Fifalde’s Baby Jacket in Garter Stitch

This is based on the Ribbed Baby Jacket http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbed-baby-jacket  from Prima July 2005. I made one of those in March 2010 using the pattern but was not really happy with the result (photo on my Ravelry page).

I’d become obsessed with garter stitch (2 rows =1 st, what could be nicer!!) after discovering Elizabeth Zimmermann and her BSJ in 2008!  So I decided to unvent the pattern. The following is what I came up with. I have made three adapting the technique each time to avoid seams as much as possible and give a little shaping to the shoulders and collar.  I have to say (modestly) that I really like the result (more photos on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fifalde).

The pattern was very tricky for me to write, I’m no expert knitter or designer. I use loads of diagrams and scribbled notes; I haven’t got the sort of mind to visualize a plan in my head; I NEED pictures!  I have included my amazing final diagram at the end of the page; I hope it helps anyone brave enough to try the pattern which I really hope I’ve written clearly enough.  If anyone tries it please let me know how you get on.

I used the method Elizabeth Zimmermann describes for the cast (bind) offs on the shoulders; it gives a much smoother finish and I used short rows to give shape to the neck part of the shoulders. I also used her method for One Row Buttonholes; Both methods are in her Knitters’ Almanac, and probably lots of web pages.

Final cast offs should be fairly loose. (Since I wrote this I have discovered Jeny’s Elastic Cast (bind) off (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php ) it would be perfect).

Ignore short rows when counting rows.


SIZE: 3 to 6 months old.

I used Double Knitting wool and 4mm Needles

Tension (gauge): 21sts x 42rows = 4inches

Here Goes……
1. Provisionally cast on 108st.

K1 row.
Cast off 7st beginning of next 8 rows. (use EZ’s method)    52st
Put the sts on a holder, rt side facing, ready for knit row. B C on diag


2. Pick up and knit provisional cast on sts.   (108sts)
Next Row: (short rows): K78, w&t, K40, w&t, K to end.

Divide for first front:
Next Row: K45, put next 18st for back of neck on a spare thread or holder, then 45st for second side on a second spare thread or holder  (63st),turn.

3. First front:
K31 rows.
Next Rows: Cast off 7st at cuff end of next 4 alt rows or use method described above to give better edge.17st
Put st on holder, rt side facing, ready for knit row.

4. Second front:
Pick up 45st from holder.
K 30 rows.
Next Rows: Cast off 7st at cuff end of next 4 alt rows use method described below to give better edge. 17st
5. Body Back and fronts):
With front edge on rt of needle pick up 1st st from each side of last cast off sts on sleeves, (A and B) then 52sts for back, again picking up 1st st from each side of last cast off sts on sleeves, (C and D) then second front, make sure to match stitches –  next row will be a knit row.

Knit right across all st knitting the 2st from the sleeves together to ensure no holes at the seams.         86st

Continue until about 6.5in or desired length.

Cast (Bind) off.
6. Front Band/Collar (in contrast colour if desired):

Pick up and knit 1st for every other row ie 1st per ‘ridge’) up 1st front, the 18st from holder and down second front.
K 24 rows working buttonholes as required (about 3 st from bottom then 1.5in between).
NB. Rows 4, 6, 10: increase 1st each side of back of neck.
Row 23: inc 3 sts evenly around back of neck. This helps the collar to sit nicely.

Cast off.

7 & 8. Cuffs (in contrast colour if desired):

Pick up and knit 35 sts.
K 4 rows (or more if desired).
Cast off.

Join sleeve seams.

Sew on buttons.



10 thoughts on “Fifalde’s Baby Jacket in Garter Stitch

  1. Dear Fifalde,

    You absolutely blow me away. We have a lot in common. After I copied the Bracken Cat Scarf pattern, I went to this Garter Stitch Baby Jacket. WOW! I, too, love EZ’s BSJ and have made several of them. Can’t wait to try your pattern out!

    Sadly, we live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. (I’m in Toronto, Canada.) I would love to sit and knit and drink tea with you.

    Bev Leroux

    Posted by Bev Leroux | May 23, 2011, 8:59 pm
  2. Wow! I love the style, thanks for offering it.

    Posted by Wanda | May 25, 2011, 3:37 pm
  3. Can someone help me please – I am busy with this Jacket and for the life of me don’t know what “w&t” stands for…..

    Posted by Olivia | March 20, 2015, 11:23 am
    • It means “wrap and turn”. I won’t attempt to explain it, there are lots of sites and videos which do a much better job than I could! If you are on Ravelry you will see other knitters projects. Good luck with it.

      Posted by FIFALDE | March 20, 2015, 12:35 pm
  4. I have looked in Knitters Almanac and am not sure which cast off you mean. Is it the casting on casting off or a sewn one? Thank you.

    Posted by Leley Conroy | March 28, 2015, 7:36 pm
  5. Seriously, this is a fabulous way to knit a baby sweater! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! I wish I could create patterns like this.

    Posted by CoSuDu | June 17, 2015, 8:08 pm
  6. Hi, Pretty jacket but what is the chest measurement of your finished jacket and could you describe how to do the neater cast off you mention in point 3? I don’t see it on this page.


    Posted by Anne Evans | December 14, 2015, 5:59 am

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