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Puerperium Cardigan

from PEKAPEKA design studio
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Puerperium Cardigan
Puerperium Cardigan © Leah Williams

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit top-down raglans
  • knit small circumferences in the round

Pattern Description:

Puerperium is a very simply styled cardy, designed to be easy for new parents to dress their babe in the puerperium period (6 weeks post birth).

The pattern is top-down seamless in construction, and offers a wonderful blank canvas should one decide to embellish.

This free version is written for 8ply/DK weight yarn, and to fit a newborn babe, approx 3-4kg (7-9lb) in weight, with an approx chest circumference of 37.5cm.

Pattern has instructions for straight knit sleeves, and tailored tapered sleeves.


22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 3-4kg birthweight (7-9lb)


  • US 6 - 4.0 mm
  • 8ply/dk weight yarn (220m/100g) -1 skein

You Will Also Need:

  • 5 stitch markers
  • 7-8x 10mm buttons (dependent upon row gauge)

Suggested yarn:

220 meters of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Madeline Tosh DK
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Girls, Boys, Infant/Baby
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