- 1 Knitting materials and knitting tools:
- 2 Finished measurements of knit bottom-up raglan sweater:
- 3 Note for knitters:
- 4 Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
- 6 Body of the knit raglan sweater pattern for babies – begin at the bottom edge:
- 7 Knitting the sleeves of seamless raglan sweater:
- 9 Joining the sleeves to the body of the knit baby raglan sweater:
This is one of my favourite knitted raglan sweater patterns for babies that I’m happy to share with you today. Among all of the patterns I like this one because it’s knitted using bottom-up technique and has no seam. Designed for the age of 18-24 months, it requires only 2-2.5 balls of yarn to create a cute-looking item that deserves a place in your baby’s cloth collection. Not only this raglan sweater is knitted quickly, it also has lots of customization opportunities. Enjoy the pattern below with tons of photos, detailed explanation of each step and Q&A section at the ned where I try to answer all your questions.
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> Circular needles in size US 8 (5 mm) – 16” and 24”;
<> Main yarn – YarnArt Jeans – 55% cotton, 45% Pac, 50 grams = 160 m. (174 yds.). Yarn color – white – 2.5 balls.
Finished measurements of knit bottom-up raglan sweater:
Age: 18-24 months;
Chest 54 сm (21″);
Length – 26 cm (10″) from underarm.
Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Note for knitters:
Knit with two strands of yarn at once
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
p2tog –purl two together
k2tog – knit two together
How to knit bobble stitch:
In the same stitch – knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1 and then drop the stitch from your left needle. Now you have 5 stitches on the right needle.
Turn your work and purl these 5 stitches.
Pick the second stitch up and pull it over the first one and again pick the third stitch up and pull it over.
Body of the knit raglan sweater pattern for babies – begin at the bottom edge:
Cast on 88 stitches on 16” needles. Join to work in the round. Place marker for beginning of the round.
Begin with rib 2 by 2 *knit 2, purl 2* keep repeating 7 rounds.Rounds 1-5: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 6: [k4, bbl] – 8 times, k48.
Rounds 7-11: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 12: k2, [bbl, k4] – 8 times, bbl, k45.Repeat Rounds 1-12 – 3 more times.
Repeat Round 1. Set aside.
Knitting the sleeves of seamless raglan sweater:
Cast on 28 stitches on 24” needles. Use magic loop method.
In rib 2 by 2 work 7 rows.
Rounds 1-19: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 20: increase – knit one stitch from the previous round, knit until last stitch, knit one stitch from the previous round. Please check pictures how to increase from the previous round.
Rounds 21-39: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 40: repeat Round 20.
Rounds 41-45: knit in stockinette stitch.
Slip stitches to holder or waste yarn.
Repeat the same pattern for the second sleeve.
Joining the sleeves to the body of the knit baby raglan sweater:
Using working thread of body part, knit 32 stitches from waste yarn (first sleeve), k44 (front side), k32 (second sleeve), k44 (back side).
Round 1: p2tog, k28, p2tog, p2tog, k40, p2tog, p2tog, k28, p2tog, p2tog, k40, p2tog.
Round 2: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 3: p2tog, k26, p2tog, p2tog, k38, p2tog, p2tog, k26, p2tog, p2tog, k38, p2tog.
[Round 4]: round with bobbles – k30, bbl, [k4, bbl]- 7 times, k70.
Round 5: p2tog, k24, p2tog, p2tog, k36, p2tog, p2tog, k24, p2tog, p2tog, k36, p2tog.
Round 6: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 7: p2tog, k22, p2tog, p2tog, k34, p2tog, p2tog, k22, p2tog, p2tog, k34, p2tog.
Round 8: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 9: p2tog, k20, p2tog, p2tog, k32, p2tog, p2tog, k20, p2tog, p2tog, k32, p2tog.
[Round 10]: round with bobbles.
Round 11: p2tog, k18, p2tog, p2tog, k30, p2tog, p2tog, k18, p2tog, p2tog, k30, p2tog.
Round 12: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 13: p2tog, k16, p2tog, p2tog, k28, p2tog, p2tog, k16, p2tog, p2tog, k28, p2tog.
Round 14: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 15: p2tog, k14, p2tog, p2tog, k26, p2tog, p2tog, k14, p2tog, p2tog, k26, p2tog.
[Round 16]: round with bobbles.
Round 17: p2tog, k12, p2tog, p2tog, k24, p2tog, p2tog, k12, p2tog, p2tog, k24, p2tog.
Round 18: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 19: p2tog, k10, p2tog, p2tog, k22, p2tog, p2tog, k10, p2tog, p2tog, k22, p2tog.
Round 20: knit in stockinette stitch.
Round 21: p2tog, k8, p2tog, p2tog, k20, p2tog, p2tog, k8, p2tog, p2tog, k20, p2tog.
Round 22: knit in stockinette stitch. I didn’t knit bobbles in this round.
Round 23: p2tog, k6, p2tog, p2tog, k18, p2tog, p2tog, k6, p2tog, p2tog, k18, p2tog.
Here you go, knit sweater is done! Enjoy your lovely work based on the free knitting pattern of raglan sweater from Crazy Hands Knitting.
I have knitted for years, but consider myself a beginner. I am interested in making the bobble sweater and went to my local knitting store today to buy the yarn and needles. The only time I’ve tried knitting in the round, I totally screwed up and I got discouraged. The gal in the store today was a little discouraging about my trying this bobble sweater, but I really want to make it for my first grandchild, who is on his way. I’ve read the instructions, but still don’t feel like I understand it. Also, I would like to make the sweater for a 6-9 month old baby size. How do I adjust the instructions for this size? HELP!!
Hello dear Sandy!
First of all thanks for your questions.
I think that even if you are a beginner you will manage to finish this project.
