Knitting patterns for baby cardigans and pullover sweaters rated easy by Ravelrers or the designer and knit from the top down in one piece with minimal seaming. Most patterns are free. Updated 7/16/23
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Top Down Cardigan
Easy one-piece cardigan knitted top down without seams and no picking up stitches. Sizes Baby 12 Months, Child 2 Years, Child 3 Years. Designed by Lion Brand. Worsted weight yarn.
Seamless, one-piece baby cardigan knitted top down, in garter stitch with a ruffle at the hem. Changes in needle size create the graceful shape. Sizes 3, 6, 12, 18 months. Designed by The Noble Thread. Fingering weight yarn.
Sweet Baby Sweater
Pullover with buttoned henley collar knit with a contrasting yoke. Knit seamlessly in one piece from the top down. Sizes 4-6 months but easy to customize. Rated easy by Ravelrers though it does require picking up stitches for the buttonband. Designed by Caroline Wiens. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured projects by Dutchrosa and the designer.
An easy, top-down seamless sweater that has the added interest of a garter stitch collar, placket, and edging. Sizes 6 (12, 18) months though other sizes are available for purchase. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Erika Flory. Sport weight yarn. Pictured projects by sarahka and the pseeds. Available in English, German, and Italian.
A shawl collar adds a stylish touch to this seamless baby sweater knit from the top down. Sizes 0-3 months, 6-12 months are free. More sizes available in paid pattern. Rated easy by Ravelrers but it does require picking up stitches for the collar and button band. Designed by Linden Down. Aran weight yarn. Pictured projects by surypie and ElfenJustin who added stripes to the sleeves and contrasting color for the collar and trim.
Pullover henley baby sweater knit with a British Moss Stitch in a zig zag pattern. Knit in one piece from the top down. Sizes 3mths, 18mths, 3-4yrs. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Jolene Lye. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured projects by the designer and sjfisch.
Need a quick baby gift? This quick baby sweater is knit top down in one piece. No seaming or picking up stitches makes this an easy project. Sizes 6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 mos. Designed by Bernat. Uses one ball of the recommended Bernat® Baby Velvet™ yarn. Worsted weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Ode to Doris
Seamless baby sweater with a 4 row repeat lace body knit from the top down with raglan shaping and a rounded garter stitch neckline. Sizes newborn / 1 month. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Kelly van Niekerk. DK weight yarn.
Adorable baby sweater fastened with a ribbon is "ridiculously fast" according to the designer because it is knit in super bulky yarn. Top down raglan, knit all in one piece with no seaming. Finished Measurements: 1(2,3,4)years: Chest 20(22,24,26)“, Length 10.5(12.5,14,15.5)”. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Gina Bonomo. Pictured projects by the designer and YummyKnits.
Seamless baby sweater knit from the top down with raglan shaping and a garter stitch yoke that's perfect for a contrasting or variegated yarn. Sizes newborn / 1 month. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Justyna Lorkowska. DK weight yarn. Available in English and Polish.
Quickie 5-hour Baby Sweater
Baby cardigan knit top down with eyelets at neck and hem you can thread ribbon through for embellishment. Rated easy by Ravelrers, who confirm this is a quick project. Shared by Anne Stoddard. Worsted yarn. Pictured projects by AngelaTong and knittingwren.
Sara Elizabeth Kellner’s design is an easy, seamless, top-down cardigan that can be made in one weekend. Sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months
Offset Front Baby Cardigan
Long-sleeved sweater knit top down with an offset front. Sizes 0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months). Designed by Taiga Hilliard Designs. Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Pictured project by lisadoggett
Watermelon Baby Cardigan
Sleeveless summer baby cardigan with watermelon slice yoke with eyelets to look like seeds. Really easy construction - knitted top down with no picking up or seaming necessary. One size to fit approx 0-3 months. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Stitchylinda Designs.
Patterns for Purchase
Snuggles Baby and Toddler Vest
Seamless baby sweater knit with ribbing to fit snugly and stretch as your little one grows, with buttons down the side for easy dressing. Knitted seamlessly from the top down. 5 sizes: newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Rachel Vullings.
Baby Cardigan and Romper
Seamless top down sweater can be knitted with or without sleeves. Oneseie is knitted in garter stitch with a small amount of seaming required. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes Cardigan -- 3 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months : Onesie -- 0 to 3 months, 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months. DK weight yarn. Designed by OGE Knitwear Designs.
Top-down pullover sweater with decorative front panel and split front. Most of the garment is worked flat, but still manages to be completely seamless. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes Newborn/3m/6m/1y/2y (3y/4y/6y/8y/10y). DK weight yarn. Designed by Yarn-Madness. Pictured projects by Irocknits and the designer.
Aida Baby Cardigan
Simple leaf lace adorns the front borders of this baby sweater knit in one piece seamlessly from the top down. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes 3-9 months, 9 - 12 months, 12-18 months. DK weight yarn. Designed by OGE Knitwear Designs. Pictured projects by katleonard and the designer.
Balina Top Down Cardigan
Perfect pattern for the confident beginner who is ready to try knitting a top down sweater according to the designer. Sleeves can be knitted in the round, or for those knitters not ready to tackle working with a set of double pointed needles, there are also instructions included for the sleeves to be knitted flat. Rated easy by the designer. Sizes 1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months. DK weight yarn. Designed by OGE Knitwear Designs. Pictured projects by the designer and mermade.
Tiered Baby Coat and Jacket
Easy quick baby and toddler coat or jacket is knit from the top-down with minimal finishing and the sleeve knit in the round. Rated easy by the designer and most of Ravelrers. Sizes 0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 2/3T, 3/4T) Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Lisa Chemery Pictured project by iqeverything