Happy Friday! Red Heart’s Baby Lace Cardigan knit in Soft Baby Steps is too adorable to pass by. This little cardigan has a small lace panel in the front on either side of the button band. That, paired with the soft shine of this yarn, gives it a tiny bit of elegance not often seen in baby knits.
Since the Soft Baby Steps yarn is silky and shiny I think of it as more of a summery yarn. Don’t get me wrong, it’s warm, that’s the beauty of synthetic fibers, but I love it paired with a lace panel. The little bit of lace isn’t enough to make the sweater too breezy, but the perfect thing to throw on over-top of some leggings and an undershirt, even onesie pajamas when people are headed over.
I thought the only thing this cute little outfit is missing is a matching hat, so a wrote up a version incorporating the seed stitching and lace panel. Here’s how to knit it up.
1 ball of Red Heart’s Soft Baby Steps in color Elephant
US 7 [4.5mm] 16” circulars
US 7 [4.5mm] double pointed needles
1 tapestry needle
CO 59 stitches, join into round, place marker and knit in seed stitch for 6 rows.
Next follow the arrowhead lace pattern from the sweater pattern. There’s no chart available in the pattern it self so I created the one below. The chart is a visual to supplement the pattern, so make sure you’re looking at the pattern while following this chart.
After that, knit until the hat reaches 3″ in length and begin the decreases. Decrease in the following pattern.
Row 1: *K6, K2tog* Repeat until marker.
Row 2: K all.
Row 3: *K5, K2tog* Repeat until marker.
Row 4: K all.
Row 5: *K4, K2tog* Repeat until marker.
Row 6: K all.
Row 7: *K3, K2tog* Repeat until marker
Row 8: K all
Row 9: *K2, K2tog* Repeat until marker.
Row 10: K all.
Row 11: *K1, K2tog* Repeat until marker.
Row 12: K all.
Row 13: K2tog the whole row.
Row 14: Cut your yarn leaving a 12″ tail, slide the tapestry needle on and slip all stitches from your needles onto your tapestry needle and pull tight. Weave in ends and block lightly.
This little hat and sweater would make a lovely gift for any little person’s wardrobe and, with the washing machine friendliness of Soft Baby Steps, any mother’s laundry basket. There’s an excellent palette of colors from this yarn for you to choose from so it can be made in any color. No matter how complex the wardrobe is, you’ll be able to find a color to accent it.
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Details on knitting a toddler blanket