Cardigans for Children Knitting Patterns
Knitting patterns for cardigan sweaters for girls and boys. Most patterns are free.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Forest Walk Kid Cardigan
Basketweave cardigan with shawl collar designed by Darya Kuleshova & Aistė Butkevičienė. Size: 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) years. Available in English and Russian.
Little Man Cardigan
Alice Tang designed this stylish shawl-collared cable cardigan for Red Heart. Options for buttonholes on either side. Sizes 2 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs, 8 yrs.
Strawberry Hill Cardigan
Cardigan sweater in toddler and child sizes features a smocked yoke. Toddler’s 2 (3–4, 5–6). Designed by Melissa Matthay Pictured project by RAELNE
Norah Gaughan designed this cardigan with flared hem, slightly bloused sleeves and a ribbed placket framed by simple cables. Sizes Chest (closed) – 26(28-30-32)”
Easy seamless cardigan by tincanknits that is perfect for a first sweater project. Sizes for baby, child, and adult from newborn to 4XL. Make one for everyone in the family!
Hanna Maciejewska’s Simple Cardi is knit seamlessly (except pockets), top-down with set in sleeves, also knit seamlessly. Sizes
2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years
Cute Kimono Cardigan
Easy pattern by Ann E. Smith from Red Heart for a wrap cardigan in garter stitch. Sizes 2, 4, and 6 years.
Yikes Stripes Cardigan
Yarn-Madness’s simple top down baby cardigan with assymetric intarsia stripes. Sizes Newborn, 3m, 6m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y, 8y
Princess Smocked Cardigan
Jessica X. Wright-Lichter designed this cardigan for sizes 18 months (2, 4, 6) years
Cabled Knit Sweater & Leg Warmers
Cindy Craig designed this sweet double-breasted, short-sleeved cabled cardigan for Red Heart. It comes with instructions for matching legwarmers. Sizes 4 through 10.
Daisy Chain Cardigan
Amanda Lilley’s design is knit from the top down seamlessly with cap sleeves. Instructions included for the optional embroidered daisies. 1 yr., 2-3 yr., 4-5 yr.
Sarah Grieve of Petite Purls designed this cardigan in baby and children sizes 6-12 months [18-24 months, 2-3 years, 4 years, 5 years]. It is knit sideways in two parts.
Lacy Border Sweater
Melissa Leapman designed this cardigan for Red Heart with lace motifs and borders at the hem and sleeves. Sizes 4 through 10.
Short Notice Cardigan
Taiga Hilliard designed this asymmetrical cardigan for girls or boys, short or long sleeves, babies or children. Sizes – Newborn(3 months,6 months,9-12 months, 12-24 months,2-3 years,4-6 years)
Easy pattern by Cathy Payson from Red Heart for a dancer-style wrap cardigan. Sizes 6 through 12.
Bus Stop Cardigan
Patons caridgna features cozy cables for sizes 2 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs, 8 yrs, 10 yrs, and 12 yrs
Hugs and Kisses Aran Cardigan
This cardigan features xo (hugs and kisses) cable patterns on the sleeves and sides and a twining cable pattern in front. Red Heart calls this Waiting for Santa Cardigan, but I think that’s too limiting for this cute sweater. Sizes from 2-10 years.
Patterns for Purchase
This children’s sweater by Velvet Acorn features a leaf lace front. Sizes 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/11 years
This lace sweater for babies, children, and teens by KatyTricot features a circular yoke and is knit from the bottom up. Sizes for 6 months (12 months, 2, 4, 6) [8, 10, 12, 14] years size
This cute cardigan features cable detail on the sleeves and pockets. 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years
Zig Zag Front Cardigan
Two sleeve options long or short. Sizes to fit ages 2-11 years.
Waltz of the Flowers Ballet Set
Nichole Montgomery’s set includes top-down raglan wrap sweater and legwarmers. The sweater and legwarmers are made with no seaming and the only finishing work is the i-cord trim on the sweater and weaving in the ends. Sizes Available: Sweater: 12mo (2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 8,10)
Legwarmers: XS ( S, M, L)
This children’s sweater by Velvet Acorn is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Sizes included 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, S, M, L
Helena Bean Cardigan
This pretty cardigan by Jenni Lansing features cables, lace, and bobbles for a unique texture. Sizes from 2 to 9 years.
Gill Buckerfield’s cardigan is knitted one square at a time in garter stitch (all knit), picking up stitches to join the squares, very little sewing is needed. For chest sizes 24″ (61cm), 26″ (66cm) and 28″ (71cm).
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!