Baby Breton Jumper


Folded striped baby jumper

This tiny little striped baby jumper, inspired by the effortlessly chic Breton knits, is fun to knit for your little one or as a little gift. Fastened at the shoulder with some snap domes, and with enough room to move in and grow into, this is sure to be a firm fave. 

I picked neon coral and grey for this sweater because I absolutely love grey, but also wanted a bright splash of colour to perk up the pastel garments that are so readily available. Neons and neutrals are a winning combo, and these match perfectly with my two-tone Neon Newborn Socks.

This sweater knitting pattern is worked in stripes, seamlessly to the underarm, and then the fronts and backs are worked flat separately. The sleeves are worked seamlessly in the round, and then sewed in place.

Striped baby sweater in grey and neon coral

Let’s get knitting!

Yarn

Colour A: Hobbycraft Hey Baby in Coral (33 grams)
Colour B: Hobbycraft Hey Baby in Grey (44 grams)

 

Tools

4mm circular knitting needles or DPNs

Notions

Small snap domes. I bought this set of press-on snap domes from Amazon and it comes in so many colours!

 

Key


st/sts stitch/stitches

C/O cast on

K knit

P purl

K2tog knit 2 together

rnd/s round/rounds

rep repeat

rem remains/remaining

m1 increase 1 st, using your favourite increase technique

 

Tension

22 sts x 28 rows in stocking stitch

 

Finished Measurements

3mth old size: finished garment chest 24 cm, body length 24 cm, sleeve length 15 cm

 

Pattern

Body

You will begin by working the sweater seamlessly from the hem to the underarms

C/O 108 sts with Colour A and join sts in the rnd, taking care not to twist the C/O edge.
Step 1 Work in 1x1 rib for 5 rnds
Step 2 Work 5 rnds of stocking stitch in Colour B, then work 2 rnds of stocking stitch in Colour A
Rep Step 2, five more times, then work 3 rows of Colour B

Back

You will now work the front and back of the sweater separately, working flat. I always leave the remaining sts on the circular needle cable, but if you prefer you can transfer these to a stitch holder!

Step 1 Working across 54 sts only, work 3 rows of Colour B
Step 2 Work 2 rows of stocking stitch in Colour A, then work 5 rows of stocking stitch in Colour B
Rep Step 2, two more times, then work 1 row of Colour A
Step 3 Cast off 40 sts, then with Colour A work 1x1 rib across rem 14 sts for 3 rows. Cast off.

Front

You will now work the front of the sweater

Step 1 Working across 54 sts only, work 3 rows of Colour B
Step 2 Work 2 rows of stocking stitch in Colour A, then work 5 rows of stocking stitch in Colour B, then work 2 more rows of stocking stitch in Colour A
Step 3 With Colour B, K 23 sts, cast off 8 sts, K 23 sts.
Step 4 With Colour B, P one row
Step 5 With Colour B, cast off 3 sts, K to end
Step 6 With Colour B, P one row
Step 7 With Colour B, cast off 2 sts, K to end
Step 8 With Colour A, P one row
Step 9 With Colour A, K 1, K2tog, K to end
Step 10 With Colour B, P one row
Step 11 With Colour B, K 1, K2tog, K to end
Step 12 With Colour B, P one row
Step 13 With Colour B, K 1, K2tog, K to end
Step 14 With Colour B, P one row
Step 15 With Colour A, K one row
Step 16 With Colour A, P one row
Step 17 With Colour A, work 1x1 rib across rem sts for 3 rows. Cast off.

Rejoin yarn to rem sts
Step 18 With Colour B, K one row
Step 19 With Colour B, cast off 3 sts, P to end
Step 20 With Colour B, K one row
Step 21 With Colour B, cast off 2 sts, P to end
Step 22 With Colour A, K one row
Step 23 With Colour A, P 1, P2tog, P to end
Step 24 With Colour B, K one row
Step 25 With Colour B, P 1, P2tog, P to end
Step 26 With Colour B, K one row
Step 27 With Colour B, P 1, P2tog, P to end
Step 28 With Colour B, K one row
Step 29 With Colour A, P one row
Step 30 With Colour A, K one row. Cast off.

Sleeves

Work steps twice to make two sleeves

C/O 22 sts with Colour A and join sts in the rnd, taking care not to twist the C/O edge.
Step 1 Work in 1x1 rib for 5 rnds
Step 2 Work 1 rnd of stocking stitch in Colour B
Step 3 With Colour B, K 2, *m 1, K 1; rep from * until 2 sts rem, K 2. (40 sts)
Step 4 Work 3 rnds of stocking stitch in Colour B
Step 5 Work 2 rnds of stocking stitch in Colour A, then work 5 rnds of stocking stitch in Colour B
Rep Step 5, five more times, then work 1 rnd of Colour A. Cast off.

Assembly

Sew front and back at left shoulder line.
Place 2 st markers evenly around cast off edge of sleeve. Match one to shoulder line and the other to the line where the side seam would be (if there was a side seam!) and sew sleeve in place.
Place 2 st markers evenly around cast off edge of second sleeve. Overlap rib trim along shoulder line, and match one sleeve stitch marker to this point. Match second marker to the line where the side seam would be (if there was a side seam!) and sew sleeve in place.
With Colour A, pick up and knit 30 sts along back neckline and 34 sts along front neckline. Work in 1x1 rib for 3 rows. Cast off, then weave in all ends.
Hammer two or three plastic snap domes into rib trim at shoulder seam, following manufacturer instructions.

And that’s it!

neck closure of handknitted striped baby jumper in grey and neon coral

Neon and grey baby handknitted sweaters

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