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Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater

Apr 30, 2009
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Designer: Rebecca L. Daniels
Technique: Knitting
Skill Level: Easy.

Designer Rebecca Daniels, assistant editor of Interweave Knits, says: "When I think of knitted heirlooms, I think of luxury fibers. This tiny sweater is worked in baby alpaca--luxurious enough to cherish but still affordable. The sweater is simple in construction, with only a few details that enhance the sweater but still allow the yarn to take center stage."


Finished Size: 19 (21, 23)" chest circumference, to fit 3–6 (9–12, 18–24) months. Sweater shown measures 21".

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca D. K. (100% baby alpaca; 125 yd [115 m]/50 g; CYCA #3): #100 white, 4 (4, 5) balls.

Needles: Body—size 4 (3.5 mm): 24" circular (cir). Sleeves—size 4 (3.5 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; one 11⁄4" button; one 21 mm sew-on snap; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 23 sts and 33 rows = 4" in St st.

Skill level: Easy.

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Nancy@246 wrote
on Oct 28, 2009 6:40 PM

This sweater makes up so sweet.  I love the cable and the fact that it is a fake button--just a snap.  Beautiful.


Nico@3 wrote
on Sep 24, 2009 5:56 PM

I would love to make this cardigan work, but am having the same issues as Susanmy, and then some. I worked it all the way down, and got one solid dog-sweater looking garment. The cables did not look like the pattern, and there was no room to go back and add the sleeves. Was I not meant to keep moving the stitch markers along? I will try it again this weekend, but am losing heart and interest. For future reference for all those designers and editors out there: I don't mind if there's more text, and the pattern has to go to extra pages. That's preferable to ripping yarn and wasted time. I can't be the only village idiot out there.

Susanmy wrote
on Aug 30, 2009 9:43 PM

I, too, was looking forward to knitting this sweater, but like Michelle, I find the pattern confusing. When the instructions for the body say to "repeat last two rows 17 (19, 21) times", are they referring to the last two rows of the cable pattern (rows 17 & 18)? If so, does this mean you have to repeat the cable pattern itself (all 18 rows of it) 17 (19, 21) more times?? That can't be right. Can anyone explain this to me?

Susanmy wrote
on Aug 30, 2009 8:43 PM
Abidakhadeer wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 3:23 PM

