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Janie’s Knitted Sweater with Hood (AKA Baby Gnome Sweater)

My grandma Janie knitted this adorable hooded baby sweater for Elise. Of course, I had to get her pattern and try it for myself. One of its distinguishing features is the zipper that runs the length of the back, from top to bottom. This allows you to zip your babies in without pulling it over their head or nipping the bottom of their chin. The pointed hood is just a bonus for added cuteness!

Skill Level: Advanced – if you aren’t sure that you’re ready, just spend a bit of extra time watching the tutorial videos posted here.
Time:  Lengthy – 8-10 hours (grab a cup of coffee and get ready for a LONG day of work or break up into a few afternoons/evenings)

Janie’s Hooded Knitted Baby Sweater

Download a PDF of the pattern –> Janie’s Knitted Hooded Pattern

SIZES 6 mos 9 mos 12 mos 18-24 mos
Approx.Weight 18 lbs 20 lbs 22 lbs 26-30 lbs
Garment Measurements
    chest 19” 20” 21” 23”
    length to underarm 6” 6 ½ “ 7” 8”
    sleeve length 5 ½ “ 6” 6 ½ “ 7 ½”

Size Note: Instructions are written in smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.

MATERIALS: Worsted wt yarn, 6(6-8) oz; straight knitting needles, sizes 6 and 8 or size needed for gauge; 4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders; crochet hook, zipper, needle and thread. 

Any yarn composition (acrylic, cotton, wool, etc) but I recommend a soft acrylic to avoid shrinking in the washer as well as avoid the scratchiness of wool against a baby’s gentle skin.

I used Big Twist Baby Yarn, 100% Acrylic, Color: Water, Variegated
I used Big Twist Baby Yarn, 100% Acrylic, Color: Water, Variegated
GAUGE: With larger size needles in stock st, 9 sts = 2”; 13 rows = 2”

ABBREVIATIONS & TIPS

All the abbreviations and detailed instructions for the techniques used in this pattern are covered in my earlier reference post.

IMG_1102INSTRUCTIONS

Hood: With larger size needles, CO 21 (22-23-25) sts loosely. Row 1: K4, purl across. Row 2: Knit across. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approx 13 (13 ½ -14 -15)” from CO edge, ending by working Row 2, then CO 4 sts at end of row. Pick up 21 (22-23-25) sts along CO edge: 46 (48-50-54) sts.

Neck: Change to smaller size needles and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 7 rows. Change to larger size needles.

Raglan Shaping: Row 1 (Inc Row): K8 (8-8-9) for right side of back, knit in front and back of next st (KFB inc made), place marker on needle, KFB inc in next st, K4 (5-5-6) for right sleeve,KFB inc in next st, place marker on needle,KFB inc in next st, K14 (14-16-18) for front, KFB inc in next st, place marker on needle, KFB inc in next st, K4 (5-5-6) for left sleeve, KFB inc in next st, place marker on needle, KFB inc in next st, K8 (8-8-9) for left side of back 54 (56-58-64) sts. Row 2: Purl across, slipping markers. Row 3: *Knit to within one st of marker, KFB inc in next st, slip marker, KFB inc in next st; rep from * 3 times, knit across. Rep Rows 2 and 3, 9 (10-11-12) times more: 134 (144-154-168) sts. Rep Rows 2 once, removing markers.

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This is obviously a different yarn, but I wanted a picture to show what the sweater looks like before you start the dividing row ( Please ignore my make-shift “yarn” stitch markers).
Dividing Row: K20 (21-22-24), CO 4 sts, place next 28 (31-33-36) sts on holder for sleeve, K38 (40-44-48), CO 4 sts, place next 28 (31-33-36) sts on holder for sleeve, K20 (21-22-24): 86(90-96-104) sts. Work even in stock st (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until piece measures 4 (4 ½ – 5 – 6)” from CO sts at underarm. Change to smaller size needles and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1”. BO all sts loosely in rib.

Sleeve: With right side facing and lower rib at top, using larger size needles, CO 2 sts, K28 (31-33-36) sts from holder for sleeve, CO 2 more sts: 32 (35-37-40). Knit in stock st until piece measures 1” from CO sts at underarm, ending by working a purl row. Dec Row: K2 tog (dec made), knit across to last 2 sts, K2 tog. Rep Dec Row every 1” 3 (4-4-4) times more: 24 (25-27-30) sts. Work even in stock st until piece measures 4 ½ (5-5 ½ – 6 ½)” from CO sts at underarm. Change to smaller size needles. Rib Row 1: *K1, P1; rep from * across, ending K0 (1-1). Rib Row 2: P0 (1-1), *K1 P1; rep from * across. Rep Rib Rows 1 and 2, 3 times more. BO all sts loosely in rib. Rep for 2nd sleeve.

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Sweater with knitting complete, before finishing details
Finishing: Use crochet hook to weave in all loose ends. Sew sleeve seams with mattress stitch. Sew CO sts at underarm tog. With right side facing, using crochet hook, join yarn with sl st at lower edge of left side of back opening and work one row sc along left side of back, around hood, and back down right side of back opening: finish off. Measure back opening and purchase closest size neckline zipper (invisible zipper). Hand sew zipper in place with tab opening at lower edge. 

 

Jane Sinner Headshot
My grandma Janie
Janie’s Tips:

  1. Do not purchase the zipper until the sweater is finished and you can measure for the correct length.
  2. Install the zipper by hand using a running back stitch.
  3. Pin the zipper to the sweater in 4-5 inch sections before you begin to attach it.
  4. At the bottom, turn the extra zipper fabric to the inside, so that it is enclosed and not showing.
  5. Variegated yarn works really well, combinations like blue and yellow,  or pink and orange,  but one can do a fun pattern on the front if using a solid color yarn.

Here are some close ups of Janie’s Knitted Baby Sweater (did you notice her beautiful, even stitches?!?)

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3 thoughts on “Janie’s Knitted Sweater with Hood (AKA Baby Gnome Sweater)

  1. Sarah, such a good tutorial. And thanks for the compliment.
    I do think a less than advanced knitter can do this quite easily. It is basically only a stockinet te stitch, and ribbing. No yarn to carry, or perforations to make. I would suggest tho’, for increasing to make the shoulder seam, it’s best to knit first in the back and then in the front of the same stitch. (Some might bring up a stitch from a lower row, but this will not develop into a nice pattern).

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