Love Me Tender Baby by Elizabeth Helmich

Love Me Tender Baby

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Knitting
September 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
210 - 520 yards (192 - 475 m)
18 (20, 22, 24) (26, 28, 30)” / 46 (51, 56, 61)(66, 71, 76) cm chest circumference, to fit approx baby/child sizes 6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2 years)(4 years, 6 years, 8 years)
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This sweet little cardigan will look adorable on your little baby or your cute big kid.

Knitted seamlessly from the top down, this design is particularly well-suited for kettle or hand dyed yarns.

The yoke is created with a simple purl ridge pattern, and then the body of the sweater is worked in a pretty Woven Basket pattern that is a lot of fun to knit!

This is an intermediate or advanced beginner pattern, you need to be able to increase, and work an unusual (but fun!) stitch pattern.

Yarn
Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino wool; 210 yds / 192 m per 3.53 oz / 100g) 2 skeins or approx 210 (250, 280,
320)(280, 440, 520) yds / 190 (230, 255, 290)(350, 405, 475) m of a worsted weight wool yarn.
Sample cardigan shown in colorway Archangel.

Needles Size US 6 & 10.5 / 4 & 6.5 mm circular needles in appropriate length for your size
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Gauge 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Purl Ridges pattern and stockinette stitch on smaller needles
22 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Woven Basket pattern on larger needles

Pattern Notes
o I recommend measuring the intended child before choosing a size, as sizes are just a guideline and all kids are different.
o Cardigan is worked in one piece, from the top down. The yoke is worked in the Purl Ridges pattern and the main body of the cardigan is worked in the Woven Basket pattern.
o The buttonholes are worked as you go, as well as the i-cord edging, which is worked down each side of the sweater. All increases are worked on the inside of the 3 i-cord edge sts. When working i-cord, take care to not pull sts too tight.
o When told to slip stitches, you will slip them p-wise with the yarn in the front of your work.
o I recommend you try the cardigan on intended recipient after you finish the yoke increases to check the fit. You may also wish to lightly block your sweater at this point, as the Purl Ridges patt does grow with washing. Add extra rows here if desired.
o You may experience some waviness in the yoke as you are knitting, this should even out with washing/blocking.