Free Plush Pullover Knitting Pattern
The sweater is made with soft, plush yarn that is lighter than air yet cozy and warm. The pattern is quick and easy to make. Buttoned openings at both sides of the neck make dressing baby easy.
6 months: 21" (53.5cm) chest
12 months: 22" (56cm) chest
18 months: 23" (58.5cm) chest
What You'll Need
Yarn: Soft, synthetic bulky weight yarn, about 270 yards (247m)
We used: Berroco Plush Colors (100% nylon; 90 yards [83m] per 50g ball): #1952 Baby Mix, 3 balls; #1924 Jazzy Turquoise, 1-2 yards (.92-1.83m) for blanket stitch trim
Needles: US size 8 (5mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle; 4 stitch markers; safety pins; needle and thread to match yarn; 6 novelty buttons (about 1/2" [.33cm] diameter)
15 stitches and 22 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette 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.
Making the Plush Pullover
Cast on 40 [42, 44] stitches. Work in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 51/2" [7", 7"] (14cm [18cm, 18cm]) in length from cast-on edge, and place marker at both ends for beginning of armholes.
Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 91/2" [12", 121/2"] (24cm [30.5cm, 31.5cm]) from cast-on edge. Bind off all stitches.
Work as for back until last 3 rows, ending with a purl row.
Buttonhole row: Knit 2, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 20 [22, 24], knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.
Next row: Purl, working the yarnovers as stitches.
Next row: Knit.
Bind off in purl stitches.
Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 23 [24, 25] stitches. Work in stockinette stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end of work every 6 rows 4 [0, 0] times, then 1 stitch each end every 0 [5, 5] rows 0 [7, 8] times. (31 [38, 41] stitches on needle)
Work even until sleeve measures 6" [7", 71/2"] (15cm [18cm, 19cm]). Bind off.
Repeat steps for second sleeve.
Finishing the Plush Pullover
With right sides up, overlap front and back pieces by 1" (1.3cm) at neck edges with front piece on top. Pin in place. Pin sleeves to body of sweater, easing to fit between markers. With yarn threaded on tapestry needle, sew sleeves to body using the backstitch seam. Sew side and sleeve seams using mattress stitch. Mark placement of buttons on back shoulders of sweater under the front overlap to align with buttonholes; sew buttons securely in place. Note: Small buttons may pose a choking hazard, so be sure to attach them securely and check each time after washing.
Make a blanket stitch or overcast stitch edging with contrasting-color yarn around the lower edges of sleeves and sweater.
Weave in all yarn ends to wrong side of work.
For a sweater with a pattern that looks impressively complicated but is actually quite simple to make, see our Fancy Stitch Pullover on the next page.
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