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Free Knitting Pattern—Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater

I'm a knitter, mother, sister, and friend who likes to write cute and simple knitting patterns for babies.

This purple baby sweater pattern is a very simple design for knitters. It is mostly knitted with stockinette stitches for the whole body, rib stitches for edges and collar, just two braided cables in the front, and also seamless knitting. It can make babies comfortably warm in the cold weather. How-to-knit videos are featured at the end to help beginners follow along easily.

(c) whiteflowerneedle 2013

(c) whiteflowerneedle 2013

Beginning Information

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Size: 12-24 months (Babies’ sizes are different and do not rely on age, measure your baby’s chest first. Baby’s skin is also delicate, select soft baby yarn.)
  • Actual Baby Chest: 20 inches (51 cm)
  • Finished Chest: 22 inches (56 cm)
  • Finished Length: 14 inches (36 cm)
  • Finished sleeves length to underarms: 8 inches (20.5 cm)
  • Yarn I used: Caron Simply Soft Category 4 medium worsted weight yarn approx. 450 yds
  • Gauge: 29 rows x 22 sts for 4” x 4” in Stockinette sts with US#6 (4 mm) needle

Needles and Materials:

  • US#4 (3.5 mm) needles
  • US#4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles
  • US#6 (4 mm) needles
  • US#6 (4 mm) double pointed needles
  • 4 stitch markers
  • 2 stitch holders or waste yarn cable needle
  • Yarn needle
  • 5 small buttons
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn needle
  • 5 small buttons

Abbreviations and Method

  • K=Knit
  • P=Purl
  • M1L=Make-1-left
  • YO=Yarn-Over
  • K2tog=Knit-two-together
  • P2tog=Purl-two-together
  • SSK=Slip-slip-knit
  • C6F=Cable-6-front (Put 3 sts on your cable needle and hold in front of your work, knit the next 3 sts and then knit 3 sts from your cable needle)
  • C6B=Cable-6-back (Put 3 sts on your cable needle and hold in back of your work, knit the next 3 sts and then knit 3 sts from your cable needle)
  • Kfb= Knit the front of a stitch, then knit the back of the same stitch
  • mm = millimeters
  • yds=yards
  • sts = stitches

Pattern Instructions

  • Cast on 82 stitches by using US#4 (3.5 mm) needle.

Collar (2x2 rib stitch).

  • Row 1: (WS) *(P2, K2), repeat *, end with P2.
  • Row 2: (RS) *(K2, P2), repeat *, end with K2.
  • Repeat Row 1 and 2 up to Row 20.

Divide fronts, back and sleeves with markers.

  • Row 21: (WS) Change to US#6 (4 mm) needle and K8, P10, place marker, P10, place marker, P26, place marker, P10, place marker, P10, K8.

Slip all markers from Row 22.

  • Row 22: (RS) K5, P3, K to last 8 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K5. (90) sts.
  • Row 23: K8, P to last 8 sts, K8.
  • Row 24: K5, P3, C6B, K to last 14 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, C6B, P3, K5. (98) sts.
  • Row 25: K8, P to last 8 sts, K8.
  • Row 26: K5, P3, K to last 8 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K5. (106) sts.
  • Row 27: K8, P to last 8 sts, K8.
  • Row 28: K5, P3, K3, C6F, K to last 17 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, C6F, K3, P3, K5. (114) sts.
  • Row 29: K8, P to last 8 sts, K8.
  • Row 30: K5, P3, K12, P1, Kfb before and after markers and knit through last marker, P1, K12, P3, K5. (122) sts.
  • Row 31: K8, P12, K2, P to last 22 sts, K2, P12, K8.
  • Row 32: K5, P3, C6B twice, P2, K to last 22 sts, Kfb before and after markers, P2, C6B twice, P3, K5. (130) sts.
  • Row 33: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 34: K5, P3, K12, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K12, P3, K5. (138) sts.
  • Row 35: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 36: K5, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K5. (146) sts.
  • Row 37: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 38: K5, P3, K12, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K12, P3, K5. (154) sts.
  • Row 39: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 40: K5, P3, C6B twice, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, C6B twice, P3, K2, YO, K2tog, K1. (162) sts. (1st button hole.)
  • Row 41: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 42: K5, P3, K12, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K12, P3, K5. (170) sts.
  • Row 43: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 44: K5, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K to last 23 sts, and Kfb before and after markers, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K5. (178) sts.
  • Repeat Row 37 to Row 44 (2) more times up to Row 60.
  • For Row 48 and 56, K5 only for last 5 sts. (Do not make button holes.)
  • For Row 60, (K2, YO, K2tog, K1) instead of (K5) for last 5 sts. (Make 2nd button hole.)

