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Santa Baby Suit

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Have a holly, jolly Christmas and spread the festive mood with this Santa Baby Suit. This free knitting pattern makes a Santa-suit cardigan for babies, with specific instructions for ages six months through two years. This baby sweater pattern also has instructions for how to knit the white trim and, most importantly, the iconic black buckled belt. These instructions also have a pattern for a knitted baby hat, so your child can fully look the part.

Santa Baby Suit

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Anne Geddes Baby™: 1 (1, 2) ball(s) 902 Ladybug Color A, 1 (1, 1) ball 100 Lily Color B, 1 (1, 1) ball 112 Night-Night Color C, 1 (1, 1) ball 226 Bumble Color  D
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 3.75mm [US 5]
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Stitch holder
  • 4 buttons
  • 2 black snap fasteners
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Yarn needle


Instructions:

Cardigan Back, Lower Fur Trim:

  1. With B, cast on 52 (58, 66) sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 14 (16, 18) rows.


Cardigan Back, Lower Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures about 2½ (3, 4)” (6.5 (7.5, 10) cm)  from beginning, end with a right side row.


Cardigan Back, Belt:

  1. Change to C.
     
  2. Next Row (wrong side): Purl.
     
  3. Work in Seed st for 17 rows.
     
  4. Next Row (wrong side): Purl.


Cardigan Back, Upper Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Work in Stockinette st until piece measures 10½ (11½, 13)” (26.5 (29, 33) cm) from beginning.
     
  3. Bind off.


Santa Baby Suit - Back


Cardigan Front Right, Lower Fur Trim:

  1. With B, cast on 31 (35, 39) sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st for 13 (15, 17) rows.
     
  3. Next Row (right side): K6 for front band, place marker, knit to end of row.


Cardigan Front Right, Lower Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Next Row (wrong side): Purl to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  3. Next Row: Purl to marker, slip marker, knit to end of row. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures about 2½ (3, 4)” (6.5 (7.5, 10) cm) from beginning, end with a right side row. Remove front band marker.


Cardigan Front Right, Belt:

  1. Change to C.
     
  2. Next Row (wrong side): Purl. Work in Seed st for 17 rows.
     
  3. Next Row (wrong side): Purl to last 6 sts, place marker, p6 for front band.


Cardigan Front Right, Upper Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Next Row (right side): Knit to marker, slip marker, knit to end of row.
     
  3. Next Row: Purl to marker, slip marker, knit to end of row.
     
  4. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 8½ (9½, 11)” (21.5 (24, 28) cm) from beginning, end with a wrong side row. Remove front band marker.


Cardigan Front Right, Shape Neck:

  1. Row 1 (right side): Bind off 9 (10, 11) sts, knit to end of row—22 (25, 28) sts. Purl.
     
  2. Row 3: Bind off 2 sts, knit to end of row —20 (23, 26) sts. Purl.
     
  3. Row 5: Bind off 1 st, knit to end of row—19 (22, 25) sts.
     
  4. Repeat last 2 rows 3 (4, 5) more times—16 (18, 20) sts.
     
  5. Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures same as back. Bind off.
     
  6. Place 4 markers across right front band for button placement, as follows: Place one marker centered in lower body
     
  7. (A-colored) section. Place three markers in upper body (A-colored) section, placing one ¾” (19 mm) below beginning of neck shaping, another ¾” (19 mm) above belt, and the last centered between the other two.


Santa Baby Suit - Right Front


Cardigan Front Left, Lower Fur Trim:

  1. With B, cast on 31 (35, 39) sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st for 14 (16, 18) rows.


Cardigan Front Left, Lower Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Next Row (wrong side): P6, place marker, purl to end of row.
     
  3. Next Row: Knit to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  4. Next Row: Purl to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  5. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures same as right front to first button placement marker, end with a right side row. Do not remove the button placement marker.
     
  6. Buttonhole Row (wrong side): P2, p2tog, yo, p2, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  7. Next Row: Knit to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  8. Next Row: Purl to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  9. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures about 2½ (3, 4)” (6.5 (7.5, 10) cm) from beginning, end with a right side row. Remove front band marker.


Cardigan Front Left, Belt:

  1. Change to C.
     
  2. Row 1 (wrong side): Cast on 13 (15, 17) sts, purl to end of row – 44 (50, 56) sts.
     
  3. Row 2: Work in Seed st.
     
  4. Row 3: Cast on 2 sts, work in Seed st to end of row—46 (52, 58) sts.
     
  5. Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3—48 (54, 60) sts.
     
  6. Row 6: Work in Seed st.
     
  7. Row 7: Cast on 1 st, work in Seed st to end of row—49 (55, 61) sts.
     
  8. Rows 8 and 9: Repeat Rows 6 and 7—50 (56, 62) sts.
     
  9. Row 10: Work in Seed st.
     
  10. Row 11: Bind off 1 st, work in Seed st to end of row—49 (55, 61) sts.
     
  11. Row 12: Work in Seed st.
     
  12. Rows 13 and 14: Repeat Rows 10 and 11—48 (54, 60) sts.
     
  13. Row 15: Bind off 2 sts, work in Seed st to end of row—46 (52, 58) sts.
     
  14. Row 16: Work in Seed st.
     
  15. Rows 17 and 18: Repeat Rows 15 and 16—44 (50, 56) sts.
     
  16. Row 19: Bind off 13 (15, 17) sts, purl to end of row—31 (35, 39) sts.


Cardigan Front Left, Upper Body:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 6 sts for front band, place marker, knit to end of row.
     
