knitted :: an oldie but goodie (Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover)

In March, our nephew and niece welcomed their second baby boy. I was late getting started on a gift, so I wanted to make a quick, easy pullover. For some reason, I got stumped on the pattern. Heather suggested the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover, from Last-Minuted Knitted Gifts . This was, of course, the perfect option; I would expect nothing less of Heather’s suggestions!

I hadn’t made one of these in six years (at the time, it was my first baby sweater). If you are looking for a fast, easy, and enjoyable baby knit, you really can’t go wrong with this straightforward bottom-up raglan in the round. This one only took a few days.

I went stash-diving for a suitable yarn and came up with KnitPicks Shine in “Grass.” I have a TON of this in my stash leftover from when I was going to make my boys dragon cardigans and stopped after the first one. Turns out I really don’t like knitting with Shine. I love the way it looks and feels when knitted up, I just don’t care for knitting with it. Sadly, I still have a pile of it! I’m thinking I’ll crochet with it and see if that’s a better experience.

Because I was knitting with a worsted yarn, my gauge was fatter than that of the pattern (which calls for DK weight). I knit the smallest size but I’m guessing with the bigger gauge this is maybe a 9-12 month size sweater. I added length to balance out the width.

Instead of the stand-up collar of the original pattern, I folded the collar down, polo-style, and added one medium-sized non-functional button to the base of it. I’m pleased with how that turned out.

knitted :: Child's Placket-Neck Pullover

I’m happy with this knit and love the bright springy color. I think the parents liked it too!


3 thoughts on “knitted :: an oldie but goodie (Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover)

  1. This is the best go-to baby sweater I know of. I’ve knit at least a half dozen of them over the years. So sweet yet non-fussy.

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