Wednesday, 8 August 2007

not so baby yoda

We love the baby yoda by Cari Luna.
I made this one for Wil when I was pregnant and he's worn it a lot. A LOT. At 6 months it really is a little small for him now. He's still wearing it mind you, but its days are definitely dwindling (especially in the length). Because I couldn't face a future without the yoda, I decided to try and make the next size up by altering the original pattern (available here). Scroll down for the new pattern.

When I knitted the original 0-6 month size I made a few alterations.

I used Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran yarn rather than the cotton specified. The cashmerino is supremely soft and light and perfect for baby wear. In hindsight, given my children's predilection for chucking a machine washable yarn would have been more practical, but you know, you can't have everything. I'm more than happy with the wear it's taken.

I was also concerned that the ties would be a pain, so I added a buttonhole on the outer flap - just a single stitch yarn over knit two together buttonhole. Although I used what I consider to be one of the funkiest buttons around this was a mistake. The button is forever coming undone and I put the buttonhole too high - it should have been right where the decreases started instead of a few rows up as I did it. Can't imagine why I thought that was a good idea. Perhaps if I had used a better button it would have worked better, I don't know. I was also too lazy to knit i-cords for the inner flap, so I just did plaits.

If I was making the original size again I think I would also make it longer than the pattern specifies. Over time it seems to have widened and shortened, and with more length and slightly longer arms it would still fit now. And while I'm at it I would probably have cast on a couple more stitches to the cuff of the sleeves as they were a bit snug for my liking.

Using all those lessons I have made the following pattern for the not so baby yoda, suitable for 6-12 months. On Wil at 6 months on the knocker it was quite wearable, if roomy (see photos below). I turned the cuffs up to stop him sucking them and getting fur balls. At 15 months it was still wearable though getting a bit small. I also used a very different yarn in the 127 print. It's fuzzy rather than smooth and makes the yoda seem much bulkier which is fine but probably not such a great yarn if you were doing the newborn size. I adore the original take on colour variegations though!

The not so baby yoda knitting pattern
By sooz -

An addition to the totally fantastic original new born pattern available

Size: 6 to 12 months (27cm wide; 33cm long)
Yarn: 4 balls 127 Print (166gms or 283m used)
Gauge: 18 sts/ 24 rows = 10cm
Needles: 4.5mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Cast on 50 sts.
Rows 1- 6 moss stitch.
Rows 7-71 stocking stitch, starting with a knit or right side row.
Row 72 Cast off first 7 stitches and purl to end of row.
Row 73 Cast off first 7 stitches and knit to last stitch then turn.
By not knitting this last stitch you will avoid the step between the two cast off rows across the shoulder.
Row 74 Cast off first 8 stitches (including first unknitted stitch) and purl to last stitch then turn.
Row 75 Cast off first 8 stitches
(including first unknitted stitch) and knit to end of row.
Place remaining 20 live centre stitches on a stitch holder.

Front Left
Cast on 45 sts.
Rows 1- 6 moss stitch.
Rows 7-40 stocking stitch, starting with a knit or right side row.
Row 41 Knit 1, cast off 1 knit to end of row.
Row 42 Purl.
Rows 43-71 Repeat rows 41 and 42 – total of 16 decreases, 29 stitches remain.
Row 72 Cast off first 7 stitches and purl to end of row.
Row 73 Knit to last stitch and turn.
Row 74 Cast off first 8 stitches (including the unknitted stitch on the right needle) and purl to end of row.
Place remaining 14 live stitches on a stitch holder.

Front Right
Follow instructions for front left, reversing shaping.

Sleeves (make two)
Cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1- 5 moss stitch.
Rows 6 Knit, increase 1 stitch at beginning and end of row
Row 7 Purl.
Row 8 Knit.
Row 9 Purl.
Row 10- 31 Repeat rows 6-9 (increase every 4 rows), 44 stitches.
Rows 32 Knit, increase 1 stitch at beginning and end of row
Row 33 Purl.
Row 34 Knit.
Row 35 Purl.
Row 36 Knit.
Row 37 Purl.
Row 38- 49 Repeat rows 32-37 (increase every 6 rows), 50 stitches.
Row 50 Cast off loosely.

Make 4 lengths of 2-stitch I-cord at about 22cm long

Sew fronts and back together at shoulders. Attach sleeves and sew sleeve and side seams. Transfer neck stitches from stitch holders to knitting needle.
Knit 4 rows st st.
Knit 2 rows moss.
Bind off loosely.