My suggestion would be to check first some youtube videos on how to knit in the round – I am sure it will help you to understand the technique. In my pattern the idea was to create seamless sweater that will be more comfortable for the baby or toddler.
Concerning the sweater’s size – for example, 9 months girl has a chest circumference 44 cm and boy – 45 cm (I found this data in the internet). First of all you need to knit a small piece of example and check your gauge. Then recalculate it for 44 or 45 cm plus allowance. This task is a bit tricky for me as well, but give it a try – it’s a good learning exeperience.
You can also use my pattern, but take the smaller needles. One more thing to keep in mind – use suggestted needle’s number while knitting Rounds 24-28 (neck part – to make it wide for baby’s head).
I hope you will manage to knit this baby sweater and I am ready to answer all your questions here one by one.
I have been practicing, at your suggestion, knitting in the round…and doing the bobble stitch. I think I am ready to begin knitting this sweater, but there is one thing that I still can’t figure out. The base color I am using is a white yarn. Then, I have a green yarn and a yellow yarn, which I will use to make alternating rows of bobbles. The thing I can’t figure out is, when I make a bobble….and switch from my base yarn, white, to a color, how do I tie off the bobble in the back of the work? Or do I not do this? If I pick up the use of the bobble color, I end up with two strands of yarn in the back of the word. One attached to the ball of yarn…and the other just dangling there. Please explain to me how to incorporate the different colors of yarn without having all of these knots in the back of the work. Finally….when I switch to the bobble color, should I use a double strand of yarn, as I am using in the base color for the sweater? Thank you!
Hi Sandy, I’m very glad that you liked this sweater and ready to knit it. So I’ll try to help you as per my knowledge. So, when you start knitting a bobble stitch you pick yellow yarn, knit the bobble itself, leave yellow yarn behind your work (no cutting) until you start the next bobble using the same yellow yarn. Continue knitting till the end of the row and then cut the yellow yarn. Knit a piece of the sweater until the next row with bobbles and then take new colour of the yarn. On the back side of the sweater you will have loosed thread between bobbles in each row with bobbles. Maybe there is some other way to do it that I don’t aware of… Please let me know if everything is clear here.
Regarding your 2nd question about 2 strands of yarn – yes, it’s used everywhere. Check the pics once again and you’ll see it.
Have a great time knitting your sweater 🙂
Will the loose yarn behind the bobbles make it difficult to pull over the baby? Seems like they might catch on something, like buttons of under shirt??
Would love to see you size this sweater into larger sizes – it’s cute! I would want about a size 3 . . . 🙂
Is. This knitted with doubled yarn. It doesn’t say in the instructions but shows yarn doubled in the pictures.
Hi Carolyn, yes, you are totally right. This sweater is knitted with two strands of yarn at once. Huge thanks for noticing it. I’ll add this info to the knitting instruction right now! 🙂
Thanks for the prompt response. Much appreciated. I’m looking forward to getting started on it but will have to wait until I finish my current project
The knitting materials list a main colour of white but there is no quantity for the coloured yarn and no reference to it in the instructions. Am I missing something?
Hello Lyn, I have used no more than 5 m of each color.
So, I need to roll my colored yarn into two balls so that I have a doubled thread for bobbles, just like with the base white yarn. Correct?
Also, I bought two 100 g skeins of white yarn, but am concerned that it’s not enough. Will it be?
Can you post a video of the increase row in the sleeves. Also, do I need to buy another of the same needles that I’m using for the body of the sweater for the sleeves? Or do I put the main body on a holder of some kind?
Thank you for your questions.
I am planning to start making videos but that is not so fast process. I am sure if you check pictures better you can understand how I did increase row for sleeves. Regarding your second question – you don’t need the second pair of needles. Just when you finish with body simply put it on holder.
Let me know if you have questions!
Hello, I have good news for you. I have made video of How to increase from the previous round. Please follow me on Instagram where you can check the video itself. https://www.instagram.com/amurushka_amur/
Hi, I tried to do the bobbles following your written instructions and it creates a hole next to the bobble. what have I done wrong?
Hello. Try to pull the base color yarn tightly otherwise I dont understand why the holes appeared.
Can I knit this pattern without the bobbles?
Can I knit this pattern on straight needles? I am a beginner and can’t grab the concept of circular needles
Hi Sue. Of course you can knit it without bobbles. You can also knit in rows but then it is better do not knit a raglan. I know your feeling but trust me if you get once how to knit and join in round you will never knit in rows again. Check my hats tutorial where I show how to cast on and join to knit it round. Maybe it will help you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOlmyjbaIS0
Do you have this pattern in 24-48 m size? I would love to increase number of stitches on sleeves and body part and also to add at least 20 rows at body part but don’t know how many should I add and would that affect the upper part of sweater?
I made this size for my 14 months old doughter and it too small.
14 months old and it is small???
That is very strange, maybe your way of knitting is too tight or simply the gauge was different.
i dont have another versions of this pattern but you can simply adjust it. Add as many stitches and rows as you need and knit according same proportions as in the pattern (neck line and sleeves)
Yes, she is 80 cm high and has 12 kg. I used the same needles as you and wool that fits that size of needles.
What number weight is the yarn?
It is FINE. But I knitted in 2 strands of yarn at once
I’ve been trying to make this, but it can’t seem to figure out how to attach the sleeves. Do you cast off any stitches before attaching? I dont understand what you’ve written.
I knit 2 sleeves and kept them on separate needles (or waste yarn can be as well). I did not cast off any stitches. When the body part was ready I just joined all pieces together using working yarn of the body part.
-Using working thread of body part, knit 32 stitches from waste yarn (first sleeve), k44 (front side), k32 (second sleeve), k44 (back side).
Let me know if it is more cleat now.