Saturday, September 20, 2008

Felix's Cardigan

A little something that I constructed for a little foetus I know affectionately referred to as "Felix". This garment is completely seamless and knit in one piece. The garter stitch edgings are knit with the body of the garment so there is no picking up of bands and such after the event.

Materials and Notions.

100g 8 ply yarn

4 stitch markers

4mm 80cm circular

4mm DPNs

Waste yarn

Stitch holder

Darning needle

3 buttons

Gauge: 22sts / 10cm

Size: 0-3 months chest 41cm


Glossary

pm – place marker

kfb – knit front and back

slm – slip marker

yo – yarn over


The Top....

CO 40 stitches using the circular needle.

Row 1: kfb, pm, kfb, k8 , kfb, pm, kfb, k16 , kfb, pm, kfb, k8 , kfb, pm, kfb

You have now created the right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve and left front between the markers.

Row 2: sl1, knit across

Row 3: kfb, kfb, slm, kfb, k10, kfb, slm, kfb, k20 , kfb, slm, kfb, k10 , kfb, slm, kfb, kfb

Row 4: sl1, knit across

Row 5: kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb.

Row 6: sl1, knit across.

Row 7: sl1, k3, kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to fifth last stitch, kfb, k4.

Row 8: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4

Continue repeating rows 7 and 8 until there are 46 stitches between the2nd and 3rd markers (across the back). At this stage there should be 28 stitches on both front panels.


Creating the Sleeves....

Row 1: sl1, k2tog, yo, k to first marker, place the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn knit back stitches, place the other sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, knit to last stitch.

Row 2: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4

If you are making this for a girl, and you are particular about such things, you will need to work the k2togs and the yo’s at the end of row 1 and the ends of rows 13 and 14 in the next section..


The Bottom...

Row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: knit all stitches

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: k4, purl to four stitches before end of row, k4

Row 13: sl1, k2tog, yo, k to end

Row 14: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4

During this section I find it useful to mark the garter stitch edgings with additional markers so I remember to knit them on the even rows.

Work these 14 rows (or part thereof) until body measures 20.5 cm from the centre back.

Work 6 rows of garter stitch and bind off.


Sleeves...

Evenly space the sleeve stitches on 3 DPNs or 2 circulars (whichever is your preference).

With the right side facing, locate the centre bottom of the sleeve opening. Pick up two stitches from the left of the opening and continue knitting the round, picking up two additional stitches onto needle 3

Knit until sleeve measures 14.5 cm from underarm.

Work 6 rows of garter stitch and bind off.


Finishing...

Weave in ends. Sew on buttons.


This pattern is available in sizes up to 6 years for Au$5. To purchase click the button below.



This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.

32 comments:

Kris said...

It's gorgeous Jack and I have just the yarn for this sitting here.

Thanks for the pattern :)

Jenn said...

This is darling!! Thank you for the pattern. :)

April - Vaginas, they're not just painted on! said...

oh yay!! I've been looking for something to use up some 8ply I was gifted...perfect!!
Thanks Jacki!!

Stitch Sista said...

Looks lovely :). Will look it up when I need a basic cardy recipe!

Sherri said...

How cute! A good friend is due with a little boy next week and this would be perfect ... I guess I'd better get knitting!

*Fiona* said...

You really are such a wee gem for joining up at justmommies to help me with my question. It really touched me!! Thank you so much!

Katidids said...

Made this up in one evening! I LOVE it. Used a green as we were not sure of the baby's sex, ready to embroider the front for the Granddaughter born on the 10th. Thank you for sharing your design talent!

Anonymous said...

So fun to make and my new nephew will love it! Any way to size it for an adult? I love knitting with no seams.

Jenny said...

Great Pattern-Thank you! I finished in 3 nights! The chest is measuring 30 cm's though and not 45cm's. The rest of the sweater is measuring correctly. Where are you measuring the chest from? Also, do you have this in bigger sizes up to Adult? Thank you very much!