Attach Ties
Sew one length of I-cord to each front edge at the point where the decreases begin.
Sew the other I-cords to the inside seam of the sweater at the point where the front tie meets it when closed and the corresponding spot on the outer seam of the sweater body.

Please let me know if you find any mistakes or something is unclear.

**Added later - After a bit of wear I'd say that you could add to the length of the back and fronts if you were looking to get extended life from this garment. I thought I had well compensated for the widening shortening effect of washing and wear, but I think Wil will outgrow the length before anything else. If you are knitting for the more rotund figure the existing measures would be perfect, but for string beans like Wil I'd add another 5 or 10 rows.

***Added later still - For those who like this pattern and would like to try something similar, I have written a new pattern which is also for a wrap. It has sizes from newborn to 2 years, with lots of detail on how to increase the size for bigger kids and use different yarns and so on. Unlike this pattern, it is a seamless wrap knit all in one piece. You can find info about it and a download button over on Ravelry here, or you can email me if you aren't a Rav user.


Amanda Edwards said...

you are so clever! all i know about knitting is that you need yarn and two needles. so this wonderful post of yours is a foreign language to me! it looks so warm and soft on your little man. well done!

Krista said...

that is absolutely brilliant. no, you are. now that is what I call success.
don't you feel proud? you should!
gorgeous boy, gorgeous sweaters, both of them. drool.

Suse said...

It's beautiful. Especially on a laughing smiling babe.

Holly said...

You did a wonderful job on the sweaters and your model is precious.

sue said...

Oh I love the baby yoda bigger size, and the smaller one looks great too. I will definately have to knit one up for some friends I know having a baby. I love the 127 color too, it looks great.

suzy @ said...

Thanks for that! Gorgeous jumper and super-gorgeous baby photos. The baby yoda is still on my pre-baby to-do list, but it's good to know that if I don't get round to it in time I can make the bigger size.

Sarah said...

Lovely! and gorgeous baby!

craftapalooza said...

aaaah he is such a cutie. Great adaptation sooz, though I love the first one you did. Sweet.

Katie said...

wow, thanks for putting together a larger pattern! I've wanted to make this pattern for a few babies I know that are past the newborn stage. Your version looks beautiful on your smiling son!

mama k said...

Thanks for this! Maybe I missed it, but are there finished measurements somewhere? I am trying to figure out if I would fit my 1yo this fall.

kneek said...

I've been looking for a pattern just like this for some time now. Thanks for serving it up! I appreciate the time you took to write out all the modifications. Great work! Will is a doll.

Yvette said...

Hello from Brisbane! I have had the Baby Yoda on my to do list for ages. Somehow the original picture put me off - it looked so sloppy. But seeing your finished Yoda on your gorgeous little man has changed my mind! I prefer your version with the seed cuffs. thank you for your bigger version too - I knit for a group called Knitting for Brisbane's Needy and this little jacket will be very useful. Thank you so much!



Melisendra said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I was going to make the original for my friends' newborn but he turned out to be a very large baby. I've been searching for another sweater to make but nothing has been quite right. You've made my holiday knitting very, very enjoyable now. :-D

Crafty Cathy said...

Thank you for the pattern! I was inspired to knit it because of your comments on how much wear your little one gets from it.

Anonymous said...

I just finished making this for the son of some friends of mine. I knitted it in a forest green. It came out beautifully! Thanks for the pattern!


minnie said...

Hey! This is soo cool! i just finished mine but a altered it just a little bit...instead of seed sleeves, i crocheted them in black! it turned out awsome....Thanx for the pattern

Anonymous said...

Help! I think I figured out the reverse pattern. Now I'm ready to put the whole thing together. Doesn't it need to be blocked first? But if so, what do I do with the stitches on the stitch holders?!


Suzie said...

You can block with the stitch holder in if it's big enough, or you can slip the live stitches onto a long thread and pick them back up after blocking and sewing the shoulder seams. Or you can cheat and block after the shoulder seams and neck are done and do the sleeves after.

Anonymous said...

OK, just one more question about the Yoda sweater: can it be sewn together on the sewing machine? I'm trying to use a tapestry needle and the seams are turning out rather lumpy.

Thanks for your patience!


sooz said...

Personally I wouldn't use a machine to seam a handknit. I don't like the way it splits the yarn and reduces the flexibility/drape of the fabric. I use back stitch for the shoulders and mattress stitch for the other seams.

Alexandra said...

