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Home : Patterns : Bright Baby Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: Bright Baby Cardigan

Lion Brand® Incredible®
Pattern #: 60219A
Click here for the pattern for the matching tank top.
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: 9 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos

Finished Chest 20 (21, 22) in. [51 (53.5, 56) cm]
Finished Length
9 (10, 10¼) in. [23 (25.5, 26) cm]

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 520-207: Incredible Yarn: Purple Party
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Discontinued - click here for possible substitutions
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Incredible® (Article #520). 100% Nylon; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (110yds/100m) pull skeins

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•  520-207 Incredible Yarn: Purple Party
$ 11.98 (2,2) 
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]   $ 3.60  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
  1. 3 buttons 5/8 in. [16 mm] diameter
  2. Sewing needle and matching thread

Bright Baby Cardigan

Lion Brand® Incredible®


16 sts + 22 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 40 (42, 44) sts. Work in St st until piece measures 5¼ (6, 6) in. [13.5 (15, 15) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Armhole
Dec 1 st each side of next 4 rows – 32 (34, 36) sts. Work even until armhole measures 3 (3 1/4, 3½) in. [7.5 (8.5, 9) cm].

Shape Neck
Next Row (RS):
Work 8 (8, 9) sts, join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 16 (18, 18) sts for neck, work to end. Work even on both sides at the same time until armhole measures 3¾ (4, 4 1/4) in. [9.5 (10, 11) cm]. Bind off 8 (8, 9) sts each side for shoulders.


Cast on 23 (24, 25) sts. Work in St st until piece measures same as Back to armholes.

Shape Armhole
Dec 1 st at armhole edge (beg of RS rows, end of WS rows) on next 4 rows – 19 (20, 21) sts. Work even until armhole measures 2¼ (2½, 2¾) in. [5.5 (6.5, 7) cm], end with a RS row.

Shape Neck
Next row (WS):
Bind off 6 (7, 7) sts, work to end. Continue to shape neck, binding off 2 sts from neck edge twice, 1 st once – 8 (8, 9) sts. Work even until armhole measures 3¾ (4, 4¼) in. [9.5 (10, 11) cm]. Bind off 8 (8, 9) sts for shoulder.

Place markers for buttons½ in. [1.5 cm] from top and lower edge of Left Front edge, and one at center.

Cast on 23 (24, 25) sts. Work in St st until piece measures½ in. [1.5 cm] from beg, end with a WS row.
Buttonhole row (RS): K 1, k2tog, yo, k to end of row. Work same as Left Front, reversing shaping and working buttonhole row opposite button markers.

Cast on 22 (25, 28) sts. Work in St st and inc 1 st each edge every 3 (3½, 4) in. [7.5 (9, 10) cm] twice – 26 (29, 32) sts. Work even until piece measures 6½ (7½, 8½) in. [16.5 (19, 21.5) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Cap
Bind off 3 (4, 4) sts at beg of next 6 rows – 8 (5, 8) sts. Bind off remaining sts.

Sew shoulder seams and sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams.

Working around neck edge from RS, pick up and k 1 st, * pick up and k 1 st, pass first st over 2nd st, repeat from *. Repeat for lower edge and each wrist edge.
Sew buttons where marked. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
WS = wrong side yo = yarn over

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Bright Baby Cardigan Reviewed by PENNY on 2011-03-02 ****
I made the jacket/cardigan .The instructions were clear & straightforward. However, there is alot of finishing work, once the 5 pieces are completed,for example,all the seams need to be sewn flat...a caveat for those who want to "get done"! Also, I felt that working with Incredible on #8 needles was more of a challenge than when used on #15(ie) for a scarf & would probably give a novice knitter a run for his/her money at the beginning.

I also felt that the size 18 months was very small. In addition, it took 3 balls of Incredible, not 2 as stated for the largest size.

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