The fun and easy-to-make Fancy Stitch Pullover will impress friends and delight baby.

Free Fancy Stitch Pullover Knitting Pattern

Don't let the fancy color work fool you -- this fun and bright pullover is a cinch to knit and will wow everyone who sees it.

Size

1 year: chest 25" (63.5cm), length 121/2" (32cm)

2 years: chest 27" (68.5cm), length 13" (33cm)

3 years: chest 29" (74cm), length 131/2" (34.5cm)

What You'll Need

Yarn: Chunky weight yarn, about 500 [700, 880] yards (457m [640m, 804m])

We used: Muench Yarns Tessin (43% superwash wool, 35% acrylic, 22% cotton); 110 yards [100m] per 100g skein): #805 Bright Red (color A), 2 skeins; #808 Royal Blue (color B), 2 skeins; #806 Lively Lime Green (color C), 2 skeins; #839 Chiffon Yellow (color D), 2 skeins

Needles: US size 8 (5mm); US size 10 (6mm); US size 8 (5mm) circular, 12" (30.5cm) or 16" (40.5cm) long

Notions: 3 stitch holders; tapestry needle

Gauge

17 stitches and 22 rows=4" (10cm) in Four-Color Fancy Stitch

Note: Instructions are given for smallest size; numbers for larger sizes are in brackets. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Four-Color Fancy Stitch Pattern

Row 1 (wrong side): With color A, purl across.

Row 2: With color B, knit 2, *slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 1; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

Row 3: With color B, purl 2, *slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 1; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, purl 1.

Row 4: With color C, knit 1, *slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 1; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

Row 5: With color C, purl across.

Row 6: With color D, knit 1, *slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 3; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 1.

Row 7: With color D, purl 1, *slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 3; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 1.

Row 8: With color B, knit 2, *slip 3 with yarn in back, knit 1; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

Row 9: With color B, purl 3, *slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 3; repeat from * until end of row.

Row 10: With color A, knit 1, *slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 3; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 1.

Repeat rows 1-10 for pattern.

Follow the pattern to create the fun and colorful Fancy Stitch Pullover.

Making the Fancy Stitch PulloverBacĀ­k

With size 8 (5mm) needles and color B, cast on 55 [59, 63] stitches.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more.

With size 10 (6mm) needles and color A, work the Four-Color Fancy Stitch pattern starting with row 1.

Continue in pattern until piece measures 121/2" [13", 131/2"] (32cm [33cm, 34.5cm]) from start of stitch pattern. Place stitches on holder.

Front

Work same as for back until piece measures 11" (28cm) ending on a wrong-side row.

Next row (right side): Work 23 [25, 26] stitches in pattern, bind off 9 [9, 11] stitches, work in pattern to end of row. (23 [25, 26] stitches each side of neck)

Shape right side of neck opening (as worn)

Rows 1, 3, and 5 (wrong-side rows): Work across in pattern.

Row 2: Bind off 3 stitches, work across remaining stitches in pattern. (20 [22, 23] stitches)

Row 4: Bind off 2 stitches, work across remaining stitches in pattern. (18 [20, 21] stitches)

Row 6: Knit 1, slip slip knit decrease, work across remaining stitches in pattern. (17 [19, 20] stitches)

Row 7: Work across in pattern.

Repeat rows 6 and 7 twice more. (15 [17, 18] stitches)

Work even in pattern until piece measures 121/2" [13", 131/2"] (32cm [33cm, 34.5cm]) in length from beginning of stitch pattern. Place shoulder stitches on holder.

Shape left side of neck opening (as worn)

Row 1 (wrong side): Join new yarn, bind off 3 stitches and work across remaining stitches in pattern. (20 [22, 23] stitches)

Row 2: Work across in pattern.

Row 3: Bind off 2 stitches, work across remaining stitches in pattern. (18 [20, 21] stitches)

Row 4: Work across in pattern until 3 stitches remain, knit 2 together, knit 1. (17 [19, 20] stitches)

Row 5: Work across in pattern.

Repeat rows 4 and 5 twice more (15 [17, 18] stitches)

Work even in pattern until piece measures 121/2" [13", 131/2"] (32cm [33cm, 34.5cm]) from beginning of stitch pattern. Place shoulder stitches on holder.

Sleeves (make 2)

With size 8 (5mm) needles and color B, cast on 27 [27, 31] stitches.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more.

Change to size 10 (6mm) needles and work Four-Color Fancy Stitch pattern while at the same time working make 1 increases on each side of sleeve every fourth row 13 [14, 13] times (53 [55, 57] stitches). Continue in pattern until sleeve length measures 91/2" [10", 101/2"] 24cm [25.5cm, 26.5cm]. Bind off loosely.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing the Fancy Stitch Pullover

Seam left shoulder stitches of front to left shoulder stitches of back using 3-needle bind-off technique. Seam right shoulder stitches using the same method.

Work neckband

With size 8 (5mm) circular needle and color B, with right side facing pick up 54 [54, 56] stitches evenly around neck edge. Join into round. Knit 6 rounds, bind off loosely.

Sew sleeves to body using backstitch, and sew side and sleeve seams using mattress stitch. Weave all loose ends into wrong side of sweater.

No matter what style or pattern you choose, a handmade baby sweater is a present that is sure to become a treasured keepsake. The lucky baby will not only get to enjoy the sweater now, but have a reminder of your feelings for years to come.

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Contributing designers: Kathy Perry and Beth Walker-O'Brien.