very beautiful amazin easy to fallow good istruction  have great day

Wendy L wrote
on Jun 15, 2009 2:06 PM
I fell in love with the picture of this sweater and couldn't wait to knit it for a new baby coming soon. I've been trying to knit this sweater and while the stitches are a breeze the pattern itself for me is very confusing. How many times are you crossing the cable? One person said don't count the wrong side row another said to keep separate count of your cable row vs your body row Perhaps my count is off but I'm ripping my hair out. Is anyone else having problems and or does anyone have tips on this pattern I really don't want to toss it into the UFO basket (unfinished objects) I
ChristineF wrote
on May 31, 2009 2:13 PM
re:Cabled Baby Raglan Sweater Today I was able to get the pattern to print; am just finishing up a hooded zip up the back sweater in 18 mo size. I don't use wool, and I think an acrylic yarn or cotton blend will work fine. Much easier to wash too. Sweetside-I gave up knitting in baby yellow when my daughter was born and was jaundiced, not a good color for my little one. I stick to green or multi-color for babies.
Sweetside wrote
on May 30, 2009 12:19 PM
I just downloaded this pattern for two girlfriends that are due to give birth right before christmas. I'm making one in a baby yellow, the other in a warm toffee oatmeal color ! Now I need to look for a baby bootie pattern to go with the cute little sweater ! Thanks KD for always providing fun and great patterns !
Judy B@2 wrote
on May 13, 2009 10:12 AM
Gail - I am a long time knitter and thank you for asking the question about the K in front and back confusion - now I can continue. I have a small crochet flower that is going where the button is - think it should fit in... Judy
M Gail wrote
on May 10, 2009 4:34 PM
Thanks Rosemary C, just started tonight!!
Che5150 wrote
on May 8, 2009 11:08 PM
Just finished knitting this sweater in the smallest size using a similar yarn, each ball 50 g, 125 mts. Had to adjust the pattern slightly for my gauge (21 st = 4 in.). Used less than 2 balls. Sweet little sweater.
shayb wrote
on May 6, 2009 2:20 PM
We apologize that some of you are having problems downloading this pattern. I just tested downloading, and opening the pattern using the latest Firefox and the latest Adobe, and it opened just fine, so I am not sure what is happening with everyone else. If somebody still cannot get the pattern to download or open, please email us at and we will send you the pdf file of the pattern via email, so you can download it directly from there. Thank you, Shay Black Interweave Customer Support Manager 866-949-1646
RosemaryC wrote
on May 6, 2009 1:35 PM
I have been knitting like mad for friend's expected grandbabies. I started this one right away. I used a cotton/acrylic blend and it was just fine. Still looked like an heirloom despite the addition of the dreaded "a" yarn. Gail, k1f&b, means to knit into the front and the back of the stitch. Another hint: use small holders for the sleeves, or put them on waste yarn, or you will not be able to join the body. Thanks so much for this great pattern, which is so easy, but has a lot of impact.
M Gail wrote
on May 6, 2009 10:28 AM
Hi! I am a novice knitter and am struggling with one of the abrviations, k1f&b. Can someone help. Thanks much!!
SandeeB wrote
on May 6, 2009 7:38 AM
For those of you having problems downloading the PDFs... For some reason, downloads from this site are not compatible with Mozilla Firefox internet browser. The PDFs download successfully when you use Internet Explorer. I don't know about compatibility issues with other web browsers. Perhaps Knitting Daily could look into this? If fixing the problem is not possible, could you post a warning with the download? Love the newsletters, patterns and the magazine!
OmaW wrote
on May 3, 2009 6:33 AM
Love knitting from the neck down b/c it's easy to make changes, like lengthening the sleeves with a few decreases and some ribbing. Also, I plan to use a 9-stitch, k1 p1 rib instead of the garter stitch front band (which tends to pull unless you make a concentrated effort to knit it much looser than the rest of the sweater). Thanks very much. Oma on Long Island
judy@17 wrote
on May 3, 2009 5:06 AM
I cannot understand using that yarn for any infant-what new Mom has time for its care.
ChristineF wrote
on May 2, 2009 7:24 PM
It printed in gobble d goop the other day, today I can't get anything
MiaJ wrote
on May 2, 2009 12:29 PM
My brother just had his first grandchild at the age of 63. He and my Sister in Law are so excited. My sil does not knit or stitch so it has fallen to me to fill in. This sweater is perfect for a substitute grandmother and very proud great aunt to make for a precious first grandchild.
kbanner wrote
on May 2, 2009 6:39 AM
By the way, your model, Savanna, looks so much like my sweet granddaughter w/ no hair (just like her 3 older sisters & her mommy at the same age)! K
kbanner wrote
on May 2, 2009 6:36 AM
We are all very wool sensitive people. What other yarn choices do I have for this darling sweater? K
JanL wrote
on May 1, 2009 9:31 PM
No problem here. It's adorable, thank you!
on May 1, 2009 9:09 PM
Michele, If you use worsted weight yarn and larger needles you will get a larger sweater. I'm thinking of doing this in a larger size for my 12 year old niece who prefers this kind of style.
KathieE wrote
on May 1, 2009 1:14 PM
save to disk then open the file it should work fine then.
KellyM@2 wrote
on May 1, 2009 1:00 PM
Oh this is so adorable. Love the pattern and love the red button! Thanks for sharing :)
Rebecca wrote
on May 1, 2009 11:37 AM
Michele, With a raglan sweater this would be very easy. Try reading up a little bit on their construction. You could just continue doing more increases at the raglan lines until it was big enough to fit your toddler granddaughter. Good luck!
Michele wrote
on May 1, 2009 10:47 AM
This is really cute. How can I make it for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter? Thank you, Michele
SarahG@2 wrote
on May 1, 2009 10:18 AM
I was able to open the pattern in Internet Explorer, but not Firefox. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful pattern!
Lynne@3 wrote
on May 1, 2009 10:03 AM
I just found out I'm going to be a grandma for the first time. I can't wait to try this sweater!
AnneM@2 wrote
on May 1, 2009 9:36 AM
Thanks for the pattern, no problem downloading. I love the red button too.
JaiHari wrote
on May 1, 2009 9:24 AM
Beautiful sweater. Love the red button. A modern twist to a sophisticated yet classic baby sweater design. The beauty of hand made gifts is you can switch out accessory options that don't suit your taste with something else that does. But, personally, I love the red button. To each his/her own. :)
SandraH wrote
on May 1, 2009 9:17 AM
I am having trouble downloading this pattern also.
SharonL wrote
on May 1, 2009 8:57 AM
Downloaded this pattern today just fine - Nice heirloom baby sweater.
BarbaraB@3 wrote
on May 1, 2009 8:31 AM
Download worked for me just now. Very cute sweater.
Annamarie wrote
on May 1, 2009 8:14 AM
I can't download either-this is the first time I have had any trouble. Usually I can download patterns from your site very easily.
SarahG@2 wrote
on May 1, 2009 6:47 AM
Anyone else having trouble opening the pdf?
LindaM@9 wrote
on May 1, 2009 6:40 AM
Love the little sweater. But the red button?
Stevie@2 wrote
on May 1, 2009 5:56 AM
Sandi, Your heirloom baby sweater project arrived at the perfect time for me. Rumor has it that my son and dil are expecting their second child in August (this news from her uncle, based on an overheard conversation between my dil and her mother!) I have already started a little sweater for a boy, and I was planning another for a girl. If the rumor turns out to be just that, I will give the sweaters away. The heirloom project I will keep "just in case". I bought the Mother's and Babies book a couple of years ago when my dil was expecting their first child. I made the Bump sweater for her, and a couple of sweaters for the baby. She loved everything! Thank you for such a great newsletter & the free patterns. Stephanie