Combine front and back body parts.

  • Row 61: K8, P12, K3, P to first marker, remove marker, place 50 sts on a holder or leftover yarn, remove marker, P to third marker, remove marker, place 50 sts on a holder or leftover yarn, remove marker, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8. (142 sts on the needle)
  • Row 62: K5, P3, K12, P3, K to last 23 sts, P3, K12, P3, K5.
  • Row 63: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 64: K5, P3, C6B twice, P3, K to last 23 sts, P3, C6B twice, P3, K5.
  • Row 65: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 66: K5, P3, K12, P3, K to last 23 sts, P3, K12, P3, K5.
  • Row 67: K8, P12, K3, P to last 23 sts, K3, P12, K8.
  • Row 68: K5, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K to last 23 sts, P3, K3, C6F, K3, P3, K5.
  • Repeat Row 61 to 68 (6) more times to reach Row 116.
  • For Rows 80 and Row 100, knit (K2, YO, K2tog, K1) instead of (K5) for last 5 sts. (Make 3rd and 4th button holes.)
  • Rows 117-119: Change to US#4 (3.5 mm) needle and K5, *(K2, P2), repeat * to last 5 sts, K5.
  • Row 120: K5, *(K2, P2), repeat * to last 5 sts, K2, YO, K2tog, K1. (5th button hole)
  • Rows 121-124: K5, *(K2, P2), repeat * to last 5 sts, K5.
  • Bind off knit-wise to knit sts and purl-wise to purl sts.

Sleeves

Place 50 sts from the holder onto three US #6 double pointed needles evenly. Pick up plus 4 sts from underarms to avoid any gap (total 54 sts). Tie yarn at the middle of underarm to knit in the round. (Look in the video Part 5)

  • Rounds 1-6: K around. (54) sts.
  • Round 7: SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog. (52) sts.
  • Repeat Round 1 to 7 (6) more times to reach Round 49.
  • Rounds 50-59: Change to US#4 (3.5 mm) needle and (K2, P2) around. (40) sts.
  • Bind off knit-wise to knit sts and purl-wise to purl sts, weave in the ends and fix five small buttons at the proper places.

This pattern is not for commercial sale. Personal use only. Please do not resell, distribute or reprint this pattern unless expressly for your own use and convenience.

Video Instructions

How to Knit a Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater Part 1

How to Knit a Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater Part 2

How to Knit a Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater Part 3

How to Knit a Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater Part 4

How to Knit a Seamless Braided Cable Baby Sweater Part 5

How to Weave in the Ends for a Knitted Sweater

Lets vote and see . . .

Questions & Answers

Question: On this knitting pattern for rows 117-119 (k2,p2) are you supposed to do k2,p2, then next row p2,k2?

Answer: No, It should be the same, (K2, P2) because you need to follow the same 2x2 ribbing pattern.

Question: Do you have this pattern in larger sizes too?

Answer: No, this is the largest size. Pls take a look here; http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-b...

Question: Easy to follow until repeating the rows. Do I have to Kfb till row 60?

Answer: Correct, please do Kfb till Row 60 to increase stitches.

Question: Do you have any other knitting patterns on video?

Answer: I do have more videos, please check on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/whiteflowerneedle

© 2013 Christy Hills

Comments

Ruth Wambui on August 29, 2019:

Lovely Sweater

Donna Gardner on December 06, 2018:

Love knitting this sweater ,, your instructions were bang on ,, as I am not

Good at adjusting sizeing on my own re: ( for ages 5, 6, 7,, ) can you send me the patterns ,, or at least how to adjust .. that would be so awesome ,, looking forward to hearing from you

Sheena on September 26, 2018:

Hi how much stitches do I cast on for a 2-3 year old...love this sweater but don't understand the sizes...

