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Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket

from Nancy Elizabeth Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket
Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket Stretchy Cast Off
Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket
Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket Garter Stitch Jacket Pattern
Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket The Jackets
Top Down Garter Stitch Baby Jacket The Increases

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an easy project for beginners. You will need to know how to do knit and purl stitches as well as Yarn over. Knitting on 4 double pointed needles for the No Sew sleeves is optional.

Pattern Description:

CRAFTSY SPECIAL (Updated June 6 2013)

This pattern will be available as a free knitting pattern download on Craftsy for a limited time. I think it will have you all coming back for more :-) I want my designs to stand out, not only for their simple classic lines, but also for the well written and illustrated pattern.

Now fully Technically Edited by Katherine Vaughan. Not much has changed other than some crossing the i's and dotting the t's but we did add cm to all measurements and cleaned up the text a bit for a shorter print out.

I hope you will let me know how it works out for you and let me know if you need any help. I would really love to see photo.

email: nancy@nancyelizabethdesigns.com

You can order the yarn for this project at Nancy Elizabeth Designs. Just follow the link above. "Read blog or news article about this pattern"

Back to Basics. This design is timeless and classic. It will always be in fashion. Knit this pattern in a luxury fiber for the new baby and keep it for the next generation.

This little sweater design has been my go-to project whenever I have needed a baby sweater since the 70's. My children all had several versions, as did most of my foster children and now my grandchildren have each had one or two.

It is so easy to knit from the top down giving you total control to try on and adjust if necessary. You work the collar then yoke to the underarm and divide the sleeves from the body. Each is worked separately, in the round, with no sewing or finishing except to sew on the buttton when you wash and block.

The actual pattern has evolved over the years and was always just in my head so I thought it was time to write it down. Here it is, as simple and practical as I could make it and it's still as cute as can be.

As with all of my patterns I've chosen a yarn in a very common gauge so that your yarn substitutions will be easy to make.
Be sure to choose a very soft and luxurious natural fiber yarn. The simple design will make your luxury yarn "sing". It is especially lovely in handspun yarn which can be purchased at my web site or my Etsy store. Just mention the pattern and I'll spin it with this design in mind.

This Simple Classic Baby Jacket in Garter Stitch is always a big hit with everyone.

Babies love the comfortable fit and luxurious softness of the yarns and Moms love the elegant look and stylish details. The fit is comfortable giving you ease for fitting and Baby lots of room for growing.

You will love knitting from the Top Down with no finishing other than sewing on the button and tucking in the ends!

BONUS section: Fully Illustrated Stretchy Cast Off Tutorial

Terms of Use - "Knitting for Profit" friendly
I hope that you enjoy knitting this pattern and using the finished garment as you please. Please feel free to wear, gift or sell the garments you knit using this pattern. I would really appreciate being acknowledged as the designer.


In Garter Stitch over 4 in (10 cm) = 18.0 sts by 34.0 rows

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximate Age: 0-6 months [9-12 months, 18-24 months]
  • Finished Measurements
  • Finished Chest: 21" [23", 25"]
  • Body Length: 9.5" [10.2", 10.9"]
  • Sleeve Length: 6" [6.5", 7"]
  • This garment is designed with lots of ease for an easy fit and longer wear.


  • Any DK weight natural fiber yarn, approx. 55 yds per oz. 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins
  • OR Nancy Elizabeth Designs - Handspun Merino & Silk DK weight 55 yards per 1 oz. (28 gram skein) 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins
  • OR Nancy Elizabeth Designs - Handspun Merino/Silk and Angora 55 yards per 1 oz. (28 gram skein) 5 [6, 6] 1 oz skeins
  • 4mm (US 6) Straight or circular whichever is most comfortable as we will be knitting back and forth
  • Optional: Set of 4 double points in same size 4mm (US 6), or size you need to get the correct gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 focal point button

Suggested yarn:

330 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Nancy Elizabeth Designs Handspun



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