Momagio said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Felix cardigan. Please help with patterns for 9 and 12 mos. sizes.

Eternally grateful.

Momagio

Momagio said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Felix cardigan. Can you help me with patterns for 9 and 12 mo. sizes?

Eternally grateful.

Momagio

Momagio said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Felix cardigan. Can you help me with patterns for 9 and 12 mo. sizes?

Eternally grateful.

Momagio

Momagio said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Felix's cardigan. Need too make it in 9mo. and 12mo. sizes. Please help me with these sizes.

Eternally grateful.
Momagio

Momagio said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Felix's cardigan. Need too make it in 9mo. and 12mo. sizes. Please help me with these sizes.

Eternally grateful.
Momagio

Amanda said...

Hello, I've just knit it in the 0-3month size as a gift and your pattern is perfect... I'd like to make it in age 4 however for my son. Do you have any larger sizes?
Many thanks :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi

I just finished this sweater for a two-year-old. I just kept going with the raglan increases until it was the right size around and I made it a bit longer (with one extra buttonhole). Very easy and it looks great!

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

what does:
"knit to stitch before next marker" mean. Thank you.

Jack said...

Knit until there is just one stitch left before the marker on the left needle.

Diana said...

This is a quick fun project. I just finished knitting up my Felix's Cardigan for Baby B due in December. Had fun looking at buttons on Etsy. Thank you. I cannot wait 'til the baby shower.

Karen Tallon said...

Thanks for the pattern. I am now working on my 6th one! I've made 4 just as written as gifts, then I made a larger one for my 5 year old and am doing one now with larger needles and a few adjustments to make it about a 9 month size. I just love it! Thanks again,

Karen in Kentucky

notablyindigo said...

Just knit this up for my cousin's son with a gray body and dark & light green striped sleeves. Wonderfully easy project with great results. Thanks for the pattern!

Gina said...

Thank you so much for this pattern. I'm a relatively new knitter and this was such an easy pattern to follow!! I absolutely loved it!! All the other patterns I looked at were so complicated looking...yours was so simple and easy! Thank you!!

'Born Too Early' Knits said...

Hello, I love the design of this cardi but have don't know the equivalent of 8ply in the UK. Have you any idea? Thanks :)

Jack said...

I thought that the UK used the same terminology as Australia ie 8 ply. Short of that, "double knit:.....

denis & suzane said...

Hello,
I just purchased the Felix Cardigan and am having problems with the instructions.
When I get ot the 3rd row, I run out of stitches.
On row 1 the back has kfb, k16, kfb, for a total of 20 stitches (2 increases). But on row 3, it's kfb, k20 kfb for a total of 24 stitches. I'm missing 2 stitches.
Is there something I didn't understand in the instructions?
Please let me know what I'm doing wrong.
Thank you
Suzane

Jack said...

Suzanne, the copy I have here says K18 across the back. I will check the other copy and update if neccessary but for now k18, carry on in pattern and your world will be fine. :)

denis & suzane said...

Thank you so much,
This makes more sense.
I double-checked the instructions and they do say K20 and not k18 on the 3rd row. It might be a transcription error.
Great, can't wait to resume knitting.
Suzane

denis & suzane said...

I'm sorry, it's me again.
I need one more clarification. I'm knitting the size 3-6 months. Should I cast on 40 or 42 stitches? The instructions call for 40 stitches, but that's the same as the 0-3 months.
If it's 42, then knitting 20 stitches for the back on row 3 would make sense. It would also give 48 stitches between the 2nd & 3rd markers after repeating rows 7 & 8 as the instructions specify.
Thanks again for your help.
Suzane

Jack said...

Stick with the 40st cast on!

denis & suzane said...

Perfect! Thank you very much for your help.
Take care
S

celia said...

PARA UN TAMAÑO DE DOS AÑOS CUANTOS PUNTOS DEBERÉ ECHAR?

celia said...

POR FAVOR INDICAME PARA UN NIÑO DE DOS AÑOS QUE CANTIDAD DE PUNTOS DEBO MONTAR?