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Cardigans for Children Knitting Patterns

by | Feb 28, 2016 | Children's Clothing

Knitting patterns for child cardigan sweaters for girls and boys. Most patterns are free.

Knitting patterns for cardigan sweaters for girls and boys. Most patterns are free.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for All Grown Up Cardigan

All Grown Up Cardigan

This baby and child sweater features cable detail at the button band, side seams, and sleeves for a touch of grown up style. Sizes 1 to 6 years. One of the patterns in the free ebook The Art of Cable Knitting: 7 Free Patterns. Designed by Lisa Ellis

Free Knitting Pattern for Forest Walk Kid Sweater

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.

Free knitting pattern for Little Man Cardigan

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Strawberry Hill Cardigan

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Ferris Cardigan

Ferris Cardigan

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)”

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Free knitting pattern for Harvest cardigan in baby, child, and adult sizes

Harvest Cardigan

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!

Free knitting pattern for Simple Cardi

Simple Cardi

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

Free knitting pattern for Cute Kimono Sweater for children

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.

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Free knitting pattern for Yikes Stripes Cardigan

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Yikes Stripes Cardigan

Yarn-Madness’s simple top down baby cardigan with assymetric intarsia stripes. Sizes Newborn, 3m, 6m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y, 8y

Free knitting pattern for Smocked Cardigan

Princess Smocked Cardigan

Jessica X. Wright-Lichter designed this cardigan for sizes 18 months (2, 4, 6) years

Free knitting pattern for double-breasted short-sleeved cardigan for children

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.

Free knitting pattern for Daisy Chain Cardigan

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.

Free knitting pattern for Ewan Cardigan

Ewan Cardigan

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.

Free knitting pattern for Lacy Border Sweater

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.

Free knitting pattern for Short Notice Cardigan for children

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)

Free knitting pattern for Precision Wrap child's cardigan

Precision Wrap

Easy pattern by Cathy Payson from Red Heart for a dancer-style wrap cardigan. Sizes 6 through 12.

Free knitting pattern for children's cardigan with cables Bus Stop Cardigan

Bus Stop Cardigan

Patons caridgna features cozy cables for sizes 2 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs, 8 yrs, 10 yrs, and 12 yrs

Free knitting pattern for cable child cardigan with xo cable

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

Knitting pattern for Cove Cardigan

Cove Cardigan

This children’s sweater by Velvet Acorn features a leaf lace front. Sizes 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/11 years

Knitting pattern for Elisa Cardigan

Elisa Cardigan

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

Knitting pattern for cute child's cardigan sweater featuring 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

Cabled Cardigan

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

Knitting pattern for Zig Zag Front Cardigan

Zig Zag Front Cardigan

Two sleeve options long or short. Sizes to fit ages 2-11 years.

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Knitting pattern for Child's Ballet Set with wrap cardigan and legwarmers

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)

Knitting Pattern for Child's Brink Cardigan

Brink Cardigan

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

Knitting pattern for Helena Bean Cardigan

Helena Bean Cardigan

This pretty cardigan by Jenni Lansing features cables, lace, and bobbles for a unique texture. Sizes from 2 to 9 years.

Knitting pattern for Child's Diamond Cardigan

Diamond Cardigan

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).

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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