Here we are in the final stretch of this sweet little sweater. ( If you would like to start in Week 1, go here to get started.) All we will be doing is finishing up the sleeves, sewing buttons on, tying up loose ends of yarns and a quick wash and block dry.
That sounds so simple, right?
Now I can’t be the only knitter out there that zips through the knitting but then procrastinates sewing the buttons on for 2 weeks can I?
Well, I do.
I can’t deny I am a knitter…and a fumbler when it comes to a needle and thread. For that reason I will post again when the sweater is ‘officially’ done, but will give you the week 3 pattern now so you can finish and then procrastinate sewing your buttons on.
I have compiled some finished photos from Ravelry of other people’s sweaters when they showed the finished sweater laying flat, then on a real baby to see how the sleeve length seemed to fit.
I found that when the sleeves looked a little short in the flat sweater it looked to fit the babies better (in my opinion). I submit these for you to view and make your own decisions.
Elizabeth Zimmermann recommended that you make the sleeves extra long when knitting a child’s sweater, as they grow fast and long sleeves will allow the sweater to fit the child for years longer.
I have found this to be true. I’ll do a post about it with more detail in the future, but I think with a newborn I would rather not wrestle a bulky sweater. But then again, it all depends on the weather you plan to be fighting. Maybe you need the baby to really be bundled up.
I leave those details up to you to decide how you would like your sweater to be.
To Taper or Not?
My other question was whether to taper the sleeves or not.
Above: I thought about decreasing, I began starting at the little pink arrow, I wasn’t a fan. I should have started sooner and maybe done one decrease every 3rd row.
Knit-Along Star – Ruth
Here are the sweaters (yes that was plural) that Ruth knit while knitting-along with me! She made one for a boy with plain garter stitch edging at the bottom and the other for a girl.
I ended up going with a shorter sleeve. I did a small decrease right before the garter stitch border.
So, without further ado, the third and final segment of the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater. This is just what I did, there are endless possibilities to how you may choose to make your sleeves. If you would like longer sleeves simply knit longer until you begin the border section.
Week 3 Knit-Along Progress for Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater
The following resource may be helpful in determining sizes for your garments. Children’s Body Measurements and Garment Sizes
Slip sleeve stitches from waste yarn onto DPNs (or circular needle using magic loop technique) pick up and knit underarm stitches. (This video shows how. ) Leaving an 8” tail (for seaming later) pick up 4 cast on stitches (pick up 1 stitch on each end of the 4 cast on stitches to avoid causing a hole). Knit around decreasing under arms down to 42 sts. Place marker in center of underarm.
Knit 2 inches (or more if you would like longer sleeves than my sweater)
Row 1: *P2, sl2* with yarn in front, repeat around
Row 2: K
Row 3: *P2, sl2* with yarn in front, repeat around
Row 4: K
Row 5: K
Row 6: K
Row 7: *K 8, k2tog* 3 times, k2 (38)
Rows 8-12: Garter stitch
Row 8: P
Row 9: K
Row 10: P
Row 11: K
Row 12: P
Row 13: Cast off purlwise
Repeat for second sleeve.
Use tail underarm seam to tighten up any loose stitches, and weave in any loose ends.
Sew buttons onto button band.
This video was helpful for sewing a button onto a knitted garment.
That’s it! Come back or subscribe to my RSS feed to be notified of new blog posts. I will post, shall we say, ‘soon’ when I finish with the buttons and blocking. Yay!
Click HERE to go back to Week 1.
Click HERE to go to Week 2
See my sweater on Ravelry.
Now that you’re done with that sweater, check out this collection of other free toddler sweater knitting patterns next.