I’ve been on bedrest for over seven weeks, so Hubby went to the craft store to pick up some yarn for me. He came back with a worsted/aran weight instead of baby yarn, so the Apple Blossom cardigan had to be modified to make a preemie/newborn size with the new yarn. Thanks to the efforts of a dear friend (who spent her Sunday afternoon crunching numbers for me), this version of Apple Blossom was created. It’s a hybrid of the Little Coffee Bean and Apple Blossom cardigans sized down to fit a 5-8 lb baby (judging by the preemie and newborn outfits I’ve received, anyway).
So here are the mods. Refer to the Apple Blossom pattern if anything is a bit vague.
Modified Apple Blossom Cardi
Gauge: 4 sts/ inch with worsted weight on size 8 needles
With CC (Contrasting Color), Longtail cast-on 36 sts
Rows 1, 3, 5, & 7: Purl
Rows 2, 6: Knit
Row 4: K1 *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, k1
Place stitch markers as follows: 5 sts, pm, 6 sts, pm, 14 sts, pm, 6 sts, pm, 5 sts
Switch to MC (Main Color)
Row 1 (RS): K across, M1 (see Raglan Increases note at bottom of page) on each side of the markers (+8 sts)
Rows 2-4: Work in st st, slipping markers when you come to them
Repeat Rows 1-4 (4x) = 76 sts
Next Row (remove markers when you come to them): K9, slip sleeve sts on holder, CO 2 sts for underarm, k11, m1, k11, slip sleeve sts, CO 2 sts for underarm, k9 (53 sts)
Purl 1 row
Work Apple Blossom lace pattern (5 repeats). Slip stitches on waste yarn and hold for later.
With MC, pick up 1 st under the arm and 1 st along side edge, knit sleeve stitches, pick up and knit 1 st along side edge and 2 sts under the arm (19 sts)
With CC: K 3 rounds
K1, *yo, k2tog*
K 3 rounds, bind off loosely. Repeat with other sleeve. You’ll have to fiddle with the numbers. I’m pretty sure the picot round doesn’t add up properly, but it’s not a big deal. Just fudge it.
Edging and Finishing: Pick up and knit the edging following the Apple Blossom instructions, then sew all the picot edging down. It’s a bit time consuming, but easy. I wove 1/4 inch ribbon around the neck, just under the picot collar.
If I make this pattern again, I’ll probably pick up more stitches before starting the lace so it’s a little more frilly. Anywho… I hope this all makes sense.
Raglan Increases: “K to first st before marker, M1L*, k1, sm, M1R**”
*M1L: Insert needle front to back in bar between two stitches. Knit in back of picked up stitch.
**M1R: Insert needle back to front in bar between two stitches. Knit in front of picked up sitich.