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Grandma Clara’s Cutest Hooded Baby Sweater          

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Here is my favorite pattern.  It can be done in any weight of yarn, but the pattern calls for sport weight.  I got this pattern from my 88 year old grandma when she taught me how to knit.  She still uses this pattern again and again, I think that the people who visit the site will love it.  Lauren

Materials ……….............Size….1, 2, 3
2 oz skeins (sport weight)…… 9, 10, 11

One pair each straight  knitting needles #’s 3 & 5
(or any size to obtain gauge).

¼ yard of 1 inch grosgrain ribbon.

3 buttons.

Gauge:  11 sts. = 2 inches, 7 rows = 1 inch

Pattern Stitch

Rows 1-4:  knit.

Rows 5-7:  K1, * P1, K1, repeat from *.

Rows 8-11: Knit.

These 11 rows of pattern stitch for yoke and front edge of hood.
Note:  After completing these 11 rows, work in stockinette stitch.

Back……………Size……. 1, 2, 3

Using smaller needles, cast on …58, 62, 64.

K1, P1 in ribbing for 1½  inches, increase 1 stitch at end of last row.

Change to larger needles and work even in stockinette st on 59, 63, 65 until piece measures………… 7½, 8, 8½  inches, ending with a K row. 

Work row one of pattern stitch.

Shape raglan armholes:
Continuing in pattern stitch, at the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 2 sts.

Decrease 1 st at each end of the needle every other row… 16, 17, 18 times.
Slip onto holder remaining……… 23, 25, 25.

Front
Work to correspond to back until piece measures…. 6¾,  7¼, 8¾ inches, ending with a P row.

Front opening
On next row K………………27, 29, 30,

Slip onto a holder remaining…… 32, 34, 35
(these stitches will be worked later for right front).

Left front
Cast on 5 sts for under lap, work even on ……… 32, 34, 35 sts.
Until piece measures …… 7½, 8, 8½ inches, ending with a K row.  Work row 1 of pattern stitch

Shape raglan armhole
Continuing in pattern stitch, at arm edge, bind off 2 sts.
At same edge, decrease 1 stitch every other row……. 11, 12, 13 times, ending at front edge.

Shape neck
At front edge, work…………11, 12, 12 stitches and slip them onto a holder, work to end of row.
Continuing to decrease 1 stitch at arm edge every other row 5 times more, at neck edge decrease 1 st. every other row .. 3, 3, 3 times.

Fasten off.

Right Front
Slip onto larger needles ……. 32, 34, 35
stitches of right front. 

Join yarn at center edge and work to    correspond to left front, reversing all shaping and forming  first buttonhole when front opening measures 1 inch.

Buttonhole
Starting at front edge, work 2 sts, yo, K2 tog, work to end of row.

Make 2 more buttonholes evenly spaced – the last one to be made in neckband.

Sleeves
Using smaller needles, cast on …32, 34, 36 sts.

K1, P1 in ribbing for 1½ inches, inc. 1 st. at end of last row 33, 35, 37.

Change to larger needles and work in stockinette stitch.

Increase 1 st at each end of needle every 1 inch, 6 times.

Work even until piece measures … 7½,  8½,  9½ inches, ending with a K row. 

Work one row of pattern stitch.

Shape raglan arm
Continuing in pattern st, at the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 2 sts.  Dec. 1 st. each end of needle every other row 16, 17, 18 times.
Sl remaining 9 stitches onto holder.

Hood
Using larger needles and starting at front edge, cast on 73, 77, 79  stitches. 

Work 11 rows of pattern stitch.

Work in stockinette until piece measures 5½, 6, 6½ inches, ending with a P row.

Shape top of hood
On next row K…………36, 38, 39.

Join another ball of yarn and bind off center stitch.

K remaining stitches.  Working on both sides at once, at the  beginning of the next 3 P rows, bind off 2 sts. and at the same  time, at the beginning of each K row, bind off 8 stitches…. 3, 4, 3 times. And………… 6, 0, 9 stitches once.  Bind off.

**See not below**

Finishing
Sew sleeves to front and back armholes. Sew underarms and sleeve seams,

Neckband
Using smaller needles, with right side facing you, pick up…. 78, 84, 92 around neck edge, including stitches from holders. 

K1, P1 in ribbing for 5 rows forming last buttonhole on right front in same manner as before in second row. 

Bind off in ribbing. 

Sew back seam of hood.  Sew hood to back edge within  1 inch of each front edge.  Shrinking ribbon first, face front opening.  Finish buttonholes, sew on buttons.

** I have had several people e-mail me on how to knit up the hood. So I'm adding this note here. 

The pattern reads: Shape top of hood.

On next row K……………36, 38, 39.

Join another ball of yarn and bind off center stitch.

K remaining stitches. Working on both sides at once, at the beginning of the next 3 P rows, bind off 2 sts. and at the same time, at the beginning of each K row, bind off 8 stitches…3, 4, 3 times. And…6, 0, 9 stitches once.

Bind off.

**Let's take it one step at a time. stitch by stitch.

Knit to the middle of the row. 

On the very center stitch join another ball of yarn and continue knitting across with the new ball. (You are making a left side and a right side of the hood.)

Now at the beginning of the next 3 purl rows (that would mean every other row) bind off 2 stitches.

Every other knit row you will be binding off 8 stitches 3, 4,or 3 times (depending on the size your making ).

You will be binding off something on each row for 6 rows (3 for knit = 3 for purl = 6) at least. 

If your making the larger size you will bind off on the knit row 1 or 2 times more.

Then you bind off on the knit row 6, 0, 9 stitches once.

Bind off all stitches and weave the left side to the right side using your bound off stitches.

Now wasn't that easy?

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