Remember when Prince George was this tiny? He’s certainly grown a bit since then, and is about to become a cousin to Uncle Harry and Aunty Meghan’s little bundle of joy. If you’ve just welcomed a little prince or princess to the family, why not knit this personalised baby jumper inspired by our favourite royal? Created exclusively by our craft team, you’ll find your free baby jumper knitting pattern below along with step-by-step instructions. You’ll need to use your skills to knit this cute baby jumper, so it’s best suited to intermediate or advanced knitters.
To fit ages 9-12 (12-18:18-24) months. Finished measurements: chest 60(65:69.5) cm; length to shoulder 28(32:36) cm; sleeve length 19(22:24) cm.
- 3(4:4) 50g balls of Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino in Baby Blue 204(A) and one 50g ball in White 100(B)
- Pair each of 3mm and 3.25mm knitting needles
- 3mm circular needle, 60cm long
- 3 small buttons
25 sts and 34 rows to 10cm square over st st using 3.25mm needles.
beg beginning; cm centimetres; cont continue; foll following; inc increase; k knit; m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st; p purl; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; ssk [slip 1] twice, insert tip of left hand needle from left to right through the fronts of both slipped sts and work 2tog; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; yf yarn forward; WS wrong side
- We have given you the whole alphabet, so you can customise your sweater to suit. Bear in mind the number of stitches you have to work with when deciding which letters to use. You will need to draw a chart of the name on to graph paper to workout the spacing of the letters.
- When working from your chart, use separate small balls of yarn for each letter and twist yarns at the colour change to avoid holes.
- If you prefer, you can Swiss darn the name on to the plain front, rather than knitting it in.
** With 3mm needles and A, cast on 77 (83, 89) sts. 1st rib row (RS) K1, [p1,k1] to end. 2nd rib row P1, [k1, p1] to end.Rep these 2 rows twice more. Change to 3.25mm needles **. Beg with a k row, work in st-st until back measures23(27:31)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row.
Divide for back opening
Next row (RS) K41(44:47), turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem 36(39:42) sts on a spare needle.
Next row (WS) K1,[p1, k1] twice, p to end. Next row K to last 5 sts, p1, [k1,p1] twice. The last 2 rows form st-st with centre back ribbed buttonhole band. Work a further 3 rows. Next(buttonhole) row (RS)K to last 5 sts, p1, ssk,yf, k1, p1. Work 7 rows.
Next (buttonhole)row (RS)K to last 5 sts, p1, ssk, yf, k1, p1.
Work 3 rows.
Next row (RS) Cast off 12(13:14) sts, k to last 5 sts, p1, [k1, p1] twice. Work 1 row.
Next row (RS) Cast off 11(12:13) sts, k to last 5 sts, p1, [k1, p1] twice. Leave rem18(19:20) sts on a holder. With RS facing, cast on 5 sts, work p1, [k1, p1] twice across these sts, then k across 36(39:42)sts on spare needle. 41(44:47) sts. Keeping 5 sts of button band in rib, work a further 15 rows.
Next row (WS) Cast off 12(13:14) sts, k tolast 5 sts, p1, [k1, p1] twice. Work 1 row.Next row (WS) Cast off 11(12:13) sts, k tolast 5 sts, p1, [k1, p1] twice. Leave rem18(19:20) sts on a holder.
When you have drawn up your name chart on graph paper and worked out the number of rows in your chart, use the knitted Back to work out how many st-st rows you need to work after the lower rib before starting the chart. There will be a maximum of 22 rows for the chart, but leave at least 2 further rows between the top of the chart and the neck shaping.
Work exactly as for Back from ** to**. Beg with a k row, work in st-st for approximately 16(17:18)cm or until your each the point where you need to start the chart, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS) With A, k to start of chart, k across 1st row of chart, k to end in A.Cont in st-st until all chart rows have been worked, then work until front measures 23(27:31)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row.
Next row (RS) K32(34:36), turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Cast off 3 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 2 sts at same edge on foll 2 WS rows, then 1 st at neck edge of next 2 WS rows. 23(25:27) sts. Work straight until front measures same asBack to shoulder, ending at side edge.
Cast off 12(13:14) sts at beg of next row and rem 11(12:13) sts at beg of foll RS row.With RS facing, slip 13(15:17) sts at centre front on to a holder, rejoin yarn to rem32(34:36) sts, k to end. P to end. Cast off 3 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 2sts at same edge on foll 2 RS rows, then 1st at neck edge of next 2 RS rows. 23(25:27) sts. Work straight until front measures same as Back to shoulder, ending at side edge.
Cast off 12(13:14) sts at beg of next rowand rem 11(12:13) sts at beg of foll WS row.
With 3mm needles, cast on 39(41:43) sts. Work 6 rows in rib as given for Back. Change to 3.25mm needles.Beg with a k row, work in st-st. Work 2rows. Inc row (RS) K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2. Work 3 rows. Rep last 4rows 5(6:8) times more. 51(55:61)sts. Inc row K2, m1, k to last 2sts, m1,k2. Work 5 rows. Rep last 6 rows 3 times more, then inc row once more. 61(65:71)sts. Cont straight until sleeve measures19(22:24)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Cast off.
Join shoulder seams. With RS facing, 3mm circular needle and A, rib 5 sts of back button band, k across rem 13(14:15) sts on holder, pick up and k21 sts down left front neck, k across 13(15:17) sts on centre front holder, pick up and k21 sts up right front neck, k first 13(14:15) sts on right back neck edge, then work p1, [k1, p1] twice across buttonhole band. 91(95:99) sts. Work backwards and forwards in rows. 1st rib row (WS) K1, [p1, k1] to end. 2nd(buttonhole) rib row P1, [k1, p1] to last 4sts, ssk, yf, k1, p1. 3rd row [K1, p1] to end. Rib a further 2 rows. Cast off in rib.
TO MAKE UP
With centre of cast off edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams. Sew cast on edge of button band behind button hole band. Sew on buttons.