Warm enough for baby to wear on an evening outing by a breezy lake, you can throw it into the wash after. The Picnic by the Lake Hoodie is also
cheap, cheap, cheap to make. Total cost = under $10.
I designed it for a 6-month-old (18 lbs.). Knit bottom-up in stockinette with moss stitch trim, this is a straight pullover with hood and set-in classic sleeves. You need two 4-oz. skeins of Red Heart Kids or similar worsted weight machine washable and dryable acrylic or wool.
Gauge: 18 sts by 24 rows on #8 US needles. You'll also need a pair of #6 needles for the trim.
1. On #6 needles, cast on 54. Work in moss stitch for 1/2".
2. Change to #8 needles. Work stockinette until entire piece measures 5 3/4".
3. To shape armholes, cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of every other row for 8 rows. 42 sts remaining.
4. Work even until armhole measures 4.25".
5. To shape shoulders, cast off 11 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
6. Bind off remaining 20 sts.
1. Same as steps 1 and 2 for Back.
2. To shape armholes, cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of every other row for 8 rows (42 sts remaining). Work even until armhole measures 2 3/4".
3. Shape neck, working both sides at the same time: knit 16 sts. Bind off next 10 sts. Knit remaining 16 sts. Dec 1 at neck edge every row 5 times until 11 sts remain. Work even until armhole measures 4 1/4".
4. To shape shoulders, cast off 11 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
5. Bind off remaining sts.
1. On #6 needles, cast on 30 sts. Work moss stitch for 1/2".
2. Change to #8 needles and stockinette st. Increase 1 st. at each end of every 7th row 4 times. 38 sts.
3. Work even until entire sleeve measures 6 1/4".
4. To shape cap, bind off 2 sts at beg of next two rows. Dec 1 st at each end of every row 5 times, then dec 1 st each end of every 2nd row twice, then dec 1 st each end of every row 5 times. 10 sts remaining. Bind off.
1. On #6 needles, cast on 84 sts. Work 10 rows of moss stitch, making an eyelet (k2tog, yo) 4 sts in from the third row. This band will be folded over to make a casing for the drawstring.
2. Change to #8 needles and work 6 rows of stockinette. Dec 1 st each end of next row and every following 3rd row 7 times. (68 sts) Work even until entire hood measures 7". Bind off.
3. Make an i-cord 24" long. Thread through eyelets and knot at each end.
1. Sew fronts to backs at shoulders.
2. Sew sleeve cap to armhole.
3. Sew side and sleeve seams.
4. Sew back seam of hood. Fold band over and hemstitch in place.
5. Sew hood to neck edge.
6. Finish exposed neck edge with 1 row single crochet.
7. Weave in loose ends.