Christy Hills (author) on April 27, 2018:

You can have 1 year old size here, https//www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-braided-cable-sweater

Eleanor Parker on February 26, 2018:

Hi there! How can I make this sweater for 3-6 month baby?

Christy Hills (author) on December 17, 2017:

Hi Lisa,

You need to repeat the pattern (8 rows) 2 more times.

Row 45 = Row 37 = Row 53

Row 46 = Row 38 = Row 54

and go on

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Row 44 = Row 52 = Row 60.

except Rows 48, 56 and 60.

For Row 48 and 56,

All stitches are the same except last 5 sts, just knit K5 instead of "K2, YO, K2tog, K1". That mean you don't need to make button holes in these rows.

For Row 60, you need to make 2nd button hole, so all stitches are the same as Row 44 except last 5 sts, knit "K2, YO, K2tog, K1" instead of "K5".

I hope it can help you.

Lisa A. on December 16, 2017:

Plz help. On the braided cabled baby sweater, where are rows 46, 47 and 48. After row 44 it says to knit rows 37-44 (2) more times up to row 60. I've done that. Now I'm stuck. Plz explain; row 48 and 56 k 5sts only? What happened to rows 49-55? I would love to finish this sweater for my 1st granddaughter. I don't want to take it all out and start something else.

Lisa A. on December 05, 2017:

Plz help, I'm stuck at row 45 for the baby cabled sweater. Plz explain, I've knitted rows 37-44 twice. When you say up to row 60 I'm lost. Where are rows 46,47,? Explain rows 48 and 56? It says k5 only for last 5sts? Do I just knit rows 48 and 56 across?

Christy Hills (author) on November 11, 2017:

The meaning of row 22 is k5, p3, knit to last stitch before 1st marker, Kfb, SM, Kfb, K to last st before 2nd marker, Kfb, SM, Kfb, K to last st before 3rd marker, Kfb, SM, Kfb, K to last st before marker, Kfb, SM, Kfb, K to last 8 sts, p3, k5.

SM = slip marker

ofelia nascimento on October 20, 2017:

So if you k5 p3 that leaves 10 stitches and not 18 to add up to 18 should read leaves 10 stitches and not 8 to add up to 18. Thank you.

ofelia nascimento on October 20, 2017:

I went to the video for r22. I see you k5 then p3 and then you begin to knit again but you only knit 3 stitches before the video changes and suddenly you are on the last stitch before the first marker so it is not clear. I have 10 stitches after p3 and not 8. I am stuck now and can not proceed. I would love to continue this sweater but I need to know how to proceed. The video is not clear in this case. There should definitely be 18 stitches when you start r22 so that means k5 p3 and then knit 10 stitches to marker not 8. Please I am really stuck.

ofelia nascimento on October 20, 2017:

Can you explain what I do not understand. I am knitting the free pattern seamless braided sweater. I have the correct no of stitches. I checked 3 times. I placed the markers in the right places, but somehow there is something I do not get. at the end of row 21 you p 10 k8 making a total of 18 stitches. On row 22, though, you knit 5 purl 3 and knit to last 8 stitches EXCEPT that there are 10 stitches before the marker and not 8 and you are suppose to kfb the last stitch before and after the marker which means you k9 and then kfb the 10 stitch because there are 10 stitches and not 8. The beginning of r22 is the end of r21. The end of r21 adds up to 18 stitches. So if you k5 p3 that leaves 10 stitches and not 18 to add up to 18. What am I not understanding. Thank you.

Christy Hills (author) on February 17, 2017:

Hi Claus,

Thanks for loving the pattern. Last row for Kfb is Row 60.

Claus Hansen on February 15, 2017:

Hi.

Could someone please tell me which row i stop with Kfb, if i ever stop doing those?

I'm already at row 55, so a quick answer would be great.

