Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater
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Seamless Yoke Baby Sweater
Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater

Supplies: Sport Weight (Bernat Softee Baby) Yarn, U.S.#4 straights and set of 4 dpn's, 2 stitch holders, crochet hook, five ½-inch buttons.  Makes newborn–6-month size  Larger size #'s in bold face! (If you are using a finer-weight yarn, such as Jamie, use the larger set of numbers. It will yield a newborn to 6-mo. size.)
Note: All increases in this pattern use the "bar" type—done by Knitting into front and back of same stitch.
For a plainer boy's sweater, you may omit the decorative rows at bottom of sweater body and sleeves, ending off with a simple garter stitch cuff.
C/O 60 sts
Rows 1-2: K
Row 3: (r.s.): buttonhole row— K 2, y/o, K 2 tog (boy); work to end:  for girl, K across to last 4 sts,: K 1 y/o, K 2 tog, K 1
Rows 4-5: K
Row 6:(w.s.) K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 7: K
Row 8: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 9: K 4, *increase in next st, K 2, * Repeat between stars across, end K 4 ( 78 Sts)
Row 10: (w.s.) K 6, slip 2 as if to P, with yarn held in back of work, *K 2, slip 2* repeating across, ending with K 6.
Row 11: K
Row 12: (w.s.) As Row 10
Row 13: K 4,* increase in next st, K 3*, repeat across, end K 5 (96 sts)
Row 14: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 15: K
Row 16: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 17: K 5 *increase in next st, K 4* repeat across, end K 5 (114 sts)
Row 18: (w.s.) K 6, slip 2 as if to P, with yarn held in back of work, *K 2, slip 2* repeating across, ending with K 6.
Row 19: K
Row 20: (w.s.) As Row 18
Row 21: K 6, * increase in next st., K 5, * across, end K 5 (132 sts)
Row 22: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 23: Work row in K and the second buttonhole same end as in row 3–repeating buttonhole every 10th ridge  (for larger size do 2nd buttonhole in row 27, having a buttonhole every 12th ridge)
Row 24: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Row 25: *K 6, inc in next st* across, K 6 (150 sts)
Row 26: K 6, slip 2 as if to P, with yarn held in back of work, *K 2, slip 2* repeating across, ending with K 6.
Row 27: K across (larger size: 2nd buttonhole in this row)
Row 28: (w.s.) As Row 26
Row 29: K across  (For larger sweater do another increase row here: *K 7, inc in next st*  across, end K 6)
Work even in stockinette stitch with garter stitch button bands for 2 (6) rows.
Place Markers: (w.s.) Work 26 (30)sts, place marker; work 26 (27)sts, place marker, work 46 (54) sts place marker, work 26 (27)sts, place marker, work last 26 (30)sts.— (150)(168) sts total
Increase Row: *K to within 2 sts of marker, increase in next st, K 1, pass marker, increase in next st*; repeat between *'s 3 times. (8 sts added)
Next row: K 4, P across to within 4 sts of end, K 4
Repeat these two rows 4 (5) more times. (190 ) (216) sts, putting sleeves on holder on the last (w.s.) row.
Count ridges.  3rd buttonhole is coming up soon!
Next row (r.s.) *Work  to within 2 sts of marker, increase in next st, K 1,remove marker, C/O 4 sts under arm, remove marker, increase in next st*; work across the back and repeat once between stars. (130) (150) sts
Work even, keeping button bands and working buttonholes where needed.
Work two additional decorative slipped stitch rows (as in Rows 10 and 11) for a girl. If sweater is for a little boy, leave the bottom plain. Continue working even, incorporating the last buttonhole in a garter stitch border, to match neck.

Sleeves: Pick up stitches of one sleeve plus 4 sts from cast-on underarms, on 3 dpn's. Tie on yarn at underarm and work stockinette stitch in the round (all K) to 1½" short of desired length.
Decrease evenly in last round of K, leaving 36 sts on sleeve.
*P 2 sl 2 with yarn in front, for 1 round,  K 1 round*  Repeat last 2 rounds.   K 2 rounds. (Or just work 4  K rounds for plainer boy's design.)
Decrease 4 sts in next round, leaving 32 st. Switch to garter stitch (P 1 row, K 1 row) and work to match neck. Cast off in P loosely. Repeat for second sleeve.
Attach buttons; weave in loose ends.

©September 19, 2009  Carole Barenys

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