July 12, 2016
I usually don’t get myself in projects like this, not because I don’t like the crafts for babies newly born and mostly the knit jackets, but because although the garment is small, the complexity of elaboration of this knit jacket makes me much time, and time is really important because I have quite little, when I have thousands of projects that I want to share, classes to prepare and try to keep learning techniques and tricks.
But when a student makes “you eyes” and says to me that she would love to have a Garment made by me grabbing her bulky belly, that belly that have seen grow day by day in my classroom, It’s all said, couldn’t resist to that look, and I had to start to knit this jacket-jerkin. Although the original idea is out from a wool mark, I have to say, I had to take note of many things before I took the needles, since it comes with many mistakes and thus take this opportunity to explain step by step a garment that many do not decide to do because the lack of information that they give us in some magazines with crafts for newborn babies , but before you start, you have to think that it is not an easy task, time and patience are needed, but with enthusiasm and affection, is that everything is achieved. So… courage!
First of all, before beginning the pattern of this Cardigan for a newborn, I want to tell you the wool that I used, on this occasion I decided to choose a Portuguese wool called Fofinhos de Rosarios4, the truth is that I already have it woven and I will say that it is a thread that falls in love with just the moment you touch it, have an extremely soft, ideal for the skin of our babies and weaving it is very nice , if you have occasion to try it do not hesitate to do so, won’t let you down… and the price is excellent, to say in our neighboring country that it’s an expert in yarn, really I can’t wait to use their ecological wool ecological, if I do that, I’ll tell you.
Difficulty of the Cardigan :
Cardigan –doublet materials::
2 balls of Rosarios4 Fofinhos, pink number 06
1 ball of perle Katia Mako-5, light grey number 124
Circular needles KnitPro Karbonz 2.25 mm
Tricot stitches used:
“Scale” stitch (slip one purl stitch, purl 1, repeat the sequence one round, then purl the next round).
combined stitch (see graphic)
with needles 2.25 mm and combined stitches: 18 stitches and 24 rounds: 5 X 5 cm
- 1 Making up- doublet for newborn:
Making up- doublet for newborn:
this work is woven way and return, to be woven in this way straight needles can be used.
Body of the Cardigan – doublet:
we started the Cardigan transversely, i.e. that starts from the right side of the back and ends on the left side of the back of the jacket, so in the parts indicated, the rounds will be shortened to form a stitch yoke and also form the sleeves.
With wool, we cast on with 58 stitches, and weaving with garter stitch 10 rounds, this part is the strip of button that has no buttonholes.
Follow with wool, weaving 2 rounds in stockinette (see our stitches section).
We started with the Perlé in the Cardigan, and weave 2 rounds in scale stitch.
“Scale” stitch for the Cardigan:
1st round (right side of the work). * purl 1, slip one purl stitch(remember to put the thread as to purl * repeat from asterisk to Asterisk.
2nd round (back side of the work). Purl all stitches.
From now on, the two kinds of thread used in this Cardigan are interspersed, at the beginning of each round of the right side of work, Interweave the two strands so they will rise at the same time and thus avoid cutting when you use them.
We Continue with the Cardigan –doublet
before continue the cardigan, divide the work with a marker to know which is part of the yoke and which the part of the body, the yoke that it is the left part, has 20 stitches and the body that is the right part has 38 stitches.
Why we divide the Doublet ?
Shortened turns, are used to work the yoke shape of the Cardigan which are indicated on the graph, the stitches that we will see shadowed means won’t be weaved in this round, so simply arriving at that stitch turn work keeping those stitches aside, then when the graph indicates you weave them. In this way the yoke has fewer rounds and the Cardigan would be perfectly set to the baby’s chest.
From now on we follow the graphic:
all stitches of the are displayed on the graph of the Cardigan, in the body are missing 9 stitches, therefore must be repeated once more one of the patterns.
Stitches that are shaded indicate the time to do shortened turns, when you just get there, turn the work leaving those stitches on hold, the first are at the end of the round 3, when there are 4 stitches left, turn the work and follow the round 4, and thus you keep going, turning when stitches are shaded until you get to the 13th round, which is all the stitches left on hold are weaved. You have to keep in mind, that from the 1st to the 33rd round, in the middle, you have to repeat the rounds from the 13th to the 22nd.
When we had three pointelles patterns done (do the rounds from the 1st to the 33rd, then you have to repeat the rounds from the 1st to the 12th), we will leave 36 stitches awaiting from the right part, and we begin to form the sleeve in the 37th round as is shown on the video.
Video support for Cardigan – doublet
follow the Cardigan sleeve in the round that we left it, each sleeve takes 4 pointelles patterns (a defined pattern for me is when we knit rounds from 1 to the 22 for example), when we have woven the sleeve, close 36 stitches, loose, and collect the stitches that we left awaiting from the body.
To take the body of the Cardigan stitches, after closing 36 stitches of the sleeve, turn the work and purl all body stitches which were hold on, as well we can start with the suitable round when we left them on hold.
Now we are weaving the doublet front, continue the graph taking into account all the indications written above, do the other sleeve equal to the first, was made after having 5 pointelles patterns from the first sleeve.
When we have already wove 3 pointelles patterns motives for the left side of the back part of the doublet, we finished weaving 10 rounds in garter stitch for another button Strip, bearing in mind that the 5th round we must make buttonholes in the following way:
6 stitches, yarn/strand, two stitches together, 12 stitches, yarn/strand, two stitches together, 12 stitches, yarn/strand, two stitches together, 12 stitches, yarn/strand, two stitches together, 8 stitches.
Gently close the stitches.
Neck of the Cardigan – doublet
To form the neck of the doublet, take 88 wool stitches from the neck. Have in mind that the 5 stitches from both ends always
will be knit with wool and in garter stitch, to keep giving shape to the button stripe:
With wool: 2 rounds in garter stitch
With Perlé : 2 rounds “scale” stitch (slip one purl stitch, purl 1, repeat the sequence one round, then purl the next round).
with wool: 2 rounds in stockinette
with Perlé : 2 rounds which are the rounds from 17-18
with wool: 2 rounds in garter stitch , where it is make at the beginning of the round, 1 buttonhole following way:
3 stitches, yarn/strand, 2 stitches together.
Close the stitches.
Forming the Flounce of the Cardigan – doublet
to form the flounce of the part below the body of the Cardigan, get 124 wool stitches, in the next round do it in Perlé and make the rounds 17th -18th on the graphic, and then do with wool the rounds 1 to 10, the stitches of the body where the pointelles are rising increase in the first round 67 stitches spread, then close all the stitches with Pearl.
In the low part of the sleeves to make the flounce of fists do the same, but get 46 stitches with wool, then do the 17-18 rounds in perlé and then with wool 1 to 10 rounds, increase in the first round 17-stitches spread, close with Perlé.
Sew sleeves and buttons on the Cardigan.
This is a complicated Cardigan-doublet, but with a little patience you can do it, if you want to do something a little more easy here I leave a bib for baby to two needles.