Oh, love this pattern, just wish i could get it in my size, size medium.

Teresa Haskins on December 27, 2015:

Thank You for design this Baby Sweater Pattern....

I have use this pattern twice now, the first is when my grandson was born June 10th 2013 and the second time was his 2015 Christmas gift " Spiderman Sweater

Christy Hills (author) on June 07, 2015:

Hi Breada, I have the matching hat pattern in my stores but it is not free. If you want to visit, the link is here. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/braided-ca...

Brenda Waltman on June 07, 2015:

Hi,

I'm almost finished making this sweater. Love the way it's turning out. Is there a pattern for a hat to match the sweater?

Christy Hills (author) on April 23, 2015:

Hi Sri, Row 61 is the same way as Row 63. Thanks for asking. Have a happy knitting.

Sri on April 23, 2015:

Hi,

Could you please tell me how can I repeat row 61,as you told to repeat row 61 to row 68 until we reach row 116, but in row 61 there was some markers but for row 69 there would be no marker, so what should be the steps??

Thanks

Christy Hills (author) on August 15, 2014:

Hi kp, happy to hear that, can't wait to see your picture :)

kp on August 15, 2014:

I knitted one by watching the videos and it turned out wonderful. thanks a lot.will post a picture soon.

Sue on June 12, 2014:

Hi I really like the look of the pattern and I was wondering if the pattern comes in an adult size.

Javeds on May 21, 2014:

Would anyone be able to guide be in terms of combining the back and the front body parts of the sweater. I am stuck :(

Sadia on May 21, 2014:

Hi,

Thank you for the amazing pattern. Its my first baby sweater and so far its been easy to follow. I am not sure how to combine the front and back is there a video you could direct me to please. Thank you for all your help.

dianelouw. on May 06, 2014:

i just finished this pattern and its awesome.....

Christy Hills (author) on March 07, 2014:

Hi Majorie1234, I have plans to make more seamless top down patterns, but I am a bit busy and slow, besides testing period takes time. :(

Marjorie1234 on March 05, 2014:

Will you be doing anymore topdown knitting with no seams it would be really great I love it , I did it in marble blue it looks lovely ?

Christy Hills (author) on March 04, 2014:

Hi Marjorie1234, I have plan to make bigger size and I hope I can update soon in my stores. Some knitters say this 12-24 months size can be wear up to 3 years old child.

Marjorie1234 on March 01, 2014:

I loved your cable cardi it was so easy to do , it would be so great if you would do it in a bigger size , I have a grandchild and she is three years old? Can you help ?

Christy Hills (author) on February 01, 2014:

Hi Benedicte, Thanks for knit along with my videos and happy they can help you. I wanna make many videos for both baby and adult including your requested pattern. I hope I can make soon.

Benedicte on January 30, 2014:

Hi Christy,

I started knitting and your baby booties were my first accomplishment. I had to make 3 booties since my first booty was not like the other:--). With your video's I was able to learn and feel like I could finish anything. So I've made your baby sweater for my godchild and the mother love the sweater so much, I am making another... If you ever get around to making a child size: hoody sweater with the zipper in the back, that's something I've been looking for the not all patterns are strait forward as yours.

Sincerely,

Benedicte

Christy Hills (author) on January 13, 2014:

Hi theknotstrangler, Thank you for your kind comment and knit along with my videos. I am so happy to hear like this and it gives me strength to go on. Love, Christy

Christina L. Johnson from Westminster, South Carolina, USA on January 09, 2014:

Christy once again you have outdone yourself and I adore the design. I really enjoy your written and audiovisual explanations. What's more, they are concisely clear leaving little guesswork. I used your other designs here to make gifts for Christmas 2013 and all love them. And thank you for offering freebies that are nice in quality and beauty rather than remnants of a basement sale bin. Your efforts helped move my skills along quickly. Once again, allow me to say thank you for everything-especially where you took time to address concerns or questions from we, your students, making the old adage of no question being too dumb to ask.

Ayazuki on November 15, 2013:

Love this pattern,im knitting this for my son...already with the second button hole row.. Can't wait to finish it.. Thank you for these easy to follow pattern and video..

