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Sweater Techniques Series – Gramps Baby Cardigan – 1/6 – Introduction

February 23, 2012

Learn to knit a Sweater – Quickly :

Gramps Cardigan

Gramps – adorable outerwear for your grouchy little old man – by Emily Wessel

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 Gramps cardigan is a perfect example, while it is a relatively simple design, its simplicity requires a good number of intermediate knitting techniques such as: increasing and decreasing stitches, pattern reading, knitting in the round, picking up stitches (both along an edge, and in the middle of the fabric), short-row shaping, buttonholes, and some seaming / finishing.

This seems like quite a long list of techniques and may seem quite daunting; but these techniques are the same ones that are required in a lot of sweater knitting, and if you take them step-by-step, each one is quite simple and easy to accomplish. If it still seems like too much, try our Flax or Harvest sweaters, 2 of our free patterns from our learn to knit series, The Simple Collection.

Gramps Cardigan:
adorable outerwear for your grouchy little old man


There is no better way to learn than doing right?- so download a copy of the pattern, grab your needles and yarn, and follow along as we explain everything in a clear, step-by-step manner. If you have questions, we hope you will post your comments, or email us and we will make every attempt to incorporate answers to your questions into this tutorial.

The Gramps Cardigan tutorial is created as a series of 6 illustrated posts, clearly explaining each of the techniques required to knit the Gramps Cardigan.

Gramps Cardigan on is a fabulous community and resource for knitters and crocheters all over the world.  On Ravelry can check out the Gramps sweaters that other people have knit, read their suggestions, and see what yarn and colour combinations they chose.

For Knitting Instructors

This material is also intended to be useful to those who teach knitting. If you are a shop owner who runs knitting classes, and would like to use this tutorial for instruction, you are welcome to do so. Tin Can Knits wholesales books and single leaflet patterns to knitting shops in Canada, the USA and the UK, if you are interested in carrying our products, please contact us.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Nastic permalink
    October 16, 2013 11:56 pm

    Can you tell me what’s name of green color?
    I don’t know where you use ” twig ” and ” grove” color


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