The original pattern for this set was in a Pingouin Nr 98 Baby Layette Pattern magazine … but Pingouin yarn is no longer available, and the Magazine is no longer in print – so, I rewrote the original pattern for a newborn size, and worked this set in Bernat Baby Sport yarn: for all intents and purposes at this time, this pattern really in my own design (MOD) 😉
Size: NB to 3 mos.
Materials: 1 10.5 oz skein Bernat Baby Sport yarn, blue; #2, #3 & #4 needles; 3 buttons; tapestry needle
CO = cast on
sts = stitches
beg = beginning
st st = stockinette st
inc = increase
ea = each
dec = decrease
tog = together
BO = bind off
x = do again
rpt = repeat
1 x 1 Rib: (Row 1): knit 1, purl 1 across row. (Row 2): K the k sts, and p the p sts. Rpt rows for pattern.
Stockinette St: (Row 1): k across row (Row 2): purl across row. Rpt for pattern.
Back: With #3 needles, CO 63 sts & work 3 rows in 1 x 1 rib. Change to #4 needles & work st st for 5” from beg (include rib), shape armholes: BO at each outer edge, 2 sts once. You now have 59 sts on needle. Continue in st st – when piece measures 8-7/8” from beg (include rib), shape shoulders: BO at each outer edge, every 2nd row, 9 sts x 2 – at same time as 1st shoulder shaping, BO center 25 sts for neckline shaping; then finish each side separately.
Left Front: With #3 needles, CO 35 sts & work 3 rows in 1 x 1 rib. Change to #4 needles & work st st for 4” from beg (include rib); make 1 buttonhole 2 sts wide, 3 sts from left edge … then make 2 more, spaced ¾” apart. At same time, when work measures 5” from beginning (include rib), shape armhole: BO on right edge same as for Back piece. You should now have 33 sts on needle. Continue in st st – when piece measure 7-¾” from beginning, shape neckline: BO on left edge, every 2nd row – 6 sts x 1; 5 sts x 1; 3 sts x 1, & 1 st x 2. When piece measures 8-7/8” from beg (include rib), shape neckline: BO on right edge, same as for Back piece.
Right Front: Work same as Left Front … but reverse shapings & omit buttonholes.
Sleeves: With #3 needles, CO 42 sts & work 1-3/8” in 1 x 1 rib. Change to #4 needles & work in st st; inc 1 st at each outer edge – every 6th row x 3, & every 8th row x 4. You should now have 56 sts on needle. When piece measures 8-3/8” from beg (include rib), BO across row.
Pockets (make 2): With #4 needles, CO 18 sts & work in st st for 2” – then work 3 rows in 1 x 1 rib; BO.
Piecing cardigan together: Sew pockets to front pieces – side edge of pockets on side seam & lower edge above hemline ribbing.
Sew shoulder seams.
Sew sleeves to armholes.
Sew side seams; matching underarm seams for a smooth seamline. Mark button placement.
Finishing: With #2 needles & right side of work facing, pick up and knit 62 sts around neckline – this will be the collar. Work 1-5/8” in 1 x 1 rib. BO, fold collar inward, and whipstitch to the pickup row.
Front Borders: With #2 needles & right side of work facing, pick up and knit 63 sts along ea front edge (except collar ends) … and work 1 row of 1 x 1 rib – BO next row.
Sew on buttons.
==Stocking Hat –
With #4 needles, CO 114 sts & work in 1 x 1 rib until piece measures 5” from beg; work dec row as follows: *work 3 sts in 1 x 1 rib, work 3 sts tog*, rpt from * to *across row – you should have 76 sts on needle. Work 3 rows straight 1 x 1 rib, then work dec row as follows: *work 1 st in 1 x 1 rib, work 3 sts tog*, rpt from * to * across row – you should now have 38 sts on needle. Work 1 row straight 1 x 1 rib, then work dec row same as last dec row: 19 sts on needle. Work 1 row straight 1 x 1 rib; then cut yarn at a length required for sewing seam, and with tapestry needle thread yarn through remaining sts on knitting needle, and close top of hat.
Sew hat together … reversing lower edge seamline where the hat edge will be folded back.