Monday, January 21, 2013

Otto Day Cardigan (Knitting Pattern!)

I've renamed this pattern:  
Otto Day Cardigan  

You can find the adult version (and the story behind it's new name) here:

I made a sweet little short sleeve sweater (Quince & Co. Osprey, color parsley) that was oh so sweet!  But he grew out of it in a minute.  So I knit up another in Cascade's Eco Wool.... it's quite lovely, easy to get on and comfy, and keeps those hands free for all the trouble my wee one gets into all these days.

Double Breasted Baby Sweater
Sizes: 3 months, (6m, 12m, 18m, 24m)

Finished Size: at chest, aprox. 21 (22, 23, 24, 25) inches

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in double seed stitch

Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Eco Wool (pictured) or Quince & Co. Osprey

Needles: Size 8 circular 16" or straight needle, and size 8 double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain guage)

Notions: 1" button OR sew in snap OR toggle

Stitches you will need to know how to knit:
Double seed stitch (dss):
            Rows 1 & 2: K1, P1 on right sides and P1, K1 on wrong sides
            Row 3 & 4: P1, K1 on right sides and K1, P1 on wrong sides

Honeycomb Cable: (8 stitches in cable)
            Rows 1-3: Knit on right sides and purl on wrong sides
            Row 4: Place 2 stitches on cable needle, hold to front, knit next 2 stitches, knit 2 from cable needle. Place next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.
            Rows 5-7: Knit on right sides and purl on wrong sides.
            Row 8:  Place 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.  Place 2 stitches on cable needle, hold to front, knit next 2 stitches, knit 2 from cable needle. 

Stockinette stitch: Knit on right sides and purl on wrong sides

With double pointed needles, CO 24 (26, 28, 30, 32) stitches.  Join and pm to work in round.   

Rows 1-10: Work in double seed stitch.

Rows 11-14:  Change to stockinette stitch and work for 4 more rows.  

Row 15: Cast off 10 (10, 12, 12, 14) stitches.  Place remaining stitches on stitch holder.

CO 94 (98, 102, 106, 110) stitches, using circular or straight needles (worked flat).  

Setup row (RS): work in dss for 10 stitches, k8 (cable stitches), dss 25 (26, 29, 31, 33), k8 (cable stitches), dss 25 (26, 29, 31, 33), k8 (cable stitches), dss 10 stitches 

Rows 1-8: continue in pattern, working a honeycomb cable in the three sections of k8.

Repeat rows 1-8 until piece measures 5 (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5) inches.

Work 18 (19, 19, 20, 20) stitches, cast off 10 (10, 12, 12, 14) stitches.  Work 38 (40, 40, 42, 42) stitches, cast off 10 (10, 12, 12, 14) stitches, work 18 (19, 19, 20, 20) stitches. 

Working in pattern, work 18 (19, 19, 20, 20) stitches, place marker, knit held sleeve stitches, place marker, work 38 (40, 40, 42, 42) stitches, place marker, knit held sleeve stitches of second sleeve, place marker, work 18 (19, 19, 20, 20) stitches. 

All remaining right side rows: continue in pattern (sleeve stitches between markers continue to be knit in stockinette stitch), before each marker, k2tog, after each marker k2tog through back loop.   

For remaining rows, front side cables are knit in double seed stitch pattern.  Back cable continues in honeycomb cable pattern to cast off.

Continue until piece measures 6.5 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches.  Create button hole (or omit this and use a sew-in snap or toggle):  on next wrong side row, knit until 7 stitches remain.  Cast off 4 stitches.  Knit until end.  On next row knit 3, cast on 4 stitches, and continue until end of row.

Work in pattern for 4 more rows.  Cast off all stitches.

Sew underarms closed.  Sew on button.  Weave in ends.  Wash with baby friendly detergent or soap and block.

On a side note, does anyone know how difficult it is to get a one year old to cooperate?  Not the best model.  A few outtakes for fun, shall we? 


  1. Can't wait to make this awesome sweater!

  2. How many yards of yarn should it take?

    1. Goodness, I still haven't gotten around to figuring that out, but I'll try to do it asap!

  3. I love this little sweater and can't wait to see mine finished. This is my second attempt to knit it, because I run into a problem at "Work in pattern until piece measures 5, 6, 6.5...inches. I'm making the 12 month size, so I have 102 stitches on the needle at this point. In the next paragraph, if I work the correct # of stitches and cast off the correct number, those stitches total 116, not 102. This disparity in the number of stitches causes me to be short 14 stitches when I get to the end of the row. What am I not understanding? Was I to be adding stitches earlier in the pattern? Help, please! Thank you. Jean

    1. Darn it, you're right. I thought I had fixed the problem with the stitch count in the pattern, but clearly I haven't. I will take a closer look at it in the next couple of days and try to sort it out. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Thank you! I'll be eagerly waiting to find out the correct stitch count.

    1. I don't know how I got all my numbers so bungled, but I believe they are correct now. And thanks for the yardage!

  5. Regarding yardage: I used 160 yds. Worsted weight yarn for the 12 month size.

    1. Thanks Jean. I love this pattern

  6. Thank you so much for correcting the numbers. I'm knitting my second Otto now.

  7. What a beautiful pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  8. So cute! Just have to knit this even tho I don't have a baby to make it for. Daughter has some of the Eco wool left over from a sweater that I will use. Thanks for such a sweet free pattern!

  9. Excited!! have just found this are very talented, I love it!
    Having read the comments above can I now assume that the pattern is now correct?
    Thanks in advance :)

    1. Oh good, glad you found it too! Thanks to all the previous knitters, all the kinks have been ironed out!

  10. This is Fabulous! I love the out takes!

  11. What a wonderful community of people who are willing to share their patterns. I am very excited to try this pattern out. And all from the comfort of my armchair. Thank you.

  12. I am very new to knitting and so am a little confused and may have a question that is very obvious. For the section that is the body......I completed rows 1 through 9 which is worked on the right side. So for row 10 which would be the wrong side, do I start repeating the ppattern from row 1 which is also on the right side or start repeating from row 2 which would keep me going the correct way with ws and rs?

    1. The repeat is rows 2-9. The cables will always be on the RS of the work.

  13. Help!!!! I am probably a beginner/ intermediate knitter. I love this sweater and hope to knit two for some adorable twin babies, Annie and Will. I have never knit in the round before but with the help of a youtube video. I successfully knit the sleeves, but can anyone help me understand how to join them to the body. When I knit across the saved row of the sleeve, I come to the stitches I cast off in the body and just continuing to knit creates a hole. Logically the twelve cast-off stitches on the sleeve and the twelve cast-off stitches in the body must go together in some way, but I don't understand how. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any advice on this technique. The babies are preemies so I have some time before they will fit into the sweaters.

    1. Hello Janet! That's okay! There are several ways that knitting patterns close up these holes (it doesn't sound like you are doing anything wrong!) One is simply, to go back and sew it closed when you are finished. If you happen to place them on a stitch holder then you can also graft them together or knit them together! Hope that helps!

  14. I've started this beautiful little cardigan in the 6 month size and have hit a problem early on! The pattern says to cast on 98 stitches for the body but the stitches written for the set-up row add up to 94. Am I doing something wrong or should there only be 94 stitches for this size? Thanks so much for any help u can give me and thanks so much for sharing such a lovely pattern!

    1. Sorry, the stitches in the set-up row add up to 96.


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