: Purl two together

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional ho

Sweater icon
Base
Toddler's Drop Shoulder Sweater
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sections

Body Full Length

Neck Scoop

Sleeves Full Length

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embellishment
Purse Stitch
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yarn
Worsted
weight
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size
22 in / 56 cm
The Little Red Baby Sweater by Bellish drop shoulder sweater illustration