FINISHED Garter Baby Jacket

 

Bliss Garter Front

Garter Baby Jacket

We just finished up a cute new project, a Garter Baby Jacket (cardigan). I felt we needed to do a sample of a baby sweater suitable for new knitters. Something that didn’t involve  buying a lot of materials (some ‘easy’ patterns involve buying 6 pairs of needles, stitch markers, stitch holders, etc). Any sweater project will involve learning some new skills, but I also wanted something that didn’t involve too-too many hurdles, and where those skills weren’t too hard to pick-up and could be executed looking relatively good (we all know that sometimes when you learn something new it doesn’t look perfect).

So, the details …. the jacket is knit flat in one piece, from the bottom back, up through the arms, and then down across the fronts. It is seamed along the sides and under the arms, which hides a multitude of sins, as does the garter stitch which is much easier to seam than stocking stitch. It uses only one pair of needles, and you can use straight or circular needles, whichever you prefer. To keep things simple we did not make the pockets and just skipped over that part in the instructions.

We made the smallest size and used two skeins of Malabrigo Rios. The pattern is from The Baby Knits Book by Debbie Bliss (you can’t go wrong with Debbie for gorgeous knits for kids). The book has been out for a while and can be found at public libraries (like my own Toronto Public Library, or you can scoop up a reasonably priced used copy from ABEbooks.com.  Debbie Bliss also published a similar FREE pattern, the Ribbon Tied Baby Jacket.

Materials

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Notes

Sizes

  • 3-6(6-9, 9-12) months
  • Length to Shoulder: 10.25(11, 11.75) inches
  • Sleeve Length: 6.25(7, 8) inches

Modifications

  • To keep things simpler we skipped making the pockets
  • We made the smallest size and used up almost all of our yarn
  • Our gauge (unblocked) was a bit larger than the pattern: 17 sts & 34 rows = 4″

Skills

Bliss Garter Jacket COMBO Square

 

Bliss Garter Jacket COMBO