Chest: 25 in
Horizontal Gauge: 4 st to 1 in
Vertical Gauge: 5 st to 1 in
Needle: 8 circular
Yarn: Artful Yarns Flora – cotton rayon mix
Method: Circular, bottom up, vertical ladders for sleeve openings, sleeves knit shoulder to cuff.
CO 100 st.
Fancy hem: k 1” of stockinette (k all rows), followed by ½” of garter (k 1 row, p 1 row)
Simple hem: k 1.5” of k2, p2 ribbing
Rustic hem: garter (k 1 row, p 1 row) for 1.5”
Simple body: K all rows until body (including hem) measures 10 in.
Fancy body: Mark off 4 underarm st for left side, and for right side – k all of these st, every round; This leaves 46 st front and 46 st back – use your favorite pattern for these st. A traditional k and p st gansey pattern would be the easiest fancy body design here. Avoid cables, they will make the sweater too tight for your toddler. If you insist on using cables, size up another needle size or two.
Now you’re at the underarms. Those four st under each arm? Run a bit of spare yarn through them. These will be your platform st for your vertical ladder. Do not skip them or anything, keep knitting them as usual.
Knit another 5 in; now you are at the neckline.
Divide front and back 46 st not including the 4 right and left underarm st. Drop those.
Of those 46 front st, the middle 20 are the front neck – mark off 13 left front shoulder, 20 front neck, 13 right front shoulder, (4 underarm st, FALLEN), 13 right back shoulder, 20 back neck, 13 left back shoulder, (4 underarm st, FALLEN).
The FALLEN (DROPPED) st are not on any needle or waste yarn. As they fall, they will leave behind a horizontal line on each row. That is GOOD. When the FALLEN st reach the platform st, they will STOP FALLING. This is GOOD. Do NOT freak out.
Place 20 front neck st and 20 back neck st together on waste yarn.
CO shoulder st together – if you want the seams to show, do it on the right side, if you want the seams hidden, do it on the wrong side. Join the right front to the right back, and the left front to the left back.
Those 40 st together on the waste yarn are your neckline. PU and finish as follows:
Fancy neck: ½” of garter (k 1 row, p 1 row), then k 1” of stockinette (k all rows)
Simple neck: k 1.5” of k2, p2 ribbing
Rustic neck: garter (k 1 row, p 1 row) for 1.5”
CO as you like.
TIP: You can raise the back neck by adding short rows to the back neck st if you like and know how to do that. Instructions are not included here. I’d recommend Japanese short rows (best video how to is by Very Pink Knits on YouTube), as they are the easiest in my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
CUT the ladder created by the FALLEN (dropped) stitches in half.
KNOT two rows of ladders at a time, both left and right, all the way to the platform st.
The vertical ladder steek is now secured.
PU four platform st, and front body, neck, back body st.
K three rows, do a decrease before and after the four platform underarm st in the fourth row.
Repeat until sleeve length is 12 inches.
Fancy cuff: ½” of garter (k 1 row, p 1 row), followed by 1” of stockinette (k all rows)
Simple cuff: k 1.5” of k2, p2 ribbing
Rustic cuff: garter (k 1 row, p 1 row) for 1.5”
CO as you like.