I had a few doubts though. At the end of the blog there are several needle sizes and the yarns to use with each size. I am guessing a new born finished chest size will be 18 inches. Am I right? It says to use a size 7 needle and Hobby Lobby Sweet Delight Baby yarn. Is it ok to substitute with the Lion Brand Baby Soft or the Bernat Softee Baby yarn. Will I need to change the needle size for any of these two yarns? And will I need to use the Lion or Bernat yarn double stranded?
Also in the blog it says that she used a cable cast on in the beginning of this sweater and this adds one additional row of knitting. Is that in reference to row 1 which starts at the neck??
You should try to get gauge with whatever yarn your using.....i just made one for a 4mo old baby and used the 17st/21.5 rows size.(second picture) I wasnt able to use the size 9 needle tho...wound up with a US10, using Caron Simply Soft, (cuz thats what i had in my stash...LOL) . It was big on the baby and thats the way i wanted it. But thats MY gauge...you need to find your gauge. But thats the one I usually do for newish babys. I would do a gauge swatch with both yarns and see where it needs tweeking...
The cable cast on needs a purl row to get the "purty" side to the RS that is what she is reffering to. I also use the cable cast on for these and start out with a purl row before begining the pattern. I think the cable cast on is pretty tho...babys stuff needs purty...LOL
Ive made a few of these...so if you need any help, let me know.