One of my very favorite and most popular designs, Baby Sweater Buffet, got a make over!
I originally released Baby Sweater Buffet in 2010. I had just started writing patterns and was figuring it out as I went! Baby Sweater Buffet was a great idea – take one simple top down cardigan and illustrate a bunch of ways to change it into a bunch of different cardigans, so you have a new sweater every time one of your friends has a baby. I just didn’t do a great job of explaining exactly how to do that. The pattern was pretty vague and left a lot to the imagination. LOTS and LOTS of knitters figured it out, though!
Start with a quick to knit top down cardigan striped or solid. If you’re good with that – awesome! Otherwise choose from a buffet of fun options to make your sweater truly unique.
Or turn your sweater into an animal! This pattern has step by step instructions and yarn requirements for each of the following animals:
Also new is an old man sweater option! Complete with shawl collar and elbow patches.
And since I had each of these samples knit up, I dug deep into my love of Knit Picks and found perfect yarn and quantities for each option.
Yarn: 275 (325, 375, 450, 525, 600) yards worsted weight yarn estimating high to include buffet options and striping, but depending on which add ons you choose you may need more, so round up if you plan on knitting a hood or shawl collar for sure.
- Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% peruvian highland wool; 100yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Bear (newborn size) used 2 balls Mink Heather (MC) and 1 ball Bramble Heather (CC).
- Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% superwash wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Hooded Cardigan (newborn size) used 2 balls Pampas Heather (MC) and 1 ball Brass Heather (CC).
- Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic; 218yds/100g: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls. Pig (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cotton Candy (MC) and Blush (CC). Cat (newborn size) used 1 ball each White (MC), Black (CC1), and Sienna (CC2). Cardigan (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cobblestone Heather (MC) and Mint (CC).
- Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Zebra (6 month size) used 2 balls each Black (MC) and White (CC). Old Man Sweater (12 month size) used 3 balls Jade (MC), 1 ball each Green Tea Heather (CC1) and Wonderland Heather (CC2).
Also new is a schematic! Hey, those are important, right?
Those of you who have already purchased the pattern got the new copy in their inboxes. And from here on out it’s the new Baby Sweater Buffet pattern! Download it on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Kollabora today.Pin It