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Absolutely Basic Baby Sweater
Absolutely Basic Baby Jacket

Simple baby jacket in Garter Stitch with modified drop sleeves.

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The Simplest Stitching Lets Your Precious Bundle be the Star

Brand new knitters will be able to tackle this Absolutely Basic Baby Sweater -- even if you just learned this morning. It's small, portable and knits up so fast you won't have time to get bored -- perfect for a first project.

You don't even have to know how to purl -- if you can knit, you can do it. Give it a try; you might just surprise yourself!


  • 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in shade 100 White, or 180 yards chunky yarn of your choice (one skein is enough for any size, actual yardage measurements are about 70 [80, 90, 100] yards)
  • 1 pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles
  • 4 duffel coat toggles
  • Scissors and yarn needle for finishing


3.5 stitches and 8 rows per inch in Garter Stitch.


Preemie (Newborn, 3 months, 6 months) Instructions are given for the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses.

Chest size finished garment: 14 (16, 18, 20.5) inches

Length from back neck: 7.5 (8.5, 9.5, 11) inches

For more measurements, see the pattern schematic

Sample knit in 3 months size, by Eileen Casey

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