Seed Stitch Baby Jacket

Pattern link here. This pattern was revised on 02/08/09. Read why. Please discard older versions.


Since many infants loathe hats, hooded jackets are ideal winter garments that save parents the trouble of keeping track of hats. Four large buttons make this a snap to get on and off. To this day, this hooded jacket is the most useful item I have ever knit for my daughter. Although the seed stitch seems endless, it will truly be a treasured and often used garment.

Please note the finished measurements of the jacket, as it includes plenty of ease. If you seek a closer fit, please make adjustments accordingly.

One nice thing about this jacket is that since it is knit in reversible seed stitch, you do not need to know immediately the sex of the intended recipient (that is, if you care about which side the buttons are placed). If you choose, knit the garment up but save the finishing until after the baby is born. It is the seaming that ultimately determines the button placement. However, the pattern specifies the buttons be placed on the right front and the buttonholes on the left front. It’s entirely up to you.

3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 mos

Finished Measurements:

Length from back of the neck to bottom edge: 10.25”(11.5”, 12.5”, 13.25”, 14”)

Chest circumference: 20.5”(22.5”, 24”, 25.5”, 27”)

Back width: 10.5”( 11.25”, 12”, 12.75”, 13.5”)

Sleeve length: 6.5”(7.25”, 8.5”, 8.75”, 9”)


2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Cascade 220 (100% wool; 220 yd [203 m]; 100g), color: Avocado green, #7814

US7 24” or 32” circular needle, or size required to obtain gauge

Four buttons (7/8” – 1” in diameter)

tapestry needle

Yarn Substitutes:
Any worsted weight yarn will do: Mission Falls 1824 Wool or Cotton, Cascade 220, Plymouth Encore Worsted, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, etc.


19 stitches and 36 rows = 4” in seed stitch

Author’s note: It is important to make row gauge on this garment. If you cannot, you will need to adjust the frequency of increases and decreases in the hood, the sleeves, and the front and back neck shaping.


The white version below was knit with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.

Revisiting an old pattern