seen strange things, Haven't you? Birds that walk, And dogs that talk; Bright red frogs and house-pet hogs; Lacy bugs and dried-up slugs; Dancing bears and pint-size mares; Tail-less cats and big white rats; Three-toed sloths and six-inch moths. I've seen strange things But for worse or better, the strangest things are... GOATS IN SWEATERS!
Shirley Smith 3/12/98
poem was written for me by my Mom. She knits; and using a knitting
machine, developed this Kiddie Sweater pattern. The picture
above is of an orphaned doeling, Bunny. It got very cold here
after she was born, and I'm sure this sweater saved her life.
Now, every year, all our kids sport these sweaters when the weather
gets cold. I hope you too can help some of your kids with this
is made in two parts: a body piece and a chest piece and then sewn
Body: cast on 40 stitches with e-stitch cast-on.
work in rib for 3 inches (about 10 rows). Knit even to 16 inches (about
55 rows, not including ribbing). Cast off 1 stitch each end for 5
rows. Bind off.
piece: cast on 5 stitches with e-stitch. Increase 2 stitches each
end every other row to 3-1/2 inches (13 stitches on needles). Knit
even for 8 inches (about 28 rows). End in 4 rows ribbing. Bind off.
Seam neck ribbing on body piece. Place point of chest piece at ribbing
seam and seam down both sides to the increase stop on the chest piece.
Leave 2 inch opening on each side (for front legs) and continue seam
to including ribbing on chest piece. Note: chest piece ribbing will
not go to end of body piece.
This sweater tends to curl (as you can see in the picture) To
prevent this we now add a row of single crochet around the edge of
the back opening.
knit Kiddie Sweater (modified)
This pattern was written for a mid-gauge knitting machine. It takes me about 1 hour to knit and sew together. This sweater is made in two pieces (back and chest), then sewn together. I do not have a ribbing attachment, so the ribbing I use is a mock ribbing. If you have a ribber (or want to hand knit the ribbing), cut the number of ribbing rows in half and use the full number of needles (stitches) as the part of the sweater you are knitting. I used Wool-Ease™ worsted wool by Lion Brand
you have problems with this pattern, you may contact Tara.
Knit Kiddie Sweater:
needles #6 and 1 set double pointed knitting needles #6
is made using 1 main color (MC) and a contrast color for stripes (CA)
at tail end with MC and single pointed needle, cast on 36 sts.
Ribbing: Row 1: *K1,p1. Rep. from * across to
within last st, sl 1 instead of p 1. Row 2: K1, inc 1 st in next st,
p 1, work across in ribbing as for row 1 to within last 2 sts, inc
1 st in next st, sl 1. Repeat row 2 until there are 46 sts.
Next row: Work in ribbing to last st, sl 1. Repeat last row until
total length is 2". Drop MC, do not cut yarn. Join CA. Next
2 rows: Continuing in rib pattern work with CA. At end
of 2nd row drop CA, do not cut, and pick up MC. Next 2
rows work even. At end of 2nd row drop MC (don't cut) and pick
up CA. Next 2 rows: work even. At end of 2nd row drop
CA and cut yarn leaving a 6" tail, pick up MC. Next row: Work across
in rib. pat. Continue in MC only.
Body: Foundation row: K across, inc 1 st at end of row (47 sts). BEGIN
PAT: K1; * k 1 in st directly below next st on left-hand needle and
slip the st off left-hand needle- k 1 below made; k 1. Rep from *
across. Row2: K 2,* k 1 below, k 1. Rep. from * across,
end with k 2 instead of k 1. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until total length
is 8 1/2 ". Now inc 1 st at both ends of every row until
there are 57 sts. Mark ea. end of last row with contrasting
color thread to indicate beg of seam. Work even until
total length is 11", end with working row 2. Continuing
in pattern work leg opening as follows:
Opening: Work across first 6 sts, bind off next 4 sts, work across
in pat to within last 10 sts, bind off next 4 sts, with 1 st remaining
on right-hand needle work last 5 sts. MARK this row as
right side. Work even over last group of 6 sts for 2 1/2 ",
end with working a wrong side row. Slip sts onto holder.
With wrong side facing, join yarn to first st of next center group
of sts and complete as for first group. Complete last
group of sts as for first group, end with working a right side row
and casting on the same number of sts over each set of bound off sts.
There are 57 sts.
body in pat, dec 1 st at both ends of next row and every 5th row until
there are 49 sts. Work even until total length is 16", end with
working a right side row. NEXT row: K across and inc 7 sts evenly
Work in ribbing for 2 1/2 " , then work 2 rows with CA, 2 rows with
MC, 2 rows with CA and 2 rows with MC as before. Bind
off in rib pat.
