Knit For Baby – Sailor Cardigan and Leggings Set

Worked in simple stockinette stitch, with garter stitch and ribbing trim, this is a charming set for active boys or girls.

Directions are given for 6 Months Size.
Changes for 1 Year and 18 Months are in parentheses.

Materials Needed

2 ply sport weight yarn –
Cardigan: 2 skeins white and 15 yards apple green for all sizes
Leggings: 2 skeins of apple green for all sizes

Knitting Needles-
Cardigan: 1 pair No. 3 and No. 5.
Leggings: 1 pair No. 3.





6 buttons for Cardigan;
1/2 yard elastic, 3/8 inch wide for Leggings.

Check Your GAUGECardigan: 13 sts = 2 inches; 17 rows =: 2 inches.
Leggings: 7 sts = 1 inch; 11 rows = 1 inch.

CARDIGAN

BACK
Starting at lower edge with No. 3 needles and White, cast on 58 (66, 72) sts.
Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 1 1/2 inches.
Change to No. 5 needles and work in stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row) until total length is 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2) inches.

Armhole Shaping:
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec one st at both ends of every other row twice.
Work even over remaining 48 (56, 62) sts until length from first row of armhole shaping is 3 1/2 (4, 4 1/2) inches.

Shoulder Shaping:
Bind off 5 (6, 7) sts at beg of next 4 rows.
Bind off 6 (7, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off for back of neck remaining 16 (18, 20) sts.

POCKET LINING (Make 2)
Starting at lower edge with No. 3 needles and White, cast on 15 sts.
Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 1 1/2 inches.
Slip sts on a safety pin to be used later.

NOTE: Make the button front first. This is the Left Front for Girls; the Right Front for Boys.
When the button front is completed, mark with pins the position of 6 buttons evenly spaced on front edge, having the first pin 1/4 inch up from lower edge and the last pin 1/2 inch down from bound-off sts of neck shaping.

To make a buttonhole—
Starting at front edge, k 2, bind off next 2 sts, complete row.
On next row, cast on 2 sts over the 2 bound-off sts.

LEFT FRONT
Starting at lower edge with No. 3 needles and White, cast on 38 (40, 42) Sts.
1st row: K 6—front band; * k 1, p 1. Repeat from * across.
2nd row: Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing to within last 6 sts, k 5—front band.
Repeat last 2 rows alternately until total length is 1 1/2 inches, ending at side edge.

Pocket Placement:
Change to No. 5 needles.
1st row: Work across 11 (13,15) sts, slip next 15 sts on a safety pin for pocket band, work across sts of one
Pocket Lining, work across remaining 12 sts. Keeping 6 sts of front band in garter st (k each row), work remaining sts in stockinette st until total length is 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2) inches, ending at side edge.

Armhole Shaping:
1st row: Bind off 3 sts, complete row.
Dec one st at same edge on every other row twice—33 (35, 37) sts remain.

Neck Shaping:
Starting at front edge, bind off 6 sts once.
Dec one st at same edge on every other row 11 (10, 10) times.
Work even over remaining 16 (19, 21) sts until length from first row of armhole shaping is 3 1/2 (4, 4 1/2) inches, ending at armhole edge.





Shoulder Shaping:
At armhole edge bind off 5 (6, 7) sts every other row twice; at same edge bind off 6 (7, 7) sts.

POCKET BAND
Slip sts from safety pin onto a No. 5 needle. Picking up one st at beg and end of first row, work in ribbing as established for 1/2 inch. Bind off in ribbing.





RIGHT FRONT
Starting at lower edge with No. 3 needles and White, cast on 38 (40, 42) sts.
1st row: Work in ribbing to within last 6 sts, k 6—front band.
2nd row: K 6—front band; work remaining sts in ribbing.
Repeat last 2 rows alternately until total length is 1 1/2 inches ending at side edge.
Starting with Pocket Placement, complete Right Front to correspond with Left Front, reversing shapings.

SLEEVES
Starting at wrist edge with No. 3 needles and White, cast on 34 (36, 38) sts.
Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Change to No. 5 needles and k across, increasing 12 (16, 20) sts evenly.
Starting with a p row, work in stockinette st over these 46 (52, 58) sts until total length is 7 (8, 9) inches.

Top Shaping:
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec one st at both ends of every other row until 34 (38, 42) sts remain.
Bind off.

COLLAR
Starting at back edge with No. 5 needles and White, cast on 52 (54, 56) sts.
Work 6 rows of garter st.
7th row: K 6 White, drop White, attach Green and knit 40 (42, 44), drop Green, attach another strand of While and k 6 White.

NOTE: When changing colors, always twist one color around the other to prevent making holes.

8th row: K 6 White, with Green p 40 (42,44), with White k 6.
9th row: K 6 White, with Green k 40 (42, 44), with White k 6.
10th row: K 6 White, with Green p 2, with White p 36 (38, 40), attach another strand of Green and p 2, with White k 6.
11th row: K 6 White, k 2 Geen, k 36 (38, 40) White, k 2 Green, k 6 White.
12th row: K 6, White, p 2 Green, p 36 (38, 40) White, p 2 Green, k 6 White.
Repeat 11th and 12th rows alternately 3 times more.
Next row: Work across 18 sts, bind off next 16 (18, 20) sts for back of neck, work across remaining 18 sts. Work even over last set of sts only for 5 (7, 9) rows.
Dec one st at inner edge on next row and on every other row thereafter until 4 sts remain.
Bind off.
Attach yarn at opposite side of back of neck and work remaining sts to correspond.

