How to Knit a Hackberry Model Baby Sweater
If you're looking for a new knitting
project, consider making a hackberry model
baby sweater. This adorable sweater
features a unique texture that resembles the bark of a hackberry tree, which makes it a great option for nature-loving parents. Plus, it's easy to customize with your choice of yarn colors.
What You'll Need
- Worsted weight yarn in two colors
- Size 8 knitting needles
- Tapestry needle
- Start by casting on 66 stitches with your main color yarn. Work in rib stitch for 10 rows.
- Switch to your contrasting color yarn and start the hackberry stitch pattern. The pattern is as follows:
- Row 1: Knit 1, *purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
- Row 2: Purl 1, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
- Row 3: Knit 1, *purl 2, slip 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, return the 2 slipped stitches to the left needle, knit them together through the back loops; repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
- Row 4: Purl 1, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
- Repeat these 4 rows until the piece measures 9 inches from the beginning.
- Next, divide the work into front, back, and sleeves. To do this, knit 18 stitches, bind off 6 stitches, knit 30 stitches, bind off 6 stitches, knit the remaining 18 stitches. These last 18 stitches will be the back of the sweater. The remaining stitches will be divided equally among the two sleeves.
- Work on the back stitches first, continuing in the hackberry stitch pattern until the back measures 6 inches from the beginning of the division for the sleeves. Then, bind off all stitches.
- For the sleeves, pick up the stitches along the sides of the armhole openings. Pick up 20 stitches on each side, and then work in the hackberry stitch pattern for 4 inches, binding off all stitches at the end.
- Finally, work on the front stitches. Continue in the hackberry stitch pattern until the front measures 8 inches from the beginning of the division for the sleeves. Then, work in rib stitch for 10 rows, binding off all stitches.
- Use the tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends and sew up the side and sleeve seams.
- Your hackberry model baby sweater is complete and ready for your little one to wear!
This hackberry model baby sweater
is a great way to challenge yourself as a knitter and create a unique and adorable garment for the little one in your life. The hackberry stitch pattern creates a beautiful texture that is sure to impress, and you can customize the colors to match any baby's style. Give it a try and see the joy it brings.