Unable to read top down baby sweater pattern


I am working on the top down baby sweater patter from Plymouth yarn and I am half way and now am not able to understand wht does this mean (right now I have 145 sts and it says Divide for Sleeves and Body so I did K23st and left it on a holder and K27 and left it on the needle and did the Purl till last)
Now the question:
next it says
Purl into F & B of last st: 29sts

which 29sts is it talking about? can anyone help :???:

This is the patter: See DIVIDE FOR SLEEVES section.


OK, the directions are:
K27 sts [left sleeve] and leave on needle. **Turn, purl into front & back (F & B) of first st, purl to last st,
purl into F & B of last st: 29 sts.
So you’re going to be working on the 27 sleeve sts. Turn so that you’re on the purl side and increase one st by doing a purl into the front and back of the stitch. Then purl across to the last stitch and increase one st in that last stitch by the purl front and back. In total you’ll increase 2 sts on that purl row for a total of 29sts by the end of the row. Cute pattern!

When a stitch number is given at the end of a row like this, it means that’s how many sts you’ll have after increasing (or decreasing if there’s decs on the row).


Thanks it was really helpful. I am very new to knitting and i know to knit but its hard still to understand the flow of the pattern.

the initial 27sts that i knit are now on my needle 2 and the rest which i Turn and purl also come on my needle 2 which means to work on the 27 sleeves sts I have to start in the middle of the sts counting the 27 knits.

Hope i am right…

Work back & forth on these left sleeve sts[B] only[/B] until length from point if division is 3 (4, 4½)”, ending with a WS row. Work 3 pattern repeats as follows:

Only work the sleeve stitches. Act as if the other stitches are on a holder.

hie, I got it thanks everyone…


The pattern shows the sleeves length as 6" which i feel is shorter and I want to make a full sleeve so can I just increase the rows on my sleeves?
Also the length of the sweater is 12" which i feel might is short and want to make it bit longer.

Baby sweaters often have slightly shorter sleeves though because the cuffs end up in the mouth being drooled on or dragged into everything. But they can also be turned up if a little too long, so yes you can make them longer,maybe an inch or two. Same for the body length, make it an inch or two longer. Babies tend to grow in length faster than width, so a sweatrer that’s slighter longer can be worn a few months longer.

What is the pattern you’re using? Link? It helps if we can see and read it. Since it’s only 12" in length it sounds like it’s for a small baby.

Here’s an appx size chart -


Hi Jan,

The pattern is this:

The sleeves have a pattern at the end and that why I am unable to understand howmany rows shall I increase to make the sleeve of 8". Currently they are 6"

Sorry the link is here:

I don’t count rows for something like this, I use the tape measure. That’s why it’s given in inches, not rows. Just work the plain sts 2 more inches than is given, then do the eyelet rows. It says “Work back & forth on these left sleeve sts only until length from point if division is [B]3 (4, 4½)”,[/B] ending with a WS row. Work 3 pattern repeats as follows:” That’s where you add length to the sleeves, not at the end in the eyelet pattern.

The link to the pattern m working is posted above in my main post. Based on the pattern I was to have 157 sets before I divide for sleeves. But since my guage Did not match the pattern, I be 5 sets per inch. So I added rows and I have 161 sets instead of 157. Now I m working on body part and ve 103 sts.as per pattern they want me to ve kf&b to increase body sets from 99 to 103. But I already have 103. If I don’t do kf&b will it matter?

It sounds like you may be making the largest size which calls for 103sts for the body of the sweater. At 4sts/inch which is the pattern gauge, that makes the body 26" at the chest as the pattern says. If you’re really getting 5sts/inch (?) then you’d need 130sts at this point to get 26". Check you gauge on the back of the sweater over at least 4 inches. Or you can knit a few rows on the body and see what the entire body width measures. If it’s smaller than you want, you’ll need to increase some stitches.

Because you have a smaller gauge, you’re going to need more stitches, or maybe you put too many stitches into the sleeve section. Measure the stitches across the back to see if you have half what you need for the chest size. If you do then you can separate the sleeves.

I remember doing a newborn top down sweater for my granddaughter. It was 20 inches around. The sweater length from the back of the neck to the hem was 10-11 inches (can’t remember exact number but in that range). The sleeve length was 5 1/2 to 6, so that sounds about right. My pattern had me putting the sleeve stitches on hold and knitting the body of the sweater first. The extra increase is put at the sleeve bottom to fill in that gap and give the baby a little wiggle room. To check your work, measure across the back of the sweater from the bottom of the armhole to the other armhole across. Times this measurement by two. That will give you the circumference. Newborns have about a 20 inch chest. If you need to enlarge this sweater, you can keep knitting rows and doing the increases for the raglan sleeves until you reach this chest measurement, then follow the rest of the pattern. You’ll have a few more stitches around, but it will fit. The bottom of the sleeve is the place to make these adjustments. Measure from the center back of the sweater to the hem to get the proper length according to size charts. Sounds like this one may be for a 3-6 month size. Don’t worry about it. Babies grow quickly. The women in my neighborhood are giving birth to big moose babies that are 8-10 pounds. Must be something in the water. So you might need that bigger size. My biggest baby was 6 pounds even.

What I did was to look at baby sweater measurements for certain ages on Lion Brand’s site. The simplest sweaters are just two rectangles sewn together and the sleeves are rectangles. This gives you a good idea of proportions. It doesn’t have to be a knitting pattern. Crochet patterns are good for giving dimensions, too. If you scroll down toward the bottom of this pattern, it gives you some good baby sweater dimensions that you can use for other patterns. It will tell you if the proportions on the pattern you’re using are correct or if you need to “tweak it” a little.