Teaser Every baby that is born is a very special gift. Such a small baby should also be welcomed in a very special way. A self-knitted baby jacket is just the right welcome gift. It doesn’t matter whether you greet your own little luck with it or perhaps your girlfriend’s baby.
Introduction Simple and fast knitted, so even beginners can give great pleasure to parents and the new Earth citizen with this baby jacket. You don’t have to have any special knitting skills to knit our baby jacket model. Step by step we will help you to make the baby feel comfortable in this small wrap-around jacket.
Material and preparation
When choosing baby wool, you should pay particular attention to good quality, as delicate baby skin is very sensitive. For baby clothing there is therefore extra high-quality and soft wool to buy. Depending on the season, we recommend a super-fine and delicate merino wool that is exceptionally soft or an easy-care and extra-soft cotton blend. For very sensitive skin, the manufacturers have developed synthetic fibres for baby wool in addition to natural fibres. It is important that every baby yarn should be free of any harmful substances.
This is what you need:
For our baby jacket we have used a high-quality cotton soft yarn, which is composed of 50% cotton and 50% polyacrylic. The yarn is intended more for a summer baby jacket.
100 g high-quality soft cotton yarn
Circular needle of thickness 3,5
Tip: Depending on which wool you choose, our measurements may differ from your final product. Therefore, always knit a stitch sample so that you can calculate the required number of stitches.
Our sample baby jacket is meant for the first equipment. The size or number of stitches refers to size 52/56.
Of course you can also knit this small wrap jacket larger. To do this, knit yourself a sample of about 10 cm wide with your wool. Then you can easily calculate the necessary stop for a larger jacket.
Even if you use a thicker wool and knit it with a correspondingly thicker needle size, the baby jacket will become larger despite the number of stitches suggested by us. Try it, you will quickly find out how many stitches you have to strike from the stitch test. Your sleeves will then also become wider, the entire side panels and the back longer.
Tip: A baby jacket may always be slightly larger and can be knitted loosely. It should never be too tight, otherwise the child will not feel comfortable in its jacket.
Pattern for the baby jacket
The basic pattern of the baby jacket is smooth on the right. This means that right stitches are knitted in the first row and left stitches are knitted in the second row.
The cuff is knitted curly on the right, the back row and the back row are knitted in right stitches only. This results in a curly stitch pattern.
Knitting clean edge stitches
Basically, the first and last stitches in a row are called edge stitches. They are the edge, the border of a knitted piece. They usually disappear in the seam when sewing together. Even if edge stitches are no longer visible, it is still important that they are always knitted uniformly. Not only do they make sewing together easier, they also give the seam a neat knit appearance.
We have knitted a welt for the baby jacket.
The edge stitch is also knitted on the right in a row of right-hand stitches.
Turn the knitting over.
This knitted edge stitch is now only lifted off.
In the row of left stitches, the last stitch is only lifted off on the left.
After turning the knitting work, knit this lifted stitch on the right, while piercing the needle at the back.
How to play: Knit baby jacket
1. make 46 stitches for the baby jacket, which corresponds to a back width of approximately 20 cm.
2. in the first row, knit only right stitches.
3 Turn the work around and knit only right stitches in the back row.
4. knit these two rows two centimetres high in the curly right pattern.
From now on you knit only right stitches in the first row and always left stitches in the second row. This will give you a beautiful smooth knit pattern:
In this basic pattern you knit the baby wrap jacket 15 cm high.
Tip: The baby jacket is knitted in one piece. This means that the sleeves are also knitted. The advantage of this is that hardly any seams are made. The baby should feel good all around.
After a sleeve height of 7.5 cm the neckline is knitted. The neckline is 22 stitches wide. These are the middle 22 stitches of all 106 stitches lying on the needle.
1. pick up the stitches for the first sleeve in the first row.
Work the needle stitches up to the last stitch, knitting the last stitch on the right.
3. 30 loops are now placed on the needle.
For this purpose form a loop with the fingers of your left hand and insert the needle of your right hand through this loop.
Now tighten this loop slightly. The first new stitch is on your needle.
6. do this until there are 30 loops on the needle.
7. turn the work around.
8 Even if the next row is actually to be knitted with left stitches, you will still knit the stitches you have picked up as right stitches. Once the sleeves have been sewn together, this will no longer be visible.
After you have knitted off all the loops, continue knitting as normal with the left stitches.
10. Do not knit the last stitch as an edge stitch, but knit as normal on the left.
11. Now the stitch take-up for the second sleeve begins.
12. 30 stitches should also be taken up.
13. As with the first sleeve, place the loops on the needle as described for the second sleeve.
14. These new stitches are also knitted as right stitches.
15. Turn the work around.
16. 106 stitches are now on your knitting needle.
17. Knit these stitches in the basic pattern 7.5 cm high – first row right stitches, back row left stitches.
To do this, knit 42 stitches on the right in the first row.
The following 22 stitches are chained together
Knit the remaining 42 stitches to the right again.
Tip: When you unknit, knit two stitches on the right, then prick the first stitch with the left needle and pull it over the second stitch. The stitch that has been pulled over then falls from the needle. For the further unlacing, one stitch is always knitted off and the previous stitch is pulled over this stitch. In the middle of the knitting work you will get a chain-linked row.
