Size
50/56(62/68)74/80 cm
Dimensions when completed
chest circumference 46(50)54 cm
length from neck to hem 25(29)33 cm
inner sleeve length 14(18)22 cm
Demand
Novita Baby Merino
(011) white 50(50)100 g
(326) silver willow 50(50)50 g and
(286) oatfield, less than 50(50)50 g
Other supplies
Circular needles (60 cm):
Novita 3 mm and 3¼ mm

Double-pointed needles
Novita 3 mm and 3¼ mm or
sizes needed to obtain gauge

Other supplies:
5 buttons (15 mm diameter)
Density
Stitch patterns:
- Ribbing:
*k1, p1*, repeat *–*. On the wrong side rows, knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
- Stockinette stitch flat:
Right side rows: knit all stitches.
Wrong side rows: purl all stitches.
- Stockinette stitch in the round:
Knit all rows.
- Colourwork pattern:
Work stockinette st following the chart.

Gauge:
28 sts and 36 rows in stockinette st with larger needles = 10 cm

Note:
The cardigan is knitted seamlessly from the hem to the neckline. The underarm seams are sewn after-wards.
Designer name
Sara Palojärvi
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Front and back

The front and back pieces are knitted in one piece as far as the armholes.

Using the silver willow yarn and the smaller circular needle, cast on 115(125)135 sts and begin working ribbing flat on the WS with p1. Work in ribbing for 5(5)5 cm.

Switch to the larger needles and work in stockinette st. On the first stockinette st row, evenly increase 9(9)11 sts = 124(134)146 sts.

When the piece measures 8(9)11 cm, begin the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart I. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Keep repeating the 10 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–5 of the chart.   

Then continue in stockinette st using the white yarn.

When the piece measures 19(21)23 cm, on a WS row bind off 4(6)6 sts at both armholes: work 28(29)32 sts on the front piece, bind off 4(6)6 sts, work 60(64)70 back sts, bind off 4(6)6 sts, work to end of row.  Leave the sts on hold on the circular needle

Sleeves

The sleeves are knitted in the round up to the armholes.

Using the silver willow yarn and the smaller double-pointed needles, cast on 40(44)48 sts and distribute them evenly onto four needles. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV. Work ribbing in the round for 4(5)5 cm.

Switch to the larger double-pointed needles and work stockinette st in the round. On the first stockinette st round, evenly increase 4(6)8 sts = 44(50)56 sts.

When the piece measures 7(8)9 cm, begin the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart II. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Keep repeating the 10 st pattern to end of round. Work rows 2–5 of the chart.   

Then continue in stockinette st using the white yarn.

When the piece measures 16(21)25 cm, on the next row bind off the first 2(3)3 sts on needle I, work until 2(3)3 sts remain on needle IV, bind off 2(3)3 sts = 40(44)50 sts. Leave the remaining sts on hold. Knit the other sleeve to match.

Yoke

Continuing with the white yarn, attach the sleeves. Using the circular needle, work 28(29)32 sts on the right front. Then move the sleeve sts onto the needle, aligning the bind-off sections at the underarm. Work the 40(44)50 sleeve sts and 60(64)70 back sts. Attach the other sleeve in the same manner. Work the 40(44)50 sleeve sts and 28(29)32 front sts = 196(210)234 sts.

From now on, work with all the sts. Work one round and then begin the raglan decreases on the yoke (the decreases are worked at four points): work 26(27)30 sts from the right front piece, slip 1 knitwise, k2tog, and pass the slipped st over. Work the 38(42)48 sts on the right sleeve, repeat the decrease, work the 58(62)68 back sts, repeat the decrease, work the 38(42)48 sts on the other sleeve, repeat the decrease. Work to end.

Always decrease at the same point, making sure the new decrease aligns with the one on the previous decrease round. Repeat the decreases every other round 15(16)18 more times. 68(74)82 sts on the needles after the decreases.

When the piece measures 30 cm from shoulder to hem, knit a hood: work stockinette st flat for 1 cm. Then begin increases in the back of the hood: on the next RS row, k33(36)40, increase 1 st (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), k2, increase 1 st, work to end or row.  Repeat the increases on both sides of the middle 2 sts on the hood on every 4th row 4(6)6 more times = 78(88)96 sts.

When the hood measures 11(14)19 cm, begin the decreases: work the 36(41)45 first sts, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass the slipped st over), knit the middle 2 sts, k2tog, knit to end of row.  Repeat the decreases on both sides of the middle 2 sts on the hood on every 4th row 3(3)3 more times.

When the hood measures 15(18)23 cm, bind off. Note: You can also fold the hood facing the RS and use the three-needle bind-off method so you don't have to seam the hood afterwards.

Finishing

Lay the cardigan flat, mist on the wrong side and allow to dry. Sew the hood seam and the underarm seams.

Folded hem and cuffs: Fold the ribbing on the hem once so that the cast-on edge is on the WS. Sew loosely. Fold the cuffs in the same manner. As the child gets older you can unfold the cuffs to keep using the garment.

Border on the front pieces and hood: Using the smaller circular needle and the oatfield yarn, pick up and knit stitches along the border of both of the front pieces and the hood. Start on the RS from the lower edge of the right front. Pick up approx. 28 sts on every 10 cm (36 rows). Pick up an odd number of sts so that an RS row on the ribbing begins and ends with a knit st.

Begin the ribbing on the WS with p1. Work ribbing flat for 1 cm. Then work buttonholes on the right front by binding off 2 sts. Work the first buttonhole 1 cm from the end of the piece and the other four at approx. every 4(5)5 cm.  On the next row, cast on 2 sts at the bind-off. When the border measures 2 cm, bind off in pattern.

Securely attach buttons onto the left front at the corresponding spots.

Make a little pompom using the silver willow yarn and securely attach it onto the hood.