Farnsworth Sweater

May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am 5 comments

I’m totally thrilled with two out of the three sweaters designs I used  for my little one. If you remember from a few posts ago, I made two girl-specific sweaters, two boy sweaters, and two gender neutral sweaters. The gender neutral ones left something to be desired, but I’ll get to that later. The others were absolutely darling!

Here is one of the boy sweaters modeled on Chad.

In retrospect it seems a little silly to knit sweaters for babies due in april who live in NC. I mean really, aren’t they going to wear them like twice before it’s too hot? What can I say? I’m a knitter and these babies just didn’t seem properly welcomed without a few sweaters made just for them.

For this sweater, I wanted a simple textured stitch pattern. Something that didn’t take a lot of concentration, but had a more dramatic effect than all-over stockinette.

I’ve also had a thing for the Matthew Cuthbert sweater style for men. Big and warm with huge shawl collars for those super chilly nights on Prince Edward Island. And since newborn boys always look like darling little old men, the style seemed thoroughly appropriate.

When I first discovered Remix, I picked up some grey and blue. As you may remember I ended up doing the crossover cardi out of the grey, and loved it. But I never ended up using the blue, so this ended up being a great little stash busting project. If you go out and buy the yarn, the sweater only requires one skein, and should only set you back about $10. A pretty cheap little baby knit in my mind.

My only irritation with the final product is how the button band turned out. This is a consistent complaint I have with my sweaters, and I ripped this button band out three times trying to get it right and finally surrendered. I never ever seem to have a button band that lays perfectly perpendicular to the body of the sweater. I either pick up too few stitches making it pull up from the bottom, or I pick up too many and it fans out from the bottom. I decided to go with the what was the lesser of two evils in my mind, fanning out from the bottom. I’ve included my notes on how I worked up this sweater below. I’d be curious how others knitters tackle the button band. Actually if you have any button band wisdom at all, I would totally like to hear from you. Have you figured out a trick? Have you run across other blogs or instructional videos that may shed light?

If this is a sweater your interested in knitting for a new little one in your life, I hope the following notes are helpful. Please note that I haven’t graded this for multiple sizes, and it hasn’t been tech-edited. If you run into issues, please let me know, I’d love to help as best I can, but my time is a bit limited these days. Nursing twins in quite the time-hog!


Farnsworth Sweater Notes

Gauge: 3.5-4 sts/inch

Materials: 1 ball Berroco Remix, #8 (US) Needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), stitch markers

Size: 0-3 months

CO 34 sts
Work 2×2 ribbing for 2 inches starting with purl, end on wrong side row
Row 1: purl.
Rows 2, 3, and 4: Work three rows of 2×2.
Rep these four rows till work measures 8 inches.
Purl 1 row.
Bind off.

Left Front Side (As worn)
CO 18 sts
Work same as back till work is 5 inches long. End on wrong side row.
Attach stitch marker to 1st stitch. This marks the beginning of the v-neck decreases.
Purl 1 row.
Sl1, p2tog, work to end in established pattern.
Work in established pttern.
Rep these two rows until work measures 8, 9, 10 inches. bind off

Right Front (as worn)

Work mirror image for opposite side, make sure final # sts same as left front.

Sleeve (Make 2)

CO 26 sts
Work 3 rows in 2×2 ribbing starting with purl, ending on wrong side row
Purl one row.
Row 1: sl1, p2tog, work in established pattern to last 3 sts, ssp, p1.
Rows 2 and 3: work 2 more rows in established 2×2 ribbing.
Row 4: purl.
Repeat above 4 rows 5 more times. (14 sts)
Work in 2×2 ribbing until work is 6 inches long.
Bind off.

Seam. Keep the stitch markers at the corner of the v-neck in place.

Button Band
Pick up 3 sts for every 2 slipped stitches around. As you come to the stitch markers that indicate the start of the v-neck, remove them from the front fabric, and transfer them to the needle being used to pick up the stitches. Place stitches markers on each side of the neck stitches. The exact number of stitches is not important, but DO make sure that the number of stitches between the each stitch marker and the respective bottom edge is the same.

With Right side facing knit all stitches you picked up. Turn work.
Sl1, work in 2×2 ribbing across.
Sl1, work all stitches as presented; knit the knits and purl the purls.
Work one more wrong side row, slipping the first stitch of each row.

To shape the shawl collar, you will start on a right side row and work sts as presented (knit the knits and purl the purls) to past the first v-neck marker, and both shoulder seam markers to one st before the 2nd v-neck marker. Wrap and turn. Work to opposite v-neck marker, wrap and turn. Work to second shoulder seam marker, wrap and turn. Work to opposite shoulder seam marker, wrap and turn. Work sts as presented untill you reach the v-neck marker (also the last marker). You will create your button hole in the next full set of “k2” immediately after this marker. After working to the set of “k2”, k2tog, yo, work all sts as presented to the end of the row.

Work 2 more rows, working all sts as presented and slipping the first st of each row.
Next row, knit across.

Bind Off.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eliisa  |  May 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    My “trick” for my easy button band and button hole bands is to simply crochet them. Start at bottom or top of sweater. Much faster, much easier and much stronger.

  • 2. Anne  |  May 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I think this is a darling cardigan for a darling baby! And I think it would be just as good on a girl, too.

  • 3. Hilary  |  January 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    “Left Front Side (As worn)
    CO 18 sts
    Work same as back till work is 5 inches long. End on wrong side row.
    Attach stitch marker to 1st stitch. This marks the beginning of the v-neck decreases.
    Purl 1 row.
    Sl1, p2tog, work to end in established pattern.
    Work in established pttern.
    Rep these two rows until work measures 8, 9, 10 inches. bind off”

    I am new-ish to knitting and I was confused by this last part of rep 2 rows until measures 8, 9, 10 inches. Is it ultimately supposed to be 10 inches? Or 8 or 9?

  • 4. Susan Murtagh  |  October 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hi this looks lovely, and I have just the trendy little guy for it. However is there a 3 to 6 month version as I am quite new to sweaters.
    Thanks a million.

  • 5. Amy  |  January 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Sl1, p2tog, work to end in established pattern.
    Work in established pattern

    Can you explain ‘work in established pattern’ as directed on directions for left front side?


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