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caron® baby cakes™ top down knit pullover

Looking for a very special gift for that very special baby? Make this adorable striped sweater – it’s a keepsake to cherish forever! You’ll knit this pullover from the top down, switching colors as you go. Just take a look at our instructions, where you’ll find our pattern, sizing and everything else you need!
Step 1
YARN QUANTITY NEEDED: 2 (2-2-3) Balls

SIZES: 
   -  Fit Chest: 6 mos. = 17" ; Finished Size = 20½"
   -  Fit Chest: 12 mos. = 18" ; Finished Size = 21"
   -  Fit Chest: 18 mos. = 19" ; Finished Size = 22"
   -  Fit Chest: 24 mos. = 21" ; Finished Size = 23"
 
GAUGE: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" with larger needles in stocking stitch. Save time and check your gauge.
 
NOTE: Click here to download and print the Diagram.   
 
INSTRUCTIONS:
The instructions are written for the smallest size given. If changes are necessary for larger sizes, then the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To make it easier to work this pattern, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before you start.
 
YOKE
Note: This pullover is worked in one piece from the top down. The yoke is worked in rows, then joined in the round after the neck shaping. The body and sleeves are knit in rnds.
 
With A and larger circular needle, cast on 30 (36-36-42) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth in rows across needle to shape neck edge, proceed as follows:
 
Row 1: (RS). K2. M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K4 (6-6-8). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K14 (16-16-18). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K4 (6-6-8). M1. PM. K1. PM. M1. K2. 38 (44-44-50) sts.
 
Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: *Knit to next marker. M1. Slm. K1. Slm. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to end of row.

Row 4: Purl.
 
Rep last 2 rows twice more. 62 (68-68-74) sts.
 
Next Row: (WS). Purl. 
Step 2
Beg working in rnds.

Rnd 1: Cast on 10 (12-12-14) sts. K5 (6-6-7). PM for beg of rnd. *Knit to next marker. M1. Slm. K1. Slm. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to end of rnd. 80 (88-88-96) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: *Knit to next marker. M1. Slm. K1. Slm. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to end of rnd.
 
Rep 2nd and and 3rd rnds 8 (8-9-9) times more. 152 (160-168-176) sts.
 
Work 1 (3-4-7) rnd(s) even. 
 
Divide for Body and Sleeves:
 
Rnd 1: K22 (23-24-25). Slip next 32 (34-36-38) sts onto st holder for Left Sleeve. Cast on 2 sts. K44 (46-48-50) for Back. Slip next 32 (34-36-38) sts onto st holder for Right Sleeve. Cast on 2 sts. K22 (23-24-25). 92 (96-100-104) sts for Body.
 
Knit in rnds until work from dividing rnd measures 6½ (7½-8-8½)" [16.5 (19-20.5-21.5) cm].
 
Change to smaller circular needle.
 
Next Rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
 
Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing 5 times more. Cast off in ribbing. 
Step 3
Sleeves
With set of larger double-pointed needles, K32 (34-36-38) from st holder. Pick up and knit 2 underarm sts. Join in rnd. PM between picked up sts for beg of rnd. 34 (36-38-40) sts for Sleeve.
 
Knit in rnds, dec 1 st at beg and end of every following 9th (10th-11th-12th) rnd 4 times. 26 (28-30-32) sts.
 
Knit even in rnds until Sleeve from dividing rnd measures 7 (7½-8-9)" [18 (19-20.5-23) cm].
 
Change to smaller double-pointed needles.
 
Work 4 rnds in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Body. Cast off in ribbing.
 
Neck Ribbing: With smaller double-pointed needles and beg at back left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 52 (54-54-60) sts around neck opening. Join in rnd. PM on first st.
 
Next Rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
 
Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing 5 times more. Cast off in ribbing. 
 

ABBREVIATIONS:
Beg = Begin(ning)
Dec = Decrease(ing)
K = Knit
M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
P = Purl
PM = Place Marker
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
RS = Right Side
Slm = Slip Marker
St(s) = Stitch(es)
 
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