Rose on October 04, 2013:

Tthank you for this lovely pattern. I had no trouble at all following the pattern and it was very easy to follow. My gauge was exactly like the one you provided and it came out being more of a 2t 3t size instead of 12-24 months, but in the end it was a lovely fun pattern. I am about to knit up another one for my son.

Monique5 on September 14, 2013:

Hello,

Thank you for your reply. When I watch the video it does say to knit eight to the marker when there are two extra stitches.

Row 21: (WS) Change to US#6 (4 mm) needle and K8, P10, place marker, P10, place marker, P26, place marker, P10, place marker, P10, K8.

There are 18 stitches to the marker based in these instructions. I guess this is what has me confused.

Christy Hills (author) on September 13, 2013:

Hi Donlo, Thanks for liking. Have a happy knitting!

Christy Hills (author) on September 13, 2013:

Hi Monique5, Please take a look videos. I hope they can help you because they are showing step by step and very detail.

Donlo on September 13, 2013:

I am certainly going to try to knit this beautiful sweater

Monique5 on September 12, 2013:

It also says to slip all markers from row 22 but they are still on the rows after. This is my first sweater and am confused by this. Thanks for any help on this lovely sweater.

Monique5 on September 12, 2013:

I am up to doing row 22. Why do the instructions say to knit 8 to get to marker and then do the increase. When I have 10 stitches when I get to the marker. I have recounted. Is this a mistake?

Christy Hills (author) on September 10, 2013:

Hi Kerri, The size also depends on the yarn you used. Pls check your gauge before you knit. If you want smaller size, use smaller needles and thin yarn.

Kerri on September 06, 2013:

Hello, Thank you so much for making these videos to help people! I finished your sweater, and it is beautiful. The problem is I used the right sized needles, Red Heart Love brand worsted weight category 4 yarn, and it is much bigger than 24 months. I knit very tightly. I do not know what happened. I think that it is longer than it should be, maybe there are to many repetitions of rows 61-68. I was wondering if you know of a way to shrink it! Thanks

Christy Hills (author) on August 13, 2013:

Hi DebR,

Please take a look in the video Part 5. It is showing how to pick up 4 sts underarm.

DebR on August 12, 2013:

Where in the directions are the cast on stitches for the underarm?? I'm to the sleeves and there are no stitches that I cast on.

Christy Hills (author) on May 29, 2013:

Hi Anggie, I already updated the corrections in this written pattern. Thanks for asking.

Anggie on May 29, 2013:

Hi! Im following these instructions to the tee!....i was wondering if the written pattern has been updated as i see there were some corrections on youtube....Thanks!

Christy Hills (author) on May 10, 2013:

Hi Nanna Wendy, thanks for loving my pattern. This page can not download and just print it for you and convenience.

Nanna Wendy on May 09, 2013:

Love the pattern but can't get it to download, perhaps you can email me where I'm going wrong. Thanks.

Christy Hills (author) on March 15, 2013:

Hi crafty4566, I forgot to put it. Thanks. Needle size to obtain the gauge is US#6 and any yarn of Cat 4 Med worsted weight, Cat 3 DK weight yarn may also OK if you get the same gauge, it depends on your knitting loosely or tightly. I knit a little tightly.

crafty4566 on March 15, 2013:

Is the gauge with a size 4 or size 6 needle. Is the Caron med. worsted a #4 yarn?? Or a smaller number like dk??

Malek Zarzour from Turkey, Istanbul on February 14, 2013:

thank you for sharing this useful info. voted up and follow.

Christy Hills (author) on January 24, 2013:

I am very happy you all like my pattern and videos can help you.

Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 23, 2013:

This is a lovely sweater!!!!

Jarinah on January 23, 2013:

I'm happy and really grateful that I found this site. thanks a lot for sharing your pattern. Love it so much. Gonna try this for sure :)

maur1011 on January 23, 2013:

Congratulations on a lovely design, and thank you for making the Seamless Cabled Sweater pattern available. It is charming and will look wonderful on both boys or girls. I am new to making sweaters, so I will be watching the videos as well.