Block. Sew side, shoulder and sleeve seams. Sew in Sleeves. Sew on Collar, matching bands. Sew on buttons. Make buttonhole stitch around buttonholes. Sew Pocket Linings in place. Sew edges of Pocket Bands.

CORD
Cut 4 strands of Green, each 2 1/4 yards long. Twist tightly in one direction.
Fold in half and twist again in opposite direction. Knot free ends.
Make a bow at center of Cord and sew to Front as illustrated. Knot ends at desired length and trim.

LEGGINGS

RIGHT LEG
Starting at waist with No. 3 needles, cast on 72 (75, 79) sts.
Work in stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row) for 18 rows.

NOTE: When turning, bring yarn to front of work, slip next st from left-hand needle onto right-hand needle, yarn to back, slip same st back onto left-hand needle, turn and proceed as given in instructions. This
avoids a hole in work.

Work short rows as follows:
1st row: K 11 (14, 17)—do not work over remaining sts, turn as directed.
2nd row: P 11 (14, 17).
3rd row: K across sts of previous row and next 7 sts—18 (21, 24) sts, turn as before.
4th row: P 18 (21, 24).
5th row: K across sts of previous row and next 7 sts, turn.
6th row: P across sts of previous row.
Repeat last 2 rows alternately 5 (6, 7) times more—53 (63, 73) sts.
Continue with long rows, working over all 72 (75, 79) sts on needle and increasing one st at both ends of
one row every 1 (1, 1 1/4) inches, 3 times in all.
Work even on 78 (81, 85) sts until total length of the short side is 7 3/4 (8 1/4, 8 3/4) inches, ending with a
p row. Tie a marker at end of last row.

Leg Shaping:
Dec one st at both ends of next row and every other row thereafter until there remain 64 (67, 71) sts, then
dec one st at both ends of every 3rd row until there remain 40 (43, 47) sts.
Work even until length from marker is 7 (7 1/2, 8  ) inches, ending with a p row.

FOOT
1st row: K 34 (35, 38). Turn.
2nd row: P 14 (15, 15) for Instep.
Continue in stockinette st over the instep sts only for 16 (18, 20) rows. Break off yarn.
Using the same needle with the first 20 (20, 23) sts and with right side of work facing, pick up and k 11 (12, 14) sts along side edge of instep, k the instep sts, pick up and k 11 (12, 14) sts along next side edge of instep, k remaining 6 (8, 9) sts.
Work garter st (k each row) over 62 (67, 75) sts for 13 rows.

To Shape Sole:
1st row: K 5 (4, 5), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 26 (29, 33), k 2 tog, k 2 (1, 1), k 2 tog, k 21 (25, 28).
2nd and all even rows: Knit.
3rd row: K 4 (3, 4), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 24 (27, 31), k 2 tog, k 2 (1, 1), k 2 tog, k 20 (24, 27).
5th row: K 3 (2, 3), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 22 (25, 29), k 2 tog, k 2 (1,1), k 2 tog, k 19 (23, 26).
Bind off.

LEFT LEG
Work as for Right Leg until 19 rows have been completed, ending with a k row.
Work short rows as follows:
1st row: P 11 (14, 17). Turn.
2nd row: K 11 (14,17).
Continue as for Right Leg having 7 more sts on each p row until there are 53 (63, 73) sts on row.
Continue with long rows and complete as for Right Leg to Foot.

FOOT
1st row: K 20 (23, 24). Turn.
2nd row: P 14 (15, 15). Turn. Work 16 (18, 20) rows of stockinette st over these 14 (15, 15) sts. Break off. Using the same needle with the first 6 (8, 9) sts and with right side of work facing, pick up 11 (12, 14) sts along side edge of instep, k the 14 (15, 15) instep sts, pick up 11 (12, 14) sts along the opposite side edge
of the instep, k remaining 20 (20, 23) sts.
Work in garter st for 13 rows over these 62 (67, 75) sts.

To Shape Sole:
1st row: K 21 (25, 28), k 2 tog, k 2 (1, 1), k 2 tog, k 26 (29, 33), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 5 (4, 5).
2nd and all even rows: Knit.
3rd row: K 20 (24, 27), k 2 tog, k 2 (1, 1), k 2 tog, k 24 (27, 31), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 4 (3, 4).
5th row: K 19 (23, 26), k 2 tog, k 2 (1, 1), k 2 tog, k 22 (25, 29), k 2 tog, k 2 tog, k 3 (2, 3).
Bind off.

Block. Sew each leg seam from foot up to marker. Then sew center back seam, joining right leg to left leg. Sew center front seam. Sew sole seam from dec under the instep to the dec at the heel. Fold 8 rows at waistband to wrong side and slipstitch in place, leaving an opening for elastic. Draw elastic through and sew ends together. Sew up opening.

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