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Canberra, Australia

I’m a wife, mum to two young girls (and two guinea pigs), a volunteer treasurer and serve the public four days a week. Knitting and designing is my favourite thing to do in my downtime - when I get ...

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Sideways Dude

from SparrowPlay
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sideways Dude
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Sideways Dude 8 days old and 4kg wearing size 3 months
Sideways Dude Close up of Sideways Dude
Sideways Dude 8 days and 4 kg in size 3 months
Sideways Dude Back view

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit and purl
  • knit flat and knit in the round
  • cast on, bind off
  • provisional cast on and three-needle bind off (explained in pattern if you don't already know how to)
  • decrease and increase
  • Ability to crochet a simple row of single stitches

Pattern Description:

Sideways Dude is a fun, and quick, baby knit that's sized for toddlers as well. The unusual construction and the mix of garter and stockinette makes for a stimulating knit that results in a cosy, textured and classic cardigan.

This cardigan is a great unisex gift for new babies. Knit it ahead of time in a neutral colour and make buttonholes on both sides. When the baby is born, sew the buttons onto the left for a girl, the right for a boy, and AT THE SAME TIME sew the obsolete buttonholes closed.

Be warned though - this is an addictive pattern!

PS. Don't be scared by the provisional cast on. The technique used is so simple that you will kick yourself for not learning it earlier.


20 stitches over 4 inches in garter stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months
  • Finished chest measurements are 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 inches
  • Pattern is easily adjustable, instructions given


  • DK yarn.
  • 3 months - 275 yd
  • 6 months - 310 yd
  • 9 months - 355 yd
  • 12 months - 410 yd
  • 18 months - 435 yd
  • 24 months - 490 yd
  • 36 months - 545 yd

You Will Also Need:

  • 4mm (US6) circular long needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • 4.5mm (US7) circular or straight needle, or needle one size larger than the gauge needle
  • 3.5mm (E) crochet hook, or size needed to match the knitted cast-off edge
  • Optional 4mm (US6) double-pointed needles for knitting the sleeves
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Waste yarn
  • 5 to 7 buttons