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Sweater Techniques Series : Gramps baby cardigan

Knitting a baby sweater is the perfect way to learn all the sweater techniques that would be necessary to knit an adult sweater, in a fraction of the time, and with a hopelessly adorable result! Our recently published Gramps cardigan is a perfect example, for while it is a relatively simple design, its simplicity requires a good number of intermediate knitting techniques.

Follow along as you knit your Gramps, and you will learn about:
  • how to read a knitting pattern schematic
  • how to do a provisional cast on
  • how a top-down raglan is shaped
  • pattern reading
  • picking up stitches along an edge and in the middle of the fabric
  • short row shaping
  • buttonholes
  • weaving in ends

The tutorial split into 6 blog posts – start with #1 and work your way through!

Learning to knit a sweater is very rewarding, and you’ll get to do it quickly and relatively painlessly if you follow along and knit the Gramps with me! ~ Emily

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Schacht permalink
    March 8, 2015 7:05 pm

    I just need the pattern. How can I get it? I don’t need the tutorial right now.

    • March 9, 2015 3:29 pm

      It is available on our website under ‘patterns’ or you can click the gramps link in the opening paragraph

  2. Debbie permalink
    December 30, 2014 1:57 pm

    I am so so frustrated. I am trying to begin the sweater and I am already confused. I did the set up row and then I began the next row and do not understand what I am supposed to do. The instructions say to knit to one stitch before the first marker. Then there is one stitch left. How do I knit to 1 st before marker, m1, k2, m1 when there is only one stitch. Thanks for your help.

    • January 5, 2015 6:31 pm

      Hi Debbie

      Just slip the marker when you come to it. You are knitting 1 st, slipping the marker, knitting 1 more st, and m1

  3. Nancy HILL permalink
    September 15, 2014 7:46 pm

    I have picked up the stitches for the button band/shawl collar. Once picked up, there is a set up (WS) row, then a ribbing (RS) row. The next instruction is for Short Row collar setup row A (RS) and set up row B (WS)
    Do I do another row of ribbing (on wrong side) between the button band set up and ribbing rows and the short row collar shaping set up row A and B? Or do I start on the wrong side for Row A?

    • September 18, 2014 11:01 am

      Hi Nancy

      Sorry, there is an errata (not yet listed), omit the second ribbing row before proceeding (or rib 1 more row if you have already done it)

  4. Denise permalink
    September 8, 2014 4:32 am

    I am at the set up row for the collar and band. I am not sure if I understand the kfb after the second marker. Does this mean that I will be increasing the stitches across the back of the neck? Do I kfb in every stitch or just the knit stitches of the rib pattern? Thanks for any help that you can give.

  5. Kathy permalink
    May 1, 2014 6:52 am

    Hi Emily
    Love the sweater. I have learned a lot. I am a bit confused with the knit 2 together bind off for the shawl collar. I don’t know if I’m reading too much into it Would you break it down for me? Thanks a bunch.

    • May 2, 2014 6:55 pm

      Hi Kathy

      You will be working a regular bind off up to this point, then across the back neck, you will be working a k2tog bind off. So you will have 1 stitch on your left needle, k2tog, pass stitch over, k2tog pass stitch over, etc.

  6. JoNell permalink
    March 22, 2014 9:07 am

    Is it possible to use a simple make 1 on the yoke increases instead of the k1r and k1l? Will this change the appearance and fit of the sweater?

  7. Cindy permalink
    February 9, 2014 7:25 am

    I love the Gramps sweater, but am having trouble with knitting the wrapped stitches in the collar. In following your tutorial, I get a rather noticeable stretch of yarn across two stitches on the wrong side which will be the visible side of the collar. I am an experienced knitter, but perhaps I am dong something wrong Any help will be appreciated. Thank you! Cindy.

    • February 11, 2014 8:32 pm

      Hi Cindy

      Without actually seeing your knitting it’s a bit tricky to tell. It might have to do with how you are wrapping your stitches, it would be worth a try to knit the wrapped stitch together with the stitch it wraps through the back loop.

      • Cindy permalink
        February 13, 2014 7:18 am

        Thanks for the reply Alexa. I could have done something funky, but I have worked with short rows before with no problem. I also noticed this little stretch of yarn on the collar when I zoomed in on some of the Ravelry photos for Gramps. Maybe I’m being too picky!
        Anyway… I’m working on the theory that this is something that shows up on the WS when you knit the wrapped stitches. I’ve ripped out the short rows and am doing the turn and wraps on the WS this time instead of the RS, as the pattern indicates since the little stretch should now be on the collar side which is not visible.
        We’ll see!

      • February 18, 2014 7:02 am

        Good Luck with it!

  8. January 17, 2014 12:14 pm

    When will tutorials be ready?

  9. Jean Knower permalink
    February 2, 2013 5:18 am

    Sweater techniques parts 1-5 how can I get them? This is my first time on this website and am loving it. I know I will learn alot! Thank you so much!

  10. Debra permalink
    January 17, 2013 11:02 am

    I wanted to say thank you for this beautiful tutorial along with the handsome baby boy, smile.


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