(Work 2) : With right side facing, MC and dpn, pick up and k 33 sts
around 1 leg opening. Divide sts evenly among 3 needles
and work in rnds as follows: Rnds 1-3: * K1, p 2. Rep. from * around.
Rnd 4: * K1, p 2 tog. Rep. from * around. Drop MC, join
CA as before. Rnds 5 and 6: Work in k 1 p 1 ribbing.
Drop CA and cut yarn. Join MC. LAST 2 Rnds: Repeat rnds
5 & 6, do not change colors. Bind off in rib pat.
at markers sew center seam. Turn back collar. Weave in all yarn
approx. 4 0unces of MC and 1/2 ounce of CA.
Hook sizes G and H, yarn needle.
Gauge: in DC with larger hook - 4 sts and
2 rows = 1".
Ribbing: With MC and smaller hook, ch 13. Row 1: Sc
in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across-12 sc and row measures
2 1/2". Ch 1, turn. ROW 2: Sc in back loop
only of first st and each st across to within last st, sc in both
loops of last st. Ch 1, turn. Repeat row
2 until total length is 9 1/2". At end of last row do
not ch 1. Change to larger hook.
Row: Ch 3, work 47 sts evenly spaced across long edge of ribbing.
Ch 3, turn. NEXT Row: Skip first st, dc in next st and
in each st across- 48 sts. Ch 3 which counts as 1 dc,
turn. BEGIN PAT: Row 1:
Skip first st, * skip next dc; dc around post
of next dc inserting hook from front to back, dc around post of
dc just skipped in the same manner - cross-st made**, dc in next
2 dc. Rep from * across, end last rep at **, dc in top
of ch 3. Ch 3, turn. ROW 2: Skip first st,
*dc in top of each dc of next cross-st**, work cross-st over next
2 dc. Rep from * across, end last rep at **, dc in top of
ch 3. Ch 3, turn. ROWS 3 & 4: Rep rows 1&2.
ROW 5: Skip first st, dc in next st and in each st across.
Ch 3, turn. ROW 6: Rep row 5.
rows 1-6 of pat 3 times more. At the end of last rep do not
work row 6. Continue working in dc only and shape shoulders
SHAPING: ROW 1: Skip first st; (yo and draw up a lp in next
st, yo and draw through 2 lps on hook) twice, yo and draw through
all 3 lps on hook - dc-dec made, dc across working 2 more dc-decs
evenly spaced to within last 3 sts, work dc-dec over next 2 sts,
dc in top of ch 3 - 4 sts decreased. Ch 3, turn. ROWS
2-5: Rep row 1 - 20 sts decreased. There are 28
sts. Fasten off.
With larger hook ch 24. ROW 1: Dc in fourth ch from
hook and each ch across - 22 dc. Ch 3, turn. ROW 2:
Skip first st, dc in next st and each st across. Ch
3, turn. Work even until total length is 7 1/2 ".
NEXT 4 ROWS: Skip first st, work dc-dec over next 2 sts, dc
across to within last 3 sts, work dc-dec over next 2 sts, dc in
top of ch 3. Ch 3, turn. LAST ROW: Rep row
2. Fasten off.
With smaller hook ch 5. Work as for ribbing on back over 4
sc until total length is 9 1/2 ". Fasten off. Sew short
ends together holding wrong sides together (right side facing) and
Sew underpiece to back holding wrong sides together and using whipstitch
as follows: Beg at neck and sew for 2 1/2 ", skip next 3 1/2 " for
leg opening, sew to within 4" of lower edge. With
right side facing, attach yarn to corner of ribbing, ch 1, sc evenly
spaced across short edge of ribbing, bottom edge of underpiece and
opposite edge of ribbing. Fasten off. Work
sc around each leg opening in same manner. Sew long edge of neckband
around upper edge stretching to fit and using whipstitch as before.
Weave in all yarn ends.
This takes about 5 ounces of worsted weight yarn.
And here's another idea from Inka Rector:
I modify the idea so a knit sweater to create a much faster warm wool kid sweater. I took one of my old wool sweaters and cut off the sleeves. I then sewed a seam around the cut edge, cut slits for legs and a slit up the center and sewed a seam around the cuts to keep the yarn from unraveling. It worked like a charm and the kids seemed to warm up quickly. The shape of the sleeve even created a little collar which comes up on the kids neck. I may begin collecting cast off wool sweaters to create some more kid sweaters. Even though I am an avid knitter and may knit up a few kid sweaters, the sleeve idea was quick and easy. It works in a pinch when you have not made sweaters in advance.
Note from Molly: This is a great idea... just make certain that with males, not to have the sweater cover their penis, or they will wet the seater. It is better to have the back of the sweater a bit longer than the belly area.
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