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I'm making a baby sweater (6-9 Month size) and am sort of making it up as I go. It's loosely based on this Baby Kimono (http://thecompletefabrication.blogspot.com/2007/11/seamless-baby-kimono.html) pattern, but I'm not making it Kimono-style. I'll add a band around the neck and fronts for a button band and to keep the neck from curling.
Anyway, I'm not sure how long to make the sleeves? Should they be around the same length as the body? Do I keep my stripes the same length?
Thanks in advance for any input! My "baby" just went off to college, so I can't check it out on him!:roflhard:
sue in canada
08-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Hi Gina, I am not sure but ritaw recently posted a baby jacket picture. Maybe that will help. You can see it here
08-22-2008, 09:28 AM
Well, that's a coincidence!.... I've just finished knitting the exact same sweater, but mine is 0-3 months size and has short sleeves, striped but differently. I used the same basic pattern as you, with some advisory emails from someone on Ravelry who also made one with short sleeves. My sleeves stopped, with a couple of garter ridges, just about where your's are now.
But that doesn't help you with your question about sleeve length. However I knit lots and lots of baby clothes, frequently Sirdar patterns, and the sleeve lengths tend to be:
0-3 months = 14 or 15 cm
3-6 months = 16 or 17 cm
6-12 months = 19 or 20 cm
I don't think there's any rule about sleeve to body length ratio, as body length can vary according to the style of the garment. For instance, a bolero style cardigan will have a shorter body length than a hoodie, yet the sleeve length will be the same for each.
I hope this is of some help. You could also look at the measurement tables in a few baby patterns and see what sleeve length they quote for different ages.
Thanks SO much for your help!