Top-Down Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

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Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

Knit an adorable miniature sweater for the newest baby in your world.

You will need one 50g skein knitpicks simply cotton sport or other sport-weight yarn (short sleeves) and size 3 needles (or size needed to achieve a gauge of 4.5-5 stitches per inch). Allow extra yarn if longer sleeves are desired.

Use worsted weight yarn and needles to achieve a gauge of 4 stitches per inch to make a slightly larger (3-6 months) sweater using the same instructions.


Skills Used: Casting on and placing markers; increasing; putting stitches on holders, button-hole cast-on, binding off, picking up stitches. Optional: making button holes. For decorative patterned version: reading a chart, moss-stitch or 2x2 rib. Increasing in pattern. Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

You will be working starting from the neck hole edge and working back and forth from one front edge, across the shoulders and back to the other edge (red arrows). Each additional row will take you further down the sweater from the neckhole (orange arrows). You will be adding stitches at 4 points (blue lines) on every row, so instead of being rectangular, your knitting will form a ring.

Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

Once you reach armpit level, the back and front are joined at the armpit (A to a and B to b) and you continue working your way down to the bottom hem of the garment and bind off.

Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

Then you go back, pick up stitches on the sleeves and work your way towards the wrist. Finally a button band and collar are added.

A decorative charted lattice stitch is used for the body and moss stitch on the sleeves, but straight stockinette or a different decorative stitch can be substituted for either or both. For a beginner, stockinette for both is recommended.

Using the Lattice Pattern Chart

Download Pattern Chart, page 1 & Pattern Chart, page 2. Attach the two halves together as indicated. Your chart should look like this:

Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

The chart shows a flattened version of the sweater to make it easier to read. In reality, the pieces go together like this:

Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

If you are having trouble, you may want to cut the pieces out and tape them in this shape.

To read the chart: start at the top left of the chart (top of the left front shape) and move LEFT TO RIGHT across the page, looking at the first row of each of the shapes (left front, sleeve, back, sleeve, right front) in turn. This is your first row of knitting, right side. When you get to the end of the first row, read the second row FROM RIGHT TO LEFT. This is a reverse row. The third row is another right side row, and is again read LEFT TO RIGHT.

The black squares indicate lattice stitches. If you are on an odd/right side row when you see one, you should make a purl stitch. If you are on even/wrong side row, you should make a knit stitch. Otherwise, use knits on the right side and purls on the wrong side (stockinette).

For the body, just continue repeating the last 6 rows of the chart until you get to your desired length.

The chart shows the sleeves in stockinette, but the photo above uses moss stitch. If you would like to use moss stitch too, alternate purl and knit stitches.

The sweater can also be knitted without the chart by substituting stockinette (or some other stitch you know) for the lattice patterned areas.


Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Pattern

Start by casting on 34 stitches. Divide with markers as follows: 2 stitches (front), 10 stitches (sleeve), 10 stitches (back), 10 stitches (sleeve), 2 stitches (front).

On each right side row, add 2 stitches per marker (one before the marker and one after). Work even on the wrong side. Increase 11 times. Study the chart carefully as you go if you are using the lattice stitch.

Meanwhile, shape V-neck by increasing every other right side row at the edges. Increase 3 times, then work straight for remainder.

When you are done with all the increases, you should have the following stitches: 16 stitches (front), 32 (sleeve), 32 (back), 32 (sleeve), 16 stitches (front).

Top-Down Raglan Newborn Cardigan with Lattice Patternworked in Wool-ease worsted, with stockinette sleeves

A Row Counter sheet is available. Mark each row on the sheet as you complete it to keep track of where you are, and double-check that you have the correct number of stitches as noted in the chart. The row counter sheet can be used whether or not you are using the pattern chart for the lattice stitch.

If you loose track of which row you are on, count the number of stitches and find that number on the chart to determine the row number.


Knit across the front (in pattern). Put the sleeve on a stitch-holder. Add 4 new stitches to the needle with a button-hole cast-on, and then continue knitting across the back. Put the second sleeve on a second stitch-holder. Knit across the second front segment. Continue working back and forth in pattern until the sweater is at 7"-10" long from shoulder to the bottom hem. Use moss-stitch (or a 2x2 rib) for the last few rows at the bottom to prevent curling. Bind off.


Put reserved sleeve stitches back on needles, picking up 4 stitches at the armpit. Use dpns to go in a circle, or work back and forth and then go back and sew up the seam when you are done. Work sleeve to desired length (finishing with a few moss-stitch or 2x2 rib rows if making a stockinette sleeve with no curling desired) and bind off. If making long sleeves, you may want to decrease every 4th row 2-4 times to taper the sleeve. Repeat.


Pick up stitches all along the front and neck edges. Work moss stitch or 2x2 rib for an inch or so before binding off. Sew on snaps. Alternately, work buttonholes at appropriate intervals and after bind-off, sew buttons.

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