Babies inspire some of our prettiest ideas, and when a little one is on the way or has recently arrived, we channel our best intentions into our knitting needles. One such result is our Baby Colorwork Cardigan!

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho

Previously known as our Baby Fair Isle Cardigan, we’ve updated the name for accuracy’s sake since neither the colorwork pattern nor the yarn actually come from the Shetland Islands. The yarn, in fact, is our incredibly soft and cozy Posy, a machine-washable blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon, perfect for the messy work of being a baby.

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho

In addition to the name, we have also brought this pattern’s skein requirements and colors up to date. Posy is now only available in a new 50-gram skein size and also has a brand new palette that introduces five gorgeous new colors, including the pretty range of blues in the version shown here.

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho

Aside from these changes, our Baby Colorwork Cardigan remains the same crowd favorite with its super simple bottom up, one-piece construction. A built-in button band means no picking up stitches, and crochet-loop buttonholes save the complication of keeping track of when to knit one in. So, instead of fussy details, your sense of purpose can be all heart… The best part of knitting for babies!

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Whitney Van Nes.

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Materials

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho
  • Main Color: 2 (2, 3, 4) skeins of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Each skein is 159 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 245 (310, 395, 510) total yards required.
  • Contrast Colors A, B, C, and D: 1 skein of Posy. Each skein is approximately 159 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 10 (10, 15, 15) yards of A and B; 10 yards of C; and 5 yards of D required.

We used the following colors . . .

6-MONTH SIZE

  • Main Color, Mourning Dove
  • Contrast Color A, Maple Wood; Color B, Pink Papaya; Color C, Azalea Glow; Color D, Pink Nectar

2-YEAR SIZE

  • Main Color, Drizzle Gray
  • Contrast Color A, Blue Dusk; Color B, Bellflower Blue; Color C, Cloudless Sky; Color D, Heirloom White

You’ll also need…

Gauge

28 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using larger needles

Sizes

Newborn (6 Months, 1 Year, 2 Years)

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 17 (19, 21, 23) inches
  • Finished Body Length From Bottom Edge To Underarm: 5 (6, 7, 8½) inches
  • Finished Body Length From Bottom Edge To Top Of Shoulder: 8½ (9¾, 11, 12¾) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length: 5½ (6, 7, 9) inches

SAMPLES: The sweaters pictured here are sizes 6 Months and 2 Years.

Pattern

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho

The Baby Colorwork Cardigan Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho
Baby Colorwork Cardigan In New Colors | Purl Soho