Free Pattern Friday - Fuss Free Baby Cardi April 26 2024, 0 Comments

Welcome back for April's free pattern friday review. My monthly review of a free knitting pattern available off Ravelry. Ravelry is a great source of free patterns but its much harder to find good, free patterns via a general google search. All Free Pattern Friday reviews can be found here.

Fuss Free Baby Cardi

This month its a baby pattern and this pattern is by Louise Tilbrook and is available from her website along with several other patterns. 


The pattern is for a raglan cardigan in two sizes, 0 to 3 months and 3 to 6 months, and it knitted in DK weight yarn. I used less than 1 skein of yarn for the larger size. If you don't have 100g of one colour you can use stripes to use up smaller amounts of yarn like I did.

Its a lovely little raglan pattern with several options for increases, I used the kfb version. Its a quick knit for a new baby or if you want to try a smaller garment before knitting a full size one! It also has instructions for Russian Bind Off which I used where stated in the pattern and is a nice alternative to regular bind off especially if you want a stretchy edge.

My Fuss Free Baby Cardi

I knitted the larger size in Crush DK Kingfisher and Bonfire Glow and used just under 80g, the pattern says the small size uses 60g. It's a good canvas for using up leftovers, adding stripes or even adding some colourwork if you wish and the length of the body and the sleeves is easily adjusted. I knitted stripes 6 rows wide and made the sleeves slightly longer to keep the stripe pattern matching the body. My sample is being modelled by my bear as I didn't have a small human available!

I chose Crush DK as its the same blend as our sock yarn so is easily washable and wears well plus we have lots of colourways available. The buttons I chose are by Ethel and Joan who I met at Unravel and had these perfectly matching hand made buttons in teal with a little bit of sparkle!

Advantages of this pattern

  • Tips and options to personalise your cardi
  • Stitch count tables by row for both sizes
  • Good pattern to practise skills needed for knitting adult size garments

Do let me know if you make this pattern and I'd love to hear your recommendations for patterns to review in the future. The comments are open.

Link to pattern Fuss Free Baby Cardi