How to knit a childrens cardigan for beginners step by step
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How to knit a kid’s Cardigan (0-24 months old)

An adorable knitting pattern ideal for beginners: Learn to knit a Kid’s Cardigan, step by step. 

Knitted flat, the pattern comes in 3 sizes and it’s easy to modify (our last Cardi, was knitted in the round, and comes in only one size).

We start with a Garter stitch edge (for every one of the five pieces: Sleeves, back, right and left front), followed by the textured Checkerboard stitch pattern.

If you are just starting to knit, you could also knit the whole Cardi in Garter stitch, it will be our little secret!

Let’s get started…

Childrens Cardigan for beginners free knitting pattern

Materials

1 x 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

Superwash Merino Wool (number 4, Medium, Aran or Worsted weight):

Size 0-2 months: 135gr

Size 12 months: 250 gr

Size 24 months: 360 gr

1 wooden button

Scissors

Yarning needle

Measuring tape

Abbreviations

st.: stitches

K: Knit

P: Purl

CO: Cast on

BO: Bind off

RS: Right side of the work

WS: Wrong side of the work

Gauge:

10 cm/4 in. in Checkerboard st. = 23 st. and 34 rows.

Measurements of the finished piece/Size

0-2 months: 19 cm/7.5 in wide (half of the hip) and 19 cm/7.5 in (total length).

12 months: 26.5 cm/10.4 in wide (half of the hip) and 24 cm/9.45 in (total length).

24 months: 32 cm/12.6 in wide (half of the hip) and 30,5 cm/11.81 in (total length).

How to knit a Kid’s Cardigan (for beginners)

Notes before starting:

Knit the selvedge st. (1º and last one) in every row.

As the size increase, increase the Garter st. edge, that explains why there are less Checkerboard sections in some sizes.

Back

CO 40 (60-72) p + 2 selvedge st = 42 (62-74) st in total.

Knit 5 (9-15) rows in Garter st.

Checkerboard stitch pattern

Every section has squares of 4 st and 6 rows.

First section:

1º Row: K1 (edge) *K4, P4*. Repeat from * to * ending with K1 (edge).

Repeat this row 5 more times, to complete 6 rows.

Second section

7º Row: K1 (edge) *P4, K4*. Repeat from * to * ending with K1 (edge).

Repeat this row 5 more times, to complete 6 rows. 

Continue knitting from 1º row again, until you have 9 (8-9) sections in total.

On the last row of the last section, BO in pattern.

Sleeves

CO 32 (52-64) st + 2 selvedge st. = 34 (54-66) st. in total.

Knit 11 (17-23)rows in Garter st.

Knit 8 (6-6) sections in Checkerboard st. ending with a 5º row.  

On the last row of the last section, BO in pattern.

Right Front

CO 20 (30-36) st + 2 selvedge st. = 22 (32-38) st. in total.

Knit 5 (9-15) rows in Garter st.

Knit 7 (6-7) sections plus 2 more rows of the following section.

Buttonhole (RS):

On next row, knit 3 st and bind off 4 st. Finish the row maintaining the pattern.

On next row, knit until the button hole is reached, cast on 4 st, and finish the row knitting 2 st.

Complete this section knitting the following 2 rows as they present.

Neckline (RS):

BO 5 (6-7) st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row.

BO 2 (4-4) st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row.

BO 1 (2-2) p st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row.

2 years old size only: BO 1 more st. and finish the row knitting in pattern.

Shoulder: On next row, BO all remaining st.

Left Front

CO 20 (30-36) st + 2 selvedge st. = 22 (32-38) st. in total.

Knit 5 (9-15) rows in Garter st.

Knit 7 (6-7) sections plus 2 more rows of the following section.

Neckline (WS):

BO 5 (6-7) st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row.

BO 2 (4-4) st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row.

BO 1 (2-2) p st in pattern and finish the row knitting the st as they present.

Knit the next row. 

2 years old size only: BO 1 more st. and finish the row knitting in pattern.

Shoulder: On next row, BO all remaining st.

Baby Cardigan knitting tutorial step by step

Sewing time : ( !

First, join the shoulders (front and back), then, the sleeves to the front and back. Then, sew the sides from the hem to the armhole, and finish closing the sleeves, from the armhole to the cuff.  Watch the video here to see how to sew every piece.

Weave in ends and you have a new cardi!

Enjoy the video: How to knit a kid’s Cardigan (for beginners)

Don’t forget to share your knits on Instagram or Twitter and mention me (@sowoolly), so I can see your work!

#happyknitting

xxx

Carolina – So Woolly

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