Knitting patterns for sweaters for babies and children with animal themes.
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Teddy Bear Cardigan & Pullover for Baby
Long-sleeved sweaters in 2 styles with intarsia teddy bears. Three sizes from infant-6 mos. to 1-2 years. Designed by Crystal Palace Yarns. Pictured project by JenLab
Baby Sweater with Owl
Long-sleeved pullover with colorwork owl. 4 Sizes from Newborn to 18 Months. Designed by Schachenmayr. Available in English and German in one pdf
Icelandic Sweater with Horses Sweater
Pullover sweater for children and adults with stranded colorwork featuring prancing horses around the yoke. Sizes Child, Woman, Man. Hestapeysa designed by Jóhanna Hjaltadóttir. Pictured projects by wigdis and PolarPurls. Available in English and Icelandic
Giraffe Ballerina Sweater
Pullover sweater for children featuring dancing giraffes. To Fit Age: 2 Years to 6 Years. Designed by Lion Brand.
This little Fair Isle pullover inspired by the children’s song “The Little White Duck,” features a kid's favorite creatures: ducks, frogs, bugs, and snakes floating in the water, separated by rows of lily pads. The sweater is finished with special lily pad elbow patches. To Fit Age: 6 12, 18 months. Designed by Jennifer Small. Pictured project by bearmtpicnic
Owl Sweater, Hat and Mittens
Set features a cable owl design on a long-sleeved pullover and hat, with matching cable mittens. To Fit Age: 3 Months to 12 Months. Designed by Bergere de France.
Long-sleeved child's sweater with intarsia lion. To Fit Age: 2 Years to 6 Years. Designed by Natalie Bayer for Lion Brand.
Baby Whales Cardigan
The "Save the baby whales!" sweater is sized for babies, toddlers, and young children, and features whales and waves in stranded colorwork. Baby sizes:1-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 months Toddler sizes: 12-18, 18-24 months, 2-3 years. Runs big! Designed by Sargantana Formenterenca. Sport weight. Pictured projects by raleuen and MillieMartha.
Animal House Pullover
Long-sleeved child's sweater with intarsia giraffe, elephant, and lion on a color blocked background. Sizes 2, 4, 6. Designed by Amy Bahrt for Cascade Yarns. Pictured projects by KayBej and knitter99
Spring Meadows Toddler Sweater
This child's pullover features a grassy meadow under white fluffy clouds. A pocket hidden in the grass is perfect for a little friend to ride along (bunny pattern included). Sport weight yarn. Designed by Liz Hartman. Pictured projects by the designer and tiger2paws
Baby Bear Hoodie
Designed by Lynda Cyr for Red Heart. Sizes from 6 months to 24 months.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended yarn at Red Heart
- See more Baby Hoodie Knitting Patterns
Cat's Meow Pullover
Long-sleeved child's sweater with a cat and word "meow" in intarsia, an i-cord tail, and striped sleeves. Sizes 2, 4, 6. Designed by Amy Bahrt for Cascade Yarns.
Long-sleeved pullover with a lion's face created with duplicate stitch (though I think you could interpret the chart for intarsia) and a knit circular mane that is added on. Sizes Newborn-3m-6m-12m-18/24m. Designed by Phildar Design Team. This pattern appears to be only available on the Internet archive but I loved how cute it was.
- Get the free knitting pattern on the Internet Archive
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Phildar Phil Coton 3 yarn at Loveknitting
- See more Lion Knitting Patterns
Long-sleeved child's sweater with a cute penguin who hides a convenient pocket. Sizes 2, 4, 6. Designed by Amy Bahrt for Cascade Yarns.
The Snuffle Pullover features an elephant motif with a trunk formed by the sweater arm. Sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 years. Designed by Lorna Miser by Red Heart. Rated easy by the designer.
Long-sleeved pullover with a cute bear motif created with intarsia and additional pieces. Sizes 6, 12, 18 months. Designed by Amy Bahrt for Cascade Yarns. Pictured projects by the designer and mcshoppe
Designed by Cheryl Daley, this cardigan is sized for 6 month – 6 years and the design is done with double knitting.
