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Sweetheart Baby Jumper

Baby Jumper
Knitted heart

Materials

 

Four 50g balls of Rowan Cashcotton 4 ply hand knitting wool

 

Small quantity of contrasting 4 ply knitting wool

 

Pair of 3.25mm (No 10 / US 3) knitting needles

 

2 or 3 small mother of pearl buttons

 

Small quantity sewing thread

 

Medium sized crochet hook

 

Tapestry needle

This simple stocking stitch jumper was originally knitted for the arrival of my baby niece.

Fortunately, much to my husband's bemusment, I have a chest of drawers full of knitting wool so I already had a perfect pink colour to hand. It doesn't take much wool so choose the loveliest 4 ply you can find. The additon of a moss stitch border, a very simple crochet edge and small heart in contrasting yarn makes what is really quite a simple design quite special. For a little boy, the pattern would look lovely in either a blue or green yarn with a star rather than a heart on the front. The jumper is ideal for a baby upto about 6 months.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

Abbreviations

 

sts           stitches

 

k              knit

 

p              purl

 

ms           moss stitch

 

st st         stocking stitch

 

inc           increase

 

dec          decrease

 

ch            chain

 

ss             slip stitch

knit star
  • Cast on 69 sts.

  • Work 3 rows in ms (1st row: k1, p1 repeat to end, 2nd row: k1, p1 repeat to end, 3rd row: k1, p1 repeat to end).

  • Starting with a k row, work in st st (alternate k and p rows) for 25cm ending with p row.

  • Cast off 10 sts at the beginning of the following 4 rows.

  • Leave the remaining 29 sts on a large kilt pin or similar.

Back

Front

  • Cast on 69 sts

  • Work 3 rows in ms (1st row: k1, p1 repeat to end, 2nd row: k1, p1 repeat to end, 3rd row: k1, p1 repeat to end).

  • Starting with a k row, work in st st (alternate k and p rows) for 14cm ending with p row.

  • Knit 34 sts to centre front, join contrasting wool and work either the heart or start pattern over next 13 rows.

*   First stitch in contrasting wool

Each square represents

one stitch

Each square represents

one stitch

*   First stitch in contrasting wool

  • Once the motif is complete continue in st st until the front measures 20cm ending with p row.

  • Knit 28 sts.

  • Working on these sts only, dec 1 st on neck edge of each of the following 10 rows (18 sts).

  • Continue in st st until front matches the beginning of shoulder shaping on back, ending with p row.

  • Cast off first 9 sts, k remaining 9 sts.

  • Turn, p 9 sts.

  • Turn, cast off remaining 9 sts.

  • Slip central 13 sts on holder.

  • Rejoin wool k 28 sts to end.

  • Shape neck and shoulder to mirror the first.

Sleeves

A fabulous, handy hint I learnt from my mother is to use two balls of wool and knit both sleeves at the same time on one pair of needles to ensure they match exactly.

  • Cast on two sets of 39 sts using seperate balls of wool for each.

  • Work 3 rows in ms

  • starting with k row, work in st st, increasing 1 st at each end of the 5th row and every following 4th row to 65 sts.

  • Continue straight until the sleeves measure 16cm ending with p row.

  • Cast off both sleeves knitwise.

  • This is a good stage to give everything a very light iron.

Neck

  • Using the tapestry needle and wool sew front and back together along the right hand shoulder seam.

  • Using the knitting needles pick up and knit 19 sts down the left front neck.

  • Knit 13 sts from centre front holder.

  • Pick up and knit 19 sts up right front neck.

  • Knit 29 sts from back holder.

  • Begin with p row, work 3 rows in st st.

  • Cast off loosely knitwise.

Making-Up

  • Using the tapestry needle and wool sew left hand shoulder from sleeve edge to half-way along the seam.

  • Sew on both sleeves, matching the centre, top edge of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.

  • Join side and sleeve seams.

  • Sew the buttons on the open edge of the shoulder seam and crochet loops to close.

  • Now for the boring bit......sew in any loose ends and snip off any excess wool.

Crochet Edging

I am not a crochet expert, but this edging is very easy and if I can manage it anyone can!

To make the loops larger or smaller, just alter the number of stitches in the chain.

  • Using the crochet hook and wool ss into any stitch (1st) along cast on bottom edge of the jumper.

  • ch 4

  • ss into 3rd stitch along cast on edge.

  • ch 4

  • ss into 5th stitch along cast on edge.

  • repeat ch 4, ss into alternate stitches until the entire bottom edge is complete

  • fasten off

Repeat crochet along neck edge of jumper.

It is probably best not to crochet the sleeves as little fingers might become caught.

Finally, find a sweet baby in need of a beautiful jumper!