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Knit by Bit Free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern - download free on LoveKnitting

Published on March 7th, 2016 | by Angie

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Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern

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With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, this free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern will have your little one looking festive in no time. 

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern for St. Patrick's Day - download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

Whether you have children yourself or not, it’s pretty likely that you know some little ones in your life. As blog editor Merion said last week, “It’s so much more fun to make things in miniature, isn’t it?”

This shamrock cardigan is sized for babies who wear 3 -6 month and 6 -9 month clothing. It’s knit flat on long single pointed needles or circular needles. The sleeves are created with raglan increases, with the sleeve stitches being held on a stitch holder and then picked up after the body is finished.

The colorwork is created using the intarsia technique, which is better suited to knitting things flat – plus, the color chart is only 32 stitches wide so it’s much easier than fair isle in this case.

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern by GamerCrafting - download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

Materials:

I chose Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn for this project because it’s soft enough for baby skin and machine washable. Those two attributes make it my go-to baby yarn, and with the wide color range I’m never lacking inspiration.

You will need 2 balls of Apple, and 1 ball of Jade for both sizes.

You will also need a 4 mm (US 6) circular needle: I used my trusty KnitPro Symfonie circular needle.

For the sleeves, you can use the same circular needle if you use the magic loop method; otherwise you will need a set of 4 mm (US 6) DPNs.

4 stitch markers 

1 yarn needle 

4 – 6 buttons

2 stitch holders

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern by GamerCrafting: download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This pattern includes a glossary of terms and row by row instructions. Even if you have never made a seamless cardigan from the top down, you can make this one. The raglan increases have a clean, crisp look, and they are easy to knit. For those of us who hate to sew pieces together (raise your hands!), seamless knitting is the way to go. There are contact details in the pattern in case you have any trouble, I’m always happy to help a fellow knitter.

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: March 7th, 2016.

6 Responses to Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern

  1. Myriam says:

    For the Spring/Summer it would be fun if Knit by Bit featured a lace table runner, in an easy botanical lace pattern, repeated a few times.

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  4. Pat says:

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  5. Donna Burke says:

    Loved it!

  6. Lori Burrows says:

    This shamrock sweater is adorable! I need an adult version for next St. Patty’s Day!

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