  3. Row 2: Knit to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
     
  4. Row 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, knit to end of row.
     
  5. Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures same as right front to next button placement marker, end with a wrong side row. Do not remove the button placement marker.
     
  6. Buttonhole Row (right side): Knit to marker, slip marker, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.
     
  7. Repeat from Row 2 two more times (until all 3 buttonholes have been made in upper body section).
     
  8. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures about 8½ (9½, 11)” (21.5 (24, 28) cm) from beginning, end with a right side row. Remove front band marker.


Cardigan Front Left, Shape Neck:

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): Bind off 9 (10, 11) sts, purl to end of row—22 (25, 28) sts.
     
  2. Row 2: Knit.
     
  3. Row 3: Bind off 2 sts, purl to end of row—20 (23, 26) sts.
     
  4. Row 4: Knit.
     
  5. Row 5: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—19 (22, 25) sts.
     
  6. Repeat last 2 rows 3 (4, 5) more times—16 (18, 20) sts.
     
  7. Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures same as back.
     
  8. Bind off.


Santa Baby Suit - left front

Sleeves:

  1. With B, cast on 34 (38, 42) sts.


Sleeves, Fur Cuff:

  1. Work in Garter st for 14 (16, 18) rows.


Sleeves, Body of Sleeve:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.
     
  3. Increase Row: K1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1—36 (40, 44) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 3 rows.
     
  4. Repeat Increase Row—38 (42, 46) sts.
     
  5. Repeat last 4 rows 4 (6, 5) more times—46(54, 56) sts.
     
  6. Next Row (wrong side): Purl.
     
  7. Repeat Increase Row—48 (56, 58) sts.
     
  8. Repeat last 2 rows 0 (1, 3) more times—48 (58, 64) sts.
     
  9. Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures about 5½ (6¼, 7)” (14 (16, 18) cm) from beginning. Bind off.

Santa Baby Suit - Sleeve


Belt Buckle:

  1. With D, cast on 15 sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st for 7 rows.
     
  3. Next Row (right side): K5, place remaining 10 sts on holder—5 sts.
     
  4. Working over 5 sts remaining on needle only, work in Garter st for 18 rows. Place these 5 sts on holder. Cut yarn.
     
  5. Next Row (right side): Working over first 10 sts placed on holder, rejoin D and bind off next 5 sts (at center of buckle), k5—5 sts. Working over 5 sts on needle only, work in Garter st for 18 rows.
     
  6. Next Row (wrong side): K5, cast on 5 sts, knit across 5 sts remaining on holder—15 sts. Work in Garter st for 7 rows. Bind off.
     
  7. Sew shoulder seams.


Collar:

  1. With right side facing and A, leaving tops of front bands free, pick up and k18 (20, 22) sts across right front neck edge, 20 (22, 26) sts across back neck, 18 (20, 22) across left front neck edge—56 (62, 70) sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st until collar measures about 2 (2½, 3)” (5 (6.5, 7.5) cm). Bind off.


Finishing Cardigan:

  1. Place markers on side edges about 4¼ (5¼, 5¾)” (11 (13.5, 14.5) cm) down from shoulder seams (on both back and fronts).
     
  2. Center top of one sleeve between markers on one side and sew in place. Repeat to sew 2nd sleeve to other side.
     
  3. Sew side and sleeve seams.
     
  4. Sew buttons to right front band at markers.
     
  5. Remove button placement markers. With sewing needle and thread, sew one piece of black snap fastener to underside of belt along top edge of point.
     
  6. Sew one piece of 2nd black snap fastener to underside of belt along lower edge of point.
     
  7. Sew other pieces of black snap fasteners to belt, aligning with underside snap pieces.
     
  8. Sew belt buckle to belt along center and side edges. Weave in ends.

 


Hat:

  1. With B, cast on 84 (92) sts.


Hat, Fur Band:

  1. Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 16 rows.


Hat, Body of Hat:

  1. Change to A.
     
  2. Row 1 (wrong side): [P12 (10), M1P] 6 (8) times, purl to end of row—90 (100) sts.
     
  3. Work even in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures about 4½ (5)” (11.5 (12.5) cm) from beginning, end with a wrong side row.


Hat, Shape Top of Hat:

  1. Decrease Row 1 (right side): K7, *k2tog, k8; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—81 (90) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows.
     
  2. Decrease Row 2: K6, *k2tog, k7; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—72 (80) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows.
     
  3. Decrease Row 3: K5, *k2tog, k6; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—63 (70) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 7 rows.
     
  4. Decrease Row 4: K4, *k2tog, k5; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—54 (60) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 7 rows.
     
  5. Decrease Row 5: K3, *k2tog, k4; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—45 (50) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 9 rows.
     
  6. Decrease Row 6: K2, *k2tog, k3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—36 (40) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 9 rows.
     
  7. Decrease Row 7: K1, *k2tog, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—27 (30) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 9 rows.
     
  8. Decrease Row 8: *k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row—18 (20) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows
     
  9. Decrease Row 9: *K2tog; repeat from * to end of row—9 (10) sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows.
     
  10. Size Toddler Only: Next Decrease Row: K4, k2tog, k4—9 sts. Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows.
     
  11. Both Sizes: Next Decrease Row: [K3tog] 3 times—3 sts. Next Row: Purl. Last Row: K3tog. Bind off. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.


Finishing the Hat:

  1. Use long tail to sew side edges of hat together for back seam. Weave in ends.
     
  2. Pompom: With B, make a 1¾ (2)” (4.5 (5) cm) pompom. Sew pompom to tip of hat.

 

 

 

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