Knit Child’s Sweater Pattern
Happy Monday !
Today’s pattern is going to be a knit child’s sweater pattern. I think you can make this into an adult pattern easily, I will explain at the end of the pattern. To me, this is the perfect pattern to make for a girl or boy and it’s just something you can have them wear as a jacket in the fall, or as a sweater in the winter. I hope you love !
Hedgehog Fibre Yarn – I used the colors Banana Legs and Highlighter. They are bright AF and I love the quality of the yarn.
Appropriately gauged needles – I believe I used 9.00 mm
One size up needles
I am going to be honest, I am no expert on child sizing or anything like that. What I suggest is measuring a sweater that fits your child already and cast on enough stitches for that length. If you are planning in making this as a gift, this is the sizing chart I use below. My pattern was made for a 5/6 year old.
With your bigger needles, Cast On 60 Stitches.
Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 rib stitch across.
Repeat this for 5 more rows and switch to smaller needles.
Row 7: Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit each stitch to last 4, Knit 1, P1, K1, P1.
Repeat this until piece measures 2/3 of your expected length for the body.
Decreasing Pattern: K1, P1, K1,P1, K2TOG, K2TOG, Knit each stitch to last 8 stitches, K1, P1, K1,P1.
Repeat this for 6 more rows.
Now you will divide your work into 3 sections. Right front, back, left front. the right and left front should be the same amount of stitches and the back should be wider the the fronts.
You will continue the pattern with the edge for 6 rows, stretchy bind off.
If you’re a little confused about what I am talking about above with the sizing, maybe this photo of construction of the sweater will help
For the Sleeves, I kept it simple. I casted on enough stitches with the second color yarn. I casted on enough stitches to connect to the arm hole. For the one I made it was 36 stitches.
I continued with the knit stitch until I got to the arm length I needed to, and then created a K1,P1 band for 4 rows and then casted off. I did this twice (obviously?).
First, I sewed the base of my sweater together. I did this by sewing the top of the front to the end of the back. This creates a vest and makes it easier for use to sew the sleeves to this since we already have a perfect armhole !
And you guess it ! sew the ends of the sleeves together lengthwise and then you can sew them to the armhole.
How To Make It Your Own
To make it your own, go ahead and measure it to your size. I think I might make myself one because it looks so cute and bright ! I wouldn’t change anything in the construction for myself. I would just add enough stitches for it to fit me. That’s why this is one of my favorite ways to make sweaters and cardigans. Easy to customize, resize and also it involves very little sewing ! WIN!
What do you think about this sweater? Do you think you’ll make one for a kiddo, or yourself? or matching?! Let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!