Child’s Foxy Tunic
Red Heart created this fun design for a dress that can be worn by itself in warm weather or as a tunic over a shirt and leggings in cold weather. In four sizes – 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, and 8 years.
Hip Hippo-Ray! Pullover
Child’s sweater has a surprise – a hidden pocket in the hippo’s mouth. Hippotamus knit in intarsia. Sizes 2 (4, 6). Designed by Amy Bahrt. Bulky weight yarn
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Cascade Yarns® Cherub Chunky yarn on Amazon
Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan
Jennifer Little’s sweater is sized for 9-12 months.
Poncho for children with lace butterfly motif on front and back. Sizes: 2T (4T, 6, 8, 10) . Designed by Vera Sanon. Pictured project by samisan2012. Available in English and Italian
Butterfly Baby Set
This “Butterflies Are Free Set” by Yarnspirations includes pullover, pants, and hat with butterfly motifs and matching booties. Sizes for 6 months to 2 years. Note that all the parts of the outfit are included in the pattern, even though the pattern page says it is just for the booties.
Patterns for Purchase
Baby and Child Sweaters with Animals
Designer Emma Heywood of Instarsia has created several animal themed sweaters for sizes from newborn to 5 years old. I've pictured 6 here for unicorn, fox, owl, puppy, cat, and tiger, but there are many more.
Animal Sweater Sets
Each set includes matching pullover or cardigan, hat, and booties. Available themes include Fox Cub, Hedgehog, Owl, Sheep, and Hungry Caterpillar. Available in a variety of sizes, depending on the pattern, from newborn to 24 months, and the booties are in sizes newborn up to 4 years. Designed by Hennie. DK weight yarn.
Animal Sweaters by iKnitDesigns
Pullovers and cardigans with a variety of animal motifs in a variety of baby and child sizes including cat, mouse, puppy, elephant, penguin, owl, polar bear, sheep, whale, dragon, unicorn, horse, butterflies, and more. Designed by Denny Gould
Dinosaur Sweaters by iKnitDesigns
Pullovers and hoodies with dinosaurs including Velociraptor, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and more, in a variety of baby and child sizes. Designed by Denny Gould
Colorful stranded children's sweater with giraffes, elephants, birds, and more. Sizes 1, 2 and 4 years old. Designed by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen. One of the 20 patterns in Creative Colour Knitting.
Prehistoric Tank Tops
Sleeveless tops or vests for babies and children with intarsia dinosaurs. Sizes 0 6 Months (6-12Months, 1-2 Years, 2-3 Years, 4-5 Years). Designed by Emma Heywood. One of the 21 patterns in Issue 88 of Knit Now.
This pullover sweater for babies and children features buttons at the shoulders for easy dressing and an intarsia dancing penguin motif. Instructions are to fit chest 16/18”-24/25”, birth to 7 years.
Princess Charlotte Yellow Sheep Cardigan
Inspired by the cardigan Princess Charlotte wore in her 2nd birthday portrait taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, this sweater features a colorwork yoke with sheep. Sizes 6-12 months or 12-24 months. DK weight. Designed by nicolaluke.
Happy Penguin Hoodie Sweater
Child’s pullover sweater in sizes Newborn (3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months) 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 years. Designed by Jessica Anderson so the hood looks like the penguin’s head while pocket panel in the front is colored white like a penguin’s breast.
Baby Elephant Vest
Child’s vest with images of a baby elephant outlined in lace. Size 21 (22, 27, 28½)” chest circumference
- Get the knitting pattern at Interweave
- Also available in Interweave Knits, Summer 2011 (the price seems to be less for this magazine than the individual pattern)
Penguin Pullover Sweater
Child’s pullover sweater in sizes 2,4,6,8,10 and 12 with two penguins on the front and two on the back. The wide boat neck is easy to pull on or off.
Owl Baby Onesie and Owl Toy
With sweet little details like the ruffled tail feathers, a knit and purl textured belly, and an owl face hood, this romper is sure to keep baby warm and Mom smiling! If that wasn’t enough, this onesie comes with a precious matching stuffed Owl toy for baby to cuddle with too! Designed by Lauren Riker
Child’s Cardigan with Teddy Bear
This sweater has a special pocket just the right size for a child’s new best friend! Sizes range from 1-6 years.