Hiya. This is the CUTEST sweater. I'm making it in rust and teal for a little boy. The front flap and opposite sleeve are in rust with two teal stripes, and the rest is in teal. Totally cute.
One note, however: no matter how many times I calculate the instructions for the sleeve, I come up with 44 stitches at the end of Row 31 (not 42), and, of course, 50 stitches in the cast off row. I have added 2 on rows 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 32, 38 and 44. 30+20 = 50. Am I missing something?

sooz said...

I think you are right. I confess it is now quite some time since I did this and may well have skipped counting one of my increases. But really, a couple of stitches either way won't make much of a difference.

Samantha said...

how did you sew together the shoulders? I have only ever grafted seams off working needles and I am not sure how to sew together two edges after binding them off. Help?

sooz said...

Samantha, I used a conventional back stitch to join the shoulders. Very easy. If you haven't done back stitch before look at these direction

Angie said...

Thanks so much for this awesome pattern! I made it for my 7 month old boy as my first "real" knitting project, and your directions were so easy to follow.

SBJ said...

I am really impressed with how well this turned out. I do have a slightly long and thin toddler, so I knitted this on a 5mm needle and added 5 rows as you recommended in your post. I used a cashmere blend and this sweater has become a favorite in our house. Thanks for the post!

Hellibel said...

I just finished making this sweater for my soon-to-be-here baby for next winter, and my 3 year old wants one, too! She'll be 4 next winter, and is pretty average sized... any ideas on how to make this sweater for the pre-school set? Thanks...

kate said...

I'm with Hellibel. I want one for my two year old. Ideas?

sooz said...

Kate I have just published a pattern which makes a similar wrap to this one which goes up to 2 years and with lots of help for going older too - you can find it on Ravelry or email me

kate said...

Thanks. Now I see your note about it up top. How on earth did I miss it?

kate said...

Ack! Such darlings. Your kids are delicious...and well dressed. The seamless one is lovely.
My mum's the knitter this time. I'll give her the option of sizing up or the seamless.
Great job.

Anonymous said...

just finished a yoda sweater for my great-nephew and i am so happy with it. I used a fern green yarn and it came out better than I thought I could do. Thanks so much for your pattern and for sharing it. said...

The sweater is great, but I need some help with the pattern. I've finished the back up to the point where you say to leave one stitch not knitted and then turn the work. When I go to start the bindoff on the other side, the yarn is one stitch ahead of where I need it. I tried to bind off using that first unstitched stitch as the stitch to slip over to start the bind off. It looks a little big on the front. What am I doing wrong?

sooz said...

You aren't doing anything wrong - the first stitch in the second bunch of bind off stitches is big - it is bridging 2 rows. The easier and more standard way to do it is to bind off one lot of stitches and then the second lot a row later so you end up with a big step between the two lots. You have to smooth the step when you seam, and end up with a bit of bulk on the inside of the seam. The method I use provides a smoother transition between the two rows of bind offs and that bridging stitch is the but that makes that happen. Does that help?

Shazronnie said...

I've just finished knitting your pattern and I'm very pleased with it. There is a picture on my blog of the finished article.
Thank you for sharing!

Fran Richter said...

I want to make the yoda sweater, but it's for a little girl. Do I need to reverse the front so that the ties are on the opposite side or doesn't it make much difference? Thanks

sooz said...

Fran, I can't imagine the order of closing the sides makes any difference at all - it's all being done by the dressing parent anyway!

Judy E. said...

Hello, I have been searching far and wide for a pattern to knit for my grandchild-to-be and at last I seem to have found it in "Baby Yoda". However I cannot see the 0 to 3 month size on the link you have posted. I wonder if you have a copy of it as I would love to knit one for the baby shower coming up in a couple of weeks.

Omipat said...

Thanks for the fantastic yoda pattern. I've
not knitted anything for over 25 years. I searched the web and thought the yoda pattern looked great. I made it in a double knit tweedy wool and it's worked out REALLY well. I put a couple of buttons on the side rather than the tie as I think it might have looked too ragged in the yarn. So one happy little London girl.

Leanda said...

Good one Sooz... thanks for doing this :)

crochet said...

very nice .. I will share with my friends. Thank you for sharing

Mel said...

thanks! this is a lovely pattern. I made one in an orange cotton yarn & my little one loves it...

Anonymous said...

I love the pattern ! But would like to knitt it in size 0 to 6 months. The link you have posted does not have it. Can you e-mail it to me ? Two baby boys to come near me and I would love to knit it for this summer !
Thanks - Françoise