Baby Sweater Buffet
This pattern was originally published in 5/10, but got a makeover on 2/11/15!
It feels like I’ve always got a baby sweater on my needles. You get to a certain age and you can’t go 3 months without getting invited to a baby shower. You’ve always got a smattering of baby announcements on the fridge. Instead of knitting the same old sweater for every new baby in your life, or having to search for a new pattern every time, Baby Sweater Buffet helps you use one pattern to make countless different sweaters! This easy baby sweater pattern starts with one simple top down cardigan knit on large needles and in worsted weight yarn for a super quick knit. From there have your choice of add ons to customize the pattern every time you knit it. Stripes, hood, pockets, shawl collar, elbow patches, or turn your sweater into a pig, bear, cat, or zebra for an even more adorable sweater!
This pattern walks you through how to get a completely different sweater every time you dig back into the pattern, and will make you the hit of every baby shower with just one pattern.
Finished Sizes Newborn (3, 6, 12, 18, 24) months. Cardigan, Hooded Cardigan, Pig, Bear, and Cat sweaters shown in size newborn. Zebra sweater shown in size 6 months. Old Man Sweater shown in size 12 months.
Yarn 275 (325, 375, 450, 525, 600) yards worsted weight yarn estimating high to include buffet options and striping, but depending on which add ons you choose you may need more, so round up if you plan on knitting a hood or shawl collar for sure.
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% peruvian highland wool; 100yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Bear (newborn size) used 2 balls Mink Heather (MC) and 1 ball Bramble Heather (CC).
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% superwash wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Hooded Cardigan (newborn size) used 2 balls Pampas Heather (MC) and 1 ball Brass Heather (CC).
Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic; 218yds/100g: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls. Pig (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cotton Candy (MC) and Blush (CC). Cat (newborn size) used 1 ball each White (MC), Black (CC1), and Sienna (CC2). Cardigan (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cobblestone Heather (MC) and Mint (CC).
Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Zebra (6 month size) used 2 balls each Black (MC) and White (CC). Old Man Sweater (12 month size) used 3 balls Jade (MC), 1 ball each Green Tea Heather (CC1) and Wonderland Heather (CC2).
Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm): 16 - 24” circular (cir). Size 9 (5.5 mm) dpns. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Removable markers (m), stitch holders or scrap yarn, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) 1” buttons, tapestry needle.
GAUGE 16 sts and 20 rows = 4” in St st.
Notes: Because there are so many variations, be sure to read through all the directions before getting started so you make sure to follow the directions you need for the sweater you want.