The work is now divided, i.e. the right and left jacket sides are knitted separately. To do this, place the part of the work that is not connected to the current yarn on a separate knitting needle.
TIP: There are extra-large safety pins for stopping knitting work. With such a safety pin, the stitches cannot slip off the needle during the further knitting process.
Now that you have chained off the neckline, continue knitting the remaining 42 stitches to the right up to the edge stitch. In the back row, which you knit on the left again, the end of the stitch is at the neckline. Here you knit the last stitch again as the edge stitch.
Now turn the piece around.
1 knit stitch
2 knit stitches together on the right and continue working in basic pattern
2 rows normal knitting
The increase for the slant of the forepart begins
In this wrap-around jacket, the two front parts run diagonally over each other so that the baby is comfortable and warm.
In each row you increase one stitch for this slant.
Knit the edge stitch as usual.
Knit the following stitch on the right, but do not let the stitch slide off the needle, but instead prick it once more into the back part of this stitch. You have now knitted two stitches from one stitch.
With this increase in each row you get a nice and neatly knitted bevel for the front of the baby jacket.
Measure the sleeve height of the jacket in between.
When the sleeve has reached a total height of 15 cm, the sleeve width is ready and the 30 sleeve stitches can be chained off.
When unlinking, always lift the first stitch over the second stitch until all 30 stitches are unlinked.
Tip: Chain the first sleeve off at the back row so that you can continue knitting the front piece as normal.
Now you only have to knit the front part. In each row the front piece becomes wider by one stitch due to the increase of the bevel.
Tip: Once you fold the knitted sleeve together, you will be able to see very clearly how your baby jacket is developing.
from the armpit.
Now knit the last two centimetres again in the pattern curly on the right, i.e. only right stitches are knitted in the forward and backward rows as on the back. No more stitches are added. The last rounds of the front piece are thus knitted straight up.
Now all stitches can be chained off.
The first front part of the baby jacket is ready.
Knit second front piece
Place all the stitches of the disassembled second front piece on your knitting needle so that you can finish knitting the baby jacket.
Knit this second front piece exactly as you knitted the first front piece.
Take your knitting yarn and start at the edge stitch to finish the piece. This means you continue knitting with a left row.
In the next right row, knit one edge stitch and knit the next two stitches together. Work this front piece exactly opposite to the finished first front piece.
The increase for the bevel now always takes place at the beginning of the right row. You first knit one edge stitch and two stitches are knitted out of the first right stitch.
Work the rest exactly as on the first front piece. Don’t forget to measure the sleeve width in between so that you can unlink the sleeve in the right row.
The baby jacket is almost ready.
When you have finished knitting the whole baby jacket, you have your masterpiece in front of you.
Now all you have to do is sew all the threads and sew the back together with the two front pieces and the sleeves. Sew the front part together with the back part and a sleeve in one piece.
Tip: Lay the baby wrap jacket down in front of you as if you were putting it on the baby. Then you can easily see how you can easily sew the seams together in one piece.
To make the edges of the inner bevel look clean, we have crocheted in these edge stitches with firm stitches. The same applies to the edges of the sleeves. But that doesn’t have to be the case. If your edge stitches look nice, you can do without crocheting.
Attaching the fastener
The last work on the baby jacket is the closure on the lower cuff. To ensure that the wrap-around jacket always holds together beautifully, you should think of a closure.
There are several ways to do this:
1. you can sew on a matching button.
2. a larger press stud could also close the two parts well.
3. crochet two ribbons and sew them tight so that they can be tied into a loop. this is also a way to connect the two front pieces.
4) We have crocheted a button. This is very simple.
How to crochet a buttonflower
1. Strike 4 air meshes and form a circle.
2. Crochet 3 air stitches into this circle as the first chopstick and fill the circle with 11 more chopsticks.
3. make the round with one warp stitch into the top one of the 3 air stitches.
4. start the next round with 2 air stitches.
5. crochet 4 chopsticks into the next stitch from the prerow.
6. 2 air stitches, pierce the next stitch and finish the two crocheted air stitches with one warp stitch.
Then crochet 2 air stitches again.
8. crochet 4 chopsticks into the next stitch.
9. 2 air stitches, pierce into the next stitch and crochet the two crocheted
10. finish air stitches with a warp stitch.
Continue in this order until the flower can be finished with a warp stitch in the last remaining free stitch.
The flower is now sewn to one side.
Depending on the flower size, 8-10 air meshes are crocheted onto the overlapping front part and sewn into a loop.
The little baby jacket is ready. The baby is guaranteed to feel comfortable in it.
Is your next baby jacket already in preparation? You might be able to knit this with a different knitting pattern.
Maybe curly to the right, which means that the whole jacket is knitted with right stitches in the front and back rows.
Or perhaps with a pearl pattern?
This pattern works like this:
1st row: 2 ma right, 2 ma left in alternation.
In the back row knit the stitches as they appear.
In the 3rd row the stitches are simply moved to the front row. This means that from right stitches left stitches are knitted and from left stitches right stitches are knitted.
Knit the 4th row as the stitches appear.
Repeat these four rows constantly.