Free Knitting Pattern - Twisted Stockinette Baby Cardigan

This lovely newborn size baby cardigan is a perfect gift for a new baby. Worked entirely in fingering weight superwash merino yarn with a twisted stockinette stitch, it has a unique texture and cuddly-soft drape.*

Gauge:
6 stitches and 9 rows per inch of twisted stockinette.

Supplies:
1 Skein Madelinetosh “Tosh Merino Light” in Badlands, or a similar fingering weight yarn. This pattern uses about 70 grams of yarn.
Two sets of US size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles.
3 vintage buttons, 1/2 to 5/8 inch diameter.
Yarn needle for finishing.
 

Notes:
“TS” in this pattern refers to the Twisted Stockinette Stitch, where you knit into the back loop on the knit stitches, and purl as usual. If you’ve never tried this before, a very good video tutorial can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2zgMtqfrPI
Just be sure to watch the second half of the video with the pink swatch. It’s very simple to pick up and it adds wonderful texture to normal stockinette without affecting gauge too much. 
All knit rows in this pattern are worked into the back loop in this manner.

For the arms:
Cast on 30 stitches.
Knit 8 rows.
Knit in TS for 38 rows, adding an increase at the beginning and end of every 8th row (rows 8, 16, 24, and 32), for a total of 38 stitches.
For row 39, which should be a knit row, cast off 4 stitches at the beginning and end.
Clip the yarn leaving extra for weaving in.
Create another arm using this same method, leaving arms on needles and setting them aside.

For the body/front piece:
Cast on 101 stitches.
Work the body in TS for 48 rows.
At Row 49, which should be a right side row, partially cast off for the arms like this:
TS 20, cast off 6 stitches, TS 49, cast off 6 stitches, and TS 20.
The 2 groups of 20 stitches on each side form the front flaps of the body, while the large area in the middle is the back of the sweater.
Clip the yarn, leaving extra for weaving in.
The next row must have all pieces with wrong sides facing you.

To join the body and arm pieces together:
To connect the sleeves with the body you will work like this:
Purl the first front piece, while you decrease once every 5 stitches (a total of 3 decreases across). 
Purl the first arm piece, making sure it is facing the correct direction.
Purl the back piece, while you decrease once every 7 stitches (a total of 6 decreases across).
Purl the second arm piece, making sure of its direction again.
Purl the second front piece, while you decrease one stitch every 5 stitches (a total of 3 decreases across).

For the raglan shoulder seams:
TS the first front piece until two stitches remain, and knit them together.
Knit the first two stitches on the first arm together.
TS the arm until two stitches remain, and knit them together.
Knit the first stitches on the back piece together.
TS the back piece until two stitches remain, and knit them together.
Knit the first two stitches on the other arm together.
TS the arm until two stitches remain, and knit them together.
Knit the first two stitches on the last front piece together, and finish working in TS on the last front piece.
Purl the next row.
You will decrease using the above method every other row, with one purl row in between TS decrease rows, for a total of 14 times.
The last row should be a TS decrease row, and on this row you will also knit together the first and last two stitches in addition to the usual raglan decrease.
You should have 20 stitches left. Clip the yarn and leave extra for weaving in.
Weave in all the loose ends before beginning on the collar and placket.

For the Collar and Placket:
Pick up 36 stitches on along the side of the front piece. Repeat with on the left side with the other end of the needle.
You should have a row of 92 stitches to work with.
Now you can knit the placket and collar seamlessly beginning on the right edge with the knit side of the work facing you.
Knit 5 rows.
On the 6th row, make your first buttonhole at the same level as the armpit by knitting two stitches together, then knitting a yarn over to create a hole.
Continue knitting until you reach the mid point of the front piece, and add another buttonhole using this method.
Continue knitting until you have 4 stitches left. Knit two together, yarn over for the last buttonhole, and knit the last stitch.
Knit 3 more rows.
Cast off loosely along the side of the first front piece until you are 2 stitches past your buttonhole.
Knit until you reach the same level on the other side, a couple stitches away from being level with the armpit, and cast the rest of the stitches off loosely.
Cut the yarn and leave extra for knotting and weaving in. 

For the collar:
Knit one row.
Decrease one stitch on the beginning and the end of the next 2 rows.
Decrease two stitches at the beginning and the end of the next two rows.
Cast off loosely.

For the bottom edge:
Pick up 117 stitches across the bottom of the body piece and knit 8 rows.
Cast off loosely and weave in ends.
Seam up the arms and armpits, add your buttons, and weave in any loose ends!

 

*The proportions for this pattern were inspired by the Lazy Daisy Baby Jacket from Pickles of Norway! Their sweater is the cutest thing ever as a gift for a baby girl and their site is full of wonderful free patterns, go check them out!